Aparna Nayak, Ph.D.
Aparna Nayak, Ph.D.
RGRLL Department Chair
Professor of French
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840
Aparna.Nayak@csulb.edu | Office: AS-314
Dr. Nayak’s main area of interest is France in World War II, and the inter-relations between literature, memory, history, and politics. Her work on immediate post-war writings engages with questions of remembrance and forgetting. She is also interested in the immediate pre-war period, specifically the cultural politics of the Popular Front government.
2006 University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D., French
1998 Université de Paris VII-Denis Diderot, D.E.A, French literature
1993 University of Pittsburgh, M.A., French
1989 University of Bombay, B.A., French
- “Tahar Ben Jelloun’s La Punition, or the (re)presentation of incarceration as lived experience” in International Journal of Francophone Studies.Volume 23, Numbers 1-2, 1 July 2020, pp. 31-47.
- “From Essay to Novel: Echoes of Tahar Ben Jelloun’s Hospitalité française(1983) in Le Mariage de plaisir (2016).” Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA) Special Issue on the Maghreb: Beyond the Francophone Maghreb. Fall 2020, vol. 14 issue 3, pp. 420-434.
- “Le droit d’étaler ses blessures”: Survival and Testimony in Guy Kohen’s Retour d’Auschwitz” in The French Review, vol. 93 no. 2. pp. 147-158 (2019).
- “De rive en rive: exile, space, and memory in Nancy Huston’s L’empreinte de l’ange” in Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness and Exile. Eds. Pamela Pears and Valerie Orlando. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019, pp. 81-93.
- “Les Nuits de Strasbourg d’Assia Djebar: la ville et les espaces historiques croisés.” in Les Espaces intimes féminins dans la littérature maghrébine d’expression française. Eds. Robert Elbaz (University of Haifa) and Françoise Saquer-Sabin (University of Lille-3). Paris: L’Harmattan, 2014. pp. 245-256.
- “Ambiguous identities: myth and self-reinvention in Un héros très discret.” The French Review, vol. 86.4 (2013), pp. 32-42.
- “Aux armes, citoyens!” The role of French newspapers in the call to insurrection and unity, June – October 1944.” Francopolyphonies, 10.2 (December 2012), pp. 195-204.
- “Wir sind doch keinen Barbaren”: Music, Musicality and Cultural Politics in Aragon’s ‘Le droit romain n’est plus’,” French Forum. Fall 2009. Vol. 34, no. 3. pp. 21-38.
- “The project of Liberation and the projection of national identity. France, literature and politics, 1944-1945” in Sites / Contemporary French & Francophone Studies. “French Studies Today”. Vol. 10. no. 2. Spring-Summer 2006, pp. 195-204.
- “Editors’ Introduction” as guest editor, SITES Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. Eds. Roger Celestin and Eliane Dalmolin. Vol. 17.4 (2013), pp. 373-377.
- Bibliographic consultant for a critical volume on Louis Aragon’s work by LP Publishers, Fall 2013.
- “DJ Zaïfe: Remix de la cité du paradis: interview avec Faïza Guène, écrivaine”. Laura Ceia-Minjares, written in collaboration with Aparna Nayak-Guercio. Contemporary French & Francophone Studies. Vol. 11. no. 1, January 2007, pp. 93-97.
- Lower-division : French language
- Upper-division : French grammar & composition, French conversation, French phonetics, Business French, French Syntax & Composition, French literature survey, 19th and 20th century French literature, Self & Society, Research Methods & Critical Theory, Contemporary European Society (with study abroad).
- “Crossings, Frictions, Fusions” – French Conference at CSULB
- fabula – la recherche en littérature
- Bibliothèque nationale de France
- Trésor de la Langue Française (TLF) dictionary