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Margot Szarke

Weds 12-1pm(ZOOM) and Friday 9-10am in person (4216 Dwinelle Hall)

Research Areas

Margot’s research investigates the intersections of culture, medicine, and technology in the long nineteenth century, with a focus on how literary texts remap the functions of the five senses. Her interests include naturalism, French impressionism, cognitive studies, affect theory, sound studies, and medical humanities. 



Since completing her Ph.D. in 2016, Margot has been a lecturer in the French department at UC Berkeley where she teaches a wide range of courses and materials. As a Berkeley Language Center fellow, Margot has developed curricula for lower division French language courses. She is a recipient of the campus-wide Teaching Effectiveness Award. Her article, "Modern Sensitivity: Emile Zola's Synaesthetic Cheeses," was awarded the 2021 Society of Dix-Neuviémistes Publication Prize.

Selected Publications


"Textual ‘Piqûres’: Vaccination in the Hands of Nineteenth-Century French Writers." forthcoming

"Novel Touch: Feeling Fabric in Zola's Au Bonheur des Dames." French Forum, vol. 46, no. 1, Spring 2021, pp. 1-18

"Using a Literacy-Based Approach to Elicit and Examine Forms of Attention." L2 Journal, Vol. 13, issue 1 (2021), pp. 108-111

Modern Sensitivity: Emile Zola's Synaesthetic Cheeses.” French Studies, issue 74:2, April 2020, pp. 203-222 

“Copies and Perceptions: Human Expression in Duchenne and Zola.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, vol. 47, nos. 1 & 2, Fall-Winter 2018-2019, pp. 114-131