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Nicole WallenbrockNicole Wallenbrock

Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies
701 McClung Tower
Phone: 974-2311

Nicole Beth Wallenbrock received her Masters and Ph.D. (2012) in French Studies and a film certificate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. French and North African relations and history are among her primary interests, especially as they are depicted in cinema. She was selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on North African arts in 2014. Her courses incorporate current events and integrate French and Francophones cultures as integral components of language learning.

Work in Progress


  • The Franco-Algerian War Through a Twenty-First Century Lens: History and Memory. Monograph Series: War, Culture and Society. Bloomsbury (London). Contracted for 2017.


  • Migration and Film, co-edited with Frank Jacob, Global Humanities: Studies in Histories, Cultures, and Societies Volume 4, Neofelis verlag (Berlin). Publication planned for 2017. 

Articles and Essays

  • “The De/Reterritorialization of the Screen Algerian Revolution: Summer of ’62 (Mehdi Charef, 2006), Outside-the-law (Rachid Bouchareb, 2010), and The Crazy Years of the Twist (Mahmoud Zemmouri, 1985).” Submitted  to Journal of North African Studies (Invited for Special Cinema Issue).
  • “The Franco-Algerian War as Derrida’s Scission:  Mesrine Part I: The Death Instinct (L’Instinct de Mort), Part II: Public Enemy no.1 (L’Ennemi Public no. 1) (Jean-Paul Richet, 2008).” Submitted to Cinema Journal.
  • “The Rhizomatic Algerian Revolution of Twenty-First Century Documentaries: Algérie Tours Détours (2006), La Chine est encore loin (2009) and Fidaï (2014).” Revised and resubmitted French Politics, Culture, and Society.

In Print:

  • 2016. “An apology for French torturers: L'Ennemi intime”, in Mark de Valk, ed. Screening the Tortured Body: Cinema as Scaffold. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2016. “Clandestine Boat Immigration in French Film: The Homo Sacer on the Norman Coast Welcome (2009) and Le Havre (2011)” Global Humanities: Studies in Histories, Cultures, and Societies, (Volume on Migration and State Power), pp.123-139. 
  • 2016. “Almost but not quite eating pork: Culinary Nationalism and Islamic Difference in Millennial French Comedies.” Performing Islam, pp.107- 128. 
  • 2015. “The Screen Student, A Twenty-first Century Discourse: Mes chères etudes (2010), Elles (Suzumowska, 2011), Jeune et Jolie (Ozon, 2013)," French Cultural Studies, pp. 415-425. 
  • 2015. “Annie Girardot: votre cousine, votre tontine, votre maman, votre fiancée.” pp. 221-222. and “Sylvie Testud: Pas typique,” pp. 379-381. in Michael Abécassis ed. French Cinema in Close-up – La Vie d’un acteur pour moi. Phaeton Publishing Limited. 
  • 2012. “The Ideal Immigrant is a Child: Michou d’Auber and the Politics of Immigration in France,” Andrew Scahill and Debbie Olson eds. Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema. New York: Lexington Books, pp. 123-150. 
  • 2011. “Awakening from the Algerian War: Mon colonel.” The French Review, Vol. 85, No. 1, (October), pp. 92-101.
  •  2011. “Film Review: La Vénus Noire.” Ex Plus Ultra: The Postgraduate E-journal of the WUN International Network in Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies (University of Leeds), 2011. 

2016.  “The Screen Geography of the Algerian Revolution: Evolving towards a transhistorical, transnational, film cartography.” Modern Languages Association Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 2016. “La déterritorialisation et la reterritorialisation de la Révolution Algérienne en France : Hors-la-loi (Rachid Bouchareb, 2010).” Congrès du Conseil d’Etudes Internationales de Francophones, Dakar, Sénégal.

2015. “Le retour au trauma national fondateur: la révolution algérienne dans les documentaires du vingt-et-unième siècle.” Congrès du Conseil d’Etudes Internationales de Francophones, Winnipeg, Canada.

2015. “Amending The Battle of Algiers in the Classroom: Teaching The Franco-Algerian War with Transnational 21st Century Films.” Society for French Historical Studies Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2014.“Almost the same but not quite eating pork: Tout est bon dans le cochon (2012) and Mohammed Dubois (2013).” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New York, New York.

2014.“The Student at the Movies: Mes chères etudes (2010), Elles (Suzumowska, 2011), Jeune et Jolie (Ozon, 2013).”20th/21st Century French and Francophone International Colloquium,New York, New York.

2013.“The Norman Coast: Welcome (2009) and Le Havre (2011).” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Toronto, Canada.

2012.“Torture in Le Petit Soldat: Godard’s rewriting of La Question.” Finishes: Arts and Texts in Cinema and Media Cinema Studies Graduate Student Conference Graduate Center of CUNY, New York, New York.

2011.“The Ideal Immigrant is a Child: Michou d’Auber and the Politics of Immigration in France.”
Kentucky Foreign Language Conference Lexington, Kentucky

2010. “Revisiting torture: Perpetrator Guilt in l’Ennemi intime.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky.

2010."Renegotiating French Identity: The Algerian War in Contemporary French Cinema.” 
 Northeast Modern Language Association, Montréal, Canada.

2008.“The Expressionist Death of a Flapper: Louise Brooks in Pandora’s Box.” Women and the Silent Screen, Stockholm, Sweden.

2006. “Caché: Questions to Film and France.” Film Literature Association Conference, Towson University, Maryland.

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