Catherine Perry

Emerita Associate Professor of French
Former President, CIÉF; Former Editor in Chief, Nouvelles Études Francophones; Chevalier, Ordre des Palmes académiques


MA, French, Indiana University

PhD, French, Princeton University.


Catherine Perry's work focuses on French literature from the late nineteenth century to the present; European intellectual history; Gender Studies; French Orientalism in literature; and Maghrebi literature in French. She has 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 European fiction at the turn of the twentieth century. A recipient of Notre Dame’s 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.

Representative Publications

Persephone Unbound: Dionysian Aesthetics in the Works of Anna de Noailles. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 2003.

Femmes d'islam dans la littérature, le cinéma et l'art contemporains. Ed. Catherine Perry. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2019.

A Life of Poems, Poems of a Life, by Anna de Noailles (1876-1933). Ed. Catherine Perry. Trans. Norman R. Shapiro. Boston, MA: Black Widow Press, 2012.

“Anna de Noailles et Rilke: Des Affinités électives?” Rainer Maria Rilke. Inventaire – Ouvertures. Ed. Michel Itty and Silke Schauder. Coll. Littératures de langue allemande. Villeneuve d’Ascq, France: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2013. 201-16.

“L’Innommable dans La Prisonnière de Malika Oufkir et Michèle Fitoussi.” La Revue Française (University of Natal-Pietermaritzburg, South African Republic) 10 (December 2000): 77–102.