Catherine Nesci
Phelps 5218

Nesci CV

A Professor of Comparative Literature and French Studies at UC Santa Barbara with courtesy appointment in the Departments of Germanic & Slavic Studies and Feminist Studies, I work at the interface of gender and literary urban studies in modern and contemporary French and Western literatures. I co-direct the “Culture & Conflict” series for the Walter de Gruyter Publisher (Berlin / Boston). After a research career dedicated to nineteenth-century French studies, including Romantic illustration and graphic cultures, my new scholarly interests now belong to memory studies, Holocaust & Jewish studies, disability and care in world literature. My research grants include the American Council of Learned Societies, the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation, and a Mellon Fellowship with the Department of French at New York University. In addition to UC Santa Barbara, I have taught at Bryn Mawr College, New York University, and the University of Paris-7 Denis Diderot. I have authored two monographs and co-edited three books, and published over 70 articles and chapters. I am currently working on a book-manuscript on narratives and cities as repositories of memory in texts authored by contemporary French-speaking women writers. My main research and teaching interests cover French & European Modernism; urban genres (flânerie, detection, Noir, the underworld, the popular novel, literary cartographies); gendered cityscapes, gendered embodiments; care, remediation, and literature; memory studies; Shoah & genocide studies; and disability studies.