Vera Klekovkina

Office: ​CCC 408
​Phone: ​715-346-3232


Dr. Klekovkina’s research interests are varied and range from 19th to 21st French and Francophone Studies. She works on Marcel Proust’s A la Recherche du temps perdu and first-person discourse, autobiography and life writing, women’s writing (especially Amélie Nothomb and Anna Gavalda), memory and psychology, and technology (from both cultural and pedagogical standpoints). She is also interested in cinema, especially cinematic adaptation and French film history.

Dr. Klekovkina has published several articles and presented her work at the MLA convention and its regional chapters as well as the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium. She is currently working on a manuscript, entitled Visual Proust, which places Proust's canonical text, A la Recherche du temps perdu, in a multi-media environment. The cinematic lens opens up the Recherche to a new interpretation: an advocate of literature, the narrator is also a theorist of the visual.


Ph.D. in French, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005.

M.A. in French, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999.

B.A. in French Studies, Butler University, 1997.


"Crime sans châtiment: Cinéma contemporain et éthique d'Emmanuel Levinas." French Studies, Spring 2012. Forthcoming

"Scandale d’Amélie Nothomb: violence mimétique et jouissance scopique." Submitted for consideration to Women in French Studies, Summer 2012.

"Masculinity in Crisis and Generosity in Anna Gavalda’s Novels." Masculinities in Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century French and Francophone Literature, Ed. Edith Vandervoort. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2011. 173-193. Print.

"Mechanical Beauty or Death of Love."Aimer Et Mourir: Love, Death and Women’s Lives in Texts of French Expression. Eds. Eilene Hoft-March and Judith Sarnecki. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 22-47. Print.

"Proust to the Rescue or Writing with Style." Bedford Bits. LORE: Special Issue on the Intersection of Literature and Composition. Spring 2009. Web. <>.

"Proust’s souvenir visuel and Ruiz’s clin d’œil in Le Temps retrouvé."L’Esprit créateur (Proust en devenir). Ed. Luc Fraisse. 46.4 (2006): 151-163. Print.

"Caméra ou stylo: A Problematic Dialogue? Introduction." Paroles Gelées : Selected Proceedings from the UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies Annual Graduate Student Conference, 21 (2004): vi-vii. Print.

Recent Conference Presentations

"Proust’s Recipe for Humanity: How to Tame Our « Sale Bête »." 20th – 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, San Francisco. Special Topic: Humain-Animal / Human-Animal. March-April, 2011.

"Expanding Borders of Imagination or How to Transform Vulgar Contemplation into Exotic Pilgrimage." MLA 2011 Convention. Panel Borders, Boundaries, and Peripheries in Proust. Los Angeles. January 2011.

"Aristos, intellos et populos à table dans Ensemble c’est tout d’Anna Gavalda"
PAMLA 2010 Convention. Panel French Gastronomy and Cultural Identity I: Gastronomie et Littérature. Chaminade U, Honolulu. November 2010.

"Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran: Leveling Out of Physical and Spiritual Education" PAMLA 2009 Convention. Panel Film and Literature. San Francisco SU. November 2009.

"Violence romanesque ou jouissance scopique chez Amelie Nothomb" PAMLA 2008 Convention. Panel on Special Topic Violence and Representation, WIF Session. Representation de la violence dans les textes feminins. Pomona College. November 2008


  • Natalie Limonick Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award (UCLA, Division of Humanities, 2004-2005).
  • Collegium of University Teaching Fellows (UCLA, 2004-2005).
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship (UCLA, 2004-2005).
  • Robert Merrill Award for Best Teaching Assistant, French & Francophone Studies (UCLA, 2001-2002).
  • Summa Cum Laude and Highest Honors in French Studies (Butler University, 1997).


  • French Fieldtrip to COL-COA French Film Festival in Hollywood (Scripps College, 2010 & 2011).
  • Fulbright Interviews for Campus Committees Reviewing Applications for Teaching and Research Assistanships (Scripps College, 2010).
  • French Corridor Interviews (Scripps College, 2009 & 2010).
  • Student Orientation and Placement Test Proctoring (Scripps College, 2008-2010).
  • Fund Raising Committee (UCLA, 2003-2004).
  • Graduate Student Association (UCLE, 2001-2002).
  • Graduate Policy Committee (UCLA, 1999-2000).