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Guilan Siassi

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of French

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3700
Office: THH 155

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Sketch

Guilan Siassi is Assistant Professor of French (teaching) in the Department of French and Italian. Her research engages modern world literatures in French, Persian, and English, with a focus on the cultures of the Maghreb, Iran, and their diasporas in France and North America. She has presented and published on a range of topics related to her broader research interests, which include Maghrebian literature, women and Islam, psychoanalytic and social theory, translation studies, autobiography, and issues of exile and transculturation. In addition to teaching in the basic language program, she also teaches a French 250 course on the theme of "France and its Others" and a general education class on transnational haunting in world literatures. Since 2015, she has been collaborating with the USC Middle East Studies Program on interdisciplinary events and programming for the annual Middle Eastern Film series.


Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UCLA, 2011
M.Phil. Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, 2003
B.A. Comparative Literature and French, UC Berkeley, 2001

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of French, University of Southern California, 2016-  
Lecturer of French, University of Southern California, 2012-2016  
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English, American University of Paris, Spring 2011   

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Visiting Scholar, USC Department of Comparative Literature, 2011-2012   


Book Chapter

Siassi, G., Siassi, S. (2008). "Islam, Sex, and Women." In The Crescent and the Couch: Cross-Currents between Islam and Psychoanalysis. New York: The Other Press.
Siassi, G. (2007). The Insatiable I: Intoxication and Desire in the Baudelairian Aesthetic. Consuming Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century Lexington Books.

Book Review

Siassi, G. (2007). New Writings of the Iranian Diaspora (Review Essay). Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies.

Journal Article

Siassi, G. (2016). The Politics and Ethics of Translation in the Works of Abdelkebir Khatibi. Expressions Maghrébines. Vol. 15 (1)
Siassi, G. (2008). Itineraries of Desire and the Excesses of Home: Assia Djebar’s Cohabitation with ‘la langue adverse’. L’Esprit Créateur. Vol. 48 (3), pp. 56-68.
Siassi, G. (2007). Dreaming the Body into Words: Translating Affect between Cultures in Khatibi's Amour Bilingue. Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature. Vol. 53
Siassi, G. (2005). The Endless Reading of Interpretation? Said, Auerbach, and the Exilic Will to Criticism. Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies. Vol. 2 (1)

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

USC Custom Publication of Réseau French 220 textbook (Contributor). Schultz and Tranvouez: Prentice-Hall, 2015, 2015-  
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