Adele Kudish

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Associate Professor


Office: N-751N

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Adele Kudish is currently an Associate Professor of English, and has been teaching at BMCC since 2012. She teaches developmental writing and college composition, as well as writing-intensive literature courses (World Lit I and II, Introduction to Literary Studies, and a Special Topics course on Literature and Fashion).


Professor Kudish holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her current research interests include the European proto-psychological novel (English, French, Spanish, and Italian), particularly psychological love stories, as well as fashion theory and early 20th century novels by women.


  • Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, Comparative Literature, 2012
  • M.A., CUNY Graduate Center, Comparative Literature, 2006
  • B.A., New York University, Comparative Literature, 2003

Courses Taught

Research and Projects


  • The European Roman d’analyse: Unconsummated Love Stories from Boccaccio to Stendhal This book (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) represents an important contribution to the history of the novel by defining and delineating for the first time a sub-genre that I call “analytical fiction.” Analytical novels (a translation of the French term in my book’s title) investigate the epistemology of troubled and failed love and deny the legitimacy of introspection. My book examines a selection of eight European texts written between 1343 and 1827 that illustrate a deeply pessimistic philosophy that questions the validity of every kind of communicative sign.
  • Danae’s Daughters: Women and Money in Early 20th Century Fiction The ways in which women spend money has been fictionalized and satirized in a large body of literature, mostly written by men, including Gustave Flaubert, Émile Zola, Theodore Dreiser, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and many more. However, little has been written about the ways in which women themselves write about money. Danae’s Daughters: Women and Money in Early 20th Century Fiction will examine the relationships between women’s labor, capitalism, and dress in French, English, and American short stories and novels.



  • “’Selling Themselves Piecemeal’: The Economics of Beauty and Power in The Ladies’ Paradise and The House of Mirth.” In The Routledge Companion to Fashion Studies. Eds. Veronica Manlow, Eugenia Paulicelli, and Elizabeth Wissinger. London and New York: Routledge (forthcoming).
  • The European Roman d’Analyse: Unconsummated Love Stories from Boccaccio to Stendhal. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
  • “’[La] plus jolie [de] toutes celles qui avaient jamais été écrites’: Madame de Thémines’s Letter as Proto-Psychological Fiction in La Princesse de Clèves.” The French Review 91.3 (2018), 56-69.
  • “’Lost in a Sort of Wilderness’: The Epistemology of Love in Sir Charles Grandison.” Studies in Philology 114:2 (2017), 426-445.
  • “John Lyly’s Anatomy of Wit as an Example of Early Modern Psychological Fiction.” Cerae: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Issue 3, 2016, 18 pages.
  • “’Emotions so Compounded of Pleasure and Pain’: Affective Contradiction in Austen’s Persuasion.The Explicator 74:2 (2016), 120-124.
  • “European Literature,” entry in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, & Sexuality Through History, Vol. 3, The Early Modern Period. Eds. Victoria L. Mondelli and Cherrie A. Gottsleben, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations


  • BMCC Faculty Development Grant, 2020-2021 (course release in Spring 2021)
  • Fellowship Leave (Sabbatical), full year 2019-2020
  • Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, 2017-2018 (course release in Spring 2018)
  • PSC-CUNY Grant A, Cycle 47 (2016-17) (summer salary)
  • PSC-CUNY Grant A, Cycle 48 (2017-2018) (research travel)
  • Sponsored Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate Center of CUNY (2011–2012)
  • Renaissance Studies Travel and Research Grant, Graduate Center of CUNY (2011-2012)
  • CUNY Writing Fellowship (2009-2011)

Professional Memberships

  • Modern Language Association
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Northeast MLA
  • The International Society for the Study of Narrative
  • American Association of Teachers of French

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