Sophie Dolto

Ph.D. Candidate, French and Francophone Studies


M.A. in Comparative Literature, Université Paris IV Sorbonne (France)

M.A. in Cultural Professions, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre (France)

B.A. in Modern Literature, Université Paris IV Sorbonne (France)


Sophie’s academic research focuses on the works of Jean-Patrick Manchette, the so-called French “neo-polar” and more generally the political and aesthetical practices of the 20th century avant-gardes, from Dada to the Situationist International. For her Masters thesis, Sophie studied Manchette’s newspaper columns where he develops a political analysis of early American noir, in particular Hammett, Cain and Burnett. Her other interests include the works and reception of Karl Marx, Rabelais and François Villon, the fiction and poetry of Blaise Cendrars, Hollywood adaptations of noir novels, as well as insult letters as a literary genre. Before joining the program, Sophie taught French in Saratoga Springs, Philadelphia and Chicago, and worked for student exchange programs in Paris (Paris IV Sorbonne, Reid Hall).

Office Location: 
Williams Hall 536
Office Hours: 
Spring 2018: Th 11am-12pm & F 10-11am