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Kinga Zawada is Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She is an Associate Professor and holds a PhD. in French Literature from the University of Toronto. Her graduate training focused on the study of “mad” characters in French and Franco-Canadian theatre through the prism of theatre semiotics and theories of otherness in literary discourse. She is fascinated by the construction process of fictional characters by readers/spectators and the perception and reception of madness by contemporary audiences. She especially enjoys working on Michel Tremblay’s plays and novels as they offer a rich panoply of peculiar, “hors-norme”, strange, eccentric figures. Her current research focuses on the adaptations of Dionysian myths (god of wine, theatre and madness) in Camus’ writing.
Having lived in various francophone environments (Belgium and France), she relishes teaching French language courses and raising student awareness about cultural aspects of language acquisition. Her passion for language pedagogy incited her to pursue part-time graduate studies in the field of second language acquisition and complete a Masters’ Degree in “Didactique des langues et cultures : français langue étrangère et seconde” at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in partnership with CAVILAM. She is particularly interested in methods of integrating sociocultural competence and nonverbal communication strategies in the language teaching and learning process.