Danielle Marx-Scouras

Professor of French

Danielle Marx-Scouras earned a B.A. in French-Honors from Simmons College (1971), an M.A. in French from Boston University (1975), and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (1981).  She also studied and did research at the Universities of Louvain, Milan, Paris VII and VIII (Vincennes), and the International Center of Semiotics and Linguistics of the University of Urbino. She came to Ohio State in 1990, after having taught French and Italian at Brandeis University. Previously, she taught French literature and culture at Reid Hall (Columbia University), American civilization at l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration (l’ENA), and Italian at  L’Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et l’Administration Economique (l’ENSAE) in Paris. She served as Resident Director for the CIC summer program at Laval University in Quebec from 2001-03 and 2010-12, and designed and directed the OSU program there from 2013-17.

Danielle works in contemporary French and Francophone literatures, theory, intellectual history, and popular music.  She is the author of La France de Zebda 1981-2004, Faire de la musique, un acte politique (Paris: Editions Autrement, 2005); The Cultural Politics of Tel Quel: Literature and the Left in the Wake of Engagement (Penn State University Press, 1996); and numerous articles and book chapters on authors and topics such as Albert Camus, women and the Algerian war, Leïla Sebbar, Elio Vittorini’s Politecnico, Jean Sénac, French and North African theory, Driss Chraïbi, Mehdi Charef, Hélé Béji, and French popular music. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Yale French Studies, L’Esprit Créateur, the minnesota review, and Research in African Literatures. Her research has been funded by grants and fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, ACLS, and the Camargo Foundation. She has lectured and published in twelve countries in Africa, Europe, and North America. Danielle is currently working on a book project, "Rock the Hexagon: Popular Music and Identity Politics in France Today," for which she was awarded an OSU Seed Grant for Innovation in the Arts and Humanities.

Danielle received the College of Humanities Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring in 2004 and the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Faculty Service Award in 2010. She was one of five Arts and Humanities faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences awarded the inaugural Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.

This website was created to preserve the unique study abroad experience that resulted from the Ratner award.


Areas of Expertise
  • Contemporary French & Francophone Literature
  • Intellectual history & theory
  • Popular Music
  • B.A., French-Honors, Simmons College, 1971
  • M.A., French, Boston University, 1975
  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 1981

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Autumn 2018 Office Hours:
Tuesday 1:15 - 2:15 pm
Thursday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
And by appointment.

229 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210