Maria is a specialist of 19th-century French literature, media and mass culture with particular attention to questions of gender and affect. Her published articles and current research projects are framed by considerations of the material marketplaces that texts and bodies share and thus incorporate elements of medical humanities, feminist, queer and postcolonial theory, media criticism and theories of representation. She aims to investigate the relationship between the historically determined category of sensationalism and the emergence of an unprecedentedly gendered and exclusionary narrative and print culture. She has taught previously at Rutgers and NYU Paris and is currently teaching courses in contemporary written French and French and Francophone media.
Ph.D. in French, New York University
M.A. in Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
B.A., University of British Columbia, Canada
19th-century French literature, media and mass culture, sensationalism and abjection, women in/and the medical humanities, queer and feminist theory, postcolonial studies and orientalism
“Où sa main l’entraînait : la hantise du secondaire dans la Main enchantée.” Revue Nerval 3, eds. Jean-Nicolas Illouz and Henri Scepi, Paris, éditions Classiques Garnier, 2019.
“Gilets Rouges : les dandys militants du romantisme français.” Le dandysme, de l’histoire au mythe, ed. Edyta Kociubińska, New York, Peter Lang, 2019.
“Chiens fidèles, chiens fugueurs : l’histoire de deux histoires du Roi de Bohême de Charles Nodier.” Forthcoming in the published proceedings of The Long and Short of It, eds. Claudie Bernard and Chantal Massol, Grenoble, Université Grenoble-Alpes, 2019.