Catherine Nesci

Catherine Nesci
Professor
& Chair
Comparative Literature

Office Location

Phelps 5218

Specialization

Professor of French, affiliated with Comparative Literature & Feminist Studies

Education

  • 1987: PhD in French and Comparative Literature, University of Paris-7, Highest Honors
  • 1981: Agrégation de lettres modernes
  • 1980: MA, University of Paris-7, Highest Honors
  • 1978-1982: Fellow, Ecole Normale Supérieure
  • 1976: Baccalaureate in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, Highest Honors

Bio

Academic Positions

  • 2012-present: Chair, Comparative Literature Program, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • 2004-present: Professor of French, Dept of French and Italian, UC Santa Barbara
  • 2004-2008; 1996-1999: Chair, Dept of French and Italian, UC Santa Barbara
  • Summer 2001  Visiting Professor, Institut d’Etudes Françaises in Avignon, Bryn Mawr College
  • Fall 1999: Visiting Professor of History, Dept of History, University of Paris-7
  • 1986: appointed as Assistant Professor of French, Dept of French and Italian, UC Santa Barbara
  • 1982-86: Lecturer of French, Dept of French, Bryn Mawr College (except 1984-85)

Academic Distinctions and Awards

  • 2008 & 2014: Conference Grants, Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation, Inc.
  • 2000: Palmes Académiques, French Ministry of Education
  • 1999-2000: Quarter Scholar-in-Residency Grant, Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation, Inc
  • 1989-1990: Andrew W. Mellon post-Doctoral Fellowship, Department of French New York University
  • 1989-1990: American Council of Learned Societies, Fellow (1989-1990)

Research

Teaching & Research Foci

  • Nineteenth-Century and Twentieth-Century French & Francophone Studies
  • Urban and Spatial Studies
  • Comparative and World Literature
  • Literary Theory, Feminist & Gender Studies
  • Literature and the Press (18th-20th cent.)
  • History of French feminism (1789-present)
  • Film and Media Studies
  • German Studies (Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer)
  • Holocaust, Trauma, & Memory Studies

Main Professional Activities

Conference organizer

  • Organizer, “Urban Mysteries: Crime Fiction from Eugène Sue’s Mysteries of Paris to the American Noir.” Co-host: D. Jullien. Comparative Literature, Graduate Center for Literary Research, Department of French and Italian, & the Interdisciplinary Humaniti4es Center, UC Santa Barbara, February 27-28 & March 1, 2014. 
  • The 18th International George Sand Studies Conference: “Writing, Performance, and Theatricality in George Sand's Works” Department of French and Italian, UC Santa Barbara. Fall 2008.
  • Co-organizer of the International Colloquium for the Jean-Paul Sartre Centennial Celebration (1905-2005). With Ernest Sturm. Department of French and Italian, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara, November 29-December 4, 2005.
  • 20th Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth Century French Studies, “The Contours of Identity: Thresholds, Boundaries and Borders,” UC Santa Barbara, October 20-23, 1994. Co-host, Didier Maleuvre.

Projects

Working on sequel to 2007 book: Le Retour de la flâneuse, with chapters on women, literature and the visual and print media, including Colette, Violette Leduc, Agnès Varda, Annie Ernaux, Assia Djebar, Hélène Cixous, and Régine Robin.

Publications

Books

  • American Mysterymania: du récit des bas-fonds au film noir et au Steampunk/ American Mysterymania: from underworld fiction to film noir and Steampunk. Edited, in collanoration with Devin Fromm. Available on open access, March 2018. http://www.medias19.org/index.php?id=23807
  • Ecriture, performance et théâtralité dans l’œuvre de George Sand. Co-edited with Olivier Bara. Grenoble, France: ELLUG, 2014. 530 pages.
    [Writing, Performance, and Theatricality in George Sand's Works].
  • Le Flâneur et les flâneuses. Les femmes et la ville à l’époque romantique. Grenoble, France: Ellug, 2007. 440 pages.
    [Women, modernity,and the city in nineteenth-century Paris, with chapters on Walter Benjamin, Balzac, Delphine de Girardin, Flora Tristan, George Sand, and 19th-century panoramic literature].
  • Corps/Décors: Femmes, Orgie, Parodie. With associate editors Gretchen Van Slyke and Gerald Prince. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 1999.
  • La Femme mode d'emploi. Balzac, de la Physiologie du mariage à La Comédie humaine. Nicholasville (Kentucky): French Forum Publishers, 1992. 247 pages.
    [Gender divisions, discipline, and power in Balzac's Analytical Studies and their impact on fetishism and gendered representations in Balzac's Human Comedy].  

Edited Journals

  • Dix-Neuf. Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, "Delphine de Girardin: Une écriture expérimentale." 7 (October 2006).
  • The Romanic Review, "Soi-même comme une autre: Flora Tristan et les Pérégrinations d'une paria." 98.1 (January 2007). 187 pages.
  • "L'Oeuvre d'identité: Essais sur le romantisme, de Nodier à Baudelaire." Paragraphes 13 (1996). Co-edited with Didier Maleuvre.
     

And over 50 articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century print and visual culture in such journals as French Politics, Culture & Society, SubStance, Michigan Romance Studies, French Forum, L'Année balzacienneRomantisme, Textimage, and in book chapters (see list in attached cv).

Courses

Recent Courses:

French 155C:  Breaking the Chain. Gender, Sexuality & Ethnicity in Women’s Writings (France, 18th-21st Centuries)

French 231BPortrait de l’artiste en flâneur. Ville et modernité (Paris, XIXe siècle)

French 231B/Comparative Literature 200: Spectral Cities: Modernity, History, Post/Memory (from Balzac and Baudelaire to Sebald and Sebbar)

Comparative Literature 100: Migrant Tales and Tales Retold. Comparative Literature and/as World Literature

Comparative Literature 113: Trauma, (Post)Memory, Historiography

Comparative Literature 210: Reading Comparatively. Old and New Questions in “Comparative” Literature

German 164E: Franz Kafka: Defying Domination