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Anne Brancky Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Anne Brancky completed a BA in French at DePaul University in Chicago, and went on to receive her MA and PhD in French literature at New York University. Her recent teaching and research have focused on literature and crime, visual cultures, autotheory and political self-writing, feminist theory and praxis, television, and the reciprocal relationship between French-language literature and the popular media in the 20th and 21st centuries. She also teaches in the Women’s Studies Program.

Her work has been published in The French Review, Interférences Littéraires and the collected volume French Cultural Studies for the Twenty-First Century (University of Delaware Press, 2017). Her book, The Crimes of Marguerite Duras: Literature and the Media in Twentieth-Century France, is now available from Cambridge University Press. 

  • BA, DePaul University; MPhil, MA, PhD, New York University
  • At Vassar since 2014

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Research and Academic Interests

  • 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone Literatures
  • Literature and the Media
  • Visual Cultures
  • Popular Culture
  • The Fait Divers
  • Crime
  • Feminist Theory and Queer Theory
  • Autobiographical Writing

Courses

  • FFS 348. Personal Politics in French-Language Autofiction
  • FFS 292. Independent Work on Pre-Study Away Projects (half-unit intensive)
  • WMST 130. Introduction to Women's Studies

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Anne Brancky completed a BA in French at DePaul University in Chicago, and went on to receive her MA and PhD in French literature at New York University. Her recent teaching and research have focused on literature and crime, visual cultures, autotheory and political self-writing, feminist theory and praxis, television, and the reciprocal relationship between French-language literature and the popular media in the 20th and 21st centuries. She also teaches in the Women’s Studies Program.

Her book, The Crimes of Marguerite Duras: Literature and the Media in 20th-Century France (2020, Cambridge University Press), offers an innovative framework for analyzing Duras’s literary works and journalism as they relate to the mass media and broader cultural debates. Anne Brancky reveals how Duras’s predilection for provocatively blurring the line between truth and fiction on various media platforms helped make her a best-selling author and a public intellectual ahead of her time. Exploring the movement between serious literature and public scandal, this book affirms literature’s abiding role in political debate and the public sphere.

Her work on Duras has been published in The French Review, Interférences Littéraires and the collected volume French Cultural Studies for the Twenty-First Century (University of Delaware Press, 2017).

A Fergusson Grant in 2019-2020 has enabled Dr. Brancky to begin experimenting with virtual reality and 360 camera technologies as pedagogical instruments. She is interested in exploring authentic, engaging, and distraction-free tools to practice listening comprehension and cultural competencies that can respond to various learning styles and provide broader access to immersive language experiences.