Vina Tirven–Gadum, Athabasca University

Associate Professor Athabasca, Alberta vinat@athabascau.ca Office: (186) 641-2503 ext. 1
(780) 434-0378

Bio/Research

She has a Doctorate in French Literature and specialises in the Twentieth Century French novel. Her main area of research is in the field of Authorship Attribution to contested and pseudonymous texts; she tests the hypothesis that style is dictated by the subconscious and forms the “genetic” fing...

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Bio/Research

She has a Doctorate in French Literature and specialises in the Twentieth Century French novel. Her main area of research is in the field of Authorship Attribution to contested and pseudonymous texts; she tests the hypothesis that style is dictated by the subconscious and forms the “genetic” fingerprint of the writer’s work. Applying standard authorship attribution methods, she evaluates the reliability of this concept in light of the pseudonymous works of Romain Gary.

This kind of analysis requires a solid knowledge of traditional methods of literary analysis, a good knowledge of Statistics and Stylistics, knowledge of Linguistics and of computer technology. She is also interested in 19th Century French Literature (poetry, novel, theatre), French literature of the Middle Ages, of the 17th and the 18th Centuries, as well as the writings of Francophone writers outside France. Recently she has been exploring the writings of Ananda Devi and Nathacha Appanah, two modern women Francophone writers from L’Ile Maurice (Mauritius). She is also interested in pursuing the idea of delivering French lessons on Mobile devises.


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