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)

Garréta, A. Not One Day. April 11, 2017.

Garreta, A. Dans l'béton. Paris: Grasset & Fasquelle, 2017. (Fictional Work)

Garreta, A. Sphinx. Deep Vellum Publishing, April 21, 2015.

Garreta, AF, and Roubaud, J. Eros mélancolique. Grasset, 2009.

Garreta, AF. Pas un jour. Grasset, 2002.

Garreta, AF. La Décomposition. Grasset, 1999.

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

Garréta, A. Lectures des Rêveries. PU Rennes, 1998. (Edited Book)

Garreta, AF. Ciels liquides. Grasset, 1990.

Garréta, A. Sphinx roman. Grasset & Fasquelle, 1986. (Fictional Work)

Garreta, AF. "Paul Bénichou, Romantiques français." Libération (January 2005).

Garreta, AF. "Virginia Woolf." Les Inrocks (October 2004).

Garreta, AF. "La vraie nature de Colette." Libération (July 2004).

Garreta, AF. "Etudes de genre." Libération (March 2004).

Garreta, AF. "George Chauncey, Gay New York." Libération (December 2003).

Garreta, AF. "Didier Eribon, Hérésies." Libération (December 2003).

Garreta, AF. "Didier Eribon, Hérésies." Libération (December 2003).

Acache, C, Garréta, A, and Vargaftig, C. "La Bâtarde à cinquante ans." La Bâtarde à cinquante ans. Ed. M Brioude, A Frantz, and A Péron. Saint-Etienne (France): Presses Universitaires de Saint-Etienne, 2017. (Essay)

Garréta, AF. "Wittig, la langue – le politique." Ed. B Auclerc and Y Chevalier. Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2011.

Garreta, AF. "Autofiction : la Ford intérieure et le self roman." Ed. C Viollet and J-L Jeanelle. Academia Bruylant, 2007.

Garreta, AF. "Comment écrire des femmes?." Ed. C Montalbetti and J Neefs. Presses Universitaires de France, 2005.

Garreta, AF. "A feeling of vertigo seized me as I looked down." Ed. A Aciman. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2004.

Garreta, AF. "Rousseau juge de Jean-Jacques: Individu, identité et référence du nom propre." Ed. I Brouard-Arends. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2003.

Garreta, AF. "Les Dialogues de Rousseau: Paradoxes d’une réception critique." Ed. I Brouard-Arends. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2003.

Garreta, AF. "Rousseau et Chateaubriand: nom, signe, mémoire." Ed. C Montalbetti. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1999.

Lionnais, FL, Levy-Leblond, J-M, Garreta, and A, . Un Certain Disparate. 2010.

Garreta, AF. "Autonomy and Its Discontent." South Atlantic Quarterly 104.4 (October 1, 2005): 723-733. Full Text

Garreta, AF. "La vraie nature de Colette." Libération (July 2004). (Review)

Garreta, AF. "La loi, la norme, le néologisme." Cahiers de l’Unebévue – L’amour de loin du Dr. L.– (2004). (Academic Article)

Garreta, AF. "Le désir libertin au 18ème siècle." Magazine Littéraire 426 (October 2003). (Academic Article)

Garreta, AF. "Re-enchanting the Republic: PACS, Parité & Symbolic." Yale French Studies 100 (2001). (Academic Article)

Garreta, AF. "Le Page disgracié: Problèmes de l’autobiographie baroque." Biblio 17 / Papers in French XVIIth Century Literature (1998). (Academic Article)

Garreta, AF. "In Light of Invisibility." Yale French Studies (1996). (Academic Article)

Becker, H, Beaudouin, V, de Bary, C, Garréta, A, and Rémy, M. "Entretien avec Howard Becker (In preparation)." 2018.

Garreta, A. "Meet the shortlisted authors for the 2018 Albertine Prize." LitHub (April 6, 2018). (Interview)

Garreta, A, and Gerard, S. "States of Desire." The Paris Review (December 11, 2017). (Interview)

Garreta, AF. "Massacre au collège de Winnenden." Libération (March 12, 2009). (Column)

Garreta, AF. "N-Amor." Bibliothèque Oulipienne 161 (2007). (Short Story, Fictional Work)

Garreta, AF. "On Bookselves." McSweeney’s 21 (2007). (Essay, Short Story)

Garreta, AF, and Beaudouin, V. "Tu te souviens?." Bibliothèque Oulipienne 160 (2007). (Short Story, Essay)

Garreta, AF. "Oulipian Moment for the End of Times." Drunken Boat Oulipo Special Issue (2006). (Short Story, Essay)

Garreta, AF. "The Secret Jardin." New York Times (August 2005).

Garreta, AF. "L’éventail de Hanjo." (July 2004).