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Audrey Evrard


Audrey Evrard

Assistant Professor of French

Faber Hall (558)
Spring 2020 office hours: 
R: 1:00-3:30 (F.H. 558), T: 12:30-2:00 (LC) 


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


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


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 working on a manuscript provisionally entitled Precarious Sociality: Political Aesthetics in 21st-century French Documentary. The project considers the resurgence of a strong social documentary cinema in France in the aftermath of several social movements that punctuated the 1990s (1995 strikes, the emergence of new political figures, "les sans" -- undocumented immigrants, the unemployed and the homeless as well as precarious workers) and the evolution of this production between 1998 and 2018. It proposes that, while engaging critically the ideological and aesthetic legacy of 20th-century militant fillmmaking in/for the 21st-century and addressing the neoliberal transition that took place in the 1980s and 1990s, French filmmakers have redefined the social and political interventionism of their practice and affirmed the importance of documentary cinema as a praxis that questions the im/possibility of social cohesion and solidarity in a society organized according to the norm of economic and social precarity as much as it relentlessly labors to produce and restore sociality and communality.

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
  • 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:

Peer-reviewed articles

"Topographies fantastiques dans la fiction télévisée francophone: Les Revenants (Canal +, 2012; 2015) et Zone Blanche (2017-2019)," TV/ Series 16, special issue "Séries et Espace" (Forthcoming early 2020)

"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

"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: