Catherine Perry


Romance Languages & Literatures

Catherine Perry, associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has lived in three continents: the United States, Europe and Africa. A teacher of French and Francophone literatures from the 19th century to the present, she works on intellectual history, gender studies, representations of North Africa in European literature and painting, and francophone literatures from Morocco and Algeria. Her book Persephone Unbound: Dionysian Aesthetics in the Works of Anna de Noailles studies the writings of a woman poet in relation to philosophical and aesthetic currents in early 20th-century Europe. Having lived in Morocco for over ten years, Catherine Perry is also interested in Moroccan witness literature and published an article on Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail, by Malika Oufkir and Michèle Fitoussi. She is presently studying representations of Islam in contemporary Francophone literature by writers of Muslim origins. In her courses, besides some of the classics of French literature, she is keen on teaching books and films that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. She has recently offered courses on Marcel Proust, French literature of the fin de siècle and the Belle Époque, French travelers to North Africa, women writers from the 20th century to the present, contemporary French and Francophone literatures and film, and, for seminars in English, European fiction at the turn of the twentieth century, and rebels, vagrants, and outsiders in French literature and film. A recipient of the Kaneb Award for Teaching Excellence, the Distinguished Notre Dame Woman Award, and the Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Catherine Perry is a chevalier in the French national order, “Ordre des palmes académiques,” a fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. 2003-2005 President of the association Conseil International d’Études Francophones, she also served from 2004 to 2009 as Editor in Chief of CIÉF’s refereed journal, Nouvelles Études Francophones.