Greta Bliss, Ph.D.


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Assistant Professor of Francophone Studies
Telephone:(910) 962-3344
Fax:(910) 962-7712
Leutze Hall 283

Ph.D. in French, University of Minnesota, 2014 French Literature, University of Minnesota, 2007
B.A. in History, Grinnell College, 2000

Greta Bliss has worked at UNCW since fall, 2013. She specializes in French and Francophone literature and cinema, feminist theory, translation theory, and postcolonial studies. Her doctoral dissertation examined how Algerian, Moroccan, and Tunisian women’s literature and cinema intervenes in cultural translation between the Maghreb and the West. Bliss has presented at numerous conferences including the 20th and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium; the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference; the American Comparative Literature Association; and the Middle Eastern Studies Association convention. Bliss worked as a lectrice at the University of Paris - Diderot and has undertaken research and Arabic language study in Amman, Jordan and in Morocco through a Foreign Language Area Studies fellowship (2009-10), a Critical Language Studies Scholarship (2010), and a University of Minnesota Global Spotlight Grant (2011). She has also participated in interdisciplinary scholarly forums including the Institute of French Cultural Studies at Dartmouth College and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

“History from Point Zero? Archival Reading in Maïssa Bey’s Surtout ne te retourne pas and Tahir Wattar’s The Earthquake.” Expressions maghrébines 14.1 (2015): 137-154.

“Problematic Translation and Persuasive Listening in Assia Djebar’sLa Femme sans sépulture.” The French Review 86.3 (2013): 508-522.

Articles in progress

Fiction, ethnography, and globalization in the films of Yasmine Kassari

Humanism and orientalism in the work of Assia Djebar

The representation of terrorism in Algerian women’s cinema

Book Reviews

Review of Edwards, Carole, ed. Le sacrifice dans les littératures francophones. Francopolyphonies 17. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014. Forthcoming (60.1, Oct 2016) in The French Review.


Teaching at UNCW:

FRH 412 The Francophone World: “Women and Revolution in the Maghreb since 1954”

FRH 319 “Cultural Manifestoes”

FRH 306 Reading Strategies: “Reading Other Worlds”

FRH 302 Grammar and Composition I

FRH 102 Introductory French II

Teaching at previous institutions:

FRN 303 French Civilization I (Grinnell College)

Intermediate French I & II (Grinnell College and University of Minnesota)

Beginning French I & II (Grinnell College and University of Minnesota)

FREN 4970 Direct Readings Class: “The Body, Language, and Biography in Algerian Women’s Literature.” (University of Minnesota)

FREN 3101W Methods in French and Francophone Studies: “Translation, Representation, the Other.” (University of Minnesota)

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