Brigitte Stepanov

Brigitte Stepanov
2019-2020 GRADUATE FELLOW

Biography

Brigitte Stepanov is a sixth-year graduate student with the Department of French Studies. Her research focuses on representations of atrocity in French, Maghrebi, and Rwandan literature and cinema. Her dissertation, β€œIn-Human: Visions of Cruelty in Twentieth and Twenty-First-Century French and Francophone Texts,” explores excessive forms of violence in warfare and their representation in fiction. She argues that the concept of cruelty is fundamental to any discussion of political instability, warfare, and crimes against humanity, and uses her work to examine the broader questions of the evolution of warfare over the last fifty years in addition to shifting conceptions of what it means to be human in the face of universal manifestations of violence.