Neil Doshi

  • Assistant Professor of French
  • On leave spring term 2020


1328 F Cathedral of Learning

Area of Interest

Maghrebi Studies; Performance and Theatre Studies; Francophone and Postcolonial Theory; Genre Theory; Mediterranean Studies


PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MA, French, New York University
BA, Comparative Literature, University of California at Davis

Research Interests & Fields of Study

Neil Doshi’s research focuses on the relationships between textual forms and live performance in postcolonial contexts. His broad areas of interest are: Francophone postcolonial theory, performance studies, questions of minority culture, and Maghrebi theatre.

His book manuscript, Staging the Novel: Bodies of Francophone-Algerian Culture juxtaposes dramatic works and novels by contemporary Francophone Algerian writers to examine the interpretive frames that performance and theater offer for the study of contemporary Algerian fiction. Exploring the production of artists like Kateb Yacine, Assia Djebar, and Mustapha Benfodil, this manuscript suggest that the theater produced by these artists is the primary site for the articulation of questions about interpretation and representation that are subsequently elaborated in prose works.

His second book project, Reading Cultures in the Mediterranean, examines the ways Mediterranean spaces are imagined – and produced – as sites of political critique in contemporary Francophone literature.



  • Legacies of the French Algerian War
  • Exoticism and Orientalism in French Literature and Art 
  • The French Atlantic
  • Introduction to French Composition


  • Theories of Revolution/Revolution post-1962
  • Mediterranean Studies and the Countercultures of Modernity
  • Un amour bilingue – Francophone Studies and Postcolonial Theory in Dialogue

Selected Publications

___. "Materiality, Modernity and the Dialectics of Reading in Amin Maalouf’s Mediterranean." International Journal of Francophone Studies 16.1&2 (2013): 73-89.

___. "Brecht in Algeria: On the Question of Influence in Kateb Yacine’s Late Theater." Research in African Literatures 44.3 (2013): 72-86.

Selected Awards and Honors

U of Pittsburgh Arts and Sciences Type II Research Grant (2013)

U of Pittsburgh John G. Bowman Faculty Grant (2012)

U of Pittsburgh Hewlett International Grant (2012)

U of Pittsburgh Arts European Union Center for Excellence Faculty Grant (2012)

U of Pittsburgh Arts and Sciences Type I Research Grant (2011)

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2004-05)