Alina Cherry received her Ph.D. from New York University in 2009, with a dissertation on the treatment of time, history, and memory in the novels of Claude Simon. Her current research and teaching interests include contemporary French and Francophone fiction, mobilities studies, geocriticism, space and place, Claude Simon studies, temporality and narrative, intersections of philosophy and literature. Her book, Claude Simon: Fashioning the Past by Writing the Present was published in 2016 by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Modern and Contemporary French and Francophone Literature
- Claude Simon Studies
- Narrative and Temporality
- Deleuze and Guattari Studies
- Space and Place
- Mobilities Studies
- B.A. summa cum laude, French, Georgia State University, 2000
- M.A., French, New York University, 2003
- Ph.D. with honors, French, New York University, 2009
Awards and grants
2021 Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, “Transition,” Wayne State University
2019-2020 Career Development Chair
2018 Graduate Research Assistant Award
2016 Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, “Mobilities,” Wayne State University
2016 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, Wayne State University
2012 Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, “Borders and Intersections,” Wayne State University
2011 University Research Grant, Wayne State University
2008 Andrew Dulau Dissertation Fellowship, New York University
2004 Dean’s Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in the Humanities, New York University
Claude Simon: Fashioning the Past by Writing the Present. Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016.
- French Studies: A Quarterly Review, 72.1 (January 2018): 133-134.
- Cahiers Claude Simon, 14 (2019): 273-274.
“Painterly Letters: On the Possibilities of the Textual Reterritorialization of Painting.” Symposium 70.2 (Summer 2016): 53-65.
“Miroitements pronominaux: vers la construction d’un agencement textuel dans Les Géorgiques de Claude Simon.” Nouvelles Francographies 4.2 (Fall 2013): 17-25.
"Personnages et lieux ou le vide de l'appropriation dans Le Vice-consul de Marguerite Duras." Modern Language Notes 127.4 (Sept. 2012): 865-888.
“Espaces: transports, croisements, traversées dans Fuir de Jean-Philippe Toussaint.” French Forum 37.3 (Fall 2012): 143-162.
Modernity, Postmodernity & Extrême contemporain
FRE 8610, Graduate Seminar, "War through Women's Eyes"
FRE 6300, Modernity, Postmodernity & Extrême contemporain
FRE 4620/6620 - Topics in Sociocultural Analysis, "Conter l'amour"
FRE 8610 - Graduate Seminar: "Récits de catastophe aux XXIe siècle: témoignages, chroniques, fictions"
FRE 2100, French through Film
FRE 5600, Translation Studies
FRE 4620/6620, Representations of Childhood
FRE 8750, Graduate Seminar on Literature & Photography: "Comment écrire la photo? Réflexions sur la littérature et la photographie"