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 naturalistes, L'Esprit créateur, La Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la France, Romantisme, Ninteenth-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.
"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 Academia.edu.
“La rue et ses cris: images du vieux Paris chez Balzac, Flaubert and Zola.” The French Review 87-1 (2013): 137-152.
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