Claire Nettleton

Claire Nettleton

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: French Studies

Office Address: Steele 120


Academic History

  • Ph.D., French from the University of Southern California
  • M.A., French from the University of Southern California
  • B.A., French and Communication from the University of Southern California,
  • Superior Level I and II Certificates, French Language and Culture from Université Paris IV, La Sorbonne

Areas of Expertise

The intersection of animals, the visual arts and literature particularly from the mid-nineteenth century to the contemporary period; the history of science; ecocriticism; the avant-garde

Selected Research and Publications

Conference Presentations

  • "Les hiboux ne sont pas ce que l'on pense: l'animal et le meurtre dans l'art de David Lynch"
  • "The Beast Must Die Colloquium." INHA French National Art History Institute, Sorbonne Panthéon , and The Hunting and Nature Museum, Paris, France, June 2012.
  • "The Artist as Animal in Jules Laforgue's Poetry and Art Criticism." The Minding Animals Conference, Newcastle, Australia, July 2009.
  • "Aquatic Visionaries: The Artist as Primordial Animal and Eastern Sage in Jules Laforgue's 'At the Berlin Aquarium.'" Association of The Pacific Rim Universities Conference, Kyoto, July 2009.
  • "'In Vespa' and on the Streets: The Wanderer in the films of Moretti and Pasolini." American Culture Association and Popular Culture Association Conference, Cincinnati, September 2008.

Forthcoming publications

  • 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.
  • "L'animal et l'esthétique nihiliste dans Dans le Ciel d'Octave Mirbeau." Cahiers Octave Mirbeau 20 (2013). Société Octave Mirbeau.
  • "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. Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art. Paris, France.

Publications under review

  • "The Caged Animal: The Avant-garde Artist in Edmond and Jules de Goncourt's Manette Salomon"
  • In the Sky. Co-translation with Ann Sterzinger of the French novel Dans le ciel by Octave Mirbeau.

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 22: Intensive Introductory French
  • French 2: Introductory French 2
  • From Mermaids to Catwomen: Animal Transformations in French Literature

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