El-Hoss, Tamara

Faculty of Humanities

El-Hoss, Tamara


Degrees Granted

M.A. & Ph.D., French Literature, University of Toronto.
B.A., French Studies, York University.


Research Interests

  • Graphic novel & bande dessinée, with special interest in marginality, testimonials, colonial history & politics.
  • (Im)Migrant identity including gender roles, trauma, diaspora, queer identity, alterity (otherness).
  • "Beur” (descendants of Muslim Arab immigrants from North Africa/the Maghreb) artistic output: literature, film, music, sequential art.
  • Post-colonial Francophone literatures (Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean), with special interest in the depiction of women.
  • Cultural, religious & linguistic métissage.


Selected list of publications

"Am I the 'Monster', or Are You? The Representation of the (In)Human in Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine", eBook of the 7th Global Conference on Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil, September 14-17, 2009, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK.

"Construction identitaire 'beur' dans la bande dessinée Black Blanc Beur: Les folles années de l'intégration de Farid Boudjellal et Larbi Mechkour" in Quo Vadis Romania, 41/2013, pp.83-93.

"Maghrebian Diaspora and Immigrant Identity in Farid Boudjellal's L'Oud: La Trilogie", eBook of the 2nd Global Conference: The Graphic Novel, September 23-25, 2013, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK. (In Press)

"Veiling/Unveiling in Tahar Ben Jelloun's The Sand Child: Disguise and Deception of the Female Protagonist", in Image and Imagery: Disguise, Deception, Trompe L'Oeil. Ed. Leslie Boldt-Irons, Corrado Federici, Ernesto Virgulti. New York: Peter Lang, 2009, pp.149-160.

"The Zombie's 'Great Escape' in René Depestre's Hadriana dans tous mes rêves", in Monstrous Deviations in Literature and the Arts. Ed. Adriana Spahr and Cristina Santos. Inter-Disciplinary Press, UK, 2011, pp.81-93.


Selected list of courses taught at Brock


  • FREN 2F03     Literature and Culture: The French-Speaking World
  • FREN 2P65     Culture and Civilization of France to 1700
  • FREN 2P95     Francophone Cultures and Civilizations
  • FREN 3P53     Twentieth-Century French Literature to 1935
  • FREN 3P65     Culture and Civilization of France from 1700 to the Present
  • FREN 3P83     African Literature in French
  • FREN 3P84     Caribbean Literature in French
  • FREN 3P87     Maghrebian Literature in French
  • FREN 4P80     “Beur” Literature and Film
  • FREN 4P96     Critical Theory and Methodology
  • FREN 4V65     (Im)Migrant Identity in Bande Dessinée (Fall 2015)
  • SCLC 4P00     Comparative Studies in Narratives and the Arts (Winter 2016)                                                                       


  • SCLA 5P02     Comparative Methodologies (team taught)
  • SCLA 5P79     The Depiction of the Caribbean and African Exotic.  


MRP Supervisions

Baird, Miranda (2011)
Unveiling the Mind, Body and Space: Exposing (In)Visible Borders Facing Maghrebian Women and "Beurettes".
Cairns, David (2014)
Worldly Literature: Analyzing Contemporary Pakistani Fiction in English.
Kristiansen, Linda (2012)

The Graphic Novel Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s ”The Raven” and Bill Watterson’s Inspired ”A Nauseous Nocturne”. 

Mom, Vanna (In Progress)
Cambodian National Identity 1975-1979:  Who Wants To Be A Revolutionary?


Tigchelaar, Alex (In Progress)

Whorientalism: The Prostitute as Interpreted by Media, Arts  and the Law.



Prof. El-Hoss

Departmental Events

Student Poster exhibit
February 6, 2016 - 9:00am - 7:00pm
Screening of Venezuelan film Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)
February 10, 2016 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Festiv'ébène 2016 Francophone festival (Black history month)
February 8, 2016 - 9:00am - February 27, 2016 - 10:00pm