Greta Bliss, Ph.D.

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  Associate Professor of Francophone Studies
  Office: Leutze Hall 283
  Telephone: (910) 962-334
  Fax: (910) 962-7712

  Ph.D. in French, University of Minnesota
  M.A. in French Literature, University of Minnesota
  B.A. (Hons.) in History, Grinnell College

Greta Bliss teaches French and Francophone studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures and is Affiliate Faculty of the Gender Studies and Research Center. She specializes in North African (Maghrebi) cultural production, with attention to the representation of gender and history in literature and film. Bliss’s research focuses on Algerian cinema; Moroccan feminisms; the literary and filmic work of Assia Djebar; and new developments in post-2011 Tunisian Cinema.  She regularly presents at peer-reviewed conferences and has published in Studies in French Cinema, Contemporary French Civilization, French Literature Series, Expressions maghrébines, and The French Review.

Major publications

Bliss, Greta. “Humanisme et orientalité dans l’œuvre djebarienne,” forthcoming in Quel "nouvel humanisme" francophone contemporain ?, Presses de l’université Paris-Sorbonne (accepted for publication). 

Bliss, Greta. “In My Own Country: Internal Exile in Rachida and Viva Laldjérie,” Studies in French Cinema vol. 18.2 (June 2019).

Bliss, Greta. “Reworlding Tunisia: Sacrifice in Postrevolutionary Cinema,” Contemporary French Civilization vol. 43.1 (2018). 

Bliss, Greta. “An Ethnographic Fable: Yasmine Kassari’s L’Enfant endormi.” French Literature Series, vol. 42, “Hybrid Genres/L’Hybridité des genres” (2018).  

"History from Point Zero? Archival Reading in Maïssa Bey's Surtout ne te retourne pas and Tahir Wattar's The Earthquake." Expressions maghrébines vol. 14.1 (2015).

"Problematic Translation and Persuasive Listening in Assia Djebar’s La Femme sans sépulture." The French Review vol. 86.3 (2013).

Courses regularly taught at UNCW:

FRH 499 Honors Thesis
FRH 498 Internship in French
FRH 491 Directed Independent Study
FRH 412 The Francophone World
FRH 322 Survey of French Literature II
FRH 319 Introduction to the Francophone World 
FRH 306 Reading Strategies
FRH 302 and FRH 303 Grammar and Composition I & II
FRH 201 and FRH 202 Intermediate French I & II
FRH 101 and FRH 102 Introductory French I & II

Courses taught at prior universities:

French Civilization I (Grinnell College)

Intermediate French I & II (Grinnell College and University of Minnesota)

Beginning French I & II (Grinnell College and University of Minnesota)

Advanced Directed Readings: "The Body, Language, and Biography in Algerian Women's Literature." (University of Minnesota)

Methods in French and Francophone Studies: "Translation, Representation, the Other." (University of Minnesota)