Ashlee Cummings

Ashlee Cummings is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of French and Italian. Originally from Wapakoneta, Ohio, she received her B.A. in French and her B.S. in Foreign Language Education from Miami University in 2004. After teaching high school foreign language for three years, she returned to Miami University and completed her M.A. in French Literature in 2009. While at Miami, she participated in the Intensive Language Program in Dijon, France three times. Ashlee’s research interests are in the 20th and 18th centuries with a focus primarily in the representation and testimony of survivors of traumatic events and disasters. She is specifically concerned with the problematic of witnessing for victims of the Holocaust, autobiographical writings, and literature that aims to present itself as autobiographical. Her more general interests include, French cinema, 18th and 20th century French art, and the court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. Her M.A. thesis, “The Shelter of Philosophy: Repression and Confrontation of the Traumatic Experience in the Works of Sarah Kofman,” explores Kofman’s philosophy concerning the treatment of the traumatic narrative and her autobiographical writings. This thesis was selected by the faculty and administration of Miami University in 2009 as their nomination for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award.