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Shanna Mumm

Shanna Mumm
Sessional Instructor of French and Literature

Office: L284
Email: shanna.mumm@concordia.ab.ca

Education and Interests:


  • French Literature and Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Dissertation: Léopold Sédar Senghor’s Revolution of 1889 and Littérature-monde: Awakening Intuition
  • SSHRC Doctoral Award recipient

MA | 2011 | Dalhousie University

  • International Development Studies
  • Dissertation: Senghor’s Contribution to Development: Culture, Cosmopolitanism and Earth Wisdom
  • SSHRC MA recipient

BA | 2005 | University of saskatchewan

  • Double Honours in English and Political Studies (High Honours)

I have many interests in the realms of literature, cultural studies and philosophy. My PhD dissertation explores literary intuition as epistemology. My intent was to build a theory of language that considered how words (poetry, literature, writing in general) transmit meaning and knowledge beyond that which is immediately analyzable. I am a specialist in the works of Léopold Senghor Sédar and of World Literature. More broadly, my areas of interest include postcolonial literary studies, francophone studies, African and Black diaspora studies, Women’s and Gender studies, Bergsonian philosophy, poetry, writing, development studies, environmental theory and comparative literature.

I have taught French courses and World Literature courses at the University of Alberta, at MacEwan University and at Concordia University of Edmonton.


Shanna Mumm. “The Dialogue of Creative Expression: Of Rhythm and the Flesh,” Journal on African Philosophy, Special issue: “Léopold Sedar Senghor: Prospects and Perspectives,” May 2016, edited by Azuka Nzegwu and Cheikh Thiam.

Shanna Mumm. “Bibliographie de Michael Delisle,” Voix et Images, 38: 3, summer 2013, edited by Daniel Laforest and Michel Nareau.

Shanna Mumm. “Marc Chagall: The Colour of Love.” Review of art exhibit, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies/ Revue d’Études Interculturelles de l’Image. Elicitations section, summer 2013, edited by Tara Milbrandt.