Maria M Brewer

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Yale University, 1977.
  • M.A.: French, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1970.
  • B. A.: French, University of the Witwatersrand, 1966.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 20th- and 21st-century French literature and critical thought
  • modern and contemporary theater in France
  • French theater of the diaspora
Courses Taught
  • Staging Modernity: Problems of 20th-Century Theater
  • Literature out of Bounds
  • Narrative, History, Memory
  • Inventing Childhood in Modernity: Critical Perspectives
  • Literature and the Making of Modern France
  • Animal-Human Thresholds in Modern French Literautre
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-Editor: L'Esprit Createur: The International Quarterly of French and Francophone Studies , Fall 2002
  • Member, Advisory Board, Cahiers Claude Simon: 2010
  • Guest editor (with Judith Preckshot), "Séismes/Seismic Shifts," Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: Sites, 14:4-5 (2010):
  • Member, Laboratoire SeFeA (Scènes Francophones et Écritures de l'Altérité) at the Institut de Recherche en Études Théâtrales: Poétique du drame moderne et contemporain (Université de Paris3-Sorbonne Nouvelle): 2008
  • Director of Graduate Studies: Department of French and Italian, University of Minnesota , 1994 - 1997
  • Chair: Department of French and Italian, University of Minnesota , 1999 - 2002


  • New African dramaturgies in France:
  • The invention and symbolic construction of childhood and youth in literature and modern thought:
  • Thresholds of the animal and the human in modern French and Francophone literature and critical theory:
  • Claude Simon: Narrativities Without Narrative. Brewer, Maria, University of Nebraska Press, Author, 1995.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "Thresholds of New African Dramaturgies in France Today." Rethinking African Cultural Productions (2014): 29 pp.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "Kossi Efoui: Écritures théâtrales et cérémonies du devenir-visible." Africultures 86 (Le Théâtre de Kossi Efoui: Une poétique du marronnage au pouvoir) (2012): 168-79.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "Bernard-Marie Koltès et Koffi Kwahulé: des théâtres qui respirent ensemble." Africultures (Fratries Kwahulé: Scène contemporaine choeur à corps) 77-78 (2009): 94-104.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "The Banquet and its Aftermath: Reinventions of the Symbolic in Contemporary Theater." Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: Sites 11:3 (2007): 379-87.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "Samuel Beckett et l’incommensurable: vitesse, honte et compagnie." Lire, écrire la honte (Colloque de Cérisy-la-Salle) (2007):
  • Brewer, Maria M. "The Thought of Performance: Theatricality, Reference, and Memory in Herbert Blau." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 21:1 (2006): 97-114.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "Pour un devenir-archives dans l'oeuvre de Claude Simon." Revue des Lettres Modernes (2005): 31-56.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "(In)Commensurabilities: The Childhood of Events and the Shock of Encounter in Claude Simon." Claude Simon: A Retrospective (2002): 39-60.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "Parodies, répliques, écritures." Revue des Sciences Humaines 220 (1990): 157-71.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "Surviving Fictions: Gender and Difference in Postmodern and Postnuclear Narrative." Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 9 (1987): 37-52.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "Samuel Beckett: Postmodern Narrative and the Nuclear telos." Boundary 2 15:1-2 (1986-1987): 153-70.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "Performing Theory." Theater Journal 37:1 (1985): 12-30.
  • Brewer, Maria M. "A Loosening of Tongues: From Narrative Economy to Women Writing." MLN (Comparative Literature issue) 99:5 (1984): 1141-61.
  • Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, awarded by the French government
  • Faculty Grant, International Studies and Programs, 2003
  • McKnight Arts and Humanities Fund for International Travel, 1998 - 1999
  • Ford Folundation Ways of Reading Project in Women's Studies and International Relations, 1996 - 1997
  • Georges Lurcy Fellowship for Study in France (Yale), 1974 - 1975