Divisha Chummun Leader

Office: Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Murkland Hall Rm 210A, Durham, NH 03824
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Divisha Chummun grew up in Mauritius where her love for languages began, with four different ones coloring the different aspects of her daily life. She moved to the U.S. in 2009 for her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College in architectural studies, but soon began to discover her passion for literature. After graduating in 2012, it became clear that she wanted to pursue a teaching career in language and literature, which led her to thePh.D. program at Boston University. During her graduate studies, she examined the intricacies of identity in Mauritius as depicted in the work of artists from the island. Her work reflects on the critical role and impact of artistic expression in the understanding of complex backgrounds and multifaceted histories that contribute to the construction of a nation. She cross-examines the idealized image of the tropical island that circulates in the media and shows how literature is representing other realities. She published an article “Utopie, uchronie et folie: un combat contre la dystopie dans Soupir et Ève de ses décombres d’Ananda Devi” which highlights the failed quest of utopia in a place deprived of opportunities and that eventually leads to a state of madness. Through her future research, she not only wishes to further investigate other islands in the Indian Ocean such as Madagascar and the Comoros, but also to broaden her geographic interests as the world population continues to diversify through constant migration and globalization.


  • Ph.D., French Literature, Boston University
  • M.A., French Literature, Boston University
  • B.A., Architectural Studies, French, Mount Holyoke College

Research Interests

  • Francophone literature: the Indian Ocean
  • Translation theory and migration
  • Trauma Theory

Courses Taught

  • FREN 401: Elementary French I
  • FREN 402: Elementary French II
  • FREN 503: Intermediate French I
  • FREN 503W: Intermediate French I
  • FREN 526: Intro to Francophone Cultures
  • FREN 631: Adv French Reading/Writing