People in French

La poĂ©tique de la durĂ©e s’efforce d’apaiser l’hier fiĂ©vreux, de tramer ce lointain devenir.

— Glissant

Debarati Sanyal

Professor and Head Graduate Adviser in French

  • Office Location: 4211 Dwinelle
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 - 5 pm, and by appointment

19th-century literature and culture; 20th-21st century studies; postwar French and Francophone intellectual culture; Holocaust studies; transcultural memory studies, narratives of political asylum.

Publications include:

Memory and Complicity: Migrations of Holocaust Remembrance (Fordham University Press, 2015).

“Peindre non la chose mais l’effet qui l’a produite” in Lectures du Spleen de Paris (ed. Steve Murphy, PUR, 2014)

The Violence of Modernity: Baudelaire, Irony and the Politics of Form (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)

Special Editor, Noeuds de mémoire: Multidirectional Memory in French and Francophone Culture, Yale French Studies 118/119, 2010.

“Reading Baudelaire in the Age of Terror” in Time for Baudelaire (Poetry, Theory, History), ed. Ellen Burt, Kevin Newmark, Elissa Marder (Yale French Studies), (in press).

“Ecologies de l’appartenance chez Camus” in Albert Camus au Quotidien   dir. AndrĂ© BenhaĂŻm, Aymeric Glacet  (Les Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, collection “Objet”, 2013).

“Auschwitz as Allegory in Night and Fog,” in Concentrationary Cinema:
Aesthetics and Political Resistance in and beyond Alain Resnais’s Night and Fog (ed. Griselda Pollock and Max Silverman, Bergahn Books, 2011). Awarded the Krazna-Krausz Prize for Best Book on the Moving Image 2011.

“Reading Nazi Memory in Jonathan Littell’s Les Bienveillantes“  in Vichy 2010, L’esprit Créateur, Winter 2010

“Crabwalk History: Torture, Allegory and Memory in Sartre,” in Noeuds de Mémoire: Multidirectional Memory in Postwar French and Francophone Culture (Yale French Studies 118/119, Nov. 2010).

“The French War” in The Cambridge Companion to the literature of World War Two (Cambridge, 2009).