Professor of French, Director, Centre d'Excellence
Masha Belenky is a scholar of nineteenth-century French literature and culture. She received her M.A. from NYU and her Ph.D. in French Literature from Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests include 19th-c French popular culture, cultural studies, the genre of the novel, and urban studies. Her first book investigates representations of romantic jealousy in post-Revolutionary France. Her second book, Engine of Modernity: The Omnibus and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris examines the relationship between early mass transit and popular culture and ways in which they shaped the concept of modernity in France. Most recently, she has co-edited and co-translated (with Anne O’Neil-Henry) an anthology of popular literature from nineteenth-century France. She serves as co-editor of Dix-Neuf: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuvièmistes, as well as forum editor for H-France. She also serves on the executive committee of the Modern Language Association’s forum for 19th-century French literature.