Debarati Sanyal
Professor of French
Department of French
(510) 642-2183

Research Expertise and Interest

violence, poetry, the relationship between literary form, politics in 19th-century France, the connection between performance, performativity, ethics in modernist texts


Professor Sanyal's teaching and research interests include 19th and 20th-century French literature; theories of modernism and modernity; questions of trauma, testimony, literary form and commitment; Holocaust studies; Baudelaire studies. She has completed a book titled The Violence of Modernity: Reading Baudelaire's Legacy (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming) and is currently working on a project called Dangerous Intersections: Crisis and Complicity in Postwar France.

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