James Matthews, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of French

French and Francophone Studies program

Chair of French and Italian Languages and Literatures Department

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)