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Sébastien Roldan

Assistant Professor

Sébastien Roldan Photo by Naniece Ibrahim
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Modern Languages and Literatures


  • Death / Dying
  • History
  • Language / Linguistics
  • Literature / Creative Writing
  • Philosophy / Ethics
  • Urban Geography
  • French Literature

Areas of Expertise:

  • Nineteenth-Century French Literature
  • Romanticism
  • Realism
  • Naturalism
  • Symbolism
  • French Studies
  • French-Canadian Terroir novels
  • Literary Philosophy
  • Literary Geography
  • Rivers in Literature

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Available To:

  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Write articles
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others


Sébastien Roldan joined the Modern Languages and Literatures department in the Summer of 2019. His research on the great French novelists of the 19th century (Hugo, Balzac, Zola, Flaubert, Maupassant, Daudet) focuses on the dialog that occurs between literature and philosophy in literary texts, be it prose, poetry, or drama. His dissertation tackled the question of suicide in the realist novel. He has studied and worked in Paris, Strasbourg and Montreal.