Michal Peled Ginsburg Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Michal Peled Ginsburg, Ph.D. Yale, is Professor of French and Comparative Literature. Her research interests include the nineteenth-century novel, especially in France, England, and the US; Israeli fiction; critical theory, psychoanalysis, and narrative theory.

She is the author of Flaubert Writing: A Study in Narrative Strategies (Stanford University Press, 1986), Economies of Change: Form and Transformation in the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Stanford UP, 1996), Shattered Vessels: Memory, Identity, and Creation in the Work of David Shahar (with Moshe Ron; SUNY Press 2004; Hebrew version Hakibbutz Hameuhad, 2004), and the editor of Approaches to Teaching Balzac's Old Goriot (MLA, 2000). She is currently working on a comparative book project dealing with nineteenth century narratives (primarily short stories and novellas) that center around a portrait as well as on a volume in the MLA Approaches to Teaching series on Victor Hugo's Les Misérables.

Recent publications include: "The Portrait's Two Faces," The Henry James Review (2012), "Madame Bovary in Jerusalem," forthcoming (in Hebrew), in Identities (published by the Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem) and "Imagination, Poetic Creation, and Gender: Hardy's 'Imaginative Woman'," forthcoming in Modern Philology.

She has recently delivered papers on Stendhal's De L'Amour, in "The Novel and Theories of Love" International Conference at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; on "Nerval Before the Law," at the Nineteenth-Century French Studies conference; and on "Plotting (in) Barnaby Rudge" in a conference on Dickens and Modernity at Cerisy-la-Salle (France).

She is this year the chair of the MLA Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the 19th century.

Ginsburg is a past Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin; she is a former chair of the Department of French and Italian, a former director of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies as well as the founder and past co-director of the French Interdisciplinary Group (FIG).