Masha Belenky

Masha Belenky

Professor of French
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6937
[email protected]

Professor Belenky joined the George Washington University in 2001. She received her M.A. from NYU and her Ph.D. in French Literature from Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests focus on nineteenth-century French literature and culture, the genre of the novel, cultural studies, urban studies and material culture.  Her first book examines the discourses on romantic jealousy in post-Revolutionary France. Her new book, Engine of ModernityThe Omnibus and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris focuses on 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.





  Books and edited volumes:


  • “Disordered Topographies in Zola’s La Curée,” Romance Notes, 53. 1 (2013)
  • “Transitory Tales: Omnibus in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Dix-Neuf, 16:3 (November 2012)
  • “Nomadic Encounters: Leïla Sebbar Reads Isabelle Eberhardt,” Dalhousie French Studies, 95.4 (Fall 2011)
  • “Feydeau in the Public Eye: Jealousy, Marriage, and the Bourgeois Culture of Possession,” Romance Studies, 25.3 (2007)
  • “From Transit to Transitoire: Omnibus and Modernity,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies 35. 1 & 2 (2007)
  • “Letters, Lies, and Legible Urban Space in Balzac’s Ferragus,” Romance Notes 45.2 (2005)
  • "Gender Reversals: Reading Jealousy in Balzac and Rachilde" in Visions/Revisions: Essays in Nineteenth-Century French Culture. Ed. Nigel Harkness (New York: Peter Lang, 2003)







Classes Taught

French 2500: The Cultural Politics of Food in France

French 4540: Power, Politics and the Press in Nineteenth-Century France

French 4540: Windows on Paris: Writing the City in the Nineteenth Century

French 4540: High Culture and Low Culture in Nineteenth-Century France

French 3600: Victor Hugo and the Nineteenth Century

French 4470: Writing Women

French 4910 &4920: Proseminar for French Majors

French 3500: Jewish Culture in Modern France