Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Faculty & Staff Directory

Dr. Julia Elsky

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Office #:  CC214

Phone: 773.508.2703

Email: jelsky@luc.edu


  • PhD, French, Yale University, 
  • BA, French and Art History, Barnard College, 

Research Interests

  • Contemporary French Literature and Culture
  • Migration Studies & Refugee Studies
  • Jewish Identity in France
  • French and Romanian literary and cultural exchanges; European Francophonie
  • Translation
  • Theater of the Absurd

Courses Taught

  • French 250-251: Composition & Conversation, I and II
  • French 270-271: Main Currents of French Literature, I and II
  • French 319: Romantic Century
  • French 390: French & Francophone Cultures & Civilizations
  • LITR 200: European Masterpieces

Selected Publications

  • Writing Occupation: Jewish Émigré Voices in Wartime France (Stanford University Press, 2020) 
  • “L’amitié en guerre: séléctions de la correspondence d’Albert Camus et Elsa Triolet (1940-1943),” Introduction and transcription of selected unpublished letters, Nouvelle Revue Française 640 (January 2020)
  • “The Absurd: Postwar Reception and Wartime Echoes at Yale French Studies,” in "Seventy Years of Existentialism," eds. Lauren Du Graf, Julia Elsky, and Clémentine Fauré, special issue, Yale French Studies 135-136 (Fall 2019)
  • "Rethinking Ionesco’s Absurd,” PMLA 133, no. 2 (March 2018)
  • "How Do We Proceed with Our Own Internal Conflict?: On the Translation of Mihail Sebastian's For Two Thousand Years," Los Angeles Review of Books (October 18, 2017)
  • "Informations juives (1941-1942) ou les ambiguïtés d'un périodique français/yiddish au début de l'Occupation," Archives Juives: Revue d'histoire des Juifs de France 46, no. 2 (Spring 2013)
  • Introduction to and translation of Un enfant génial by Irène Némirovsky, in "Irène Némirovsky and Jonathan Littell: Two French Exceptions," special issue, Yale French Studies 121 (Spring 2012)