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Alexandre J. Bonafos

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4882
Office: J. Welsh Humanities Bldg, 714
Resources: Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Alexandre Bonafos recently joined the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures as an Assistant Professor of French Cultural Studies. A native of France, he earned his BA and MA from the University of Paris IV – Sorbonne (2001, 2005) before pursuing his Ph.D. at New York University (2014). He also worked as a language assistant at Sewanee: The University of the South, in Tennessee (2003–2004).

His research interests lie at the intersection of literature, history, art, and the history of the sciences in 19th-century France, especially during the Romantic period. A specialist of travel discourses and practices, he is particularly interested in the relationship between archaeological travel writings and the construction of heritage politics in modern France. His current book project looks at French and foreign travelers’ uses of travel accounts to raise awareness about national monuments in the French regions and at the ways in which they developed contested visions of the French past. He is also currently working on several essays, including an article on Prosper Mérimée and Celtic heritage (forthcoming in Cahiers Mérimée, nº 7, 2015) and two essays on textual and visual representations of national history in picturesque travels.

Dr. Bonafos has taught French language, literature, and culture at all levels. In the academic year 2014–2015, he will be teaching two languages courses, a course on French literature and culture from 1800, and a proseminar on graduate studies and literary theory.

His courses for next Fall include Oral communication (FREN 210) and a specials topics course on the cultural history and geography of Paris (FREN 595).