Yassine Ait Ali

Graduate Student
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Yassine is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of French & Italian at Princeton University.


Born and schooled in the region of Seine-et-Marne, France, he studied French, Arabic and Comparative Literature at Sorbonne Université and read for an MPhil in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford where he mainly concentrated on Enlightenment Studies, World Literature and Disability Studies. He wrote his dissertation on 1750−1830 French and English female authors (Marie-Jeanne Riccoboni, Ann Radcliffe, Charlotte de Bournon, Comtesse de Malarme). His current interests regard Postcolonial Studies and processes of literary dis-/rewriting.


Yassine also holds a master’s degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (F.L.E.) from the Université d’Artois and is a certified examiner for the DELF-DALF standardized tests. He acquired a wide experience in teaching and tutoring in English, French and Linguistics at all levels, including language centers, primary and secondary schools, summer schools, detention centers, the Universities of Exeter (UK), Reading (UK) and Sorbonne-Nouvelle. Recent positions include tutoring on ‘Literature, Culture and Postcolonialism’ at the University of Oxford’s 2021 OxNet Access Week and contributing to the teaching of French for the Mc Graw Center for Teaching and Learning’s Prison Teaching Initiative.


‘Postcolonial Rewritings of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe: Reflections on Selfness and Otherness (Michel Tournier, Patrick Chamoiseau, Kamel Daoud)’, The Institute for World Literature, Harvard University, July 2021

‘An Approach to “La poussière des cabinets de lecture”: the case of Charlotte Bournon-Malarme’, Working with Archives, Society of Dix-Neuviémistes and Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, June 2021

‘Blind Writers and Writing Blindness, a counter-discourse?’, The French Graduate Seminar, University of Oxford (All Souls College), June 2019