Carmen  Mayer

Associate Professor of French | Graduate Advisor for French Literature


PhD, University of Oregon, 2000

Research Interests

Dr. Mayer’s field of specialization is 19th-century French literature. Her recent research projects focus on literature and adaptation, especially film adaptations of novels by Emile Zola. Other research interests include theories of literature in the writings and correspondence of 19th-century authors; cultural and political history during the Third Republic; literature, art and popular iconography. Dr. Mayer enjoys studying manuscripts, notes, drafts, and plans in order better to understand writing processes and the genesis of great literary works.

Dr. Mayer loves to teach at all levels of the curriculum. Recent graduate-level courses on the 19th century include “Bohemia” (Fall 2014), “19th Century French Crime Fiction” (Fall 2012), “Zola: Novel and Adaptation” (Fall 2010).

Selected Publications

Publications on Zola, Baudelaire, Mérimée, De Quincey, Flaubert, and Huysmans have appeared in XIX Dix-NeufRomance Studies, EXCAVATIO, Romance Languages Annual, Romance Notes, Nineteenth Century French Studies, Dalhousie French Studies and in two volumes of the Society of Dix-neuviémistes: Currencies: Fiscal Fortunes and Cultural Capital in the French Nineteenth Century (Peter Lang 2005) and Birth and Death in Nineteenth-Century French Culture (Rodopi 2007). She is working on a book, “Zola’s Secular Evangelism,” on turn-of-the century utopianism in the Quatre Evangiles. She has presented her research at various national and international conferences and colloquia.