College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mary Byrd Kelly

Department of French and Italian
Multi-term Lecturer, French
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall, 2058
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045



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

Book translations:

(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).

Article translations:

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.

Current Project

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 language


French history and culture



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