Christy Wampole

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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Christy Wampole joined the department as Assistant Professor of French in 2011. She received her Ph.D in both French and Italian from Stanford University in 2011. She has published various articles, translations, and book reviews in MLN, The Modern Language Review, The New York Times, The New Yorker, L’Esprit créateur, Small Axe, The French Review, Magazine littéraire, Quaderni del ‘900, and Yale French Studies.       

Research Interests

Her specific areas of focus are nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century French, Francophone, and Italian literature, especially the novel and the essay, with a special interest in feminism, ecology, and media. The intersection of philosophy and literature is central to her work as a researcher and teacher. She has written on topics including botany and the metaphor of rootedness, masculinity, drones, photography, the Minitel and Internet, irony, realism, essays and essay-film, journalism, and gender issues in France and the United States.


FRE 207 Studies in French Language and Style
FRE 222 French Literature, Culture, and Society since 1789
FRE 224 French Literature: Approaches to the Language of Literary Texts
FRE 225 Twentieth-Century French Popular Music
FRE 307 Advanced French Language and Style
FRE 313 Contemporary French Civilization
FRE 315 Contemporary French Prose (1990-present)
FRE 367 Feminist Thought in Twentieth-Century French Literature and Art
FRE 385/CWR 385 The Art of the Essay
FRE 405/AMS 405/GSS 402 French and American Comparative Feminism   
FRE 406/GER 406 Roots in 20th-Century France and Germany  
FRE 414/HUM 414/ECS 415/EPS 416 Fear and France
FRE 524/HUM 524 Realism and (Post-)Truth
FRE 530 Essayism: Trajectory of a Genre
FRE 540/ITA 540/COM 540 Italo Calvino in France


Degenerative Realism: Novel and Nation in 21st-Century France (forthcoming Columbia University Press)
Rootedness: The Ramifications of a Metaphor (University of Chicago Press 2016) 
Select Opinion Pieces: 
“The Perils of Abstraction” New York Times, November 2019
"How to Live without Irony (for Real, this Time)." The New York Times, December 2016
"My Syllabus, My Self." New York Times, October 2016 
“Barthes’ Silken Legacy.” The New Yorker, October 2015
“The Conference Manifesto.” New York Times, May 2015 
“In Praise of Disregard.” New York Times, February 2014 
“The Essayfication of Everything.” New York Times, May 2013
“How to Live without Irony.” New York Times, November 2012
Select Academic Articles: 
“Social Justice and the American Essay, 1860-1920,” in The Cambridge History of the American Essay, edited by Jason Childs and Christy Wampole, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)
“Dalì’s Montaigne: Essay Hybrids and Surrealist Practice” in On Essays, edited by Thomas Karshan and Kathryn Murphy, Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
“What Is It Like to Be a Drone?: On Jean-Noël Orengo’s L’Opium du ciel,” Modern Language Review (forthcoming)
“Conceptual Botany: Michel Houellebecq and a Burgeoning Vegetal Interest,” French Forum (forthcoming)
“Poujade’s Infowars: On Barthes’ Anti-Anti-Intellectualism,” The Yearbook of Comparative Literature, vol. 62, p. 73-103, August 2019
“Thinking Too Much: Calvino’s Palomar,” Compar(a)ison, vol. 33, 2015
“’Cyberia, Syberia…’: Clones, Virtual Spaces, and Cyber-Selves in Claudio Magris’s Alla cieca,” MLN, vol. 129, no. 1, January 2014 
“Michel Tournier and the Virtual Essay,” Modern Language Review, vol. 109, no. 1, January 2014
“Essayism and the Multiplication of Possibility in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Biblique des derniers gestes.” Small Axe, vol. 17, no. 3, November 2013
“The Impudence of Claude Cahun.” L’Esprit créateur, vol. 53, no. 1, Spring 2013
“Schreber, parfaitement extralucide.” Magazine littéraire no. 524, October 2012
“Cioran’s Providential Bicycle.” Revista Transilvania (Romania), January 2012
“Fenoglio’s Vitalist Impulse: Primaverilità, Infuturamento, and the Force of Life in Il Partigiano Johnny,” Quaderni del ‘900, no. 11, November 2011