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Audrey Evrard


Audrey Evrard
Assistant Professor of French
Lowenstein 808F (2018-2019)
Fall 2018 office hours:
M&W 9.30:00-11:00 am + W by appt 2.30-3.30 pm (LC)
RH hours by appt only


BA and MA in English and American Studies, Université de Nancy 2 (France)
MA and PhD in French Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • French and Francophone film and media studies
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Labor and Work studies
  • 20th and 21st century French literature


Audrey Evrard teaches 20th and 21st century French literature and cinema. She is currently working on a monograph that examines how the return of French social documentary to labor struggles and concerns about endemic unemployment and systemic economic precariousness in the 1990s reveals aesthetic shifts in comparison to the documentary social militancy developed between the 1920s and late 1960s and actively reflects and supports new   directions in French theoretical approaches to work, productivity and political subjectivity, drawing in particular on the work of Jacques Rancière, Christophe Dejours and Maurizio Lazzarato.

In recent years, she has contributed short essays to Directory of World Cinema: France (Eds. Tim Palmer and Charlie Michael, The University of Chicago Press, 2013) and the Palgrave Macmillan International Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her articles appear in Contemporary French Civilization, Jump Cut, Fixxion, Période, Working USA, and Nottingham French Studies

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to French Language and Literature
  • France: Literature, History, Civilization
  • French Films d'Auteur
  • Contemporary French Novel
  • The New Wave Arrives!
  • Francophone African Cinemas
  • Discovering French Cinema

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:

Peer-reviewed articles 

"Rêve d'usine (Luc Decaster, 2003): Presenting the vanishing workplace," Modern and Contemporary France, 26:3, (August 2018),

"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:

"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:

"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:

"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):

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

Peer-reviewed short essays and encyclopedia entries

Review Essay of Transparency in Modern France: A Critical History of the Present (Stefanos Geroulanos, 2017, Stanford University Press), H-France Forum, 13 (2018), Issue 4:2:

"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)


(Audrey Evrard) "Genèse d'un repas (1978) ou l'économie mondiale dans une boîte de thon," Période, Janvier 2015, URL:

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

(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: