E. Solaire Denaud (she/her/hers) is a French and Haitian Ph.D. student in the Comparative Literature Program. Her research focuses on race and animality in Caribbean literature as well as occurrences of Black plant-based diets throughout the Black Diaspora. More broadly, she is interested in literary conceptions of ecologies and animal ethics in Black literature and their entanglement with postcolonial and anti-racist resistances. Solaire also hosts a podcast on Black plant-based diets in French/creole-speaking contexts (i.e., West-Africa/Caribbean/Europe) as well as a blog on the same topic. Additionally, Solaire produces educational resources about neutral/non-binary French and its role in threatening the French colonial project of “Francophonie,” the spreading of French language and culture in former and current French colonies.
Read Solaire’s post on the Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Blog on the Ital diet, the Rastafari movement’s strictly plant-based diet.
Learn more about Solaire’s research in this short video: