Modern Languages

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Céline Brossillon

Dr. Céline Brossillon joined the Department of Modern Languages at Ursinus College as an Assistant Professor of French in 2015. She received her Ph.D. in French literature and culture from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris in 2011, and has taught French language, and Francophone culture and literature at various institutions, including Harvard University, Princeton University and Williams College. Her work focuses on the “male malady” (M. Waller) of the end of the 19th c, and the connection between solitude and madness in French and Francophone literature. She is particularly interested in deviant sexual behaviors that result from overextended isolation. Her research engages with multiple fields such as cultural anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, sociology, and psychology.


- Nineteenth Century Studies Association (Board Member)

- Association Francophone de Princeton (Board Member)

- Nineteenth-Century Studies Network

- Nineteenth-Century French Studies

- Women in French


Modern Languages


Doctorate in French Literature and Culture - Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle

M.A. in French Literature and Culture - Université Stendhal-Grenoble III

M.A. in American and African-American Literature and Culture - Université François Rabelais


  • French 101-102: Beginner French I & II

  • French 111-112: Intermediate French I & II

  • Common Intellectual experience (taught in English)

  • French 201: Communicating in French

  • French 202: Introduction to writing in French

  • French 251: Introduction to French and Francophone Literature

  • French 252: The Francophone World

  • French 317: Contemporary European Culture : France, Belgium and Switzerland

  • French 328: Grammar and Translation

  • French 440W (Capstone): French and Francophone Literature and Culture Seminar

  • Independent Studies/Honors Theses:

    • “L’Enfer, c’est les autres”: Le Cycle de l’absurde

    • “La Maladie féminine: Le genre, l’hérédité, et le milieu dans trois romans d’Émile Zola

    • Les Réfugiés et les droits de l’homme en Europe francophone

    • Oppression ou occupation: Prostitution en France et droit international

Professional Experience

2015-present: Assistant Professor of French, Ursinus College

2014-2015: Adjunct Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Rider University

2013-2014: Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Dickinson College

2010-2013: Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Williams College

2008-2010: Lecturer of French, Princeton University

2005-2008: French Teacher, United Nations International School

2001-2005: Lecturer of French, Harvard University

Research Interests

18th, 19th, and 20th c Francophone literature and culture

19th c African-American literature and culture

World War II in France

Recent Work

Recent publication:

“The figure of the ‘Horla’ in Guy de Maupassant’s short stories: from isolation and alienation to annihilation”, Dix-Neuf, Vol. 21.1, Fall 2016: 

 “L’Assommoir de Zola: des bêtes humaines assommées par la solitude”, Excavatio, Vol. XXVIII: