L. Scott Lerner has been on the faculty of Franklin & Marshall since 1995 and served as Chair of the Department of French and Italian from 2003-2006. Before coming to Franklin & Marshall, he served as a lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and taught briefly at the Université de Paris VII and Ministère des Affaires Etrangères in Paris. He also taught in the Literature Concentration, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Core Program at Harvard. At Franklin & Marshall he teaches in the French, Italian, Comparative Literary Studies and Judaic Studies programs and is a resident faculty member of the F&M in Tuscany summer program.
He is currently completing two book projects on cultural representations of Jewish identity in modern France and Italy, tentatively entitled After Exile: Narrative and Jewish Experience From the French Revolution to Proust, and From Ghetto to Monumental Synagogue: Narrative and Jewish Identity in the Capitals of Unified Italy. He is also co-editor of Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries (University of Pennsylvania Press). He is the editor of The Dreyfus Affair in the Making of Modern France and the author of articles in journals in literature, critical theory, Jewish studies and history. His research interests also include Proust, and representations of loss and mourning in literature, film and psychoanalysis.
In 2007-2008 he was a Fellow of the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was supported by fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard. He has served as a referee for NEH, the Fulbright Program, Stanford University Press, Cambridge University Press, PMLA, Modern and Contemporary France, and Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture and Society.
B.A. magna cum laude in English, Yale College; A.M and Ph.D in Comparative Literature, Harvard University.
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and culture; Jewish identity in French and Italian literature and culture; Proust; the Dreyfus Affair; theories of narrative; loss and mourning; intersections of psychoanalysis, critical theory, film and literature; Italian studies.
Book Projects and Edited Works
After Exile: Narrative and Jewish Experience From the French Revolution to Proust (in progress; solicited by Stanford UP.)
From Ghetto to Monumental Synagogue: Narrative and Jewish Identity in the Capitals of Unified Italy (in progress)
Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries. With Sheila Jelen and Michael Kramer. Philadelphia, U. of Penn P. 2010.
The Dreyfus Affair in the Making of Modern France. L’Affaire Dreyfus et l’émergence de la France moderne. Woodbridge, CT and Reading, UK: Research Publications, Primary Source Media, 1997.
"Why Angel's Fallen: The Narrating Architecture of Dopo mezzanotte." Italica 87.4 (2010): 646-671.
"Italian Subjectivity in the Era of Roma capitale (1870-2010): The Embrace of the Empty Sign." Annali d'italianistica 28 (2010): 137-152.
"Confinement and the Artist in Alain Spiess." Modern Language Studies 40.1 (2009) 96-102.
“Mourning and Subjectivity from Bersani to Proust, Klein and Freud.” Diacritics: A Review of Contemporary Criticism 37.1 (2007): 41-53.
“The Subversive Obedience of Proust and Freud.” Mfs - Modern Fiction Studies 51.2 (2005): 285-310.
“Jewish Identity and French Opera, Stage and Politics, 1831-1860.” Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 30.2 (2004): 255-81.
“Against Ideological Determinism: Blum on Barrès.” Contemporary French Civilization 27.1 (2003): 37-70.
“Narrating Over the Ghetto of Rome.” Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture and Society 8.2/3 (2002): 1-38.
“L’Eglise Invisible” and “La Maison du Messie Charnel”: The Saintly and Prophetic Voices of Les Grands cimetières sous la lune,” French Forum 26. 2 (2001): 67-90.
“Beyond Grégoire: A Third Discourse on Jews and the French.” Modern Judaism 21.3 (2001): 199-215.
“The Narrating Architecture of Emancipation.” Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture and Society 6.3 (2000): 1-30.
“The Genesis of Jewish Swann.” Romanic Review 89.3 (1998): 345-65.
Book Chapters and Other Articles
"Se questo è un uomo and La vita è bella: Genre and Historical Representation in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies.” Approaches to Teaching the Writings of Primo Levi. Ed. Nicholas Patruno and Roberta Ricci. New York: MLA (forthcoming).
“Costruire la storia: il Tempio Maggiore tra Roma e Sion.” Ebrei ed Emancipazione nella formazione della coscienza europea. Roma. (forthcoming).
"Introduction: Intersections and Boundaries in Modern Jewish Literary Studies." With Sheila E. Jelen and Michael P. Kramer. Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries. Philadelphia, U. of Penn P., 2010. 1-23.
“Joseph Salvador's Jerusalem Lost and Jerusalem Regained.” Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries. Ed. Sheila Jelen, Michael P. Kramer, L. Scott Lerner. Philadelphia, U. of Penn P, 2010. 44-65.
“La Synagogue «parlante» de Zadoc Kahn.” Zadoc Kahn. Un grand rabbin entre culture juive, affaire Dreyfus et laïcité. Paris: Editions de l'Eclat, 2007. 103-114.
“Joseph Kessel, Belle de jour.” Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature. Ed. Gaëtan Brulotte and John Phillips. 2 vols. New York and London: Routledge, 2006. Vol. 1. 725-27.
“Albert Cohen.” Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature. Ed. Gaëtan Brulotte and John Phillips. 2 vols.New York and London: Routledge, 2006. Vol. 1. 257-61.
“Rallying Around Dreyfus and Daudet: Proust's Affair.” Intolérance et indignation. L'Affaire Dreyfus. Ed. Jean-Max Guieu. Paris: Fischbacher, 2000. 178-90.
