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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Alexandre Bonafos

Title: Graduate Director
Associate Professor of Francophone Studies
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4882
Office: J. Welsh Humanities Bldg, 808
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Prof. Alexandre Bonafos


Alexandre Bonafos teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in French language, literature and culture, with a particular focus on post-1800 France and nineteenth-century literature. His research interests lie at the intersection of literature, history and art history in nineteenth-century France, especially the Romantic period. A specialist of travel discourses and practices, he studies the relationship between archaeology, travel writing, and the shaping of heritage politics in modern France. His current book project analyses the contributions of Prosper Mérimée to the archaeological discipline and the conservation movement under the July Monarchy and Second Empire.

Ph.D. (2014)                           New York University
B.A. (2002), M.A. (2005)       Université de Paris-IV – Sorbonne

Current Responsibilities
French Graduate Advisor
French House & Club Faculty Supervisor
Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society) Faculty Liaison
Maxcy College (International House) Faculty Fellow 

Courses Taught
FREN 209       Reading & Written Expression
FREN 210       Oral Communication
FREN 309       Introduction to Reading French Texts
FREN 310       Advanced Oral Communication
FREN 452       French Literature & Culture after 1800
FREN 501       La France contemporaine
FREN 595       Paris. Invention and Heritage of the French Capital
FREN 780       Nineteenth-Century Literature. Imaginaires de l’Altérité: Temps, Espace, Identités

Research and Teaching Interests
18th-, 19th- & 20th-century literature and culture
- Travel literature
- Romanticism
- Orientalism
- Medievalism
- Heritage and cultural policies
- Fantastique narratives and fairy tales

Selected Publications
- “Vider tous les horizons : Flaubert à l’épreuve du voyage (1840–1847).” In Éric Le Calvez ed. Flaubert voyageur. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2019, 51–70.
- “Shifting the Gaze: Picturesque and Archaeological Autopsy in the French Domestic Travels of Charles Nodier and Prosper Mérimée.” Studies in Travel Writing 22.1 (2018): 77–103.
- “De l’archéographie à l’archéologie pittoresques. L’évolution des Voyages pittoresques et romantiques dans l’ancienne France.” Cahiers d’études nodiéristes 5 (2018): 25–55.
- “L’Horizon du savoir. Mérimée et l’archéomanie celtique.” Cahiers Mérimée 7 (2015): 9–31.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.