Teaching and Research Interests
French and Francophone languages and cultures; Maghrebi women’s literature and film; feminisms and theories of translation; postcolonial memory and history in French culture.
Ph.D. studies in French Literature, University of Minnesota (Ph.D. expected 2013)
Dissertation: “Untranslating the Maghreb: Reckoning with Gender in Literature and Film from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.”
M.A. in French Literature, University of Minnesota, 2007
B.A. in History, Grinnell College, 2000
French Civilization I (Grinnell College)
Intermediate French I & II (Grinnell College and University of Minnesota)
Beginning French I & II (Grinnell College and University of Minnesota)
Directed Readings: “The Body, Language, and Biography in Algerian Women’s Literature.” (University of Minnesota)
Methods in French and Francophone Studies: “Translation, Representation, the Other.” (University of Minnesota)
"Problematic Translation and Persuasive Listening in Assia Djebar's La Femme sans sépulture" Forthcoming in the French Review 86.3 (February 2013).
Greta Bliss was born and grew up in England. She moved to the United States in 1996 and earned a B.A. degree in History at Grinnell College. Having become fascinated by the theoretical and cultural intersections between History and French Studies, she went on to pursue graduate degrees in French literature at the University of Minnesota. Her specialization in Maghrebi literature and cinema has led her to complete research and study in places as diverse as Paris, France; Rabat, Morocco; and Amman, Jordan. She has presented conference papers on Algerian writers Assia Djebar and Maïssa Bey and on the filmmakers Farida Benlyazid (Morocco) and Nadia El Fani (Tunisia).