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Beatrice Mousli Bennett

Professor (Teaching) of French

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3703
Office: LVL 302

Curriculum Vitae
Francophone Research and Resource Center


H.D.R. Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, Paris III Sorbonne nouvelle, 12/2005
Ph.D. 20th Century Literature, Paris IV Sorbonne, 12/1993
M.S. Information Science, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, 10/1989
M.A. Lettres Modernes, Paris IV Sorbonne, 6/1989

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor (Teaching), USC, 08/2008-  
Full Time Lecturer, USC, 01/1999-05/2008  
Lecturer & undergraduate advisor, IES, 09/01/1996-10/25/1998  

Other Employment

Information ingenieur, Futuribles International, 02/01/1995-01/31/1997  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Béatrice Mousli Bennett received her doctorate from the University of Paris-IV Sorbonne in 1993. Her work has three main focuses: the history of literary institutions and networks in France and in the United States, transatlantic literary exchanges, and French XXth century literature. She has published many books among which Intentions, histoire d'une revue littéraire des années vingt (Ent’revues 1996), Les Editions du Sagittaire 1919-1979 (IMEC, 2003), Valery Larbaud (Flammarion, 1998, Grand Prix de la Biographie de l'Académie Française), Virginia Woolf (Ed. du Rocher, 2001), Max Jacob (Flammarion, 2005, Prix Anna de Noailles de l’Académie Française 2006). With her husband Guy Bennett, she wrote Charting the Here of There: French & American Poetry in Translation published in literary magazines (1850-2002) (Granary Books, 2002; French translation Ent’revues, 2004), and they have curated several exhibits, “Reviews of Two Worlds; French and American Literary Periodicals, 1945-2002” at the New York Public Library (Fall 2002), “Charting the Here of There: A French and American Dialogue in Poetry” at the Doheny Memorial Library at the University of Southern California (Spring 2003). They also organized several conferences, among which “Review of Two Worlds”, (USC-Otis, 2003), and “Los Angeles, A Different Look at a Different City”, at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris, June 2006). In 2010, she published a biography of Philippe Soupault ( Flammarion).

Research Keywords

French literature, literary theory, biography studies, Francophone literature, history of the book, literary history, contemporary American literature (poetry, fiction).

Research Specialties

Twentieth Century French and Francophone literature, intellectual history of the 20th century (in France and in the United States), history of publishing, life and history of literary magazines, from 1850 to present, theory & practice of literary history, theory & practice of life-writing.

Funded Research

USC Funding

ASHSS. Susan Sontag, An American Intellectual: A biography of the critic, novelist, film-maker, playwright Susan Sontag, an attempt at defining her place in the American and European intellectual landscape of the twentieth century., $12,900, 2011-2012   
Next Level Initiative. Lecture tour: Lectures on Philippe Soupault in Montpellier, Chaville, Marne-la-Vallée and Basel, $1,000, 12/05/2010-12/14/2010  

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Littératures savoirs et arts (LISAA), Université de Marne-la-Vallée.,
Modernist Little Reviews - Paris III- Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Westwego: de l'influence de Philippe Soupault sur les poètes états-uniens ", Centenary of the French Association of American Studies, May 24-26, 2007., Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, Association Française des Etudes Américaines , Invited, Spring 2007   
"Ecrire–Editer, ou l’art du succès: les conseils de Pierre Mille et Fernand Divoire ", Journée d’étude de la Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Fondation Del Duca, Paris, December 1st, 2006., Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France, Invited, Fall 2006   
"Pages from the Ashes: Publishing the Watts Writers Workshop", Fourth International Conference on the Book, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Boston October 20–22, 2006. , Emerson College, , Fall 2006   

Other Presentations

"Philippe Soupault, une poétique du vingtième siècle", Lecture, University of Basel, Switzerland, 12/13/2010  
"Philippe Soupault, une biographie", Lecture, Bibliothèque de Montpellier, France, 12/10/2010  
"Publishing a Literary Biography in 2010: the example of Philippe Soupault", Lecture, Université de Marne La Vallée, France, 12/08/2010  
"A discussion with Raphaël Sorin: «Philippe Soupault à la poursuite de lui-même, de Chaville à Paris en passant par Tunis, Mexico, New-York, Berlin, Prague et Rio de Janeiro… »", Talk, Cultural affairs of the Mairie de Chaville, Chaville, France, 12/07/2010  
"Géographies Larbaldiennes", LISAA seminar, June 8, 2007, University of Marne-la-Vallée, France, Spring 2007   



