Cara Wilson, a native of Paducah, KY, is currently working on her MA in French Literature at Vanderbilt. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Samford University, located in Birmingham, AL, with BAs in both French Literature and International Relations.
Currently, Cara plans to explore the complex roles of women and gender-based violence during World War II France by examining the works of women writers, such as Irène Némirovsky, Marguerite Duras, and Lucie Aubrac. One of her primary interests is the complexities of France’s national identity evidenced in French-German relations in images of the tondues during World War II. Cara hopes to focus on images of women performing violent, “unfeminine” acts in the traditionally “masculine” sphere of war in the works of these female authors who reintegrate “femininity” into the French Resistance.