Dissertations Topics

(2018-2019)
Angelica So: "Kohn kat -- Métissage in Postmemory in Southeast Asian Francophone and Khmer Literature from 1921 to 2016" (Prof. Valérie Loichot)
Jane Suh: Balzac's Creative Melancholia: Writing the Unconscious Loss (Prof. Claire Nouvet)  
Marion Tricoire: "Fictions of the Untold City in Postcolonial Sub-Saharan Africa" (Prof. Subha Xavier)
Charly Verstraet: "Abyssal Shores: The Caribbean Coastline Untold" (Prof. Valérie Loichot)

(2017-2018)
Rose Gerazime:  "Hauntings: Poétiques de la possession" (Prof. Valérie Loichot)
Julianna Blair Watson: Criminality in Transnational Francophone Migration Literature and Film (Prof Subha Xavier)

2016-2017
Nicolas Rémy: “L'homme en fuites” (Prof. Valérie Loichot)
Eric Rottman:  “From Enkyklios Paideia to Wikipedia: Genealogies of Knowledge in French Encyclopedism(Profs. Vincent Bruyère and Dalia Judovitz)
Erika Serrato:  "Amerindian Memory and Native Resistance in Francophone Caribbean Literature" (Prof. Valérie Loichot)

2015-2016
Julie Gaillard:  "Deraillements du réel. La charnière du nom propre dans les oeuvres de Samuel Beckett, Édouard Levé, Renaud Cojo et Invader." (Prof. Claire Nouvet)
Gina Stamm: “Writing the Borderline: From Psychoanalysis to Literature” (Prof. Elissa Marder)

2014-2015
Bronwyn Averett: “Resurfacing: the Poetics of Water in African and Caribbean Literature” (Prof. Valérie Loichot)
Souad Kherbi: “L’Oubli pour mémoire: l’expérience liminaire des non-lieux” (Prof. Claire Nouvet)
Kris Knisely:  “Language Learning and the Gendered Self:  Learner Identities and French Language Study in a U.S. Context”.  (Prof. Mei-Lin Chang)
Lauren Upadhyay"Ecrire le ravissement : élaboration du personnage dans Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein et Le Vice-Consul de Marguerite Duras".   (Profs. Claire Nouvet and Eric Le Calvez)

2013-2014
Robyn Banton: “From Convergence to Bullets: Artistic and Cultural Layering in the Works of Lalla Essaydi” (Prof. Valérie Loichot)
Kathryn E. Miner:Death Grip: Psychoanalysis and the Severed Hand in French Literature” (Prof. Elissa Marder)
Lovia Mondésir: “Théâtres de la nation: Révolutions et sexualités chez Marie Chauvet, Maryse Condé et Édouard Glissant” (Prof. Valérie Loichot)
Gina Westbeld Gallois:  “Original Copies: Rousseau, Laclos, Stendhal” (Prof. Geoffrey Bennington)

2012-2013
Abbey Carrico:  “Pour une écopoétique de l'eau dans les oeuvres de Gustave Flaubert et de Guy de Maupassant.” (Prof. Philippe Bonnefis)
Marilène Haroux:  “Jules Michelet, Romain Rolland, et Pascal Quignard ou les ombres du temps” (Prof. Philippe Bonnefis)
Anna Igou:  “Dangerous Appetites: Violent Consumption in the Works of Flaubert, Baudelaire and Césaire”(Profs. Philippe Bonnefis and Valérie Loichot)
Margaret Keneman:  “Poetry, Politics, and Pedagogy: Defining and Developing Critical Literacies in Intermediate-Level College French” (Profs. Valérie Loichot and Hiram Maxim)
Starra Priestaf: “Ruptures in Address: the Letter as Technical Device in the Works of Guilleragues, Sevigné, and Lafayette.” (Prof. Dalia Judovitz)

