After receiving undergraduate degrees in French and German Literatures, as well as a Maîtrise en Littérature comparée at the University of Nanterre, Paris X, Martine Benjamin obtained her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her thesis topic was: "Les résonances raciniennes dans 'A la recherche du temps perdu' de Marcel Proust.” She has held teaching positions at Boston University, Rutgers University, Smith College, Columbia University, and Princeton University.
Teaching Interests: Martine Benjamin’s area of specialization includes French novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a particular interest in their relation to the arts (theater, painting and cinema), history, and society.
Courses taught: She has taught a wide variety of subjects, including: Littérature et peinture; Cinéma et culture; the 20th Century French Novel; Mythes anciens et théâtre moderne; Childhood Memory and Self-dicovery; French for the Modern World; The representation of trials in the texts, on stage and on screen; and Global French: the language of Business and International Trade. She has also taught a vast array of courses in French, ranging from introductory to graduate levels. She currently teaches French 307 (Advanced French: Composition and Style).
Representative publications: Over the years, Martine Benjamin has presented a number of papers and conferences on Marcel Proust, André Gide, André Malraux, Albert Camus and Jules Roy. Just recently, she contributed several entries to the Malraux Dictionnaire.
Current projects: She is working on several articles: Ingrid Caven by Jean-Jacques Schuhl: "Her fiction in His/tory", "Le tombeau de la mère ou récits d'une histoire personnelle inscrite dans l'Histoire: Le premier homme d'Albert Camus et Adieu ma mère, adieu mon cœur de Jules Roy" and . "Devine qui vient dîner ce soir?' Charles Haas, Charles Ephrussi, ou les deux Charles en la personne de Charles Swann?" She is also working on the translation of a biography about Muriel Gardiner.