People in French

La poétique de la durée s'efforce d'apaiser l'hier fiévreux, de tramer ce lointain devenir.


Debarati Sanyal

Professor and Head Graduate Adviser in French

  • Office Location: 4211 Dwinelle
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 2 - 4 and by appointment

19th-century literature and culture; 20th-21st century studies; postwar French and Francophone intellectual culture; Holocaust studies; transcultural memory studies; critical refugee studies.

Select Publications


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

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

Special Editor with Michael Rothberg and Max Silverman, Noeuds de mémoire: Multidirectional Memory in French and Francophone Culture (Yale French Studies 118/119, 2010).

Some recent articles:

“Calais’s ‘Jungle’: Refugees, Biopolitics, and the Arts of Resistance” (Representationsno.139, Summer 2017).

“The City as Heterotopia: Sylvain George’s Paris est une fĂȘte “(La Furia Umana no.31, 2017).

“A Tour through Baudelaire’s Fight Clubs,” in Approaches to Teaching Baudelaire’s Prose Poems (MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, 2017)

“Modiano’s Memoryscapes” (Public Books, October 2015).

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

“Reading Baudelaire in the Age of Terror” in Time for Baudelaire: Poetry, Theory, History, (Yale French Studies vols. 125-125, 2014).

“Ecologies de l’appartenance chez Camus” in Albert Camus au Quotidien  (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 CrĂ©ateur, Winter 2010

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