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Meg Furniss Weisberg

Visiting Adjunct Professor in Liberal Studies


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BA University of Connecticut
MA Yale University
MPHIL Yale University
PHD Yale University

Meg Furniss Weisberg

Meg Furniss Weisberg specializes in postcolonial Maghrebi and sub-Saharan African literature, French studies, cultural networks and relationships between Africa and Europe, visual culture, and film. Other areas of research and teaching interest include literature and the environment; fin-de-siècle Paris; the intersection of Latin American and African literatures; children’s literature and identity formation; travel writing; and migration studies. She is also the Interim Director of Student Writing at Wesleyan. Her first book project, The Invention of the Desert and the Jungle: Creating Identity through Landscape in African and European Fiction, combines postcolonial literary studies, ecocriticism, hermeneutics, and cultural studies to suggest how literary depictions of “extreme” landscapes can both illuminate and influence the way individuals perceive their own culture in relation to others. She has recently published on the concept of literary ecosystems in the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry; spiritual symbolism in the work of Libyan writer Ibrahim Al-Koni in Research on African Literatures; and the motif of clandestine emigration in twenty-first century North African novels in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies

Meg Furniss Weisberg earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University and her BA in Francophone Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut, completing half of her undergraduate work at the Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle and Paris 8-St. Denis. Between her undergraduate and graduate years, Weisberg taught for two years in Rabat, Morocco. She works in French, Spanish, Arabic, and English.

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Summer 2019
ENGL 259 - 01
The Art of the Personal Essay