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Wendy Combs

Ph.D. Student

At UNC since 2014
Advised by Professor Jessica Tanner
Dey Hall 317


M.A., French & Francophone Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
B.A., French, University of South Carolina, 2014

About Wendy

Wendy is a PhD student in French and Francophone Studies under the direction of Jessica Tanner. While studying French at University of South Carolina, she attended the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Wendy enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill where she completed a Master’s degree and has served as a co-organizer for the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies as well as for the Tournées French Film Festival. She is interested in representations of violence in French literature, the fantastic, as well as the nineteenth century roman-feuilleton phenomenon. In particular, her research examines contemporaneity and the temporality of fantastic romans-feuilletons, inquiring into the distinct effect that serial publication has on literature and how it changes our understanding of theory on the fantastic.


  • "Choosing Enchantment: Framing the Fantastic in Dumas père’s Le Meneur de loups." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Florida State University. October 2019.
  • "Rupturing Naturalism: Berlioz, the Idée fixe, and Zola’s Obscure Fantastic." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Scripps College and the University of California, Riverside. October 2018.
  • "All for One and One for All? How The Three Musketeers’ Chivalry Transcends the Traditional Boundaries of French Literature." South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA. November 2017.
  • "Under the Cover of Darkness: Terror and Horror in Voltaire’s Zaire." Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. April 2016.
  • "Ending the Guerres de mémoires: Fiction and Multidirectional Memory in Boualem Sansal’s Le village de l’Allemand." Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. April 2015.
  • Typical Courses Taught

  • FREN 101: Elementary French I
  • FREN 102: Elementary French II
  • FREN 105: French for High Beginners
  • FREN 203: Intermediate French I
  • FREN 204: Intermediate French II
  • Course Coordinator:

  • FREN 204: Intermediate French II (2020-2021)