Jean-Philippe R Mathy

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Contact Information

2040 FLB

Office Hours

Fall 2019: by appt. only

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, Comparative and World Literature
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Recent Publications

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

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

Mathy, Jean-Philippe R "Seeing is disbelieving: The contested visibility of 9/11 in France". Frank, Svenja (editors). 9/11 in European Literature: Negotiating Identities against the Attacks and What Followed. Springer International Publishing. 2017, 105-129.

Mathy, Jean-Philippe R "The symptom of "American-style feminism""., Célestin, Roger DalMolin, Eliane de Courtivron, Isabelle (ed.). Beyond French Feminisms: Debates on Women, Culture and Politics in France 1980-2001. Palgrave Macmillan. 2016, 247-260.

Mathy, Jean-Philippe R "Lignes de fuite: Michel Ragon et Les Américains". and Leeman, Richard Jannière, Hélène (ed.). Michel Ragon: Critique d’art et d’architecture. Chapter 11, Presses Universitaires de Rennes. 2013, 149-162.

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