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Christina Helena Rudosky

of French



Ph.D. in French Literature, University of Colorado – Boulder (2015)

M.A. in Comparative Literature, Université de Paris IV- La Sorbonne (2006)

B.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Oregon, Honors College (2003)


Christina Rudosky was awarded her Ph.D. in French Literature for the defense of her dissertation, “André Breton the Collector: A Surrealist Poetics of the Object” in October of 2015 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature and visual art, avant-garde aesthetics, collecting, material culture, and thing theory. She has done extensive archival research and translation work for the website, www.andrebreton.fr for the Association Atelier André Breton in Paris in conjunction with the Centre Pompidou, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Bibliothèque Jacques Doucet and the Musée Henri Martin de Cahors. Her recent work looks at the impact of the Négritude movement in France on art collectors and the avant-garde during the period of decolonization. In October 2015, she presented her research on the representation of “art nègre” in Alain Resnais and Chris Marker’s film, Les statues meurent aussi, and the 2010 Monnaie de Paris museum exhibition based on the film at the Resnais Archipelago Conference at Duke University. She is currently a member of the research group “Africa, Lost and Found in Translation” at Duke University (2016-17) and is working with the group on a translation of Michel Leiris’ L’Afrique fantôme.


  • “The Surrealist Object,” Cambridge Critical Concepts: Surrealism. Ed. Natalya Lusty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. (Forthcoming)
  • A Short Introduction to the History and Theory of Collecting Objects in Surrealism (1924-1927),” Exhibition catalogue for “Moon Dancers: Yup’ik Masks and the Surrealists” Di Donna Galleries, April 26-June 29, New York, New York. 2018
  • “André Breton’s Scrapbook: A Surrealist Collection?” Journal de l’Université d’été de la Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Vol. 4 “Les sources au travail: Collections d’art et musées à l’épreuve du temps présent,” Presses Centre Pompidou, Paris. 2017
  • “Ghostliness: a double-take at Surrealist Art” Long review of Surrealist Ghostliness by Katherine Conley, Criticism, Special issue, “The Avant-garde at War,” guest edited by Jonathan Eburne, Wayne State University, 57.4, Fall 2015.
  • “L’atelier André Breton, une collection qui a du chien”  Histoires Littéraires, Ed. Jean-Jacques Lefrère et Michel Pierssens. Du Lérot. Paris. Janvier 2013.

Undergraduate Theses Advised

  • 2017-2018: Andrew Clark – “Time, Space, and Capital: Walter Benjamin in Apollinaire’s ‘Zone’ and René Clair’s ‘Paris qui dort'” (Highest Honors for Undergraduate Thesis received from the Romance Studies Department)
  • 2017-2018: Leah Balkowski – “Uncanny Domesticity: Interrogating Gender and the Fantastic in Marie NDiaye” (Highest Honors for Undergraduate Thesis received from the Comparative Literature Department

Typical Courses

FREN 372- Survey of 19th and 20th Century French Literature

FREN 374- Survey of 20th and 21st Century French Literature

FREN 203- Intermediate French Language