Professor of French
Debarati Sanyal is Professor and Head Graduate Adviser in the Department of French. Her studies focus on 19th-century literature and culture, 20th-21st century studies, postwar French and Francophone intellectual culture, Holocaust studies, transcultural memory studies, and narratives of political asylum. Professor Sanyal’s most recent publications include Memory and Complicity: Migrations of Holocaust Remembrance, “Peindre non la chose mais l’effet qui l’a produite” in Lectures du Spleen de Paris, The Violence of Modernity: Baudelaire, Irony and the Politics of Form, and Dangerous Intersections: Complicity, Trauma and Holocaust Memory. She has published articles on Alain Resnais, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Jonathan Littell, Giorgio Agamben, the memory of World War II, and Holocaust memory, and has also co-edited a two-volume issue of the Yale French Studies journal entitled Noueds de mémoire: Multidirectional Memory in French and Francophone Literature.