Maureen DeNino

Visiting Assistant Professor of French Studies

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Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2021 (via Zoom or in person)
Monday, 3–4 p.m.
Tuesday, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 3–4 p.m.

Wright Hall 117



M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder

B.A., Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University


Maureen DeNino joins the department of French studies as a visiting assistant professor in fall 2020. She is completing her doctorate at Princeton University, and her dissertation, French Colonial Fiction in the Age of Information, 1871-1914, traces the rise of new genres and styles in colonial literature in the context of the daily press and expanding global information networks, discussing the work of writers like Loti, Daudet, Maupassant and Mirbeau.

Her research explores the relationship between French colonial culture, literature and the press in the long 19th century, with a focus on daily newspapers, illustrated weeklies, Franco-German cultural exchange and literary circulations between France and its Pacific colonies. She has written on Tahiti and its place in the French cultural imagination, and on trans-European movement of images of the pétroleuse, the storied women arsonists of the Paris Commune. She is particularly interested in the experience of the writers and journalists who moved between the newspaper and the book, building careers as they fed content to a growing mass media, and how they employed literary style to comment on and satirize current events. For her next project, she is collecting and mapping the stories of the participants (and victims) of a late 19th-century fraudulent colonial venture which raised millions of francs and sent four ships of men, women and children on ill-fated expeditions to a Pacific island, and culminated in a sensational trial.

DeNino has taught French language and literature at Princeton University and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before entering academia, she taught English for two years in France (in Nevers and Nancy) as part of the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF).

Selected Publications

“‘She Smelled of Petroleum’: The Paris Commune in a German Family Magazine.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, vol. 49, nos. 3–4, Spring–Summer 2021.

“Reading Tahitian francophone literature: The challenge of scent and perfume.” With Andrew Cowell. International Journal of Francophone Studies, vol. 16, nos. 1–2, 2013, pp. 113-33.