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Janis Bergman-Carton

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Janis Bergman

Janis Bergman-Carton

Associate Professor

Janis Bergman-Carton specializes in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European art with a particular emphasis on French urban modernity, media archaeology, and gender. The Woman of Ideas in French Art, 1830-1848, her first book, was published by Yale University Press and her current book project is titled 'The Journal and Its Whirlwind': La Revue Blanche and  French fin-de-siècle Visual Culture. Additionally, she has published on contemporary Latin American art and cultural memory of the Holocaust. Bergman-Carton has received grants from the Woodrow Wilson, Swann, Samuel H. Kress and J. Paul Getty Foundations, NEH, and the Social Science Research Council.


Modern Art and Media Archaeology; The Construction of Childhood in Modern European Art; Why We Go to Auschwitz: Art, Trauma and Memory; Impressionism, Symbolism, and the Pathologized Body; Artspaces: Participatory Art and the Mapping of Social Change


The Woman of Ideas in French Art, 1830-1848 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995)

“Unlikely Couplings: Gendering Print Culture in the French fin-de-siècle,” In Terms of Gender: Essays in Honors of Joan Wallach Scott, eds. Judith Butler & M.L. Roberts (Indiana University Press, 2011)

“La Revue Blanche: Art, Commerce and Culture in the French fin-de-siècle,” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 30 (June 2008), 167-189.

“'Vision of a Stained Glass Sarah': Bernhardt and the Decorative Arts,” Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama, exhibition catalogue, The Jewish Museum, NYC (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005), 99-124.

(co-author) “James Agee and Walker Evans: Tenants in the House of Art,” Raritan, vol. 2, no. 4 (Summer 2002).

“Christian Boltanski’s Dernière années: The History of Violence and the Violence of History,” History and Memory: Studies in Representations of the Past (Spring/Summer 2001).

“Negotiating the Categories: Sarah Bernhardt and the Possibilities of Jewishness,” Art Journal, vol. 55, no. 2 (Summer 1996).

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