Deborah Jenson

Deborah Jenson

Professor of Romance Studies

External address: 112 Language Center, Box 90257, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-3122
Office Hours: Monday 12-2 pm, 112 Language Center, or by appointment
A scholar of "long 19th century" French and Caribbean literature and culture, I also work in the fields of cognitive literary studies and health humanities. Monographs, edited volumes, editions, and translations include: Beyond the Slave Narrative: Politics, Sex, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution; Trauma and Its Representations: The Social Life of Mimesis in Post-Revolutionary France; Poetry of Haitian Independence (with D. Kadish and N. Shapiro); Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignty (with W. Anderson and R. Keller); Sarah, A Colonial Novella (with D. Kadish); and "Coming to Writing" and Other Essays by Hélène Cixous. A co-authored book on Trauma and Humanitarian Emergency in Haiti is under contract, and a monograph project, The Making and Unmaking of the Brain as Episteme in French and Caribbean Modernity, is in process. I have previously served as the director of the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. A co-director of the Health Humanities Lab, my recent courses have included "Storytelling in Medicine and Health," and "Flaubert's Brain: Neurohumanities."

Education:

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1994
  • M.A., University of Paris (France) 1985
  • B.A., Bowdoin College 1983

Kadish, D, Jenson, D, and Shapiro, TBN. Poetry of the Haitian Independence. Trans. N Shapiro. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015. (Edited Book)

Jenson, D. Beyond the Slave Narrative: Sex, Politics, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution. Liverpool University Press, 2011. (Monograph)

Jenson, D, Anderson, W, and Keller, RE. Globalizing the Unconscious. 2011.

Anderson, DJWW, and Keller, RE. Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties. Duke University Press, 2011.

Jenson, D, and Kadish, D. Sarah, An English Translation. MLA Editions, 2008.

Jenson, D, and Kadish, D. Sarah, The Original French Text. 2008. (Edited Book)

Cixous, H. "Coming to Writing" and Other Essays by Hélène Cixous. Ed. D Jenson. Trans. D Jenson, S Cornell, A Liddle, and S Sellers. Harvard University Press, 1992. (Edited Book)

Jenson, D. "Toussaint Louverture, genio 'cimarrôn' y multimodial." Toussaint Louverture: repensar un icono. Ed. M Past and NM Léger. Santiago de Cuba: Casa del Caribe, 2015. 217-230. (Chapter)

Jenson, D, and Curtis, L. "The Haitian Revolution." The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Ed. P Mason. Gale, 2013. 277-284.

Jenson, D. "Placing Haiti in Geopsychoanalytic Space: Toward a Postcolonial Concept of Traumatic Mimesis." Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Trauma, and Sovereignty. 2011.

Jenson, D. "Surrealism and the Avant Garde Novel, and The Decadent Novel." The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel. 2011.

Jenson, D. "The Writing of Disaster in Haiti: Signifying Cataclysm from Slave Revolution to Earth Quake." Haiti Rising. Ed. M Munro. Liverpool University Press, 2010. 103-112.

Jenson, D. "Francophone World Literature (Littérature-monde) Cosmopolitanism, and Decadence: ‘Citizen of the World’ without the Citizen?." Transnational French Studies: Postcolonialism and Littérature-monde. Ed. A Hargreaves. Liverpool University Press, 2010. 15-35.

Jenson, D. "Francophone World Literature (Littérature-monde), Cosmopolitanism and Decadence: 'Citizen of the World' without the Citizen?." Transnational French studies : postcolonialism and littérature-monde. Ed. A Hargreaves, C Forsdick, and D Murphy. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, 2010. 15-35. (Chapter)

Miller, DJWCL. "Historical Timeline." Approaches to Teaching Claire de Duras’s ‘Ourika,’” ed. Mary Ellen Birkett and Christopher Rivers (New York: Modern Language Editions, MLA Editions, 2009) pp.12-17. 2009.

Jenson, D. "Mirror Revolutions: Ourika and Saint-Domingue." "Approaches to Teaching Claire de Duras’s ‘Ourika,’” ed. Mary Ellen Birkett and Christopher Rivers (New York: Modern Language Editions, 2009) pp.45-50. 2009.

Jenson, D. "Toussaint Louverture, Spin Doctor? Launching the Haitian Revolution in the French Media." Tree of Liberty: Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World. University of Virginia Press, 2008. 41-62.

Pages

Jenson, D. "Neuroscience and the Poetics of the Haitian Declaration of Independence." Ed. J Gaffield. (2014). (Academic Article)

Jenson, D. "Sources and interpretations jean-jacques dessalines and the African character of the haitian revolution." William and Mary Quarterly 69.3 (July 1, 2012): 615-638. (Review) Full Text

Crichlow, , Northover, , and Jenson, . "Introduction: Caribbean Entanglements in Times of Crises." The Global South 6.1 (2012): 1-1. Full Text Open Access Copy

Jenson, D, and Dubois, L. "Humanities in the Lab: Rethinking Haitian Studies." Diversity and Democracy: Civic Learning for Shared Futures 15 (2012).

Jenson, D. "Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon." RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES 43.3 (2012): 135-136. Full Text Open Access Copy

Jenson, D, Szabo, V, and Team, TDFHIHLSR. "Cholera in Haiti and Other Caribbean Regions, 19th Century." Emerging Infectious Diseases (CDC) 17 (November 2011): 6-6. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Jenson, D, Szabo, V, and Duke FHI Haiti Humanities Laboratory Student Research Team, . "Cholera in Haiti and other Caribbean regions, 19th century." Emerg Infect Dis 17.11 (November 2011): 2130-2135. Full Text Open Access Copy

Pages

Jenson, D, Desormeaux, D, Bongie, C, Kadish, D, and Nesbitt, NF. "The Haiti Issue: 1804 and Nineteenth-Century French Studies." Ed. D Jenson. Yale French Studies 107 (2005). (Journal issue)

Szabo, V, Jenson, D, Cloninger, E, Corbett, P, Hoyle, M, Ivker, J, Jernigan, E, Mitril, S, Neville, A, Patel, D, Duke University Haiti Laboratory, and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, . "19th-Century Caribbean Cholera Timemap." (2011).

Jenson, D, and Dubois, L. "Haiti Can Be Rich Again." New York Times (January 8, 2012). (Scholarly Commentary)

Jenson, D. "The Haiti Issue." Yale French Studies 107 (2005).

Haiti: History Embedded in Amber. Director. http://www.fhi.duke.edu/haitiamber/ (2011)

Abstract
24 Duke faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the FHI Haiti Lab worked with Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié to design representations of Haitian culture, especially post-earthquake culture, embedded in amber-like resin blocks. Durham metal sculptor Andrew Preiss of the ARP Design Studio designed the frame and lighting for the permanent installation of the artwork in the Ahmadiev Family Lecture Hall of the Franklin Humanities Institute in Bay 4 of Smith Warehouse, Duke University. The website features "story blocks" detailing the individual artist's narrative accounts of their work.