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. Recent projects have focused on Zola and adaptation (film, opera, Broadway and other theatrical productions of Zola novels). Dr. Mayer enjoys studying manuscripts, notes, drafts, and plans in order better to understand writing processes and literary genesis. She is working on a book, “Zola’s Secular Evangelism,” on turn-of-the century utopianism in the Quatre Evangiles

Dr. Mayer teaches at all levels of the curriculum. Recent graduate-level seminars include “Bohemia”, “19th Century French Crime Fiction”, and “Zola: Novel and Adaptation”. In the Spring, Dr. Mayer will teach a new course on “Utopies et dystopies au long dix-neuvième siècle”.

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 has presented her research at various national and international conferences and colloquia.