Professor of French
Division of Literature and Languages
Catherine Witt is a scholar of French literature and film. She teaches a wide variety of courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry and poetics, theater, and critical theory. She also contributes courses on French, European, and American cinemas to the Film and Media Studies program. Her research engages with Romantic, Parnassian, and Symbolist poetry, the notions of new philology and philological imagination, and the work of poet-translators from Nerval to Anne-Marie Albiach. Catherine has co-edited two books: Poets as Readers in Nineteenth-Century France (University of London, imlr books, 2015), a collection of essays edited with Joseph Acquisto and Adrianna Paliyenko; and Ententes–à partir d’Hélène Cixous (Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2019), edited with Stéphanie Boulard, on Cixous’s collaborations with contemporary artists and writers. Recent articles examine the re-inscription of Rimbaud’s Illuminations and Michelet’s La Mer in “Le Rire de la Méduse” (Parade Sauvage, 2019) and Baudelaire as translator of Poe, plagiarist and double (Nottingham French Studies, 2019). Brought up in France, Catherine holds a BA in Modern History and French from Oxford University (Merton College), a Masters in Modern European Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD from the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University. She also studied at École Normale Supérieure (Ulm), and was a visiting scholar (pensionnaire scientifique) at the Centre d’Études Poétiques (ENS–Lyon).