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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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transatlantic relations Social Sciences
France Social Sciences
desertion Social Sciences
science fiction Social Sciences
cultural relations Social Sciences
death penalty Social Sciences
universalism Social Sciences
feminism Social Sciences

Research Output 1988 2017

teaching position

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

science fiction
Science Fiction

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

Mathy, J-P. R., 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

September 11 Attacks
World Wide Web
Middle East

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

Vietnam War
cold war

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