Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Andrea S. Thomas

Associate Professor of French
Chair, Modern Languages and Literatures

Photo of French Professor Andrea Thomas in blue and crimson plaid overcoat against stone background with fall tree foliage. 410-617-2612
Maryland Hall 351H


  • New York University, BA, Comparative Literature
  • Columbia University, MA, MPhil, PhD, French and Romance Philology

Research and Teaching Interests

  • 19th - 21st Century French and Francophone Literature
  • Adaptation
  • Textual History and Criticism
  • French Theatre

Recent Courses Taught at Loyola University Maryland

  • FR104 Intermediate French II
  • FR216 Highlights in French and Francophone Studies 
  • FR320 Speak Up!
  • FR359 The Fantastic 19th Century
  • FR360 Topics in French Theatre—20th century
  • FR362 CENSORED [Censorship in 19th-Century France]
  • ML307D Topics in Comparative Cultures and Literary Studies



  • Lautréamont, Subject to Interpretation. Amsterdam: BRILL | Rodopi, 2015.

Book cover for Lautreamont, Subject to Interpretation by Andrea Thomas

Recent Articles:

  • “Published Belgian-Style: Albert Lacroix, Charles De Coster, Henry Kistemaeckers, Camille Lemonnier, and the Belgian Contribution to French Decadent Aesthetics.” Modern Language Review (MLR) 117.3 (July 2022) 352-370. 
  • “Judith Gautier, Vers Libre,and the Faux East.” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 72.2 (May 2018) 77-88.
  • “Lautréamont Électro: une musique faite par tous, non par un.” Revue des Sciences Humaines  314 (avril-juin 2014) 145-160.
  • “Michel de Ghelderode, the Wooster Group, and postmodernist revisions of La Tentation de saint Antoine.” Orbis Litterarum 67.2 (April 2012) 136-153.

Recent Book Reviews: 

  • Review of Victor Hugo, Jean- Paul Sartre, and the Liability of Liberty byBradley Stephens. Oxford: Legenda, 2011. Nineteenth Century French Studies 41.3-4 (2013): 326-328.
  • Review of Le Roman symboliste: un art de l’“extrême conscience” by Valérie Michelet Jacquod. Geneva: Droz, 2008. Romanic Review 101.4 (2010): 861-863.
  • Review of Ducasse et Lautréamont: L’envers et l’endroit, by Michel Pierssens. Tusson: Presses universitaires de Vincennes et du Lérot, 2005. Romanic Review 100.3 (2009): 398-400.

Lectures and Presentations

Presentations at Scholarly Conferences

  • Nineteenth-Century French Studies (NCFS) Conference, "Naturalism, Published Belgian-Style,” Charlottesville, Virginia, November 9-11.
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), “Diversifying the Fourth Semester College-Level French Course,” Boston, Massachusetts, November 18-20, 2016.
  • Nineteenth Century French Studies (NCFS), “Judith Gautier and Armchair Escapism,” San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 16-18, 2014.
  • Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Studies. "Publish, Perish: Fictional Representations of the Éditeur, New York, New York, March 6-8, 2014.
  • Nineteenth Century French Studies (NCFS), “Fictional biographies of Rimbaud and Lautréamont,” Richmond, Virginia, October 24-26, 2013.
  • Nineteenth Century French Studies (NCFS), “The Fairer Text: Women Editors of the Nineteenth Century,” Raleigh, North Carolina, October 11-14, 2012 .

Service, Activities, and Memberships in Academic Societies

Service: College Activities (Representative assignments)

  • Faculty Development Advisory Board (2017-2018)
  • Honor Council (2013-2015)
  • Faculty Handbook and Academic Policies (2013-2015)
  • French Club Moderator (2009-2014)

Memberships in Academic Societies

  • Modern Language Association
  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Language



Nora Benedict

Nora Benedict

Nora credits her Loyola education with affording her critical thinking skills and relationships with faculty, both of which inspired a career in academia

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