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  • Ana Oancea, Assistant Professor of French

    Assistant Professor of French
    University of Delaware
    316 Jastak-Burgess Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    Dr. Oancea is an Assistant Professor of French with the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. 

    Dr. Oancea's research and teaching interests are in 19th-century French literature and culture, including popular and visual culture, science and literature, as well as in film and new media. Her courses cover topics ranging from French fantastic literature to bande dessinée. In addition to discovering great works, in these courses students engage with criticism and theory.

    Her book manuscript analyzes the literary representation of inventors in the larger context of the 19th century's narrative of progress. It brings together decadence, naturalism, and early science fiction, engaging with the role of science in French discourse of national identity.


    MA, MPhil, Ph.D. Columbia University

    B.A. University of Virginia


    “Black Skin, Black Mask: The Subaltern’s Quest for Transformation in Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s Mon Amie Victoria.” Studies in French Cinema, (2019): 1-20.

    “Literature and Vivisection: Reevaluating Emile Zola’s Interpretation of Claude Bernard.” Neohelicon 45.2 (2018): 671-687. 

    “Heredity Beyond the Rougon-Macquart: The Case of Travail.” French Forum 42.2 (2017): 233-248.   

    “The Temptation of the Material in Jean Lorrain’s Fairy Tales.” Dix-Neuf 21.2-3 (2017): 178-191.

    “Verne at Lyon's Fête des Lumières: New Media, Old Dystopia.” Romance Notes 57.3 (2017): 497-511.

    “Edison’s Modern Legend in Villiers’ L’Eve future.” Nordlit 28 (2011): 173-187.

    “1830 sous le rire méphistophélique de Julien Sorel.” Acta Iassyensia Comparationis 7 (2009): 163-172.

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  • Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Jastak-Burgess Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • 30 East Main St.
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2591