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Audrey Evrard

Ph.D.

Audrey Evrard

Associate Professor of French

Faber Hall (558)
Campus Phone: 718-817-4724
aevrard@fordham.edu
Spring 2021 Office hours RH (virtual): M&R 09:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m., and by appt. 

Education

B.A. and M.A. in English and American Studies, Université de Nancy 2 (France)
M.A. and Ph.D. in French Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Specialization

  • French and Francophone film and screen studies
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Contemporary Critical Theory (especially Labor, Work, Precarity)
  • 20th and 21st century French literature

Biography

Audrey Evrard is Assistant Professor of French at Fordham University. Her research focuses on French cinema, with a particular focus on the intersection of aesthetics and politics in social documentary filmmaking. She has published several articles on the subject in Jump Cut, Working USA, Nottingham French Studies and more recently Modern and Contemporary France

She is currently finishing her manuscript, Precarious Sociality: Ethics and Politics 21st-century French Documentary (in contract with University of Wales Press), which is an exploration of French social documentary cinema since the late 1990s. It posits that filmmakers have focused their attention on precarity as a critical modality of neoliberalism’s economic governance and the consequential erosion of the social fabric. The book asks two fundamental questions: how have French filmmakers engaged with an experience of reality violently reshaped by finance capitalism since the late 1990s? Why are documentaries produced to resist this altered reality? Precarious Sociality reveals an arc from the dissolution of class narratives of 20th-century militant cinema to the full recognition of difference and disidentification—a necessary reckoning that allows for new solidarity grounded in precariousness. Furthermore, it makes the ethical relation to precarious subjects—be they the economic, social, political or ideological others of global capitalism—the foundation of a documentary practice that escapes the neoliberal recuperation of knowledge, empathy, and identification. Placing well-known auteurs side by side with less canonical filmmakers, this project reaffirms the enduring power of long-form documentary in a political landscape reshaped by one- or two-minute videos circulated on social media. Precarious Sociality intends to spark new discussions about work, precarity, political activism in post-industrial societies. 

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to French Language and Literature
  • France: Literature, History, Civilization
  • French Films d'Auteur -- Genre and Gender (2014) ; Agnès Varda (2020)
  • Contemporary French Novel
  • The New Wave Arrives!
  • Francophone African Cinemas
  • Discovering French Cinema
  • America: French Perspectives
  • Intercultural Theory: The "Contact Zone"

Selected Publications

Edited volumes

Co-editor with Dr. Robert St-Clair (Dartmouth College) of "The Politics of Laziness", special issue 55, 1, (March 2016), Nottingham French Studies: https://www.euppublishing.com/toc/nfs/55/1.

Peer-reviewed articles

"Topographies fantastiques dans la fiction télévisée francophone: Les Revenants (Canal +, 2012; 2015) et Zone Blanche (2017-2019)," TV/ Series 18, special issue "Séries et Espace" (September 2020), http://journals.openedition.org/tvseries/4718

"Rêve d'usine (Luc Decaster, 2003): Presenting the vanishing workplace," Modern and Contemporary France, 26:3, (August 2018), https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09639489.2018.1424707

"Shifting French Documentary Militancy from Workers' Rights to an Ethic of Unemployment," Nottingham French Studies, special issue 'The Politics of Laziness', 55,1 (March 2016): 96-116: https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/full/10.3366/nfs.2016.0141

"French Documentary Perspectives On the Collective Politics of the Atlantic Shipyards, A Global Workplace," WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society, special issue "Film, Labor, and Migration," 17, 1, (March 2014), 61-76: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/wusa.12094

"On Impossible Cinema: Camille de Toledo's Intermedial Archaeology of the Fictions of Our Times," Fixxion: Revue Critique de Fiction Française Contemporaine, 7, (Dec 2013), special issue "Ecrivains-cinéastes/Writers-Filmmakers" co-edited by Jean-Louis Jeannelle & Margaret C. Flinn, 98-111: http://www.revue-critique-de-fixxion-francaise-contemporaine.org/rcffc/article/view/fx07.10

"Framing the World Economics in a Tuna Can: Luc Moullet Tracks the Origins of a Meal/Genèse d'un repas (1978)," Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, 54, (Fall 2012): http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc54.2012/evrardMoullet/

"9/11: Filmer le Réel du '11 septembre'," Contemporary French Civilization, 29:2, 2005, 1-21.

Peer-reviewed short essays and encyclopedia entries

"Fable", in Ed. Patrick Bray, Understanding Rancière, Understanding Modernism (New York: Bloomsbury, 2017)

"Political Cinema and Anti-Imperialism," in Eds. Immanuel Ness and Zak Cope, Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

"Le sang des bêtes/Blood of the Beasts (Georges Franju, 1949)"; "Farrebique (Georges Rouquier, 1946)";
"Profils paysans 1: L'approche (2001), Profils paysans 2: Le quotidien (2004), La vie moderne (2009) (Raymond Depardon)"in Eds. Tim Palmer and Charlie Michael, Directory of World Cinema: France (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Translations

(Audrey Evrard) "Genèse d'un repas (1978) ou l'économie mondiale dans une boîte de thon," Période, Janvier 2015, URL: http://revueperiode.net/genese-dun-repas-ou-leconomie-mondiale-dans-une-boite-de-thon/

(Michael Rothberg) "Entre l'extrême et l'ordinaire: le réalisme traumatique chez Ruth Klüger et Charlotte Delbo," in Tangence, n°83, hiver 2007, URL: http://www.revuetangence.com

(Tom Conley) "Aux sources de la Nouvelle Vague: Lecture des Mistons," in "Ce que le cinéma fait à la littérature (et réciproquement)," Fabula: Littérature, histoire, théorie, n°2, décembre 2006, URL: http://www.fabula.org/lht/2/Conley.html