Richard Serrano

Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Chair, Department of French

Office: AB 4179, CAC

Phone: 848-932-9474

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B.A. Stanford (English)
M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Comparative Literature)

Fields of Research:

Modern French and Francophone poetry; Maghrebi Literature in French and Arabic; Classical, Andalusian and Modern Arabic poetry; Classical Chinese poetry; Korean poetry.

My current book project is titled Missed Readings: The Unseen Displaced Half-Lost Lyric.  It explores the works left behind despite the ever-more omni-voracious critical stance dubbed “World Literature.”  By examine  these works in the original Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, and Spanish I illuminate the assumptions of "World Literature" and the multiple forms of exclusion performed by its practitioners.

Books (click on image for details):


Book Serrano




Other Publications:

Graduate Courses:

  • Islam and the Text in Franchophone Literature of the Magreb
  • Poetry
  • Césaire, Damas and Senghor
  • French and Francophone Poetry
  • Genre and the Algerian War
  • Francophone Literature and the Imperative of History
  • Postcolonial Writer/Postmodern Condition


Undergraduate Courses:

  • Past Today: Why Conflicts Endure (An SAS Signature Course)
  • Rilke
  • Poetry
  • North African Literature in French
  • Modern Poetry
  • Introduction to Francophone Poetry
  • Multiple Cultures of the Maghreb
  • Introduction to World Literature
  • Fin-de-siècle France and the Far East
  • Introduction à la poésie francophone
  • Remembering and Queer Literature
  • Lyric Poetry in Comparative Context
  • Aspects of French Literature
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • Représentations de la famille dans la littérature maghrébine d'expression française

Program Connections:

Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures
Program in Comparative Literature
Center for African Studies
Center for Middle Eastern Studies