Dorian Bell

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentLiterature Department
AffiliationsCritical Race and Ethnic Studies
Web Site Curriculum vitae
OfficeHumanities 1 227
Office HoursSpring 2017: T 3:30-5 and by appt
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Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Dorian Bell

Research Interests

French culture and thought since the nineteenth century; histories of empire, race, and anti-Semitism; media theory; film studies; political and social theory

My research has generally brought the tools of literary and cultural criticism to bear on the history of ideologies. I have been particularly interested in the novel and its place within the nineteenth century's crescendoing debates about empire and race. My current book project, entitled Frontiers of Hate: Anti-Semitism and Empire in Modern France, examines sites of articulation between late nineteenth-century French anti-Semitism and imperialism.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Humanities Fellows Program
Department of French and Italian
Stanford University, 2007-2008

Assistant Professor of French
Department of French and Italian
University of California, Irvine, 2008-2010

Honors, Awards and Grants


Larry Schehr Memorial Award for the best junior faculty essay presented at the 2012 Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium (for "Zola, Nietzsche, Marx: Anti-Anti-Semitism and the Politics of Scale")

Malcolm Bowie Prize for the best article in French studies published in 2009 by an early-career scholar, awarded by the Society for French Studies (for "The Jew as Model: Anti-Semitism, Aesthetics, and Epistemology in the Goncourt Brothers' Manette Salomon")

Dean's Scholar, one of ten named by the Graduate Division of the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, 2006

Naomi Schor Memorial Award for best graduate student essay presented at the 2004 Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium (for "Unprofitable Returns: Colonialism, Social Critique, and the Specter of the Past in Balzac’s La Cousine Bette")

Selected Fellowships:

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship, 2011-12

UC President's Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 2011-12

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Fellows Program
Department of French and Italian, Stanford University, 2007-2008

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2007-2008 (declined)

Fulbright US Student Program Grant, Tunisia, 1999-2000

Courses Taught

LTFR 152--Colonial Ghosts: French Literature and Imperialism
LTMO 190N--Gangsters and Destiny: French Film Noir
LTFR 152--Doubtful Selves: The Novel and 19th Century France
LIT 101--Postcolonial Theory
LIT 61H--Introduction to Film Analysis: Film Noir