Claire Nettleton

Claire Nettleton

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: French Studies

Office Address: Balch 212

Office Phone: (909) 607-2860


Academic History

  • Ph.D., French, University of Southern California
  • Superior I and II Certificates, French, Université Paris IV, La Sorbonne
  • B.A., French and Communication, University of Southern California (Phi Beta Kappa)

Areas of Expertise

19th century French avant-garde literature and art, animal studies, aesthetics, history of science, contemporary art, eco-criticism, women’s studies

Selected Research and Publications

Journal articles

  • “Driving Us Crazy: Fast Cars, Madness and the Avant-Garde in Octave Mirbeau’s La 628-E8.Nineteenth Century French Studies 41 (2014). University of Nebraska Press. Print.
  • “Les hiboux ne sont pas ce que l'on pense: l'animal et le meurtre dans l'art de David Lynch.”Que La Bête Meure! L’animal et l’art contemporain. Revue Histoire Culturelle et Sociale de l’Art. Panthéon Sorbonne University of Paris I. April, 2014. Online.
  • “Postmodern Poodles and Electric Sows:Contemporary Representations of Beauté Animale. The Real Snake: Proceedings of the Representational Art Conference. California Lutheran U., November, 2013. Print.
  • “The Caged Animal: The Avant-garde Artist in Edmond and Jules de Goncourt's Manette Salomon.” Animals, Literature, and the Visual. Special issue of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. March, 2013. Online.
  • “The Animal and Aesthetic Nihilism in In the Sky by Octave Mirbeau.” Cahiers Octave Mirbeau 20 (2013). Société Octave Mirbeau. March, 2013. Print.

Book translation

  • Mirbeau, Octave. In the Sky. Trans. Ann Sterzinger with Claire Nettleton and Robert Ziegler. Forthcoming.

Book review

  • L'Europe en automobile: Octave Mirbeau, écrivain voyageur. Eds. Éléonore Reverzy and Guy Ducrey. Nineteenth Century French Studies 41(2013). University of Nebraska Press. Spring 2013. Print.

In progress

  • Manuscript: Primal Perception: The Artist as Animal in Nineteenth Century France
  • Article: “On the Prowl: Street Walkers and Alley Cats in Rachilde's L'Animale
  • Article: “Lost Paradise on the Left Bank: An Ecocritical Study of Huysmans, the Author of Against Nature.” Solicited for Ecopoetics, Special issue of Dix-Neuf, forthcoming in 2015. Online.

Conference presentations

  • “Lost Paradise on the Left Bank: An Ecocritical Study of Huysmans, the Author of Against Nature.” Nineteenth Century French Studies Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2014.
  • “The Spirit of A Long Lost River in Huysmans’ “Rive Gauche.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Association. Conference. Riverside, CA, October 2014.
  • Feline Fatale: The Thresholds of Animality and Womanhood in Rachilde’s L’Animale.” Nineteenth Century. French Studies Conference. Richmond, VA, October 2013.
  • “Poupée de Cire and the Puppet Master: Corrupting the Youth in Gainsbourg, vie héroique.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Association Conference. San Diego, CA, October 2013.
  • “Street Walkers and Alley Cats: Prostitution in Rachilde’s L’Animale.” South Central Modern Language. Association Conference. New Orleans, LA, October 2013.
  • “Celestial Eden or Urban Inferno: The Jardin des Plantes in Manette Salomon.” Heaven and Hell: Society of Dix-Neuviémistes Conference. University of Exeter, England, April 2013.
  • “Driving Us Crazy: Fast Cars, Madness and the Avant-garde in Octave Mirbeau's La 628-E8.” Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference, Fresno, CA, March 2013.
  • “Postmodern Poodles and Electric Sows: Contemporary Representations of Beauté Animale.” The Representational Art Conference. California Lutheran U. Ventura, CA, October, 2012.
  • “Les hiboux ne sont pas ce que l'on pense: l'animal et le meurtre dans l'art de David Lynch.” Colloque Que La Bête Meure! L’animal et l’art contemporain. INHA National Art History Institute and the Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris, France, June 2012.
  • “The Artist as Animal in Jules Laforgue's Poetry.” The Minding Animals Conference, Newcastle, Australia, July 2009.
  • “Aquatic Visionaries: The Artist as Animal and Eastern Sage in Jules Laforgue's Oeuvre.”Association of Pacific Rim Universities Conference, Kyoto, Japan, July 2009.

Awards and Honors

  • Josephine De Karman Final Year Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Association of the Pacific Rim Conference Award, Kyoto, Japan, July 2009
  • USC International Conference Grant to Sydney, Australia, July 2009
  • USC International Travel and Research Grant to Paris, France, July 2008
  • Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award for outstanding graduate student, March 2007
  • Honors Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key and Alpha Lambda Delta

Courses Taught

  • French 175: The Mad Artist in French Literature (1830-1930), Fall 2014
  • French 165: From Mermaids to Catwomen: Animal Transformations in French Literature and Culture, Spring 2013
  • French 155: Paris: Capitale des Arts (1850-1930), Spring 2014
  • French 1: Introductory French
  • French 22: Intensive Introductory French
  • French 2: Introductory French
  • French 33: Intermediate French

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