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Carolyn J. Dean

Professor Carolyn J. Dean is the Associate Dean of the Faculty Department of History and Department of Modern Media and Culture, Brown University.
Her current research focuses on how different concepts of victimization developed in different European cultures after World War II and in particular on the creation of the "bad" versus "good" victims as a means of achieving cultural consensus about national identities. She would like to determine what new normative frameworks have evolved within which we can define who is a 'real' victim and who isn't—who deserves restitution and who does not. How have Western nations distinguished between 'deserving' and 'undeserving' victims when several groups now make claims to their own 'holocaust?' How can we learn about the construction of so-called deserving victims from the history of state and popular responses to various groups of victims?
In Progress: On Disbelief, Exaggeration, and the Language of Victims in the Late Twentieth Century.
The Fragility of Empathy after the Holocaust (Ithaca: CornellUniversity Press, 2004).
The Frail Social Body: Pornography, Homosexuality, and Other Fantasies in Interwar France (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000).
Sexuality and Modern Western Culture (New York: Twayne, 1996).
The Self and Its Pleasures: Bataille, Lacan, and the History of the Decentered Subject (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992, reprint 1994).
Refereed Journal Articles
“Recent French Discourses on Stalinism, Nazism, and ‘Exorbitant’ Jewish Memory,” History & Memory, 18 (2006): 43-85.
“Intellectual History and the Prominence of ‘Things that Matter’,” Rethinking History 4 (2004): 535-45.
“History Writing, Numbness, and the Restoration of Dignity,” History of the Human Sciences 17 (2004): 57-96.
“Empathy, Pornography, and Suffering,” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 14 (2003): 88-124.
 “Introduction” to the Special Issue on Georges Bataille, Diacritics 26 (1996): 3-5.
“Claude Cahun's Double,” Yale French Studies 90 (1996): 71-92.
“The Great War, Pornography, and the Transformation of Modern Male Subjectivity,” Modernism/Modernity 3 (May, 1996): 59-72.
“The Productive Hypothesis: Foucault, Gender, and the History of Sexuality,” History and Theory 33.3 (1994): 271-96.
“Pornography, Literature, and the Redemption of Virility in France: 1880-1930,” differences 5.2 (1993): 62-91.
“Law and Sacrifice: Bataille, Lacan, and the Critique of the Subject,” Representations 13 (Winter, 1986): 42-62.
Chapters in Books
“Against Grandiloquence: ‘Victim’s Culture’ and Jewish Memory,” in Warren Brenkman, Peter Gordon, Samuel Moyn, and Dirk Moses, eds. Charting Modernity: New Essays in Intellectual History and Critical Theory (New York: Berghahn Books, forthcoming).
Essay for “Inconvenient Evidence: Iraqi Prison Photographs from Abu Ghraib,” The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, September 1-November 28, 2004.
“Speculations on Privacy, Identity, and the History of Sexuality in France,” Working Papers in European History from the Center for European Studies,University of Wisconsin at Madison (Madison, 2002), on line.
“History, Pornography, and the Social Body,” in Surrealism: Desire Unbound: Catalogue for the exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (Tate Publishing: London, 2001, and Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001), 227-38.
“Redefining Historical Identities: Gender, Sexuality, and the Self,” in Lloyd Kramer and Sarah Maza, eds., A Companion to Historical Thought (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2001), 357-71.
“The Shaping of Lesbian Sexuality in Interwar France,” in Marilyn Boxer and Joan Quaertet, eds. Connecting Spheres: Women in the Western World, 1500-Present (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), 289-94.
“The Productive Hypothesis: Foucault, Gender, and the History of Sexuality,” in Ralph Cohen and Michael S. Roth, eds., History and... Histories Within the Human Sciences (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1995), 146-78. Reprint of article listed above.
“Discourse,” in Peter Stearns ed., Encyclopedia of Social History (New York: Garland Press, 1994), 204-07.
“Maurice Heine: Les 120 journées de Sodome, ou l'école du libertinage," inDenis Hollier, ed. The Harvard History of French Literature (Cambridge: Harvard University, 1989), 892-94.

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