Chiara Nifosi
Office Hours: T 9-11:00 & by appt.
Cohort Year: 2014
Advisor(s): Alison James

Chiara joined the Department in 2014 after obtaining her B.A. and M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures in Italy, at the Catholic University of Milan. She is now working on her dissertation on the rhetorical and philosophical implications of the spatial description in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu. Her studies cover 19th- and 20th-century French poetry and prose, with a particular focus on Charles Baudelaire, the poetic avant-gardes and the prose production of the first decades of the 20th century. She is also developing an interest in the definition of the so-called European Modernism, with a particular attention to the Italian cultural context and to the relationship between literature and other arts (music and painting in particular).

Finally, Chiara is the co-director of an online peer-reviewed journal, Nouvelle Fribourg (, whose aim is to provide a critical insight on French literature from the 19th century on.

Research interests: Theory of the novel, Realism and Modernism, Symbolist poetry, comparative literature, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century French prose and poetry

Dissertation: Dire le temps par l’espace. Construction et fonctionnement d’une métaphore proustienne

Recent Courses in RLL
  • ITAL 10100 Beginning Elementary Italian I (Autumn 2017)
  • FREN 10200 Beginning Elementary French II (Winter 2018)
  • FREN 22818 Figures du poète au XXème siècle (1900-1950) (Autumn 2018)
  • FREN 22821 Écritures féminines au XIXe siècle: une introduction (Winter 2021)
  • FREN 26821 Mind and Memory in Nineteenth-Century France (Spring 2021)