ABD, MA in French, minor in linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA in French with Honors, Hollins College
Mary Byrd Kelly is a multi-term lecturer who teaches advanced language classes for students majoring or minoring in French. In recent years she has also been teaching a course in English, open all students, on France and the French. When not teaching, she enjoys translating works by contemporary French intellectuals and scholars. In 2010 the Toni Morrison Society awarded her a grant to attend its Language Matters Workshop on translation at its biennial conference in Paris. She has also been the recipient of an NEH grant to attend its Summer Institute in France, “History, Memory, and Dictatorship: The Legacy of World War II in France, Germany and Italy.”
Recent and Selected Publications
(With Ralph Schoolcraft). Christian Delage, Caught on Camera: Film in the Courtroom from the Nuremberg Trials to the Trials of the Khmer Rouge, (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).
Alain Finkielkraut, The Future of a Negation: Reflections on the Question of Genocide, (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1998).
Tzvetan Todorov, A French Tragedy: Summer 1944, Scenes of Civil War, (Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1996).
Pascal Bruckner, “The Communist Tragedy,” South Central Review, vol. 31, summer 2014, p. 1-8.
Marc Dambre, “The Memory of Some French Texts in Les Bienveillantes: The Explicit and the Implicit,” Yale French Studies, volume 121, summer 2012, p. 169-84.
“Saying by Implicature: The Two voices of Diderot in La Lettre sur les aveugles,” vol. 12, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, (Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983), p. 231-41.
Translation of book chapter on Germaine Tillion from Insoumis by Zvetan Todorov (Paris: Laffont, 2015), forthcoming in 2016.
Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught
Intensive Review of French Grammar
Applied French Grammar and Composition
France and the French
Areas of Interest
French history and culture