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Department of French and Italian
Rachel E. Ney Graduate Student

Rachel E. Ney

Rachel E. Ney earned a Licence, Maîtrise, and D.E.A. from the University of Nancy (France) in contemporaryAmerican literature. She is a Ph.D. candidate in French & Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. Her dissertation, Images of the Americas in French and Anglo-American Literatures: Cormac McCarthy, AntoninArtaud, Yves Berger, and J.M.G. Le Clézio, examines the ways in which the concept of memory is reassessed as an imaginative process of remembering the historical pasts of Mexico and the United States. She contends that conceived as spaces of memories, the Americas therefore become spaces of cultural becoming for France and the United States, which is to say, alternate or virtual spaces to modernity. She contends that memory becomes the means through which France and the United States communicate with the Americas and respond to the impact of history upon cultures, thereby allowing for the reassessment of culturalrelations taking place outside the dialectical and historical framework of identity and the mastery of reason over “the other.” Her research interests include French and Anglo American transnational literatures, phenomenology,critical theory (especially Deleuzian thought in relation to Marxism and Surrealism), and challenges of translation in multilingual and transnational sites. She co-authored with Paul Breslin (Prof. English, Northwestern) a translation of Aimé Césaire’s La Tragédie du Roi Christophe (Northwestern Press, 2012). She has presented her research both nationally and internationally and has published several essays in both French and English. She has contributed also to the first French critical volume on Cormac McCarthy. She is currently a visiting instructor of French at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.