Mousli, B. (2010). Westwego, by Philippe Soupault. Los Angeles: Mindmade Books.
Mousli, B. (2010). Phlippe Soupault. Paris: Flammarion.
Mousli, B., Roustang-Stoller, E. (2009). WOMEN, FEMINISM, AND FEMININITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY American and French Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Mousli, B., Bennett, G. M., Tambrun, C. (2008). Beyond the Iconic: Contemporary Photographs of Paris 1971-2003. Los Angeles, California: Angel City Press.
Mousli, B., Bennett, G. M. (2007). Los Angeles, a Different Look at a Different City. Los Angeles, California: Seismicity Editions.
Mousli, B. (2005). Max Jacob. Paris, France: Flammarion.
Mousli, B. (2005). A Review of Two Worlds: French and American Poetry in Translation. Los Angeles: Seismicity Editions.
Mousli, B., Laurent, F. (2003). Les Editions du Sagittaire. Paris, France: Institut Mémoire de l'édition contemporaine, Imec.
Mousli, B., Bennett, G. M. (2002). Charting the Here of There: French & American Poetry in Translation in Literary Magazines 1850-2002. New York: Granary Books.
Mousli, B. (2001). Virginia Woolf. Monaco & Paris, France: Editions du Rocher.
Mousli, B. (1998). Valery Larbaud. Paris, France: Flammarion.

Book Review

Mousli, B. (2009). "Le Journal de Valery Larbaud au complet (1600 pages)". La Quinzaine Littéraire. pp. 15-16.

Journal Article

Mousli, B. (2012). Correspondance inédite (1934-1944) ; Lettres de Max Jacob à René Lacôte. Cahiers Max Jacob. (11/12), pp. 15-52.
Mousli, B. (2011). "Une conversation brusquement interrompue: Claudel, Gide, Whitman". Europe. pp. 16-21.
Mousli, B. (2008). "Maxime Lévy apôtre ou martyr? Max Jacob, héros accidentel du Bon apôtre de Philippe Soupault". Cahiers Max Jacob. (8), pp. 11-25.
Mousli, B. (2008). "Ecrire la ville: Los Angeles dans les livres". Urbanisme. (uly-August 2008)), pp. 64-71.
Mousli, B. (2007). "Ecrivains-éditeurs: l’exception Sagittaire". Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France. (October-December 2007), pp. 841-849.
Mousli, B. (2007). "La revue ne prend plus d’abonnement". La Revue des Revues. (February 2007), pp. 29-42..
Mousli, B. (2005). “Mohamed Dib, une traduction américaine,”. Expressions Maghrébines/CICLIM. Vol. 145–155

Poetry Collection

Mousli, B. (2011). Metamorphosis of Palm Trees. pp. 25. Los Angeles. Mindmade Books.


Mousli, B. (2006). Philippe Soupault américaniste. Revues Modernistes Anglo-Américaines: lieux d'échanges, lieux d'exils/Ent'revues.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

Reading, Reading at Vroman's Bookstore of work in progress. , 01/28/2011  
Radio show, ABC L.A. : PORTRAIT D'UNE VILLE EN 26 LETTRES is a portrait in 69 mns of Los Angeles. A mix of texts and sounds (recording of ambient sounds by Martin Krieger, USC professor of Urban Studies), this project was done in collaboration with Guy Bennett, and aired on the French national Radio, France Culture. , 09/27/2009  
reading, "I"d rather be writing." Reading, Gallery Track 16, Santa Monica, Saturday August 23, 2008., Fall 2008   
publication, "Metamorphosis of a Palm Tree: Kaleidoscope of an Exile", in The New Review of Literature, vol.5 n°2, pp. 72-78., Spring 2008   
reading, "Metamorphosis of Palm Trees." Reading at Gallery Track 16, Santa Monica, Saturday August 27, 2006. , Fall 2006   


Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

Faculty advisor for the USC undergraduate French Club, 2007-2013  

Honors and Awards

Knight of the order of the Academic Palms - French Ministry of Education, 2007-  
Prix Anna de Noailles de l'Académie française, 2006-  
Grand Prix de la biographie de l'Académie Française, 1998-  

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, 2009-2013  
Biographers International Organization, 2009-2013  
Société des Gens de Lettres, 2007-2013  
Association des Amis de Max Jacob, 2005-2013  
Modern Language Association, 1993-2013  
Association Internationale des Amis de Valery Larbaud, 1987-2013  
Society for the History of Autorship, Reading & Publishing, 2000-2011  
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