Ana I. Oancea

Assistant Professor of Modern Foreign Languages


B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University


Ana Oancea holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests are in modern French literature and culture, including popular and visual culture, science and literature, and film. At Ohio Wesleyan, she teaches French language, literature, and culture at all levels. Her upper-level courses have covered topics ranging from French fantastic literature to contemporary cinema. In addition to discovering great works, in these courses students engage with criticism and theory. To further accommodate students’ interests, she frequently directs Independent Studies (recent topics include African Film and French Theatre).

She has organized two travel-learning courses that enhance her 300-level survey of French literature curriculum through trips to Paris and Lyon. Building on classroom discussion, students undertake first-hand cultural observation and analysis as they discover these French cities.

Thanks to three Tournées grants from the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation, she has organized successful French film festivals on the OWU campus together with her students. To further engage them with French language and culture outside the classroom, she also regularly organizes pétanque games and board game nights.


Dr. Oancea’s current book project analyzes the literary representation of inventors in the larger context of the 19th century’s narrative of progress. It brings together decadence, naturalism, and early science fiction, engaging with the role of science in French discourse of national identity.

Recent research grants have taken her to the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris, the UCLA library special collections, the Cinémathèque française and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.


“Heredity Beyond the Rougon-Macquart: The Case of Travail.” French Forum 42.2 (2017): 233-248.   

“The Temptation of the Material in Jean Lorrain’s Fairy Tales.” Dix-Neuf 21.2-3 (2017): 178-191.

“Verne at Lyon's Fête des Lumières: New Media, Old Dystopia.” Romance Notes 57.3 (2017): 497-511.

“Literature and Vivisection: Reevaluating Emile Zola’s Interpretation of Claude Bernard” (forthcoming, Neo-Helicon)

Contact Info


University Hall #310
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3671