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Ph.D. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris 1985

Research Interests

Contemporary France
Modern French and European intellectual history
comparative cultural criticism
French/American cultural relations
critical theory
literature and philosophy

Professional Information

My first book examined representations of "America" in French texts, including novels, plays, poetry, travel narratives, philosophical essays and cultural criticism. My second book looked at transatlantic national and republican traditions and conflicting notions such as multiculturalism, universalism, and communitarianism in France and the United States. I have recently published a study of recent debates in French culture from the vantage point of the idea of melancholia, with a focus on loss, mourning, and memory.

I am currently working on the descriptions and afterlives of 9/11 in France.

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4080 FLB

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Research Output

  • Science/fiction/politics: Jules Verne's Floridas

    Jean-Philippe, M., Jan 1 2017, In : Journal of Transnational American Studies. 8, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Seeing is disbelieving: The contested visibility of 9/11 in France

    Mathy, J. P., Jan 1 2017, 9/11 in European Literature: Negotiating Identities against the Attacks and What Followed. Frank, S. (ed.). Springer International Publishing, p. 105-129 25 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The symptom of "American-style feminism"

    Mathy, J. P., Apr 30 2016, Beyond French Feminisms: Debates on Women, Culture and Politics in France 1980-2001. Célestin, R., DalMolin, E. & de Courtivron, I. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 247-260 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Lignes de fuite: Michel Ragon et Les Américains

    Mathy, J-P. R., 2013, Michel Ragon: Critique d’art et d’architecture. Leeman, R. & Jannière, H. (eds.). Presses Universitaires de Rennes, p. 149-162

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter