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Aparna Nayak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of FrenchAparna California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840 Fax: 562 985-4259 | Office: AS-320


Research Interests

Dr. Nayak’s main area of interest is France in World War II, and the inter-relations between literature, memory, history, and politics. Her work on immediate post-war writings engages with questions of remembrance and forgetting. She is also interested in the immediate pre-war period, specifically the cultural politics of the Popular Front government.


2006 University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D., French

1998 Université de Paris VII-Denis Diderot, D.E.A, French literature

1993 University of Pittsburgh, M.A., French

1989 University of Bombay, B.A., French

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Articles in Journals

      • “Ambiguous identities: myth and self-reinvention in Un héros très discret (1996),” The French Review, 2013, vol. 86.4. pp. 32-42.
      • “”Aux armes, citoyens!” The role of French newspapers in the call to insurrection and unity, June – October 1944,” Francopolyphonies, no. 7, vol. 2 (December 2012). pp. 284-302.
      • “Wir sind doch keinen Barbaren”: Music, Musicality and Cultural Politics in Aragon’s Le droit romain n’est plus,” French Forum. Fall 2009. Vol. 34, no. 3. pp. 21-38.
      • “The project of Liberation and the projection of national identity. France, literature and politics, 1944-1945” in Sites / Contemporary French & Francophone Studies. “French Studies Today”. Vol. 10. no. 2. Spring-Summer 2006, pp. 195-204.
      • Les Nuits de Strasbourg d’Assia Djebar: la ville et les espaces historiques croisés.” in Les Espaces intimes féminins dans la littérature maghrébine d’expression française. Eds. Robert Elbaz (University of Haifa) and Françoise Saquer-Sabin (University of Lille-3). Paris: L’Harmattan, 2014. pp. 245-256.


    • Special issue of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: SITES (Taylor and Francis), vol. 17.4 (2013). Eds. Aparna Nayak, Eliane Dalmolin, Roger Celestin.
    • Bibliographic review for a critical volume on Louis Aragon’s work by LP Publishers, Fall 2013.
    • “DJ Zaïfe: Remix de la cité du paradis: interview avec Faïza Guène, écrivaine”. Laura Ceia-Minjares, written in collaboration with Aparna Nayak-Guercio. Contemporary French & Francophone Studies. Vol. 11. no. 1, January 2007, pp. 93-97.


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