Tamara El-Hoss

Associate Professor

905 688 5550 x5212
Office: MCA 231

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

Research Interests

  • Graphic novel & bande dessinée: (im)migrant/refugee narratives, testimonials, (de)colonial history & politics, marginality.
  • (Im)Migrant/Refugee identity including gender roles, trauma, diaspora, queer identity, alterity.
  • “Beur” artistic output: literature, film, music, sequential art.
  • Post-colonial Francophone literatures (Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean), with a special interest in the depiction of marginal subjects.
  • Cultural, religious & linguistic métissage.

“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.

“(Im)Migration dans la bande dessinée: cours universitaire”, in Quo Vadis Romania, Austria, 49/2017, pp.44.59.

“Maghrebian Diaspora and Immigrant Identity in Farid Boudjellal’s L’Oud: La Trilogie”, in Framescapes: Graphic Narrative Intertexts, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK, 2016, pp.185-191.

“L’usage des italiques dans L’Amour, la fantasia d’Assia Djebar: une écriture hybride”, in La Rhétorique au féminin. Ed. A. Hayward, Quebec, Éditions Nota bene, 2006, pp.347-361.

“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.


  • 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 3P20     Oral French Workshop
  • 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 3Q90     Postcolonial (North) African Literature in French
  • FREN 4P80     “Beur” Literature and Film
  • FREN 4P96     Critical Theory and Methodology
  • FREN 4V65     (Im)Migrant Identity in Bande Dessinée
  • SCLC 4P00     Comparative Studies in Narratives and the Arts


  • SCLA 5P01     Comparative Critical Theory in Literature and the Arts
  • SCLA 5P02     Comparative Methodologies (team taught)
  • SCLA 5P79     The Depiction of the Caribbean and African Exotic.

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 (2016)
Cambodian National Identity 1975-1979:  Who Wants To Be A Revolutionary?

Tigchelaar, Alex (2016)