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Michaela Hulstyn


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Francophone literature
gender studies
20th century literature
Philosophy of the body

Michaela Hulstyn

Ph.D. Candidate in French

Geballe Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Consciousness, Graduate Coordinator 




  • "Unselfing as Disruption: The Self and Other in Pain in Valéry and Delbo." Modern Language Notes. 129.4 (2014).
  • “The Mutative Self and the Language of Insight in Henri Michaux’s Mescaline Experiments.” In Altered Self and Altered Self-Experience. Eds. Alexander Gerner and Jorge Gonçalves. Norderstedt: BoD, 2014. 

conference presentations:

•   “Multiplicative unselfing in Abdelkébir Khatibi’s Amour bilingue.” Center for the Study of the Novel, Stanford, September 30, 2014

•   “Thinking about the Poetics of Attention.” Respondent to Lucy Alford (Stanford) “Forms of Salient Presence: Objects of Transitive Attention” at the Workshop in Poetics, Stanford, April 15, 2014.

•   “The Disrupted Self and the Ethics of Insight.” The Altered Self and Altered Self Experience International Workshop, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, May 30-31, 2013

•   Trying to See – Resisting the Representational in Delbo’s Auschwitz et après.” Writing Auschwitz Conference, University of Westminster Group for War and Culture Studies, London, March 18, 2013

•   “The Threatened Self, the Self Regained: Altered States in 20th century French-Language Literature.” French Culture Workshop, Stanford, March 14, 2013

•   “The Self and Other in Pain: From Valéry’s Thought Experiment to Delbo’s Embodied Reality.” Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, January 3, 2013

•   "Becoming the female subject: metamorphosis of the 'cochonne' in Darrieussecq's Truismes.Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, January 5, 2013

•   “Boris Vian and the Jazz Novel.” Johns Hopkins French Graduate Student Conference, “Normes et Formes,” Johns Hopkins University, October 21-2, 2011

•   “Primal Listening: Lyotard, Nancy and the Limits of the (In)human.” The 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, University of San Francisco, April 2, 2011 

fellowships, awards and distinctions:

Collaborative Teaching Project (2014-2015) 

Teagle Teaching Foundation Fellow (2013-2014)

Taube Center for Jewish Studies Grant Recipient (2012) for research in Paris on Holocaust memoirs

Peter Rotter Essay Prize (2010) Paper title: “Listening to Smothered Words: Lyotard’s Aesthetics and the Holocaust Narrative” 

UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research (2009) Paper title: “The Algeria Syndrome, or ‘Writing in Flight’: Land, Language and Self through the Autobiographical Lens of Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous”

Martin-Turrill Best Essay Award – UCLA Fr/Francophone Dept. (2009) Paper Title: “La venue à l’inhumain : Néant et Force, Une etude de l’inexprimable tel qu’il est examiné par Jean-François Lyotard et Hélène Cixous”

teaching experience:

CompLit 101: What is Comparative Literature? (Fall 2014)

"What is Literature For?" (Hope House, Summer 2014) 

French 122/235: Film and Immigration in Contemporary French Cinema (Spring 2014) 

Phil 81: Philosophy and Literature (Winter 2014)

DLCL 189A: Honors Thesis Seminar (Fall 2013)

CompLit 101: What is Comparative Literature? (Fall 2013)

French 133: Francophone Literature from Africa and the Caribbean (Spring 2013)

Second-year French: French 21C (Fall 2012) 

First-year French: French 1, French 2, French 3 (Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012)


French, Arabic 


B.A.     University of California at Los Angeles, summa cum laude,

French and Comparative Literature, University and Departmental Honors (2006-2010)