Upcoming Events at the Maison Française


Thomas Dodman has just published Une Histoire de la guerre with the Editions du Seuil, a global history of war in all its facets from the nineteenth century to the present, featuring contributions by 60 specialists from 6 different countries.

Kaiama L. Glover has been promoted to full professor (spring 2018). The same semester brought the publication of her translation of René Depestre's Hadriana dans tous mes rêves. Professor Glover will serve as an inaugural fellow of the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Joanna Stalnaker has been named the Paul Brooke Program Chair for Literature Humanities for a three-year term beginning in the fall of 2018.

Joanna Stalnaker published “Les bouquets de Jean Starobinski” in the latest issue of Critique (no. 853-854, juin-juillet 2018).

Eliza Zingesser is the recipient of a Spring 2018 Junior Faculty Grant from the Provost for her book manuscript, research symposium and new translation.

The Department of French is happy to welcome Professors  Aubrey Gabel  and Camille Robcis as the newest members of its faculty. Aubrey Gabel is a specialist of contemporary French literature and visual culture. Her dissertation, “Serious Play: Formal Innovation and Politics in French literature from the 1950s to the present,” examines how literary games have been interwoven with political theory and practice. Camille Robcis is an intellectual and cultural historian of Modern Europe, principally of modern French culture and thought. Her book The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Pyschoanalysis, and the Family in France (Cornell UP, 2013) has been celebrated as a groundbreaking study on how a network of influential discourses (anthropological, psychoanalytic, religious, legal, political, historiographical) have contributed to the structuring role in French public debate and policy of the heterosexual family.

Additions to the graduate student community (Fall 2018) are: Ellen Burns (Trinity College, Dublin); Zachary Desjardins-Mooney (McGill University); Jeanne Devautour Choi  (ENS Lyon); Anna Langewiesche (Kenyon College); Soraya Limare (ENS Paris); Katherine Manansala (Boston College); Kaitlyn Matrassi (Ithaca College); Noah Mintz (Vassar College); Nyi Nyi Ohn Mint (Bard College); Emily Paull (University of Michigan); André Pettman (University of Arizona).

Recent Publications

Une histoire de la guerre book jacket

Thomas Dodman's Une Histoire de la guerre, published with the Editions du Seuil, is a global history of war in all its facets from the nineteenth century to the present. 

Hadriana in All My Dreams book jacket

Translated from French by Kaiama L. Glover, René Depestre's novel Hadriana dans tous mes rêves.

What Nostalgia Was book jacket

Thomas Dodman's, What Nostalgia Was, tells the story of how people used to die of nostalgia, or a severe form of homesickness, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.