Jenna April Liuzzi is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of French and Italian, working under the guidance of Professor Christy Wampole. Her dissertation, tentatively titled Narrating Victimhood: Rape in the 21st-Century French Imaginary, focuses on representations of female victims of sexual violence in contemporary French literature, most notably in the works of Virginie Despentes, Vanessa Springora, and Delphine de Vigan. More specifically, Jenna is interested in the various ways in which contemporary French literature and film have created, strengthened, altered, and questioned not only certain tropes about sexual violence, but also popular images of the female victim.
Jenna holds an M.A. from Princeton University, completed in 2019. Additionally, she holds an M.A. in French with a specialization in Literature from Middlebury College in Paris, France and the Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III, completed in 2016. Her M.A. thesis entitled “Mais pourquoi dansez-vous, Salomé ? : Une réflexion sur celle qui danse à la veille du XXe siècle,” which focuses on representations of the figure of Salomé primarily evoked in works by Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Flaubert, Huysmans, Wilde, and Apollinaire, was awarded the Frieda Derdeyn Bambas Prize in French Literary Studies by the faculty at Middlebury College. As an undergraduate, Jenna graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in French and a minor in Art History from Agnes Scott College in 2013. Her undergraduate research in French culminated in a thesis that examines the treatment (and deformation) of the female body in a selection of poems from Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal.