Tessa Nunn

Tessa Nunn is a PhD candidate in Romance Studies at Duke University, where she likewise is completing a certificate in feminist studies. Her dissertation, “Writing Women Dance,” examines representations of women dancing in nineteenth-century texts written by women. Additionally, she has written on works by Simone de Beauvoir, Luce Irigaray, Ousmane Sembène, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, and Georges Rodenbach. Having taught in French and American high schools, middle schools and universities, she is passionate about feminist practices in pedagogy and curriculum-building.


Mennel’s 2019 monograph Women at Work in Twenty-first-century European Cinema analyses the increased attention given to women’s work in films of various genres. Regular MAI contributor, Tessa Nunn, elaborates.

Tessa Nunn discusses the topical Heroines by Kate Zambreno as a poetic memoir and a pertinent critique of sexism in academia and mental health care.


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