Chloé Vettier

Graduate Student


Chloé Vettier is a PhD candidate in the department of French and Italian, working under the joint supervision of Thomas Trezise (Princeton University) and Jean-François Louette (Sorbonne Université). Before joining the department, she completed her BA and MA in French and Francophone Literature at Sorbonne-Paris IV. Her dissertation, entitled “Writing out Shame: from Augustine to Genet,” examines shame as an emblematic motif of the writing of the self. In her project, she investigates the origin of shame in autobiography along with its functions in the Christian traditions of auricular and written confessions. Her dissertation also pays particular attention to how homosexual autobiographers of the 20th century, such as Maurice Sachs and Jean Genet, align themselves with this tradition. Her work on Sachs was awarded the 2020 Recherche au présent prize for the best paper by a graduate student at the 20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium. Her other research interests include the question of authorship, sociology and sociocriticism, literary theory, the relationship between literature and philosophy, and environmental humanities.

At Princeton, Chloé is the co-founder of the French Theory Eating Group. She also contributed to the creation of FIT’s Eco-committee, whose purpose is to improve environmental sustainability in the department. In the Fall 2021, she will be joining the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning as a Graduate Peer Coach. There, she will continue serving her community by helping her graduate peers realize their potential, achieve their personal and academic goals, and enjoy the process of it all!