Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships honoree Fabrice Szabo.
Western student Fabrice Szabo has been named one of six recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the country’s most prestigious scholarships for doctoral students.
Szabo, seeking a PhD in French, studies adaptations of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece Les Misérables.
His thesis, Toward a Better World for Les Misérables, establishes adaptation as a mirror that deforms, reforms and informs the original work, thereby making the importance of choice in that adaption quite clear. His research then explores what filmmakers keep from an original work, how they deviate from it and what they choose to transform.
“I chose Western to benefit from bilingualism,” he says. “Les Misérables is a French novel, but many of its adaptations are in English, so it was important for me to join these two worlds.”
Beyond the books, Szabo enjoys the French Department tradition of ‘Atelier des Cinéphiles,’ a bi-monthly French movie night. He participates in the selection of the movies and its organization.
“The road toward a doctorate can be long and tortuous,” he says. “It’s a good idea to have it pass through Western.”
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