Edwige Crucifix

Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Edwige Crucifix headshot


Phone 610-526-5384
Location Old Library 146
On Leave



Ph.D. Brown University 
B.A., M.A. Université Paris IV-Sorbonne 

Areas of Focus

20th and 21st C. Francophone Literature, Maghreb, postcolonial studies, women and gender studies.


Edwige Crucifix is a scholar of Modern and Contemporary Francophone literature, specializing in gender studies and postcolonial theory. Her current book project explores mechanisms of identity construction in colonial society in the works of French and North African women. Her research and teaching stems from an interdisciplinary interest in modes of cultural resistance, explored in previous publications dedicated to modernist aesthetics, nineteenth-century bourgeois taste, and inter-war Jewish identity. 

Select publications: 

  • “Donner de la Voix: Prostituées postcoloniales dans le roman marocain contemporain,” RELIEF : Revue Electronique de Littérature Française, vol.14, n.1, 2020, pp. 76-91. (https://www.revue-relief.org/articles/abstract/10.18352/relief.1068/
  • “An Orientalist Masquerade: The Self-exoticizing Gaze in the Works of Elissa Rhaïs,” MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, vol.14, 2019, pp. 29-37. (http://www.mhra.org.uk/publications/wph-14
  • “Kitchen Talk: Marguerite Duras’s experiments with culinary matter” in Gastronomic Modernism: Food, Literature and Culture, edited by Derek Gladwin, Clemson UP, 2019, pp. 209-222. 
  • “From Nature’s Garden: Reimagining North African landscapes through food in Female French colonial literature” in Food and Landscapes, edited by Mark McWilliams, Prospect Books, 2018, pp. 110-120. 
  • “Dîners imaginaires et repas fantasme : la recette de cuisine comme espace de projection littéraire,” Captures, vol. 1, n. 2, 2016.