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Emmanuel Buzay

Assistant Professor & Honors Program Director for French & Francophone Studies

Emmanuel Buzay

(413) 545-6701

309 Herter Hall

Emmanuel Buzay is an assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He received degrees from the Université de Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle and the Université de Paris XIII – Villetaneuse, prior to earning his Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Connecticut, where he subsequently taught for several years.

A twentieth- and twenty-first-century modernist specializing in French and Francophone literature, Professor Buzay also has a professional background in the fields of cinema and new media studies, which inform his research and teaching. In addition, Professor Buzay studies and gives courses on French and Francophone video games and films. He is also certified by the French Embassy and the Paris Chamber of Commerce in the teaching of French for specific purposes in the fields of Diplomatic French, Medical French, and Scientific and Technical French. 

With a focus on the posthuman imaginary in French and Francophone literature, Professor Buzay’s current research project examines how futuristic novels explore the very limits of that which refers to humankind and the perception of its origins. He does this by honing in on a recurrent concern rooted in the mythologies that represent the invention of writing as the “double of mankind”, exemplifying a trend that he terms “the longing to be written and… its refusal”.

Research Areas

  • French and Francophone contemporary literature
  • Futuristic novels
  • Utopias and dystopias
  • Science fiction and fantasy
  • Narratology and new media
  • The intersection of cognitive sciences and literature
  • Critical posthumanism
  • Film and media studies
  • Videogames
  • Digital humanities


"Le désir d’être écrit : étude comparative de deux modèles d’écriture computationnels dans La Possibilité d’une île (2005) de Michel Houellebecq et La Théorie de l’information (2012) d’Aurélien Bellanger." Édition Classiques Garnier, Paris, 2017.

With Elisabeth Herbst Buzay, “The Hero’s Question: Neomedievalism and the Epic in Assassin’s Creed” in Genre and the Modern Middle Ages. Cambria University Press. 2015, pp. 113-129.

"Marchandisation et post-humanité : le rapport du vivant à la reproduction technique et marchande dans les œuvres de science-fiction francophones contemporaines." Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: SITES. Routledge: New York and London. Volume 19:4/2015.

"Nouveaux espaces et « paradigme de l'indice » dans l’épilogue du roman de Michel Houllebecq La Possibilité d'une île". Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: SITES. Routledge: New York and London. September/December 2011, pp 477-484.

Awards and Accolades

  • Small Grant from the Institute for Teaching & Learning, University of Connecticut (Spring 2014) 
  • Graduate Award for Outstanding Scholarship, University of Connecticut (Spring 2009)