Nancy M. Arenberg

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Dr. Nancy Arenberg (B.A., Grinnell College, 1982; M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1989; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1996) came to the Department of Foreign Languages in 1996 as an Associate Professor of French. She has published various articles of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature. Her area of specialization focuses on epistolary fiction, feminist theory, and Francophone literature. Dr. Arenberg's current research focuses on contemporary North African women authors and transnational minority writers, mainly Jewish Francophone writers.

Selected Publications:


  • Textual Transvestism:  (Re)Visions of Heloise (17th-18th Centuries)  Amsterdam: 
                Rodopi, 2014.


  •  “Searching for the Missing Warrior:  Resurrecting the Mother in Djebar’s La Femme sans
                 sépulture.”   Echo:  A Polyglot and Cross Cultural Journal  4 (2005):  1-24.
  • “Mobile Bodies and Kindred Sisters in Djebar’s Ombre sultane,”   The French Review 
                 82.2 (2008):  353-365.
  • “Resurrecting the Lost Mother:  Postmemory and Mourning in Nine Moati’s Mon enfant,
                 ma mère.”  Dalhousie French Studies 81 (2007):  119-127.
  • “Memory and Exile:  Confronting Jewish Identity in Colette Fellous’s Aujourd’hui.”
                 CELAAN 7 1.2 (2009):  99-110.
  • “Pushing Boundaries:  Transgression and Resistance in Sebbar’s Les Femmes au bain.”
                New Zealand Journal of French Studies  33.1 (2012):  87-105.
  • “Idyllic Spaces:  Marriage and Politics in the Montpensier-Motteville Correspondence.”
                Papers on French Seventeenth Century  40.78 (2013):  65-79.

 Chapters in Books:

  • “Voracious Bodies in Blais’ and Hébert’s Parisian Novels.” The Art and Genius of Anne  Hébert:
                Essays on her Work.  Ed. Janis Pallister.  Madison & Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson University
                Press, 2001.
  •  “Paternal Loss and Mourning:  Recovering Jewish Traditions in Bensoussan’s Le Dernier
                Devoir.”  Masculinities in Twentieth-and Twenty-first Century French and
                Francophone Literature.  Ed.  Edith Vandervoort.  Cambridge:  Cambridge
                Scholars Publishing, Ltd.  2011.  64-75.
  •  “Memories and Nostalgia:  Discovering the Mother in Tahar Ben Jelloun’s Sur
                ma mère.”  As Time Goes by:  Portraits of Age. Eds. Joy Charnley & Caroline Verdier.
                Cambridge:  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Ltd.  2013.  1-17.