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Jennifer Willging is an Associate Professor of French at The Ohio State University. She earned her PhD from Northwestern University specializing in 20th- and 21st-century French literature and culture.
She has published a book titled Telling Anxiety (University of Toronto Press) on “anxious” narration in women’s writing in postwar France, as well as numerous articles on French writers from Louis-Ferdinand Céline to Michel Houellebecq. She has a special interest in France during the Second World War, when literary and cultural output was deeply influenced by four years of German occupation. She is currently working on a new book on contemporary French critiques of happiness as dominant cultural value.
FALL 2021 SEMINARS
LITERATURE & FILM
Encountering Paris in Literature & Film
In this seminar we will explore the inimitable city of Paris as depicted in French literature and cinema over the last two centuries. While most of these works represent Paris as a preeminently modern city both in its landscape and in the mentalities of its inhabitants, others incite a yearning nostalgia for a Paris of the Belle Époque, before the horrors and the two world wars and the brutal modernization of the 1960s and ‘70s. We will look at the transformation of Paris from the Industrial Age forward and situate these.