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Alice Y Kaplan, Professor Emeritus of Romance Studies, Literature, and History; French Studies

Alice Y Kaplan

Professor of Romance Studies, Literature, and History (PhD, Yale, 1981). Her research interests include memory and history in post-World War II France, autobiography, and the cultural history of translation. Her graduate seminars have focused on issues in cultural studies, twentieth century French literature (Proust, CĂ©line, and Camus), theories of fascism, and autobiography. Her books include Reproductions of Banality: Fascism, Literature, and French Intellectual Life (1986); French Lessons (1993) and The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach (2000) which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History. Kaplan was the founding director of Duke's Center for French and Francophone Studies; she is a member of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and serves on the editorial board of SAQ.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  205 Languages Building
Office Phone:  919-660-3100
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PhDFrench Yale University1981
BA in FrenchUniversity of California - Berkeley1975
Year of StudyUniversité de Bordeaux III, Bordeaux, France1973

Research Interests:

20th Century French Literature, Politics and Culture, Translation - Theory and Practice

Areas of Interest:

20th Century French Literature
Politics and Culture
Translation - Theory and Practice

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Vanessa Doriott  
  • Justin Izzo  
  • Nichole Gleisner  
  • Mary LaMarca  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. A. Kaplan, Through French Eyes: Gender, Race, and American Justice in Liberated France, in In the War Zone (in press) (Accepted, 2008), University of North Carolina Press
  2. A. Kaplan, Lady of the Lake, The American Scholar, vol. 76 no. 4 (Accepted, September 22, 2007), pp. 71-83, Phi Beta Kappa Society
  3. A. Kaplan, A Scholar's Paris, The Academic Life Supplement, The Chronicle for Higher Education (Accepted, September 14, 2007), pp. 26-34
  4. A. Kaplan, L'Interprete" (April, 2007), Gallimard
  5. A. Kaplan, Authors on Record [interview by Ellen Fried], Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives and Record Administration (March, 2007), National Archives

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