Professor of French and Italian
Director of the Humanities Program
Director of International Studies
Ph.D. French Literature, University of Iowa , Iowa City, Iowa
Qui suis-je? Chi sono io?
Despite my specialization in Nineteenth-Century French cultural studies, I pride myself on being a very versatile instructor, dedicated to offering courses that cross traditional boundaries of discipline, literary genre, historical period, national identity... I have offered courses in the following IWU programs: French, Italian, Humanities, Literature and Culture, International Studies, Gateway Colloquium, and Women's Studies. This variety of courses has covered 10 different IWU general education categories and flags, including Second Language, Literature, Intellectual Traditions, Analysis of Values, and Global Diversity.
I always strive to push IWU students to think critically and question their assumptions, both in and out of the classroom. Some of my most exciting teaching experiences have come about due to academic travel with students; I have lead students on course outings to Chicago, as well as to France, Italy, Canada, and the UK. Students have studied with me in museums such as the Musée D'Orsay in Paris, the Tate Britain in London, and the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, and I have help them experience places as varied as a Cabane à sucre in Québec and the incredible Scrovegni Chapel in Padua.
Courses taught: All levels of French and Italian language and literature, including advanced courses specializing in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Literature and Civilization; Business French; French Feminist Theory; Renaissance Italy (travel course to Italy); Interdisciplinary Humanities course on the Modern Era
Research Interests: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French and Italian Literature; Children's literature; Interarts Discourse; Quebecois Literature; Popular press
Academic Leadership: My service at IWU spans several campus committees, including Promotion and Tenure (Chair), Curriculum Council, Academic Standards (Chair), May Term Advisory Committee, and Study Abroad Advisory Committee, as well as serving as departmental chair of the MCLL Department, and IWU faculty secretary. I also work as an independent academic consultant and reviewer for language departments and programs, particularly those that are undergoing the self-study process.
- Constructing Childhood: Literature, History, Anthropology. Moscow-St. Petersburg: Nestor Press, 2011. Co-edited volume with M. Balina and V. Bezrogov.
- "American Cultural Hegemony and Classic Children's Cartoons: Dynamics of Identity and Alterity in Representations of the Foreigner." Forthcoming (2013) in the academic journal Children's Readings.
Favorite quote from French literature:
"La chair est triste, hélas ! et j'ai lu tous les livres." - Stéphane Mallarmé
Call me predicable, but I'm a fan of the "new classics": Au revoir les enfants (Malle, 1987), Cinema paradiso (Tornatore, 1988), The Red Violin (Girard, 1998)