David F. Bell

David F. Bell

Professor Emeritus of Romance Studies

External address: 209 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708
Internal address: Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-3100
Nineteenth-century French literature and culture; critical theory; literature and science; literature and technology.


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 1980

Selected Grants

International Graduate Education awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2015

Doctoral Program in Management and Analysis of Large Data Acquired from Sensors awarded by Department of Education (Co-Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2011

Bell, DF. Real Time: Accelerating Narrative from Balzac to Zola. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Bell, DF. Circumstances: Chance in the Literary Text. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993.

Bell, DF. Models of Power: Politics and Economics in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988.

Bell, DF. "Le Tact de Stendhal." Le Rouge et le noir de Stendhal: Lectures critiques. Ed. M Reid. Classiques Garniers, 2013. 99-114.

Bell, DF. "Serres sur Zola: Mythe et espaces." Les Cahiers de l’Herne. Ed. FL Yvonnet and C Frémont. 2010. 188-95.

Bell, DF. "Michel Serres." History of Continental Philosophy. Ed. A Schrift. Durham, UK: Acumen Press, 2010. 6:177-95.

Bell, DF. "La Communication instantanée: Au Bonheur des dames." Émile Zola: Mémoire et sensations. Ed. V Cnockaert. Montreal: XYZ éditeur, 2008. 241-251.

Bell, DF. "Michel Serres." Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought. Ed. L Kritzman. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. 658-61.

Bell, DF. "Science and Philosophy." Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought. Ed. L Kritzman. Columbia University Press, 2006. 329-34.

Bell, DF. "Promenades in Paris: Rastignac Maps the City." Approaches to Teaching Balzac’s Le Père Goriot. Ed. M Ginsburg. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2000. 81-89.

Bell, DF, Cassou-Noguès, P, Harris, PA, and Méchoulan, É. "Introduction: The editors of substance." Sub Stance 45.1 (January 1, 2016): 3-5. Full Text

Bell, DF. "Spatial memory: Variations on classical themes." Sub Stance 45.2 (January 1, 2016): 27-38. Full Text

Mechoulan, E, and Bell, DF. "Impact, or The Business of the University." Substance 42.1 (January 1, 2013): 28-39. Full Text

Bell, DF. "Bunker busting and bunker mentalities, or is it safe to be underground?." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 107.2 (2008): 213-229. Full Text

Bell, DF. "Gustave Le Rouge et La Conspiration des milliardaires: M.A.D. avant la lettre." Spec. issue "Science et littérature," Alliage 57-58 (2006): 169-176. (Academic Article)

Bell, DF. "Here, There, Anywhere." Spec. issue "After 9/11: European Perspectives," Contemporary French Civilization 29 (2005): 89-109.

Bell, DF. "Vitesse et présent dans Lucien Leuwen." L'Année stendhalienne 4 (2005): 149-161. (Academic Article)

Bell, DF. "Technologies of Speed, Technologies of Crime." Yale French Studies 108 (2005): 8-8. Full Text

Bell, DF. "Overload." Sub Stance 33.3 (December 1, 2004): 3-5.

Bell, DF. "Writing, movement /space, democracy: On Jacques Rancière's literary history." Sub Stance 33.1 (December 1, 2004): 126-140.


Co-Editor, , and Schuerewegen, F. "After 9/11: European Perspectives." Spec. issue of Contemporary French Civilization 29 (2005).

Co-editor, , and Harari, JV. "Hermes: Literature, Philosophy, Science." (1993).