Alexa Rae Barger
Research Interest: 19th-21st century French literature • Afro-diasporic women writers • Southern France
Alexa Rae Barger is a graduate student in the French and Francophone Studies department. She received a B.A. in Transcultural Francophone Studies (with a minor in Spanish) from Mills College and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. Her research focuses on novels, memoirs, and criticism by women writers from Africa and its diasporas in the Caribbean and metropolitan France. She is especially drawn to global bonds among Black feminist critics in Anglophone and Francophone contexts.
More broadly, she explores expressions and examinations of cultural and regional identities in metropolitan France. Since 2016, she has studied and traveled primarily in France’s southern region, from Bordeaux to Aix-en-Provence. She is interested in the histories and cultures that have emerged throughout Southern France, the region’s centuries of transnational and intercultural connections, and the artistic and culinary legacies that continue to develop as a result of these relationships.
She has studied literature in French, Spanish, and Italian, and plans to study Catalan, modern Occitan, and Haitian Creole during her time at UCLA.
Expanded research interests: 19th-21st century French-language literature; narratives of migration and exile; women writers of Africa and its diasporas; Black feminism and Afroféminisme; Southern France; Atlantic studies; Mediterranean studies; food, culture, and identity