I am an Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures (French). I received a B.A. in French and Art History from Williams College in 2007 and a Ph.D in French from Yale University in 2014.

I am interested in feminist writing and theory, the novel (in particular, the contemporary novel), and, more broadly, the ethical and political implications of writing and reading fiction. While I specialize in 20th- and 21st-century French literature, I have a soft spot for literature from the 18th and 19th centuries, despite the myriad ways it has of killing off its women.

My first book, Unbecoming Language: Anti-Identitarian French Feminist Fictions (Ohio State University Press, 2018), uses the collective corpus of Nathalie Sarraute, Monique Wittig, and Anne Garréta to theorize a feminist poetics that hollows out difference and reworks our subjectivities so that we can break free of identity and exist as subjectivities without subjecthood. I am currently working on a second book, Cacaphonies: The Excremental Canon (under contract with the University of Minnesota Press), which examines the deeply excremental nature of the modern and contemporary French canon and works to combat the deodorization of the French literary imaginary.

annabel_kim@fas.harvard.edu