James Matthews, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of French

French and Francophone Studies program

Ph.D. French LIterature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Qui suis-je?
A character in one of Garry Trudeau's early Doonesbury strips smirks after having scared away a menacing defenseman by letting loose a stream of colloquial French, and says:  "Not bad for a French major from the Bronx."  In my case, change "the Bronx" to "Detroit" and, me voilà.

Courses Taught:
All levels of French language and literature, including:  French 301 Language and Culture; French 312 French Cinema; French 316 French Civilization II:  Renaissance to Revolution; and French 316 Studies in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Literature.

Research Interests:
The Poetics of 17th Century French theatre; Travel Literature of visitors to North America

Two-time winner of the IWU Student Senate Professor of the Year Award (1990, 1999); IWU Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence (1995, then named the DuPont Award)