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Janice (Jan) Gross

Professor Emerita

Jan Gross is Seth Richards Professor in Modern Languages, emerita. She earned a B.A. and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the University of Michigan and an M.A. from Ohio State. Her teaching and research focus on how theatre and dialogue enable us to “imagine the other.” Her work with Algerian-born authors (i.e., Slimane Benaïssa, Mohamed Kacimi, and Fatima Gallaire) appears in Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, French Review. Other essays examine trauma and terrorism, postcolonial memory and identities, exile and diaspora, Camus as Algerian, and Islam in the French-speaking world. Her translation with Daniel Gross of Slimane Benaïssa's novel, The Last Night of a Damned Soul (Grove Press, 2004) presents one of the first works of fiction on 9/11 to be penned by a Muslim author. She found local-global connections in the link between the legendary Muslim leader of Algeria, Emir Abd el-Kader, and the namesake Iowa town of Elkader in “Celebrating A Muslim Hero, in Iowa” http://dmreg.co/1m4REmU. Her Tutorial “Americans in Paris: Through the Looking Glass” considers how Paris shaped and was shaped by African-Americans. Her current project, a collaborative memoir, builds on the power of interracial friendship in “Black & White and In-Between.”

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