Helen Solterer

Helen Solterer is Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke.


Her research and teaching focus on premodern literature  – their interaction with modern  and contemporary thought.  Her principal book project investigates how premodern fictions in French ‘make history’ in the cultures of Europe, North Africa, North America.  She has worked on a public humanities project with colleagues in Romance Studies, AAHVS, the Nasher Museum, and Bostock Library: a cultural history of migration through multi-lingual literatures and the visual arts.  In a personal vein, she also writes about book and art collecting in her family:  Dublin-Paris around 1920.


She teaches various topics in literature and cultural history in French – most recently, Biography, Lifewriting, Autofiction; Cultural Memory.

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