Contemporary literatures; critical theory; Holocaust studies; postcolonial studies; memory studies.
Medieval Cultural Studies, Translation Theory, Medieval Hispanism, Postcolonial Medievalism, Romance Philology, Sociolinguistics, Language and Gender, Queer Theory, Hungarian Studies, Holocaust Studies, Memoir, Literature and Folklore, Gender Studies.
A native French speaker from Montreal, I am a postdoctoral fellow in comparative literature at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. My research interests lie primarily in 20th-century French literature and Holocaust studies. My dissertation analyzed French and Italian written testimonies published by Nazi camp survivors in the immediate post-war years, focusing on their struggle with language and their handling of interdiscourse.
Writing studies, rhetoric, literary theory, modern fiction, film, Holocaust representations
Contemporary European Philiosophy
Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Postcolonial studies, indigenous studies, Memory & Trauma studies, nationalism, violence & terrorism, Comparative & World Literature, Visual Arts
I am the author of Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; paperback 2015) and Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation (Sussex Academic Press, 2005), both of which were shortlisted for the ESSE Book Award. I have also guest-edited special issues of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts(with Michael Rothberg) and Studies in the Novel (with Gert Buelens) on the topics of, respectively, transcultural negotiations of Holocaust memory and postcolonial trauma novels.
My next book projects are an introductory guide to the concept of trauma for Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series (with Lucy Bond) and an edited collection titled Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies (with Lucy Bond and Pieter Vermeulen), which is forthcoming with Berghahn.
Professor of American Literature and American Civilization; Brandeis University, Mass. Fulbright fellow (2001- 2002), J.F. Keedy Institute for North American Studies grantee (2003). Author of numerous studies on American literature; e.g. The Phenomenology of the Novel, 2002; Strategists of Assimilation: Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Anzia Yezierska, 2003; “Narrative Constructs and Border Transgressions in Jewish-American Holocaust Fiction”, Studies in Jewish American Literature, 28 (2009): 46-54; “La Roumanie et les Juifs. Pessimisme ou lucidité?” Cité, 29/2007, Presses Universitaire de France, 2007; “Delving into the Kernel: Teaching Bernard Malamud in Post-Communist Romania.” Imaginaires 14 Presses Universitaire de France (2010): 73-92; “Inescapable Colonization: Norman Manea’s Eternal Exile”. Literature in Exile of East and Central Europe. Ed. Agnieszka Gutthy. N.Y.: Peter Lang, 2009. His most recent publications are: “From Shtetl to the Hub: Mary Antin’s Networking Palimpsest,” Intercontinental Cross-Currents: Women’s (Net-)Works across Europe and the Americas (1776-1939), eds. Julia Nitz, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, and Theresa Schon, (2016, European Views of the United States – Universitätsverlag Winter); “Space and Place in Fictional Storyworlds,” Teaching Space, Place and Literature. Ed. Robert T. Tally Jr., London: Routledge, forthcoming – 2018.
19th- and 20th-century poetry and drama in English, German, French; opera; Holocaust history; history of aesthetic theory