Sonja Stojanovic

Graduate Liaison of French
Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Concurrent Faculty, Gender Studies Program


M.A. and Ph.D., Brown University

M.A., University of Notre Dame

Research and Teaching Interests

20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone literatures, contemporary French culture, memory studies, labor studies, critical theory, gender studies, migration, European studies


Sonja Stojanovic specializes in 20th- and 21st -century French and Francophone literatures. She is the author of Mind the Ghost: Thinking Memory and the Untimely through Contemporary Fiction in French (Liverpool University Press, 2023) and the co- editor, with Siham Bouamer, of ‘Taking Up Space’: Women at Work in Contemporary France (University of Wales Press, 2022).

Her current book project, Cautionary Tale: Gender, Labor, and the Sociocultural Imagination of Cashiers in France, analyzes representations of cashiers in French cultural productions from the 19th century to the present. She also has a longstanding interest in contemporary women’s writing – particularly the work of Marie Darrieussecq.

At Notre Dame, she is a concurrent faculty in Gender Studies, a Faculty Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She is also an associate member of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Institute of Modern Languages Research, UK).

She has been advising students writing senior theses, capstone essays (as part of the Minor in European Studies), conference presentations, and scholarly articles. She is available to discuss potential research projects with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Representative Publications

“Should the Subaltern Clean?,” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, vol. 53. no. 1 (2020), pp. 39-54.

“Becoming Indivisible in the Age of Cloning: Resistance, Individuality, and Photography in Notre vie dans les forêts.” Précisions sur les sciences in the work of Marie Darrieussecq, special issue of Dalhousie French Studies, edited by Dominique Carlini Versini and Carine Fréville, vol. 115 (2020), pp. 75-88.

“Marriage, Pregnancy and the City in Marie Darrieussecq’s Le Pays.” Women and the City in French Literature and Culture: Reconfiguring the Feminine in the Urban Environment, edited by Siobhan McIlvanney and Gillian Ni Cheallaigh. University of Wales Press (2019), pp. 161-179.

“Voyages endeuillés dans l’œuvre de Marie Darrieussecq.” Les femmes et le voyage, special issue of Women in French Studies, edited by Catherine Montfort and Christine Probes, vol. 7 (2018), pp. 325-343.

“Marie Darrieussecq’s Ghost.” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, vol. 69, no. 4 (2015), pp. 190-202. Harold G. Jones Award for Best Essay.

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