Campus Directory: Beth Gerwin

University of Lethbridge

Beth Gerwin
Modern Languages and Linguistics Department
Office: B536 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 332-4572


B.A. (Literary Studies and Philosophy); DEA (French Literature); Ph.D. (Comparative Literature)


French nineteenth-century literature (in particular Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert), French realism, Representations of difference, gender and sexual difference, Nineteenth-century continental philosophy (such as phenomenology) and literature, Twentieth-century French literature (such as Marguerite Duras), Twentieth-century literary theory, Ethical philosophy, Feminist theory, Theories of psychoanalysis

Research Areas

Sexual difference and psychoanalysis, Feminist critiques of Freud and Lacan, Representations of femininity in psychoanalysis and in nineteenth-century thought, French realism, Nineteenth-century ideas of difference, Balzac and sexual difference, Balzac and androgyny, Balzac and alterity

Alternate Languages

French, some German

Office Hours

mardi 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
mercredi 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Selected Publications

"Un enlèvement peut en cacher un autre: Kidnapping the Past in La Duchesse de Langeais."
Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Issue 41, nos. 1-2 (Fall-Winter 2012), 25-47.

"Révision et subversion: Balzac et le mythe de Napoléon." @nalyses (forthcoming).

"Power in the City: Balzac's flâneur in La Fille aux yeux d'or." In Institutions and Power in
Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture. Ed. David Evans & Kate Griffiths
(Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2010): 101-114.

"Circulation et Exception: La Ville dans La Fille aux yeux d'or." In La Métropole et la
modernité. Ed. Jelena Jovicic (London, ON: Mestengo Press, University of Western Ontario,
2007): 67-81.

Research Interests

I work primarily on French nineteenth-century literature, particularly the writings of Balzac and Flaubert. My main interest is in representations of difference, and especially of gender and sexual difference. I am also interested in nineteenth-century continental philosophy (such as phenomenology) and literature, twentieth-century French literature (such as Marguerite Duras), twentieth-century literary theory, ethical philosophy, feminist theory, and theories of psychoanalysis.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Manuscript on Balzac and representations of difference University of Lethbridge Arts & Science Research, $10,000, 2006-08.

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
“ Unveiling the Feminine: Text and Textile as Critical Nineteenth-Century Metaphor ” Mark Diamond Research Fund 2003

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