Modern Languages

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Céline Brossillon

Dr. Céline Brossillon joined the Department of Modern Languages as an Assistant Professor of French in 2015. She received her Ph.D. in French literature and culture from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris in 2011, and has taught French language, culture and literature at various institutions, including Harvard University, Princeton University and Williams College. Her work focuses on the crisis of masculine identity at the end of the nineteenth century in France, and engages multiple fields such as cultural anthropology, gender and sexuality studies and psychoanalysis. She is particularly interested in the connection between solitude and madness in French literature.

She is a copy-editor for the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Journal

She is also a member of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Network (U.N.E.)


Modern Languages


B.A., M.A. in American Literature - Université François Rabelais

M.A. in French - Université Stendhal-Grenoble III

Ph.D. in French Literature - Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle


  • French 101-102: Beginner French I & II
  • French 111-112: Intermediate French I & II
  • Common Intellectual experience (taught in English)
  • French 201: Communicate in French
  • French 202: Introduction to writing in French
  • French 251: Introduction to French and Francophone Literature
  • French 252: The Francophone World
  • French 317: Contemporary European Culture : France, Belgium and Switzerland
  • French 440W (Capstone): French and Francophone Literature and Culture Seminar
  • Independent Study: “L’Enfer, c’est les autres”: Le Cycle de l’absurde

Professional Experience

2015-2019: Assistant Professor of French, Ursinus College

2014-2015: Adjunct Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Rider University

2013-2014: Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Dickinson College

2010-2013: Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Williams College

2008-2010: Lecturer of French, Princeton University

2005-2008: French Teacher, United Nations International School

2001-2005: Lecturer of French, Harvard University

Research Interests

18th and 19th c French Literature and Culture

18th and 19th c American Literature and Culture

World War II in France

Recent Work

Recent publication:

“The figure of the ‘Horla’ in Guy de Maupassant’s short stories: from isolation and alienation to annihilation”, Dix-Neuf, Vol. 21.1, Fall 2016: 

 “L’Assommoir de Zola: des bêtes humaines assommées par la solitude”, Excavatio, Vol. XXVIII: