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Nina Hellerstein

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Professor of French Emerita

I was born in New York City and received my education there and in Providence, R.I. and Chicago, Il. I taught at Baruch College of CUNY, Vassar College, Roosevelt University and Rosary College before joining the Romance Languages faculty at UGA in 1978. I taught French language, literature and culture there until my retirement in 2011; I also directed the UGA in Avignon program in 2002 and served as Head of Romance Languages from 2008-2011.

Research Interests:

Particular specialization: poetry, theater and prose of Paul Claudel, 1868-1955, poet, dramatist and diplomat. Recent research: Paul Claudel and the book: artistic book, typography, layout, Asian influences. Currently: work on unpublished illustrations by Franco-Mexican artist Jean Charlot for Claudel's Biblical commentary: "Au Milieu des Vitraux de l'Apocalypse", for an illustrated edition. Jean Charlot visited UGA during the 1940s as a guest of Lamar Dodd and painted murals in the old Terry College of Business building and the front of the Fine Arts building. He collaborated with Claudel during Claudel's ambassadorship in Washington, 1928-1933.

Selected Publications:

« Le fantôme d’un chef-d’œuvre absent. Au milieu des vitraux de l’Apocalypse et les illustrations de Jean Charlot », Bulletin de la Société Paul Claudel, No. 224 (2018). 

 “Claudel Illustrateur: sa collaboration avec Jean Charlot pour Au milieu des Vitraux de l’ Apocalypse” , in “ L’ Avènement d’un Art Nouveau”: Essaimage Esthétique et Spirituelle de l’Oeuvre de Paul Claudel, eds. Pascal Lécroart et Dominique Millet-Gérard, Besançon, Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2021, pp. 77-94. 


B.A. in French, minor in art, Pembroke College in Brown University, 1968.

M.A., Ph.D. in French Literature, University of Chicago, 1969, 1974.

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