​​Leila Ennaili

Position:   Professor
Campus Address:  Pearce Hall, Room 313
Phone:  (989) 774-3447
Email:  ennai1l@cmich.edu


Fall 2021 Virtual Office Hours (Webex)

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Monday/Wednesday 4-5 PM; and at a different time by appointment (please email  me).


Research areas
Border studies, immigration in France, 20th and 21st cent. French Literature, French colonial culture, Francophone literature and cinema


Degrees and Universities
Ph. D. – French Studies – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011.
Master's Degree in English Language, Literature and Civilization - Université de Metz, France, 2003.

Selected Publications

Book chapters:

"Accented Mappings of France in a Globalized World: Le Havre (2011) and Samba (2014) Through the Lens of Cinéma-monde." Eds. Michael Gott & Thibaut Schilt. Cinéma-monde: Decentred Perspectives on Global Filmmaking in French, Edinburgh University Press, 216-236, 2018. 

"Filmer les migrants à Calais : une représentation aux frontières de la mémoire et de l'Europe." Eds. Marianne Bessy and Carole Salmon. Racines et déracinements au grand écran: trajectoires migratoires dans le cinéma français du XXIème siècle. Leiden: Brill Rodopi, 148-169, 2016.


Peer-Reviewed Articles:

"Galadio de Didier Daeninckx et la question de l'identité nationale." Modern & Contemporary France, 23:1, 17-33, 2015.

"Autopsy d'Un Sujet français." Nouvelles Études Francophones, 28:2, 161-176, 2013.


Proc​eeding​s:​

"La Blessure de Nicolas Klotz, ou la face cachée de la frontière." Eds. Corinne Maury and Philippe Ragel, Filmer les frontières. Presses Universitaires de Vincennes : Paris, 107-118, 2016.


Recent Conference Presentations:

"Hope under the Mud: Looking for a New Form of Society in the Jungle?" 20th/21st French & Francophone Studies Conference, Providence, RI, April 12-14, 2018.

"Les sens au/du travail." International Colloquium on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, April 6-8, 2017.

"Région et nation : la pensée de la terre chez Maurice Barrès au lendemain de la guerre franco-prussienne." 42nd Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, Brown University, Providence, RI, October 27-29, 2016.

"Des camps à la frontière : reconstitution de l'histoire dans No Pasarán d'Henri-François Imbert." 20th-21th Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium 2016, Saint-Louis, MO, March 17-19, 2016.

"Human Rights and the Roma Question in France in Documentary Images." Human Rights, Literature, the Arts, and Social Sciences International Conference, CMU, Mt. Pleasant, October 30-31, 2015.

​“Challenging the City of Light: Representing Immigrants in Paris.” Midwest MLA, Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014.

“Migrants in Calais: The Power of Documentary Images against Official Discourse.” Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France Annual Conference, Southampton (UK), September 9-11, 2014.

“Commémorer la Grande Guerre en littérature: le cas de 14 (2012) de Jean Echenoz.” 55th Annual Conference of The Society for French Studies, Aberdeen (UK), June 30 – July 2, 2014.

“Illegal Migrants in the North of France: A Humanitarian Crisis and a Crisis of the Humanitarian Discourse.” Human Rights, Literature, the Arts, and Social Sciences, Mount Pleasant, November 22-23, 2013.

“La face cachée de la frontière dans La Blessure  de Nicolas Klotz” Filmer les frontières. Toulouse (France), April 17th-20th, 2013.

“La figure fragmentée d’un Algérien dans Un sujet français d’Ali Magoudi” 20th-21th Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Atlanta, March 28th -30th, 2013.

“Die Schwarze Schande” (Black Shame) in 2010: Didier Daeninckx’s Galadio and the Redefinition of Borders. 20th-21th Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Long Beach, March 29th -31st, 2012.

“The Representation of Migrants in Calais and the Spectrum of the Algerian War.” Legacy of the Algerian War : Between Memory, History and Representations, Florida International University, Miami, March 22-23, 2012.


Courses taught

  • Foreigners in France (20th and 21st Centuries)
  • Contemporary French Literature​​
  • Francophone Literatures & Cultures
  • French Youth: Finding a Place in the Republic
  • ​​French for Business 

  • Elementary French I 
  • Elementary French II
  • Intermediate French I  
  • Intermediate French II 
  • Advanced Composition and Conversation ​