Professor of French
Fields: Nineteenth-century French novel; Victor Hugo studies; utopian studies; popularized versions of literary classics.
- AB Bryn Mawr College
- MPhil & PhD Yale University
Kathryn Grossman combines her specialization in Victor Hugo’s fiction with interests in utopian/ visionary/ poetic narratives; theory of metaphor and representations of the sublime; the pedagogy of literature; and the recycling of literary classics in other media. Besides her work on Hugo, she has written on politics and poetics in such post-Revolutionary writers as Claire de Duras, George Sand, Charles Dickens, George Orwell, and Yevgeny Zamiatin. She is currently working on two major projects: a co-edited volume, with Dr. Bradley Stephens at the University of Bristol, on “Les Misérables and its Afterlives: Between Page, Stage, and Screen,” forthcoming in 2015 at Ashgate Publishing, and a book-length study of the reception of Les Misérables in the U.S. from publication in 1862 to the late-twentieth century, using digital archival resources.