2011-2012
Audrey Magré Burba:  “Styling the Spectacle of Death:  Women and Esthetics of the Morbid in the 19th Century French Novel” (Prof. Elissa Marder)
Thomas Dupuis:  “Littérature et masturbation” (Prof. Philippe Bonnefis)
Scott Pyle:  “Bestiality, Sexuality, Aggression:  The Track of the Werewolf in French Literature,” (Prof. Elissa Marder)
Gehane Shehata:  “Proust et Flaubert: Echos et Métamorphoses” (Profs. Geoffrey Bennington and Philippe Bonnefis)

2010-2011
Amin Erfani:  “Breath and Whisper: the “Theatrical” Writings of Beckett, Koltès, Novarina and Derrida” (Profs. Geoffrey Bennington and Claire Nouvet)
Severine Piot Vogel:  “Teaching Grammar Through Cultural Presentations: Investigating the Effects of a Guided Inductive and a Deductive Approach on the Learning of Grammar and Cultural Content in Intermediate-Level College French” (Prof. Carol Herron)
Eva Yampolsky:  “Monstrous Mediations: the Figures of the Multiple in the Works of Guy de Maupassant” (Prof. Elissa Marder)

2009-2010
Jenny Davis Barnett:  “The Dangerous Act of Seeing:  The Role of the Gaze in Maurice Scève’s 1544 Délie” (Prof. Kevin Corrigan)
Erica Dotson:  “The Effects of Deductive and Guided Inductive Approaches on the Learning of Grammar in an Advanced College French Course” (Prof. Carol Herron)
Noëlle Giguere:  “Writing the Unseen:  Envisioning the Face in the Works of Marguerite Duras and Hélène Cixous” (Prof. Elissa Marder)
Naïma Hachad:  “Corps et corpus bilinques d’Abdelkébir Khatibi et Abdelfattah Kilito” (Prof. Valérie Loichot)
Julia House:  “Written in Blood: The Murder Narrative and the Crime of the Papin Sisters”  (Prof. Candace Lang)
Michael Kazanjian: “Portraiture as Frame and Portal in La Bruyère” (Prof. Dalia Judovitz)

2008- 2009
Olivia Choplin:  “Staging the Psyche: Representing the “Other Scene” in the Theater of Michel Tremblay, Marie Ndiaye, and Wajdi Mouawad”(Prof. Elissa Marder)
Kelly Davidson: “The Effects of Using Video Advance Organizers on Listening Performance and Cultural Learning in the Elementary Foreign Language Classroom.”  (Prof. Carol Herron)
Lucie Knight:  “Violent Legacies:  Family and Nation in post 1990’s Algerian Literature” (Prof. Valérie Loichot)
Domenica Newell-Amato:  “To Speak or Not to Speak?:  Postcolonial Readings of Silence in Racine’s Theater”  (Profs. Dalia Judovitz and Valérie Loichot)
Christopher Treadwell:  “Le lisible et l’illisible:  réflexion et métatextualité chez Beckett, Camus et Merleau-Ponty” (Prof. Geoffrey Bennington)

2007-2008
Carrie Haight:  “The Effects of Guided Inductive, Deductive, and Garden Path Instructional Approaches and Techniques on the Learning of Grammatical Patterns and Deviations in the Beginning-Level Foreign Language Classroom.” (Prof. Carol Herron)
Blandine Mitaut: “Lait rouge, sang noir:  figures de la nourrice dans l’oeuvre de Pascal Quignard” (Prof. Philippe Bonnefis)
Madeline Pampel:  “Les ombres éclairantes:  Francis Ponge et Eugène de Kermadec, histoire d’un compagnonnage” (Prof. Philippe Bonnefis)
Jennifer Svienty:  “Distorted Images and Disjunctive Selves:  Claude Cahun in Transformation” (Prof. Dalia Judovitz)
Katherine Wickhorst:  “Découvertes et limites: entre la subjectivité et la représentation chez Maupassant, Zola, et Rimbaud” (Prof. Philippe Bonnefis)