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Michael O'Riley


Michael O'Riley is a specialist of cinema.  He enjoys teaching classes on cinema, terrorism, graphic novels, island culture, and postcolonial cultures.  His most recent book, Cinema in an Age of Terror: North Africa, Victimization, and Colonial History, was nominated for the Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize in History.  He has published two other books, Postcolonial Haunting and Victimization: Assia Ejebar's New Novels, and Francophone Culture and the Postcolonial Fascination with Ethnic Crimes and Colonial Aura.  He is also the author of a number of articles on French and Francophone literature and cinema as well as on postcolonial theory.  He has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship at Harvard for his work on cultural memory.  He is currently working on representations of terrorism, including 9/11.  Professor O'Riley is a former professional cyclist and enjoys competing as a professional duathlete in his spare time.

To see a recent interview with Professor O'Riley on his most recent book, click on the following link:

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  • FR310 – Literature and Film: Comic Books and Graphic Novels: From Tin Tin to Maus and Beyond


    Ph.D. University of Oregon 1998;
    M.A. Bowling Green University 1995