Jason Hong

Academic Year: 
2019-20
Direction: 
From Yale
Exchange Partners: 
Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Project Title: 
A Different Worldview: Francophone Literature, Monde, and the Resistance to the Universal

Jason Hong is a PhD candidate in the Department of French at Yale University. His research interests focus on reading Francophone literature from a global perspective, especially through theories of globalization, transnationalism, and world literature. He has worked extensively on literatures from Vietnam, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean. His dissertation traces an intellectual genealogy of “monde” in Francophone writing from the early twentieth century to the present day, ultimately arguing for “monde” as a uniquely francophone tradition for negotiating difference against the universal. His academic work has been supported by the Clara Levillain Prize, the Beinecke Scholarship, and a FLAS fellowship in African studies, among others. In addition to the M.A. in French from Yale, Jason received his B.A. in French and Francophone Studies (honors, summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).