Catherine Perry

Associate Professor of French

Catherine Perry



B.A., M.A., Indiana University, Bloomington; Ph.D., Princeton University

Research Profile

Chevalier in the French national order, “Ordre des palmes académiques,” former President of the Conseil International d’Études Francophones and former Editor in Chief of refereed journal, Nouvelles Études Francophones, Catherine Perry works on French and Francophone literatures from the 19th century to the present. Her interests include intellectual history, gender studies, representations of North Africa in European literature and painting, and francophone literatures from the Maghreb, and French and Francophone cinema. She has published articles on various French and Francophone writers as well as introductions to translated works of French women poets. Her book, Persephone Unbound: Dionysian Aesthetics in the Works of Anna de Noailles (Bucknell UP, 2003), studies Noailles' poetry and prose in relation to philosophical and aesthetic currents in early 20th-century Europe. Having lived in Morocco for over ten years, Catherine Perry is also interested in Moroccan witness literature. She is presently studying representations of Islam in contemporary Francophone literature and film.
In her courses, Professor Perry is keen on teaching books and films that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. She has recently offered courses on Islam in contemporary Francophone literature, Marcel Proust, French literature of the fin de siècle and the Belle Époque, French travelers to North Africa, women writers from the 20th century to the present, contemporary French literature and film, and, for seminars in English, European fiction at the turn of the twentieth century, and rebels, vagrants, and outsiders in French literature and film. A recipient of the Kaneb Award for Teaching Excellence, the Distinguished Notre Dame Woman Award, and the Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, she is also a fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Contact Information
Mailing Address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556