Paul E. Barrette, Professor of French. Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1963. Major field: medieval French language & literature.
His research interests focus on three areas. In the medieval period, he has been interested for at least the last ten years in verse hagiography in French, most specifically for the end of the middle ages, but recently, these interests have also taken him to the Italian and Spanish traditions. Concerning French North America, he has focused more specifically on the Quebec novel, but as a focus for culture, all of Francophone North American literature has been a matter of interest. His interest in French stylistics has been long-standing. Books and articles in all these areas have appeared in recent years, and he has contributed to the first two areas recently through numerous presentations.
Margaret H. Beauvois, Associate Professor of French. Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, 1992. Major field: foreign language education.
Primary areas of research are second language acquisition, computer-mediated communication, and writing via a local area network (LAN). The latter research focus, largely grant supported, deals with student affective response and academic achievement in courses taught using synchronous real-time computer conferencing. (Articles have been published in Foreign Language Annals, Computers and the Humanities, The Rams' Horn, CALL: An International Journal, The CALICO Journal, The ACTFL Volume on Technology, and in Affect in FL-SL-Learning: A Practical Guide to Creating a Low Anxiety Atmosphere, a volume edited by her colleague, Dolly Young.) A co-authored textbook on strategies for reading French, Schémas, was published in February 1996. A secondary research area is the study of Self-Access Language Learning in France and in Mexico. This study has been funded by a Fulbright Senior Scholarís grant. Another interest is ethnographic research through the use of the phenomenological interview. Dr. Beauvois is currently doing research on the graduate student experience in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages in conjunction with the Phenomenology Group under the direction of Dr. Howard Pollio, Department of Psychlogy.
Patrick S. Brady, Professor of French. D.U.P., Sorbonne, 1960. Major field: the novel : Marivaux, Zola, Proust.
He has taught at Rice and Harvard and presently occupies the Shumway Chair
of Excellence. He has published a dozen books and over a hundred
articles applying critical perspectives drawing on period style, structuralism,
archetypal theory, psychoanalysis, transactional analysis, group behaviour
theory, feminism, multiculturalism, catastrophe theory, chaos and complexity
theory, control theory. Topics: the rococo, Zola, Proust.
Edmund J. Campion, Professor of French. Ph.D., Yale University, 1976. Major field: 16th & 17th century French literature.
His research deals largely with the influence of the classical and neo-Latin traditions on French writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A book, Montaigne, Rabelais, and Marot as Readers of Erasmus, was published in 1995. Other recent publications have dealt with Erasmus, the problems involved in preparing critical editions of the French literary works from the early modern period, Mme de Lafayette's novel La Princesse de Clèves, Quinault, and Montaigne.
Les Essif, Associate Professor of French. Ph.D., Brown University, 1991. Major field: 19th & 20th century French narrative and theatre.
Main areas of research and publication are dramatic and performance theories concerning contemporary French theater ; the semiotics and phenomenology of theatrical space in post-1950 theater, especially the use of empty space by contemporary dramatists to convey meaning ; foreign language performance pedagogy; and 20th century critical theory . His recent book, Empty Figure on an Empty Stage : The Theater of Samuel Beckett and his Generation has been published by the University of Indiana Press. He is currently section coordinator for French.
Christine Holmlund, Associate Professor of French. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984. Major fields: cinema studies, women's studies, critical theory.
Principal research interests are film, film theory, feminist, post-colonial, and queer theory, cultural studies. Recent publications include Impossible Bodies: Femininity and Masculinity at the Movies, Routledge, London and New York, 2001; Between the Sheets, In the Streets, ed. Chris Holmlund and Cynthia Fuchs, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1997; articles and book chapters on experimental, documentary, and mainstream genre films from Canada, Europe, the U.S., and Latin America, as well as on feminist, post-colonial, and queer theory. Work in progress includes: Contemporary American Independent Cinema, forthcoming Routledge 2002.
Karen Levy, Professor of French. Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1971. Major field: 20th century French literature.
Primary area of research is twentieth-century French fiction, poetry, and literary criticism. Over the last several years, she has published a series of articles on the prose works of Michel Tournier, the latest of which appeared in the summer 1995 issue of Studies in Twentieth Century Literature. She has likewise published articles on the criticism of Jean Paulhan and Jacques Rivière, on whom she wrote a book in the 1980's. She has also published articles on the later writings of André Malraux. Along with John Romeiser, she edits the international Revue André Malraux Review. Most recently she has been working on a series of articles on J.M. G. Le Clézio and has been studying the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. Newest works incorporating Levinas's ideas are "Elsewhere and Otherwise: Levinasian Eros and Ethics in Le Clézio's La quarantaine," which is appearing in Orbis Litterarum and "Unforeseeable Epiphanies: Re-Encountering Malraux in Proximity with Lévinas," which appeared in the critical anthology André Malraux: Across Boundaries, published by Rodopi.
Mary McAlpin, Assistant Professor of French. Ph.D., Columbia University, 1994. Major field: 18th century French literature and culture.
Principal research interests : gender theory; the Enlightenment; the French Revolution; genre studies. She has published articles on Rousseau's correspondence; feminist theory and the Lettres portugaises; the use of history in the Mémoires of Mme Roland; and the complex sexual politics of Montesquieu's Lettres persanes. Articles-in-progress examine (a) the relationship between sex and religion in Diderot's La Religieuse and (b) the reception history of the Mémoires of the Duchess of Tourzel, governess to the children of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette during the French Revolution. A completed book manuscript examines in detail Rousseau's correspondence with a woman fan, with two goals in mind: establishing the generic value of the published private letter in eighteenth-century France, and cautioning against the use of such documents in reader-response criticism.
John B. Romeiser, Professor of French. Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1975. Major field: 20th century French literature.
Research interests include twentieth-century French literature, especially
during the pre- and post-World War II years, the Spanish Civil War, and
instructional technology issues. He has worked closely with the Normandy
Scholars Program since its inception in 1992. Along with Karen Levy, he
serves as co-editor of the Revue André Malraux Review. He
continues to advise students and work with the Language and World Business
program. His latest article, "His Master's Voice: Leadership Lessons
in L'Espoir," appeared in the critical anthology, André
Malraux: Across Boundaries, published by Rodopi. He also serves
as graduate director and "webmaster" for the French program site.