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Masha Belenky

Associate Professor of French, Deputy Chair of RGSLL
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6937
[email protected]

Professor Belenky joined the George Washington University in 2001. She received her M.A. from NYU (1992), and her Ph.D. in French Literature from Columbia University (2002). Her research and teaching interests focus on nineteenth-century French literature and culture, the genre of the novel, cultural studies, urban studies and material culture.  Her first book examines the discourses on romantic jealousy in post-Revolutionary France. She is currently working on a book project tentatively titled Engines of Modernity: The Omnibus and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris that focuses on the relationship between early mass transit and popular culture and ways in which they shaped the concept of modernity in France.


  • "Disordered Topographies in Zola's La Curée" in Romance Notes, Spring 2013
  • "Transitory Tales: Writing the Omnibus in Nineteenth-Century Paris," Dix-Neuf, Fall 2012
  • "Nomadic Encounters: Leila Sebbar Writes Isabelle Eberhardt," forthcoming in Dalhousie French Studies, Fall 2011
  • Guest co-editor, "State of the Union: Marriage in Nineteenth-Century France," Special issue of Dix-Neuf, 2009
  • “Isabelle Eberhardt” in Dictionnaire des femmes créatrices. Ed. Antoinette Fouque, Mireille Calle-Gruber, and Béatrice Didier (Paris: Edition des Femmes, 2009)
  • The Anxiety of Dispossession: Jealousy in Nineteenth-Century French Culture, Bucknell University Press, 2008.
  • "Feydeau in the Public Eye: Jealousy, Marriage, and the Bourgeois Culture of Possession,"Romance Studies, 2007.
  • "From Transit to Transitoire: Omnibus and Modernity,"19th Century French Studies, 2007.
  • "Letters, Lies, and Legible Urban Space in Balzac's 'Ferragus,'" Romance Notes, 2005.

Classes Taught

Fall 2014 Courses: FREN3300.10, FREN4540.10

Office Hours

Mon/Wed: 1-2:00pm and By Appointment