Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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Leslie Kealhofer-Kemp

  • Assistant Professor of French
  • Swan Hall 131 - Office Hours: MWF 12:00-12:50
  • Phone: 401.874.4699
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Professor Kealhofer-Kemp’s research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary, focusing on contemporary French cinema and television, and specifically, the representations of immigrants and minority ethnic populations in France. She is the author of Muslim Women in French Cinema: Voices of Maghrebi Migrants in France (Liverpool University Press, 2015), the first comprehensive study on the cinematic representations of first-generation Maghrebi women in France. It compares the ways in which the experiences of Maghrebi migrant women are represented in a corpus of over sixty films spanning documentaries, short films, téléfilms, and feature-length films. In examining the films through the prism of concepts such as voice, representation, and agency, the book considers how the voices and experiences of Maghrebi women are “framed” through different film forms. The analysis shows that when the full span of the corpus is considered, representations of Maghrebi women are far more diverse and often more empowered than has generally been thought.


  • Ph.D., French, Florida State University, 2011
  • M.A., French Literature with a specialization in Francophone Studies, Florida State University, 2008
  • B.A., French & Political Science, University of Notre Dame, 2006


Muslim Women in French Cinema: Voices of Maghrebi Migrants in France
Liverpool University Press, 2015
Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 41

Kealhofer-Kemp, Leslie. “Unpacking the Success and Criticisms of Intouchables (2011).” French Cultural Studies for the 21st Century. Ed. Masha Belenky, Kathryn Kleppinger, and Anne O’Neil-Henry. University of Delaware Press, 2017. 155-70.

Kealhofer-Kemp, Leslie. “Leïla Bekhti, Rachida Brakni, and the New Place of Maghrebi-French Actresses in French Cinema.” Contemporary French Civilization 40.1 (2015): 49-70.

Kealhofer-Kemp, Leslie. “La banlieue au féminin : l’image des femmes maghrébines et d’origine maghrébine dans la série Aïcha de Yamina Benguigui.” Migrations société 26.151. (2014) p. 141-52.

Kealhofer-Kemp, Leslie. “Mothers, Daughters, and the Transmission of Memory in Documentaries Directed by Women of Maghrebi Origin in France.” Studies in French Cinema 13.3. (2013) p. 227-40.

Kealhofer, Leslie. “Maghrebi-French Women in French Téléfilms: Sexuality, Gender, and Tradition, from Leïla née en France (1993) to Aïcha: les vacances infernales (2012).” Modern and Contemporary France 12:2. (2013) p. 183-98.

Kealhofer, Leslie. “‘Elle et moi, on est comme des sœurs’: the dynamics of intercultural female friendship in Philippe Faucon’s Dans la vie (2007).” Expressions maghrébines 11.1. (2012) p. 205-16.

Kealhofer, Leslie. “Un nouveau regard cinématographique sur les femmes maghrébines en France,” in Femme en Francophonie (Volume 2). Ed. Anne Pauzet and Sophie Roch-Veiras. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2012. p. 59-71.

Kealhofer, Leslie. “‘Raconter leur histoire, c’est faire entendre leurs voix’: Un Entretien avec Fatiha Benatsou.” The French Review. Vol. 85.3. (2012) p. 78-87.

Kealhofer, Leslie. “Les voix des femmes maghrébines en France dans les court-métrages: Le rôle des objets.” Migrance 37, special issue entitled “Images et représentations des Maghrébins dans le cinéma en France.” (2011) p. 33-37.

Kealhofer, Leslie. “Veiled Voices in the Films of Yamina Benguigui.” Studies in French Cinema 11:3. (2011) p. 207-21.

with Alec G. Hargreaves, “Back to the Future? Language Use in Films by Second – Generation North Africans in France,” in Polyglot Cinema: Migration and Transcultural Narration in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.Ed.Verena Berger and Miya Komori. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2010. p. 75-87.

Courses Taught at URI

  • FRN 101: Beginning French I
  • FRN 204: Composition I
  • FRN 310: Modern French Literature and Culture
  • FRN 320: Studies in French Cinema: “Crossing Borders in Contemporary French Film: Screening Immigration, Identity, and Differences”
  • FRN 412: Topics in French Culture and Literature
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  • “Colonial and Post-Colonial France on Film: Immigration and the North African Population in France”
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  • “Visions of Childhood in Francophone Literature and Film”
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  • “Identité, Diversité, Mixité in France and French Cinema”
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  • “French Politics and Culture through the Lens of the 2017 French Presidential Election”
  • FRN 497: Directed Study, “Contemporary Cinema of the French-Speaking World”

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