Flora Champy

Assistant Professor
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328 East Pyne

On Leave Spring 2021


Flora Champy joined the Department of French and Italian as an Assistant Professor of French in September 2018. She holds a dual PhD in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Rutgers University. An alumna of the ENS de Paris, she received a master’s degree in Classics from Paris IV Sorbonne University. She previously taught at the ENS de Lyon and Johns Hopkins University.


Flora Champy’s research focuses on eighteenth-century French political literature and philosophy, with special interests in classical reception, theater and film studies. Her current book project, tentatively entitled L’Antiquité politique de Jean-Jacques Rousseau : exemples et modèles (under contract, Classiques Garnier), aims to renew the understanding of Rousseau’s often misinterpreted interest for ancient political structures. On the basis of an unprecedented analysis of Rousseau’s sources, it explores the exemplary and modeling functions of Greek city-states and the Roman Republic in Rousseau’s thought. This study ultimately examines the relevance of ancient democratic models for modern times.   

Selected Publications

·       Médiations et construction de l’Antiquité dans l’Europe moderne, Littératures classiques, 101, 2020, co-edited with Caroline Labrune.

·       « Foucault, Rousseau et les Anciens : raisons d’une absence », in Foucault. Repenser les rapports entre les Grecs et les Modernes, dir. Jean-Marc Narbonne, Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink, Heinrich Schlange-Schöningen, Vrin/PUL, 2020.

·       “The Silent Expression of the General Will”, in Silence, Implicite et Non-Dit chez Rousseau / Silence, the Implicit and the Unspoken in Rousseau, eds Brigitte Weltman-Aron, Ourida Mostefai, Peter Westmoreland, Brill/Rodopi, 2020.

·       “Rousseau’s Rome and Political Pragmatism”, in Antiquity and Enlightenment culture. New Approaches and Perspectives, eds. Felicity Loughlin and Alexander Johnston, Brill, 2020.

·       « Une religion patriotique est-elle possible ? La question de la religion civile dans les Affaires de Corse », in Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Affaires de Corse, dir. Christopher Litwin, ed. James Swenson, Paris, Vrin, 2018.

·       « Les relations de pouvoir à Clarens : un équilibre voué à l’échec ? », Dix-huitième siècle, 44, 2012.

Selected Courses

  • FRE 221: The Rise of France: French Literature, Culture, and Society from the origins to 1789
  • FRE 351: The Age of Enlightenment
  • FRE 534: Rousseau’s Politics
  • FRE 541: Formal and Conceptual Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment
  • FRE 571: Political Writing in Eighteenth-Century France