Professor of Romance Studies
A scholar of "long 19th century" French and Caribbean literature and culture, I also work in the fields of cognitive literary studies and health humanities. Monographs, edited volumes, editions, and translations include: Beyond the Slave Narrative: Politics, Sex, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution; Trauma and Its Representations: The Social Life of Mimesis in Post-Revolutionary France; Poetry of Haitian Independence (with D. Kadish and N. Shapiro); Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignty (with W. Anderson and R. Keller); Sarah, A Colonial Novella (with D. Kadish); and "Coming to Writing" and Other Essays by Hélène Cixous. A co-authored book on Trauma and Humanitarian Emergency in Haiti is under contract, and a monograph project, The Making and Unmaking of the Brain as Episteme in French and Caribbean Modernity, is in process. I have previously served as the director of the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. A co-director of the Health Humanities Lab, my recent courses have included "Storytelling in Medicine and Health," and "Flaubert's Brain: Neurohumanities."
Kadish, D, Jenson, D, and Shapiro, TBN. Poetry of the Haitian Independence. Trans. N Shapiro. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015. (Edited Book)
Jenson, D. Beyond the Slave Narrative: Sex, Politics, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution. Liverpool University Press, 2011. (Monograph)
Jenson, D, Anderson, W, and Keller, RE. Globalizing the Unconscious. 2011.
Anderson, DJWW, and Keller, RE. Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties. Duke University Press, 2011.
Jenson, D, and Kadish, D. Sarah, An English Translation. MLA Editions, 2008.
Jenson, D, and Kadish, D. Sarah, The Original French Text. 2008. (Edited Book)
Jenson, D. Trauma and Its Representations: The Social Life of Mimesis in Post-Revolutionary France. Johns Hopkins UP, 2001.
Cixous, H. "Coming to Writing" and Other Essays by Hélène Cixous. Ed. D Jenson. Trans. D Jenson, S Cornell, A Liddle, and S Sellers. Harvard University Press, 1992. (Edited Book)
Jenson, D. "Toussaint Louverture, genio 'cimarrôn' y multimodial." Toussaint Louverture: repensar un icono. Ed. M Past and NM Léger. Santiago de Cuba: Casa del Caribe, 2015. 217-230. (Chapter)
Jenson, D, and Curtis, L. "The Haitian Revolution." The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Ed. P Mason. Gale, 2013. 277-284.
Jenson, D. "Placing Haiti in Geopsychoanalytic Space: Toward a Postcolonial Concept of Traumatic Mimesis." Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Trauma, and Sovereignty. 2011.
Jenson, D. "Surrealism and the Avant Garde Novel, and The Decadent Novel." The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel. 2011.
Jenson, D. "The Writing of Disaster in Haiti: Signifying Cataclysm from Slave Revolution to Earth Quake." Haiti Rising. Ed. M Munro. Liverpool University Press, 2010. 103-112.
Jenson, D. "Francophone World Literature (Littérature-monde) Cosmopolitanism, and Decadence: ‘Citizen of the World’ without the Citizen?." Transnational French Studies: Postcolonialism and Littérature-monde. Ed. A Hargreaves. Liverpool University Press, 2010. 15-35.
Jenson, D. "Francophone World Literature (Littérature-monde), Cosmopolitanism and Decadence: 'Citizen of the World' without the Citizen?." Transnational French studies : postcolonialism and littérature-monde. Ed. A Hargreaves, C Forsdick, and D Murphy. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, 2010. 15-35. (Chapter)
Jenson, D. "Mirror Revolutions: Ourika and Saint-Domingue." "Approaches to Teaching Claire de Duras’s ‘Ourika,’” ed. Mary Ellen Birkett and Christopher Rivers (New York: Modern Language Editions, 2009) pp.45-50. 2009.
Miller, DJWCL. "Historical Timeline." Approaches to Teaching Claire de Duras’s ‘Ourika,’” ed. Mary Ellen Birkett and Christopher Rivers (New York: Modern Language Editions, MLA Editions, 2009) pp.12-17. 2009.
Jenson, D. "Toussaint Louverture, Spin Doctor? Launching the Haitian Revolution in the French Media." Tree of Liberty: Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World. University of Virginia Press, 2008. 41-62.
Jenson, D. "Neuroscience and the Poetics of the Haitian Declaration of Independence." Ed. J Gaffield. (2014). (Academic Article)
"Sources and interpretations jean-jacques dessalines and the African character of the haitian revolution." William and Mary Quarterly 69.3 (July 1, 2012): 615-638. (Review) Full Text
Deborah Jenson, . "Jean-Jacques Dessalines and the African Character of the Haitian Revolution." The William and Mary Quarterly 69.3 (2012): 615-615. Full Text Open Access Copy
"Introduction: Caribbean Entanglements in Times of Crises." The Global South 6.1 (2012): 1-1. Full Text Open Access Copy
Jenson, D, and Dubois, L. "Humanities in the Lab: Rethinking Haitian Studies." Diversity and Democracy: Civic Learning for Shared Futures 15 (2012).
Jenson, D. "States of Ghetto, Ghettos of States: Haiti and the ‘Era de Francia’ in the Dominican Republic, 1804-1808." The Global South 106 (2012): 156-71. Open Access Copy
Jenson, . "Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon, by Kamaia L. Glover." Research in African Literatures 43.3 (2012): 135-135. Full Text Open Access Copy
"Kidnapped Narratives: Mobility without Autonomy and the Nation/Novel Analogy." (November 25, 2011): 369-386. (Chapter) Full Text Open Access Copy
Jenson, D, and Szabo, V. "Cholera in Haiti and Other Caribbean Regions, 19th Century." EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES 17.11 (November 1, 2011): 2130-2135. (Review) Full Text Open Access Copy
Jenson, D, Szabo, V, and Duke FHI Haiti Humanities Laboratory Student Research Team, . "Cholera in Haiti and other Caribbean regions, 19th century." Emerg Infect Dis 17.11 (November 2011): 2130-2135. Full Text Open Access Copy
Szabo, V, Jenson, D, Cloninger, E, Corbett, P, Hoyle, M, Ivker, J, Jernigan, E, Mitril, S, Neville, A, Patel, D, Duke University Haiti Laboratory, and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, . "19th-Century Caribbean Cholera Timemap." (2011).
Jenson, D, and Dubois, L. "Haiti Can Be Rich Again." New York Times (January 8, 2012). (Scholarly Commentary)
"From the kidnapping(s) of the Louvertures to the alleged kidnapping of aristide: Legacies of slavery in the post/colonial world." Yale French Studies 107 (December 1, 2005): 162-186.
Jenson, D. "The Haiti Issue." Yale French Studies 107 (2005).
Co-Organizer (with Michaeline Crichlow (Duke, Sociology and AAAS, Patricia Northover (UWI, SALISES), Matthew Smith (UWI, History, Faculty of the Human : States of Freedom, Freedom of States. June 1, 2010
24 Duke faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the FHI Haiti Lab worked with Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié to design representations of Haitian culture, especially post-earthquake culture, embedded in amber-like resin blocks. Durham metal sculptor Andrew Preiss of the ARP Design Studio designed the frame and lighting for the permanent installation of the artwork in the Ahmadiev Family Lecture Hall of the Franklin Humanities Institute in Bay 4 of Smith Warehouse, Duke University. The website features "story blocks" detailing the individual artist's narrative accounts of their work.