Carol Mastrangelo Bové

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Carol Mastrangelo Bové is Senior Lecturer in English at Pitt and Professor Emerita from Westminster College, PA, and has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature.  

Teaching in Pitt’s English department is a great pleasure for me.  Education has  been a significant part of my life, from the fine public elementary school I attended in South Philadelphia--diverse in its student body for the time--to the excellent University of Pennsylvania—especially its programs in language and literature—and beyond.  The first person in a working class second-generation Italian American family to attend college, I realized early on that education would be crucial to engagement in the world beyond the domestic lives of the females surrounding me.  This realization has helped me to see what is at stake for many of my students in developing their potential.  I try to contribute to the department’s high-quality curriculum by bringing opportunities for change and for a satisfying experience like my own to my students at Pitt.

My book, Language and Politics in Julia Kristeva: Literature, Art, Therapy, was published by SUNY Press in 2006.  I have published several articles on Julia Kristeva and on other major figures in world literature and film, for example, Simone De Beauvoir, Jean Renoir, François Truffaut, and Sibilla Aleramo in such periodicals as The Journal of Modern Literature and Symplokē. My publications also include translations and critical editions of psychoanalytic and feminist literary criticism and theory including that of Claude Richard on American classics, Serge Doubrovsky on Proust and Hélène Cixous on James Joyce.  I teach courses in world literature, women’s studies, the short story, and detective fiction.

Research and Publications

"Kristeva's Thérèse:  Mysticism and Modernism,” in Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Vol. 21, No. 1 (2013), 105-115.

“Revolution Has Italian Roots:  Kristeva’s Fiction and Theory,” in Kristeva’s Fiction.  Ed. Benigno Trigo.  Albany, NY:  SUNY Press, 2013, 45-55.

Language and Politics in Julia Kristeva: Literature, Art, Therapy, New York:  SUNY Press, 2006 (recommended in a review by J.B. Jones for Choice, June 1, 2006).

Work in Progress: 

Palgrave/Macmillan Publishers has accepted the proposal they invited me to submit on a volume on Julia Kristeva's work and its impact in the Americas for its new series Pivotal Studies in the Global American Literary Imagination. 

A translation and critical edition of Colette’s La Maison de Claudine for SUNY Press.

A review essay for Symplokē of Alice Jardine’s At the Risk of Thinking :  An Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva.

Representative Publications:

“Translating the Unconscious: Aleramo’s and Delmar’s A Woman.”  Symplokē 27, 1-2 (2019), 139-156.

“Desire Against Discipline:  Kristeva’s Theory of Poetry” in Philosophy and Poetry: Continental Perspectives. Ed. Ranjan Ghosh. New York:  Columbia University Press, 2019.

Conference Proceedings from the Kristeva Circle Conference, which I was invited to host at the University of Pittsburgh, October 27-28, 2017:  “Forum,” Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, 26, 2 (2018), 1-90.  Includes my introduction on “Kristeva and Race” and essay “Spain and Islam Once More:  Fundamentalism in Sainte Thérèse d’Avila” as well as essays by Julia Kristeva (my translation), Hortense Spillers, Jack Halberstam, William Scott, Frances Restuccia, Elaine Miller, and Benigno Trigo.  

Service and Other Duties

Chairs the Tamara Horowitz Paper Prize for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program

Literature Assessment Committee

Language and Politics in Julia Kristeva: Literature, Art, Therapy
Carol Mastrangelo Bové . Language and Politics in Julia Kristeva: Literature, Art, Therapy. State University of New York Press, 2006
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Carol Mastrangelo Bové . Kristeva in America: Re-Imagining the Exceptional. . Palgrave, 2021