I am an Assistant 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, which examines the deeply excremental nature of the modern and contemporary French canon and works to combat the deodorization of the French literary imaginary.
On leave 2018-19