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Mercédès Baillargeon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
World Languages and Cultures Department
Mahoney Hall


B.A. and M.A.: Literary Studies, (Women and Gender Studies), Université du Québec à Montréal
Ph.D.: Romance Languages and Literature, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 2014.


Mercédès Baillargeon, Ph.D., focuses on contemporary women's writing, gender and sexuality studies, critical theory, film theory, and Québec cinema. Prior to joining UML's Department of World Languages and Cultures, she was an associate professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the aesthetics, ethics, and politics of twentieth- and twenty-first-century first-person narrative, the intersection between public/private spaces and discourses, and the (de)construction of personal and/or collective identities. Her monograph, entitled Le Personnel est politique: médias, esthétique et politique de l'autofiction chez Christine Angot, Chloé Delaume et Nelly Arcan was published by Purdue University Press in the PSRL collection in 2019. She has co-edited, along with Karine Bertraind, Ph.D., from Queen's University (Kingston, Canada), a special issue of the journal Contemporary French Civilization on “The Transnationalism of Québec Cinema and (New) Media” (2019) as well as a special issue of the journal Nouvelles Vues: revue sur les pratiques, les théories et et l'histoire du cinéma au Québec on "Intercultural Encounters" (forthcoming). She is also a coeditor for a collection of essays on third-wave feminism in Québec, Remous, ressacs et dérivations autour de la troisième vague féministe, published by Éditions du Remue-ménage in 2011. Her current research explores the question of (post/trans)nationalism in Québec cinema of the new millennium.