Janice (Jan) Gross

Department of French and Arabic
Grinnell College

Janice (Jan) Gross is Seth Richards Professor in Modern Languages with Senior Faculty Status in the Department of French and Arabic at Grinnell College where she has taught the language, literatures, and cultures of the French-speaking world, with a specialization in contemporary theatre. Publications appearing in Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, French Review, and numerous collections focus on the French-Algerian relationship in the context of colonial and postcolonial experience. Her scholarship has led to bringing Algerian playwrights to Iowa (Slimane Benaïssa, Mohamed Kacimi, and Fatima Gallaire).  She was selected as translator with Daniel Gross of Slimane Benaïssa's novel, The Last Night of a Damned Soul (Grove Press, 2004), one of the first creative works to address the 9/11 attacks from a Muslim perspective. Her current book project "Performing Out of Islam" treats the representations of interreligious encounters on the contemporary French stage.