Sophie Chopin

Graduate Student
Email Address: 
schopin@princeton.edu

Profile

Sophie is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of French and Italian. Working with André Benhaim, she is interested in the obsolescence of urban space, considering how contemporary literature views the modernization of cities as a ruin-producing phenomenon. Her dissertation, Villes Fantômes, addresses the motif of the ghost city in 20th and 21st-century literature, questioning the way mass consumerism and invasive city planning may lead to disaster. This project spotlights the cultural response to abandoned spaces located in Paris and its vicinity, such as in the novels of Patrick Modiano, Joy Sorman, Philippe Vasset, and Annie Ernaux, as they problematize the renewed appeal in urban ruins and vacant city spaces through the arts.

Originally from France, Sophie holds a B.A. in English Literature from Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France), and a master's degree in French Literature from Miami University. Before coming to Princeton, she pursued horseback riding at a competitive level.