Richard J. Gray II is assistant professor of French at Ashland University in Ohio. His fields of study include interdisciplinary approaches to French literary studies, Post-colonial studies, and Francophone studies. His current project is a monograph entitled Francophone African Poetic Literature: A Sociocultural History (2014). He is also editor of The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga: Critical Essays (2012) and co-editor (with Betty Kaklamanidou) of Film and Television Superheroes in the New Millennium: Politics, Gender and Genre (2011). His articles include “Sexual Politics: Mapping the Body in Marguerite Duras’s L’Amant” in Romanica Silesiana 8 (2014), “Writing from the Left Bank: Reading Richard Wright’s Native Son and The Outsider against the Backdrop of Communism and French Existentialism” in Black Writers and the Left, Ed. Kristin Moriah, Cambridge Scholars (2013), “Moving Beyond the Margins: Identity Fragmentation in Visual Representation in Michel Tournier’s La Goutte d’or” in Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 2 (2012), “A Matter of Fundamentals: Sound and Silence in the Radio Drama of Samuel Beckett” in Babilónia – Revista Lusófona de Línguas, Culturas e Tradução10/11 (2011), and “Performing War: Vichyite Ideology from Across the Sea in Camille Morel’s poetic radio dramatic work ‘France!..Présent!.. Poème épique Radiophonique et Théâtral en un acte et deux tableaux’” in InterCulture 5:3 (2008).
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Purdue University
B.A., Eastern Michigan University