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)