Maury Bruhn, Ph.D – New Postdoctoral Fellow in French
Maury Bruhn, Ph.D. NEW POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
Maury Bruhn comes to Vanderbilt from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies. Her research focuses on the intersections between literature, visual art, and the senses, and how such intersections influence how and what we imagine while we read. Her dissertation examined how visualizing Marcel Proust’s images ask readers to expand their understanding of the conceptual categories of matter, space, energy, and time that structure our everyday experience. Her current research projects look at the role of touch and tactility in French literary imagination from the Enlightenment to surrealism, and at the representation of time in Proust and the television show Twin Peaks: The Return.
Maury taught French language and literature during her graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill and spent two years between her M.A. and Ph.D. teaching English literature and culture at Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France. She loves incorporating visual art and museum visits into her classes when possible and has co-organized French and Francophone film festivals.
Before beginning her graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill, Maury earned a B.A. from Seattle University, taught elementary school EFL in France through TAPIF, and worked at a French immersion summer camp in Minnesota. When she is not teaching or writing, Maury enjoys yoga, cooking and baking, and spoiling her dog, Elstir.