Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Dr. Julia Elsky


Assistant Professor of French

Email: jelsky@luc.edu

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

Selected Publications

  • "Rethinking Ionesco’s Absurd: The Bald Soprano in the Interlingual Context of Vichy and Postwar France,” PMLA (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)
  • "Eugène Ionesco 1942-1944: Political and Cultural Transfers Between Romania and France," re-inaugural issue of Diasporas. Histoires et sociétés, Presses Universitaires du Mirail, Spring 2015
  • "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 46:2, Spring 2013
  • Introduction to and translation of Un enfant génial by Irène Némirovsky, Yale French Studies, 121, special issue: "Irène Némirovsky and Jonathan Littell: Two French Exceptions," Spring 2012


  • PhD, French, Yale University, 2014
  • MA, French, Yale University, 2011
  • BA, French and Art History, Barnard College, 2007


  • 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