Kate Bonin

Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures

135 Easton 1 (215) 572-4037

About Me

Areas Of Focus

18th and 19th century French novels, French and Francophone film. contemporary Francophone/Sub-Saharan African literature and civilization

Languages
English, French, Spanish

Education History

University of California, Berkeley 2003

Doctor of Philosophy, Major in French

University of California, Berkeley 1997

Master of Arts, Major in French

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Douglass College) 1994

Bachelor of Arts, Major in French and English

Publications

Author 2015

“Troubadours, Taxidermy and Transcendence: Reading Flaubert’s ‘Un cœur simple’ with Sand’s ‘Les ailes de courage'”

Article, The French Review Vol. 88.3

Author 2014

“Quintinie, Quarrels and Silence: The arguments in and about George Sand’s roman à thèse.”

Article, Women in French Studies Vol. 22 (2014): 20-31.

Author 2009

“The Edifying Spectacle of a Drowned Woman: Sympathy and Irony in Indiana”

Article, George Sand Studies 28 (2009): 1-13.

Author 2008

“Signs of Origin: Victor Hugo’s Bug-Jargal”

Article, Nineteenth-Century French Studies 36 (Spring-Summer 2008):193-204.

Author 2018

“Dreams of Dakar, 1973: Reading Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo’s ‘El sueño’ with Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki Bouki”

Article, Research in African Literatures Vol. 49.2 (Summer 2018)

Co-Author 2016

“Indiana and the Literary Island: Enlightenment Ideals, 19th-century Ironies.”

Contribution to book, Modern Language Association Publications

Co-Authored with Eds. Pratima Prasad and David Powell.

Research Summary

Kate Bonin has one article forthcoming in 2018: “Dreams of Dakar, 1973: Reading Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo’s ‘El sueño’ with Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki Bouki,” Research in African Literatures Vol. 49.2 (Summer 2018): a study of Diop Djibril Mambéty’s groundbreaking film Touki Bouki and the zeitgeist of post-independence West Africa in 1973. A book chapter, entitled “Growing up Camille: Pleasure and its Discontents in Mireille Best’s Camille en octobre” (1988), is currently under review at Women In French Studies. In 2016, she published a book chapter, “Indiana and the Literary Island: Enlightenment Ideals, 19th-century Ironies” in Approaches to Teaching George Sand’s Indiana. Eds. Pratima Prasad and David Powell. New York: Modern Language Association Publications, 2016: 127-134. She published two articles in 2014-2015: “Quintinie, Quarrels and Silence: The arguments in and about George Sand’s roman à thèse” in Women in French Studies Vol. 22; and “Troubadours, Taxidermy and Transcendence: Reading Flaubert’s ‘Un cœur simple’ with Sand’s ‘Les ailes de courage’” in French Review Vol. 88.3  Kate is currently working on “Victor Hugo and Haitian Money.” Incorporating archival research conducted at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Harlem, NYC), this article analyzes Victor Hugo’s shifting political convictions and social loyalties in the aftermath of the French and Haitian Revolutions.