“I Templi monumentali in quanto monumenti parlanti: rivendicazioni dell'epoca e interpretazioni posteriori.” Architettura e spazio sacro nella modernità. Ed. Paola Genaro. Milan: Biennale di Venezia, Abitare Segesta Cataloghi, 1992. 39-44.
"Massimo D'Azeglio on Jewish and Italian Regeneration: A Reconsideration." American Association for Italian Studies Colloquium. University of Colorado. Boulder, 2015.
"From Bakhtin to Bonfil: Theory Meets History." Crossing Disciplines: Comparative Studies Colloquia in Interdisciplinarity." Ph.D. Program in Comparative Studies. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 2015.
"The Carnival, the Monk and the Ghetto." Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 2015.
"Theorizing the Italian Ghetto." Annual Convention of the Association for Jewish Studies. Boston, 2013.
"The Bishop and the Synagogue of Rome." Common Hour Lecture, Franklin & Marshall College, 2013.
"The Bishop and the Synagogue of Rome." American Association for Italian Studies Colloquium. University of Oregon. Eugene, 2013.
"The Narrating Architecture of Radical Hospitality." International Conference, "Rome's Modernity: Trauma, Fracture, Narration." University of Warwick and British School of Rome. Rome, 2012.
"The Narrating Architecture of the Catholic-Jewish Relation." American Association for Italian Studies Colloquium. College of Charleston. Charleston, 2012.
"Les fils d'Esther." Equipe Proust, Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes. Centre national de recherche scientifique and Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, 2011.
"Beyond the Ghetto: Reclaiming the Jewish Signifier." International Symposium: "Il Ghetto: Forging Italian Jewish Identities, 1516-1870." University of California, Santa Cruz, 2009.
"Jewish Space in the City and the Civil War of Italian Unification." Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Washington D.C., 2008.
"La Juive au Vatican and the 'Liberal Question.'" Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Vanderbilt University, 2008.
"La France juive by Marcel Proust, with Henri Grégoire and Jacques Derrida." Annual Colloquium in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Studies, Georgetown University, 2008.
“Italian Independence on the 'Golden Wings' of Jewish Emancipation.” International Colloquium on Discourses of Jewishness, University of Pittsburg, 2008.
“The Narrating Architecture of Emancipation: Turin.” Frankel Institute, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 2008.
“Why Angel's Fallen: The Narrating Architecture of Dopo mezzanotte.” American Association for Italian Studies Annual Colloquium, Colorado College, 2007.
“Universal History and the Jews after 1789: The Case of Joseph Salvador.” International Conference on Jews in France: Crisis and Continuity. University of Pennsylvania, 2006.
“Joseph Salvador and the Return of History to the Jews.” Francophone Jewish Writers Conference, Stanford University, 2006.
“La Synagogue «parlante» de Zadoc Kahn.” Colloque international Zadoc Kahn. Centre historique des Archives nationales, Paris, December 2005.
“Proust’s Swanns and the Legacy of 1789.” Eleventh Annual Gruss Colloquium in Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2005.
“Costruire la storia: il Tempio Maggiore tra Roma e Sion.” Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Convegno sugli Ebrei ed Emancipazione nella formazione della coscienza europea. Centro Romano di Studi sull’Ebraismo, 2004.
“Mourning and Aesthetic Theory in Proust and Klein.” University of Pennsylvania, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 2004.
“The Subversive Obedience of Proust and Freud.” University of Pennsylvania, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, 2004.
“Prima di Primo Levi: Recent Historical Fictions Set Before the Holocaust.” American Association for Italian Studies Colloquium, Ottawa, 2004.
“From Shylock and Ivanhoe to La Juive.” Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, Lexington, 2004.
“Discours d’identité juive de la Révolution à l’Affaire Dreyfus.” Université de Nantes, Centre de Recherche sur les Identités Nationales et l’Interculturalité, 2003.
“Belle on the Couch.” Twentieth Annual International Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies, Univ. of Illinois, 2003.
With Amanda Axsom '07. "Dossier on Alain Spiess" [Special Section]. Modern Language Studies 40.1 (2009): 77-103.
Recent and Current Courses
Comparative Literary Studies 201: Introduction to Comparative Literary Studies.
Comparative Literary Studies 170: European Literary Modernism
Comparative Literary Studies 175: Rogues, Knaves, Swindlers and Other Tramps in the Picaresque Tradition
Comparative Literary Studies/Judaic Studies 374: Trauma and the Modern Jewish Imaginary
French 306: Révolution et réaction, 1789-1945
French 369: Le roman au vingtième siècle: Proust
French 370: Céline scandale
French 373: Napoléon représente
French 375: Representing Loss: Literature, Film, Theory
French 481: L’Art du récit: question religieuse, questions d’identité
Italian 101 - 102 Elementary Italian
Italian 201: Intermediate Italian
Italian 240: Landscapes of Tuscany: Literature, Art, History (in Vicchio, Italy)
Italian 310: Il giallo
Italian 360: Dal risorgimento ad oggi
Italian 410: Pirandello
MSS 120: Imagining Love
Honors Projects Supervised
Nathaniel Kunz, "Les deux France en caricature." French, 2013.
Amanda Axsom, "Alan Spiess"; "Entretien avec Alain Spiess." French, 2007.
Lydia Vollmann, "Face à face avec Marianne. La France envisagée au féminin." French, 2006.
Andrea Tamres, "Le procès Barbie. Perspectives sur la justice." French, 1997.