Dorothy Kelly

Dorothy Kelly
Director of Graduate Studies,
Professor of French
718 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 405
BA, Smith College
MA, Yale University
PhD, Yale University

Research and Teaching

Professor Kelly’s research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century French literature and the French novel, gender and literature, literary theory, and psychoanalysis and literature. Her most recent book, Reconstructing Woman, examines the nineteenth-century literary theme of the construction of an artificial woman. Her other publications include Telling Glances: Voyeurism in the French Novel; Fictional Genders: Role and Representation in Nineteenth-Century French Narrative; “Emma’s Distinctive Taste” (Australian Journal of French Studies); and “Experimenting on Women” in Spectacles of Realism: Gender, Body, Genre, edited by Christopher Prendergast and Margaret Cohen. She continues work on a new book project that explores the metaphor of the living dead in the works of Balzac, Baudelaire, and Zola.

Professor Kelly teaches courses on psychoanalysis and literature, the French novel, gender and the novel, nineteenth-century French literature, literature and transgression, and the literary construction of identity.

Selected Publications

Dorothy Kelly Reconstructing Women


Kelly D. (2007) Reconstructing Woman: From Fiction to Reality in the Nineteenth-Century French NovelPennsylvania State University Press. 




Kelly D. (1992) Telling Glances: Voyeurism in the French NoveI. Rutgers University Press.

Kelly D (1989) Fictional Genders: Role and Representation in Nineteenth-Century French Narrative. University of Nebraska Press.