Hannah Holtzman

Doctoral Student
342 New Cabell Hall


Hannah Holtzman’s research focuses on modern and contemporary French literature and cinema and the environmental humanities. Her dissertation, “L'ère nucléaire: French Visions of Japan, from Hiroshima to Fukushima,” considers how France’s aesthetic fascination with Japan becomes in the postwar era an unavoidably political encounter. She looks at postwar and contemporary French writers and filmmakers who travel to Japan to create work about it and considers how their visions of Japan have updated and reconfigured those of 19th and early 20th-century artists and writers. This work focuses on how the nuclear events at Hiroshima and Fukushima have influenced French cultural productions and how such works serve as instances of transnational solidarity while also commenting on concerns around nuclear energy in France.


  • Ph.D. French, University of Virginia (in progress, ABD)
  • M.A. French, University of Virginia
  • M.F.A. Fiction, University of Virginia
  • B.A. English, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • French cinema and documentary film
  • Twentieth- and twenty-first-century French literature
  • Environmental humanities
  • Cultural and social history of France
  • Transnational and comparative studies
  • Digital media and technology in the classroom


  • Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities, 2016-2017
  • All-University Graduate Teaching Award, 2017
  • Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures Fellow, 2016-17
  • Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities award for summer research, 2016
  • AHSS Summer Research Award, University of Virginia, 2015
  • Mellon Graduate Teaching Seminar for Excellence in the Humanities, 2014-2015


Publications and Other Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

  • “A Fifty-Two-Year Love Affair: Rewatching Hiroshima mon amour after Fukushima.” Contempoarary French Civilization. (forthcoming 2018)


  • Sensing the Nuclear in Chris Marker’s Films.” Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium. Indiana University. April 6-8, 2017
  • “A Twenty-Four-Hour Love Affair: Nuclear Time in Hiroshima mon amour.” World Cinema & Television in French, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, September 9-10, 2016
  • “Portraits of Half-life in Michaël Ferrier’s Multilingual Japan.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 17-20, 2016
  • “In Search of Identity in Linda Lê’s Lame de fond.” Reorienting Cultural Flows: Engagements between France and East/Southeast Asia, Winthrop-King Institute, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, February 26-8, 2015
  • "Quiet Complicity: Silence and Responsibility in Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour and Michael Haneke’s Caché." Altered States Graduate Conference, University of Pennsylvania Graduate Association of French and Italian. Philadelphia, PA, March 31, 2012

Representative Courses

Undergraduate Courses

  • FREN 1010 Elementary French I
  • FREN 1050 Accelerated Elementary French
  • FREN 2010 Intermediate French I
  • FREN 2020 Intermediate French II
  • FREN 2320 Intensive Intermediate French
  • FRTR 3584 Masterpieces of French Cinema
  • Summer Language Institute – French
  • GSGS 3210-3220-3230 Study Abroad Course: “Making Culture Visible”
  • INST 3150 CavEd Pedagogy seminar
  • Lectrice at Université Lyon 2
  • ENWR 1510 Accelerated Academic Writing: Food and Politics
  • ENWR 2600 Fiction Writing