Katarzyna Pieprzak

Professor of Francophone Literature, French Language, and Comparative Literature

[email protected] 413-597-2352
Hollander Hall Rm 256


B.A. Rice University (1995)
M.A. University of Michigan, Comparative Literature (1998)
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Comparative Literature (2001)

Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary Literature from North Africa
  • Clandestine Migration in Literature and Art
  • Museums in Africa and the Middle East
  • Contemporary Art from North Africa
  • Postcolonial Theory from the Francophone World


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

RLFR 102(S)

Introduction to French Language and Francophone Cultures

RLFR 104(S)

Intermediate French II: Advanced Intermediate Studies in French

RLFR 260 / COMP 260(F)

Reading Comics from the French-Speaking World

RLFR 309 / AFR 307(F)

Contemporary Short Stories from North Africa

RLFR 312 / AFR 312 / COMP 312

Francographic Islands

COMP 345

Museums, Memorials, and Monuments: The Representation and Politics of Memory

RLFR 410

Senior Seminar: Landscapes of Movement and Migration in French

ARTH 573

Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East and North Africa

Scholarship/Creative Work


  • Imagined Museums: Art and Modernity in Morocco, (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming January 2010).
  • Land and Landscape in Francographic Literature: Remapping Uncertain Territories, co-edited with Magali Compan, (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).

Selected Articles

  • “Nostalgia and the New Cosmopolitan: Literary and Artistic Interventions in the City of Casablanca” Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature 33.1 (Winter 2009).
  • “Art in the Streets: Modern Art, Museum Practice and the Urban Environment in Contemporary Morocco” MESA Bulletin (forthcoming Summer 2008).
  • “Ruins, Rumors and Traces of the City of Brass: Moroccan Modernity and Memories of the Arab Global City” Research in African Literatures 38.4 (Winter 2007): 187-203
  • “Bodies on the Beach: Youssef Elalamy and Moroccan Landscapes of the Clandestine,” Land and Landscape in Francographic Literature: Remapping Uncertain Territories, Katarzyna Pieprzak and Magali Compan ed, (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007): 104-122.
  • “Citizens and Subjects in the Bank: Corporate Visions of Modern Art and Moroccan Identity”
    Nation, Society and Culture in North Africa: Essays on Contemporary History, Culture and Politics, James McDougall ed. (London: Frank Cass, 2003) and Journal of North African Studies 8.1 (Spring 2003): 131-152.
  • “Whose Patrimony Is It Anyway? The Quarrel between Ali Baba’s Cave and the National
    Museums of Morocco,” Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature No. 49 (Fall 2001): 155-174.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Getty Foundation Summer Institute Fellowship in Istanbul on “Constructing the Past in the Middle East” (2006)