Anne Garreta

Anne Garreta

Research Professor of Literature

External address: 
101D Friedl Bldg, Literature Program, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Literature Program, Durham, NC 27708-0670
(919) 668-5389

A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Anne Garréta, did her License de Lettres at the Université Paris 4 (Sorbonne), her Maitrise and her D.E.A at the Université Paris 7 (Diderot) before moving to the US and pursuing her PhD there.
She has taught at Princeton, the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) before coming to Duke. She teaches regularly in France at the Université Rennes 2, and more recently at Paris 7 (Diderot).
A writer, she has published half a dozen novels, starting with Sphinx in 1986, some of which have been translated into Japanese, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, German... Two of these novels have recently appeared in English and been reviewed in the London Review of Books, the TLS, Lambda Literary, Bomb magazine, Kenyon Review, etc.
Pas un jour was awarded the Prix Medicis in 2002; in translation (Not One Day) it was nominated in 2018 as finalist for 3 prizes (Lambda Literary Prize, Albertine Prize, and French-American Foundation Translation Prize).
She was elected to the OULIPO [Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle] in 2002 and to the jury of the Prix Medicis in 2011.
Her current research interests include:

  • the history and theory of the novel
  • the Enlightenment (Rousseau and Diderot in particular)
  • the relationships between literature and the sciences
  • contemporary cultural figures/practices such as DJ'ing, EDM, Electro
  • the philosophical genealogy of current critical concepts and problems
  • Gender and Queer theory


  • Ph.D., New York University 1988

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Villa Medicis Fellow awarded by Académie de France à Rome (Italy) (1992)

Bourse doctorale awarded by Ministère de la Recherche (France) (1988)

Garreta, Anne. Not One Day. Translated by Emma Ramadan and Anne Garreta, Deep Vellum, 2017.

Garreta, A. Dans l'béton. Grasset & Fasquelle, 2017.

Garreta, Anne. Sphinx. Deep Vellum Publishing, 2015.

Garreta, A. F., and J. Roubaud. Eros mélancolique. Grasset, 2009.

Garreta, A. F. Pas un jour. Grasset, 2002.

Garreta, A. F. La Décomposition. Grasset, 1999.

Garreta, A. F. Lectures des Rêveries du promeneur solitaire. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1998.

Garreta, A. F. Ciels liquides. Grasset, 1990.

Garréta, Anne. Sphinx roman. Grasset & Fasquelle, 1986.

Garreta, A. F. “Paul Bénichou, Romantiques français.” Libération, Jan. 2005.

Garreta, A. F. “Virginia Woolf.” Les Inrocks, Oct. 2004.

Garreta, A. F. “Etudes de genre.” Libération, Mar. 2004.

Garreta, A. F. “Didier Eribon, Hérésies.” Libération, Dec. 2003.

Garreta, A. F. “George Chauncey, Gay New York.” Libération, Dec. 2003.

Crocco, L., et al. Preface. 2018, pp. v–ix. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-75007-1. Full Text

Acache, Carole, et al. “La Bâtarde à cinquante ans.” La Bâtarde à Cinquante Ans, edited by Mireille Brioude et al., Presses Universitaires de Saint-Etienne, 2017.

Garréta, A. F. Wittig, la langue – le politique. Edited by Benoît Auclerc and Yannick Chevalier, Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2011.

Garreta, A. F. Autofiction : la Ford intérieure et le self roman. Edited by Catherine Viollet and Jean-Louis Jeanelle, Academia Bruylant, 2007.

Garreta, A. F. Comment écrire des femmes? Edited by C. Montalbetti and J. Neefs, Presses Universitaires de France, 2005.

Garreta, A. F. A feeling of vertigo seized me as I looked down. Edited by André Aciman, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2004.

Garreta, A. F. Rousseau juge de Jean-Jacques: Individu, identité et référence du nom propre. Edited by I. Brouard-Arends, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2003.

Garreta, A. F. Les Dialogues de Rousseau: Paradoxes d’une réception critique. Edited by I. Brouard-Arends, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2003.

Garreta, A. F. Rousseau et Chateaubriand: nom, signe, mémoire. Edited by C. Montalbetti, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1999.

Lionnais, François Le, et al. Un Certain Disparate. 2010.

Garréta, A. F. “Autonomy and its discontent.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 104, no. 4, Dec. 2005, pp. 723–33. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-104-4-723. Full Text

Garreta, A. F. “La vraie nature de Colette.” Libération, July 2004.

Garreta, A. F. “La loi, la norme, le néologisme.” Cahiers De L’Unebévue, vol. L’amour de loin du Dr. L.–, 2004.

Garreta, A. F. “Le désir libertin au 18ème siècle.” Magazine Littéraire, no. 426, Oct. 2003.

Garreta, A. F. “Re-enchanting the Republic: PACS, Parité & Symbolic.” Yale French Studies, no. 100, 2001.

Garreta, A. F. “Le Page disgracié: Problèmes de l’autobiographie baroque.” Biblio 17 / Papers in French Xviith Century Literature, 1998.

Garreta, A. F. “In Light of Invisibility.” Yale French Studies, 1996.

Becker, Howard, et al. Entretien avec Howard Becker (In preparation). Edited by Cécile de Bary and Alain Schaffner, 2018.

Garreta, A. “Meet the shortlisted authors for the 2018 Albertine Prize.” Lithub, 6 Apr. 2018.

Garreta, A., and Sarah Gerard. “States of Desire.” The Paris Review, 11 Dec. 2017.

Garreta, A. F. “Massacre au collège de Winnenden.” Libération, 12 Mar. 2009.

Garreta, A. F. “On Bookselves.” Mcsweeney’S, no. 21, 2007.

Garreta, A. F., and Valérie Beaudouin. “Tu te souviens?Bibliothèque Oulipienne, no. 160, 2007.

Garreta, A. F. “N-Amor.” Bibliothèque Oulipienne, no. 161, 2007.

Garreta, A. F. “Oulipian Moment for the End of Times.” Drunken Boat, no. Oulipo Special Issue, 2006.

Garreta, A. F. “The Secret Jardin.” New York Times, Aug. 2005.

Garreta, A. F. L’éventail de Hanjo. July 2004.