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Elizabeth Emery

Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures

Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 241J
BA, Wellesley College
MA, New York University
MPhi, New York University
PhD, New York University
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Welcome to French at Montclair State!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss our graduate programs in French, study abroad opportunities, or just to chat in French! The MSU French community cultivates creative opportunities for speaking French, from “salons de conversation,” films, and immersion day experiences in NJ and New York City to making crêpes, beignets, and bûches de Noël while listening to French-language music in the residence halls. You can follow these on our web site or via Twitter (

I teach a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to French language, literature, and culture, with particular emphasis on the medieval period and the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I currently serve as Book Review Coeditor of Nineteenth-Century French Studies, and as a board member of the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association.

I am delighted to have been named an NEH Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year. As a consequence, however, I will not have regular office hours after spring 2016 classes end (May 4). Please write to schedule an appointment.


Medieval and nineteenth-century French literature and cultural studies. The reception of medieval art, architecture, and literature in nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe and America. Early photojournalism, celebrity interviews, European and American writer house museums, Naturalism, Decadence, mysticism, cabaret culture, nineteenth-century French theater. The collection and study of Asian art in nineteenth-century France. Global food politics and sustainability studies.