Derek Schilling, CCA Alumni, Rutgers UniversityJohns Hopkins University

Department of German and Romance Languages, Professor

CCA Affiliate: Rutgers Faculty Fellow 2010-2011

Field: Modern and Contemporary French Literature

Interdisciplinarity: Cinema, History, Ideology

Johns Hopkins University
Department of German and Romance Languages, French Program
Gilman 426
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-2685

(410) 516-4626

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Professor Schilling was educated in the United States (BA, Williams College 1992; MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1993) and in France (Paris IV/SBCJYF). In 1997 he completed a coordinated doctorate between the University of Pennsylvania and the Université Paris VIII (Vincennes/Saint-Denis) with a dissertation on the discourses of the quotidian in the work of Georges Perec. 

Prior to joining the Hopkins faculty in 2012, Professor Schilling taught for 10 years at Rutgers University - New Brunswick, where he directed the graduate program in French from 2006 to 2010 and was a member of the executive board for Cinema Studies. Previous academic positions were held at Stanford University and at Reed College.

Professor Schilling has received grants from the NEH, DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst), and the SPFFA (Société des professeurs français et francophones d’Amérique). He serves on the editorial boards of Hopkins’ own MLN, French Forum, Symposium, and French Review, for which he is a standing reviewer of works in literary criticism and film.

My scholarship bears primarily on modern and contemporary French literature, with an emphasis on socially conscious novels of the interwar period as well as on the experimental, generically hybrid fictions that have arisen since the 1950s. Central to my concerns as a reader and critic is the dialogue that literature entertains with an evolving spatial imaginary itself correlated to historical transformations of lived and built space. My secondary field is cinema esthetics and the history, ideology, and theory of filmic representation during the celluloid era.


Eric Rohmer, “French Film Directors” series, eds. Diana Holmes and Robert Ingram, Manchester, U.K.: Manchester University Press, 2007. Pp. 214.

Mémoires du quotidien: les lieux de Perec, Villeneuve d’Ascq: Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2006. Pp. 192.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Avoir vingt ans dans les Aurès de René Vautier: le cinéma militant face à la censure d’Etat au tournant des années 1970,” French Cultural Studies 22.2 (May 2011), 137-150.

“French Sociologies of the Quotidian: From Dialectical Marxism to the Anthropology of Practice,” in Michael Hviid Jacobsen (ed.), Encountering the Everyday: An Introduction to Sociologies of the Unnoticed (Houndmills and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 187-210. 

“Le désœuvrement culturaliste,” in Steen Bille Jørgensen and Axel Ruth, eds., Les Défis de l’œuvre (Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus University Press, 2007), 21-34.

“Belated Jewish Modernism in France: Georges Perec’s Cult of Memory,” Modernism/Modernity 13.4 (Nov. 2006): 729-45.

“Narrativity and Theatricality in Rohmer’s Contes moraux and Comédies et proverbes,” Journal of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies (Sites), Vol. 9, No. 04 (Dec. 2005): 335-42.

“Le chiendent entre histoire et fiction: les parfaits banlieusards de Raymond Queneau,” Romanic Review 95: 1-2 (Jan-March 2004): 41-61.

“Everyday Life and the Challenge to History in Postwar France: Braudel, Lefebvre, Certeau,” Diacritics, 33.1 (Spring 2003): 23-40.

“Aux bords de la zone: topographie de l’impur dans le Paris de l’entre-deux- guerres,” Jean-Jacques Vincensini, ed.  Souillure et pureté: Le Corps et son environnement culturel (Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 2003), 61-73.

“Tentative de description: villes perecquiennes”, Freeman Henry, ed., Imagined Geographies, French Literature Series XXX (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2003), 137-50.

“Le récit, revu et corrigé par Thomas Bernhard”, in Pierre Chabert and Barbara Hutt, eds., Thomas Bernhard (Paris: Minerve, 2002), 265-74.

“La grande banlieue d’Eugène Dabit: essai de géopoétique historique”, Poétique 131 (Sept. 2002): 331-355.

“Queneau porte Chaillot: le savoir périphérique dans Pierrot mon ami,” Poétique 124 (Nov. 2000): 443-462.