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Research & Publications

Current Projects

Vina Tirven Gadum’s main area of research is in the field of authorship attribution to pseudonymous works and works of disputed authorship. Applying standard authorship attribution methods, she evaluates the reliability of the concept that style is dictated by the subconscious and forms the “genetic” fingerprint of the writer’s work. She has demonstrated that the well-known French writer, Romain Gary, assumed a different “persona” and used a different linguistic fingerprint when he wrote the novel La Vie devant soi under the pseudonym of Émile Ajar for which he received a second “Goncourt”. She is now doing preliminary research on the writings of Alexandre Dumas-père with a view to establishing whether the real author behind the novels for which he is best known (Les Trois Mousquetaires, Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, La Reine Margot) could have been written (wholly or partly) by a ghost writer, namely, Auguste Jules Maquet. She is also exploring the writings of two modern women Francophone writers from L’Ile Maurice (Mauritius): namely Ananda Devi and Nathacha Appanah who have both received critical acclaim in France.

Selected Recent Publications

“The Works of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry” The Literary Encyclopedia. Forthcoming September 2012.

“Le Dernier Frère de Nathacha Appanah: l'internement des Juifs à la prison de Beau-Bassin, à l'Ile Maurice - une subalternité oubliée par la grande histoire” Voix plurielles 9 : 1 (2012) : 220-233

“Life and Works of Romain Gary/Émile Ajar.” The Literary Encyclopedia. (January 2011)

“Life and Works of Alexandre Dumas — père.” The Literary Encyclopedia. (September 2010)

“Mystification et Scandales littéraires en France et en Europe: de Jean-Baptiste Poquelin à Calixthe Beyala” The South Carolina Modern Language Review 9:1, (Summer 2010): 103-120

“Image des marginaux dans l’oeuvre de Gary/Ajar.” South Carolina Modern Language Review 7.1 (Fall 2008): 34-48

“Le thème de la Danse macabre dans Les Fleurs du Mal de Baudelaire.” Revue Nexilis Vol 1 (December 14, 2008): 1-10

“Linguistic Fingerprints and Literary Fraud” Text Technology: Technologizing the Humanities/Humanitizing the Technologies — Part I, Wright State University-Lake Campus 8.2 (Summer 1998): 24-44.

“Two methods of Author Identification” at the ALC/ACH Conference in Bergen in 1996.

Updated September 10 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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