Sonali Ravi

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Sonali Ravi is a PhD candidate in the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University. Sonali received her B.A. in French and Francophone Studies and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. in French and Francophone Studies at Princeton University. Her research focuses on discourses of humor in North African, West African and Caribbean Francophone literature. In her dissertation entitled “Humoring Pathos: The Paradoxes of Humor in 20th and 21st century Postcolonial Literature,” she asks how postcolonial authors draw from colonial stereotypes, caricatures and clichés in humoristic treatments of the postcolonial self, even as they contest and imaginatively transgress these hegemonic discourses. Her other research interests include the construction and deconstruction of femininity in the French postcolony and questions of authorship in postcolonial literature. In addition to serving as an Assistant Instructor of French at Princeton University, Sonali is passionate about mentoring students from low income and first-generation backgrounds. She has served as a mentor for the Princeton University Preparatory Program and the Princeton Scholars Institute.