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MemberAriane Santerre

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 book, “La Littérature inouïe. Témoigner des camps dans l’après-guerre,” is forthcoming with the Presses universitaires de Rennes, and my current research project investigates Primo Levi and Romain Gary’s post-Holocaust humanism.

MemberIngrid Coleman Chafee

20th century French literature; French theatre; European art; Francophone studies; travel; politics; classical music; Norwegian culture and literature .My publications and most of my professional presentations were on the French-Romanian dramatist Eugène Ionesco. I live with my husband in Atlanta. We are both retired. We travel to Europe when possible, less often in the past five years; we are members of the local museum and symphony. I studied at Western College for Women(now Miami of Ohio); University of Virginia; and Emory University. I have two sons from a first marriage (my first husband died when they were young). I have no grandchildren. I had a non-academic career for a few years and became a technical writer and trainer in a software company at that time. I later used my computer experience in designing web pages for my classes, while I was still teaching.

MemberLynn Elizabeth Palermo

20th-century, especially between the wars: literature, cultural/intellectual history, decorative arts, architecture, Expositions Universelles; Surrealism, colonialism, modernism/modernity, political engagement; Le Corbusier, Louis Aragon, André Gide, André Breton.
Translation and translation studies. Business French. Pedagogy.
I teach all levels of French at an undergraduate Liberal Arts college.

MemberMatthew Brauer

Matthew Brauer is a PhD candidate in French/Francophone Studies at Northwestern University  and a member of the Middle East and North African Studies program. He studies Maghrebi literatures in comparative contexts, especially the Mediterranean and the francophone Caribbean across the 19th and 20th centuries. His research tracks the changing ways that literature relates (or is made to relate) to politics, especially through the transformations of literature and literary theory in circulation and translation and the interactions of literary and non-literary discourses (especially in archaeology and anthropology). His dissertation investigates the relation between literature and territory in Arabic- and French-language novels from the Maghreb. Other research interests include the periodical press, travel writing, and colonial literature in the 19th century Mediterranean.

MemberCecilia Benaglia

I am Assistant Professor of French and Italian literature in the European Studies department at San Diego State University. I hold a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and Masters’ degrees in Comparative Literature from Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle and Université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint-Denis. My dissertation (2017) explored the relationship between literature and politics in France and Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on writers Claude Simon and Carlo Emilio Gadda and using a sociological and sociocritical approach. My research interests include 20th and 21st century French, Francophone and Italian literature, the relation between politics and aesthetics, sociology of literature, translation studies and women’s and gender studies.