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Nathan J. Bracher

Nathan Bracher
Areas of Speciality
  • French
  • ACAD 329A
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Nathan Bracher is Professor of French at Texas A & M University.  In addition to his book After the Fall:  War and Occupation in Irène Némirovsky’s Suite française , published by The Catholic University of America Press in 2010,  his articles on history and memory include most recently “Une Histoire nommée désir:  revivre le passé à l’imparfait du présent avec HHhH de Laurent  Binet.” Zeitschrift für französische Sprache und Literatur (Vol. 125, No. 2. April  2016, pp. 134 – 150),  “Timely Representations:  Writing the Past in the First-person Present Imperfect,”  History & Memory (Vol. 28, No. 1, 2016,  pp. 3 – 35), “L’Histoire hors sujet ou Écrire le passé “comme Elstir peignait la mer”: le cas de l’Histoire des grands-parents que je n’ai pas eus d’Ivan Jablonka,”  Modern & Contemporary France (Vol. 23, no. 3, 2015, pp. 387-407) and  “Pour une histoire à l’imparfait du présent:  La Dernière Catastrophe d’Henry Rousso,” French Cultural Studies (Vol. 27, no. 1, 2015, pp. 47 – 61).   His selection of François Mauriac’s editorials in English translation with notes and commentary was also published by the Catholic University of America Press in 2015 under the title François Mauriac on Race, War, Politics, and Religion.  His translation of Ivan Jablonka’s L’Histoire est une littérature contemporaine:  Manifeste pour les sciences sociales is forthcoming from the Cornell University Press in 2018 under the title History Is A Contemporary Literature. His current research continues assess the politics of history and memory in France as variously manifest in public schools, commemorations, the press and media, and private life as well as in film and literature.

Courses Taught

Fall 2015 – INTS 405 War & Memory; FREN 301 French Culture & Civilization

Spring 2016 – FREN 336  Contemporary France; FREN 475  The Francophone World