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Graduate Student: Renee Ragin  

Renee Ragin
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Renee Michelle is a PhD student in the Program in Literature and is pursuing a Certificate in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Her areas of interest include contemporary world literature, collective violence, and political identities. Her current research project concerns the official and literary histories of the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990). Renee received her Bachelor's in History and Literature with a Certificate in Spanish from Harvard in 2010 and was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State before coming to Duke.

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I am interested in cultural re-negotiations of national identity in the wake of political violence (dictatorship, military occupation etc.), particularly in postcolonial Latin America/the Caribbean and North Africa/the Levant. My research focuses on film, memoir and the novel.

Recent Publications

  1. Ragin, R. "Feminism and Avant-Garde Aesthetics in the Levantine Novel, by Kifah Hanna." Journal of Middle East Women'S Studies 15.1 (March, 2019).
  2. Ragin, R. "Film Review: L’Insulte (The Insult)." International Journal of Genocide Studies and Prevention 12.2 (October, 2018): 203-205.

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