Deborah Jenson
Professor of Romance Studies

A scholar of "long 19th century" French and Caribbean literature and culture, I also work in the fields of cognitive literary studies and health humanities. Monographs, edited volumes, editions, and translations include: Beyond the Slave Narrative: Politics, Sex, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution ; Trauma and Its Representations: The Social Life of Mimesis in Post-Revolutionary France; Poetry of Haitian Independence (with D. Kadish and N. Shapiro); Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignty (with W. Anderson and R. Keller); Sarah, A Colonial Novella (with D. Kadish); and "Coming to Writing" and Other Essays by Hélène Cixous . A co-authored Global Health book on Trauma and Humanitarian Emergency in Haiti and Nepal is close to completion, as well as a monograph, Essays on Mimesis: From Marx to Mirror Neurons.  An additional monograph project, Phenomenological Courage: Afro-Caribbean Literary Challenges to the Epistemic Brain in Naturalist Modernity, is in process. I have previously served as the director of the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Founder and co-director of the Health Humanities Lab, my recent courses have included "Storytelling in Medicine and Health," and "Flaubert's Brain: Neurohumanities." I'm currently co-editing with Len White, Marco Iacoboni, and my invaluable non-editor colleague and former French student Julie Uchitel, a Frontiers in Cognitive Neuroscience topic, Representation in Neuroscience and Humanities .

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2-3 pm in 112 Languages

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