Alina Cherry

Alina Cherry

Associate Professor of French

479 Manoogian Hall

906 W. Warren

Detroit, MI 48202

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Alina Cherry

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
  •  Geocriticism
  •  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


Selected publications


Claude Simon: Fashioning the Past by Writing the Present. Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016.

Reviewed in:

- 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.

Currently teaching

  • Translation Studies

    Modernity, Postmodernity & Extrême contemporain


Courses taught

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"