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Jean-Philippe R Mathy


Research Interests

Contemporary France
Modern French and European intellectual history
comparative cultural criticism
French/American cultural relations
critical theory
literature and philosophy

Research Description

My first book examined representations of "America" in French texts, including novels, plays, poetry, travel narratives, philosophical essays and cultural criticism. My second book looked at transatlantic national and republican traditions and conflicting notions such as multiculturalism, universalism, and communitarianism in France and the United States. I have recently published a study of recent debates in French culture from the vantage point of the idea of melancholia, with a focus on loss, mourning, and memory.

I am currently working on the descriptions and afterlives of 9/11 in France.


Ph.D. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris 1985

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor Emeritus, French and Italian
Professor Emeritus, Program in Comparative and World Literature

Recent Publications

Jean-Philippe, M. (2017). Science/fiction/politics: Jules Verne's Floridas. Journal of Transnational American Studies, 8(1).

Mathy, J. P. (2017). Le Terroir, l'Histoire, et la Vierge Noire: ce qui ne passe pas (encore) dans Soumission de Michel Houellebecq. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 21(3), 257-265.

Mathy, J. P. (2017). Seeing is disbelieving: The contested visibility of 9/11 in France. In S. Frank (Ed.), 9/11 in European Literature: Negotiating Identities against the Attacks and What Followed (pp. 105-129). Springer.

Mathy, J. P. (2016). The symptom of "American-style feminism". In R. Célestin, E. DalMolin, & I. de Courtivron (Eds.), Beyond French Feminisms: Debates on Women, Culture and Politics in France 1980-2001 (pp. 247-260). Palgrave Macmillan.

Mathy, J.-P. R. (2013). Lignes de fuite: Michel Ragon et Les Américains. In R. Leeman, & H. Jannière (Eds.), Michel Ragon: Critique d’art et d’architecture (pp. 149-162). Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

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