Perry, Catherine

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PERRY, Catherine


Born in Lausanne, Switzerland; U.S. citizen; daughter of Whitall (a writer) and Barbara (Ward) Perry; married Gregory Vandenbroucke; children: Souleyma Haddaoui. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Indiana University—Bloomington, B.A., 1987, M.A., 1989; Princeton University, Ph.D., 1995.


Office—Department of Romance Languages, University of Notre Dame, 343 O'Shaughnessy Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556. E-mail[email protected]


University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, instructor, 1993-95, assistant professor, 1995-2002, associate professor of French, 2002—, fellow of Nanovic Institute for European Studies and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.


Conseil International d'Études Francophones (president, 2003-05), Modern Language Association of America, American Association of Teachers of French, American Association of University Women, American Institute for Maghrib Studies, Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, Women in French, Alliance Française, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Pi Delta Phi, Amnesty International, International Campaign for Tibet, World Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club, Alzheimer's Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Planned Parenthood, National Resources Defense Council.


Distinguished Notre Dame Woman Award, University of Notre Dame; Chevalier (Knight) in the national French Order of Arts and Letters and the Order of Academic Palms; Kaneb Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Notre Dame, 2003.


Persephone Unbound: Dionysian Aesthetics in the Works of Anna de Noailles, Bucknell University Press (Lewiston, PA), 2003.

Work represented in anthologies. Contributor to periodicals. Editor in chief, Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, 2004—.


Catherine Perry told CA: "The book that I published on Anna de Noailles (1876-1933), a French poet and novelist of Greco-Romanian origins, was equally inspired by my love of poetry and by the discovery of an extraordinarily vital and quite audacious woman writer who had been largely forgotten in the second half of the twentieth century. She provided me with the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of European culture, literature, and philosophy around the time of World War I. My study also situates her work in relation to texts of her literary predecessors (Lamartine, Baudelaire, Hugo, Mallarmé, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche …), as well as her contemporaries (Proust, Valéry, Barrès, Rilke …).I believe that through careful and detailed analysis, my study has enabled Anna de Noailles's distinct voice to emerge and that it will encourage future studies on this remarkable writer. Although it remains an academic venture, my book also represents a journey of self-discovery and thus is personal to a degree."

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