Jean-Philippe Mathy

 Jean-Philippe Mathy

Contact Information

4080 FLB

Office Hours

  • Fall 2016: by appointment
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Research Interests

  • Contemporary France; Modern French and European intellectual history; comparative cultural criticism; French/American cultural relations; critical theory; literature and philosophy.

Research Description

My first book examined representations of "America" in French texts, including novels, plays, poetry, travel narratives, philosophical essays and cultural criticism.  My second book looked at transatlantic national and republican traditions and conflicting notions such as multiculturalism, universalism, and communitarianism in France and the United States.  I have recently published a study of recent debates in French culture from the vantage point of the idea of melancholia, with a focus on loss, mourning, and memory.

I am currently working on the descriptions and afterlives of 9/11 in France.


  • Ph.D. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris 1985

Selected Publications


Melancholy Politics. Loss, Mourning, and Memory in Late Modern France State College The Pennsylvania State University Press 2011.

Special Issues of a Journal

Jacobinism and Its Discontents: Neo-Conservatives in France and the United States Dangerous Liaisons: French-American Relations 1788- 2008 International Topics Journal 2010.