Martine Gantrel

Professor of French Studies

Martine Gantrel

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023:
on sabbatical.


Hatfield Hall 304



Ecole Normale Supérieure, Agrégée de l’Université, Docteur de Troisième Cycle en Littérature Française, La Sorbonne, Paris, France


Born and educated in France, Martine Gantrel's area of specialization is in literary and cultural studies of 19th- and early 20th-century France, in particular the Novel as a genre from the Romantic period to the Belle Époque; the relationship of literature to history; cultural and literary sub-genres (French gastronomy, the Regionalist novel, Les Cris de Paris, the representation of female domestic servants); and French cinema. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Les Cahiers naturalistesL'Esprit créateurLa Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la FranceRomantismeNinteenth-Century French Studies and The French Review. She is currently at work on a book on the poetics of sound in Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu.

Gantrel joined the Smith faculty in 1980 and regularly teaches language as well as French cinema and topic courses on 19th- and 20th-century French literature. In 2014 and 2016, she directed the Smith Junior Year Abroad program in Paris.

Selected Publications

"Larme ou page: les métaphores lamartiniennes de l'autobiographie". Roman et fictions brèves dans la litterature française du XIXs siècle. Interférences, tensions, dialogues. Chantal Masson and Bernard, eds. Grenoble, UGA éditions, 2022. 89-106.

“Vers une approche sonore de Françoise dans À la recherche du temps perdu.” Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la France, no. 02 (2021).

“The First Junior Year Abroad Programs in France: How They Started and Why.” Full text available on

“La rue et ses cris: images du vieux Paris chez Balzac, Flaubert and Zola.” The French Review 87-1 (2013): 137-152.