"My research focuses on the impact of the tale in 18th century French literature. I analyze its structure, its themes to unravel how such a 'minor' genre became a 'major' literary vehicle during this era. I examine particularly how a handful of authors used the tale as an experimental literary format not only to spread knowledge, to anchor (or criticize) the Enlightenment ideals but also to reform what Jacques Ranciere calls the 'parole efficace', creating a new approach to literary aesthetics at the end of the Ancien Regime. I am also studying how literary genres are intertwined during the 18th century, especially the link between theatre, the novel, and the tale."
Years at Knox: 2013 to present
PhD., Romance Languages and Literatures, 2013, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
M.A, French Literature, 2008, University of Oregon.
Maîtrise, English Literature and Translation, "mention assez bien", 2005, Paris 3 La Sorbonne Nouvelle.
French civilization from the Middle Ages to today, Francophone literatures from the 20th and 21st centuries, The Enlightenment: politics, culture, socioeconomics, arts and literatures, the history of the tale in France, the history and impact of France in Europe since the Renaissance
Recipient of the Graduate Teaching Fellow Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, April 2013.
McCulloch Dissertation Research Travel Fellowship recipient, from the Department of Romance, Languages and Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012.
Honor member of the International Foreign Language Society Phi Sigma Iota, inducted May 2006.
La découverte australe de Rétif de la Bretonne, Paris, Les Classiques Garnier, coll. Bibliothèque du XVIIIe siècle, forthcoming 2013. Collaborator and research group member.
"As clear as mud": traces de l'ironie dans Derrida, Signéponge et dans 2 tableaux de Magritte: Ceci n'est pas une Pipe et Décalcomanies. Equinoxe journal, Brown University, 2010.
"First Amendment Day: Banned and in the Rare Book Collection", invited reader for the 18 French Encyclopedia's censored article "Oppression". September 2011.
"As clear as mud": traces de l'ironie dans Derrida, Signéponge et dans 2 tableaux de Magritte: Ceci n'est pas une Pipe et « Décalcomanies ». Equinoxe, Brown University, April 2010. « La théâtralité dans Les Liaisons dangereuses : De la comédie à la tragédie », Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill, March 2010.
"Borges 110, tribute to Jorge Luis Borges", invited reader for "la Bibliothèque de Babel", September 2009.
Campus & Community Involvement
Member, Modern Language Association.
Member, The Chronicle of Higher Education (online subscription).
Member, ASECS (American Society For Eighteenth-Century Studies).
Knox's Team X-Ray places second among 15 liberal arts colleges that competed in an intense regional contest involving programming teams from colleges and universities in five states.
Finals and term projects can be more than tests and papers, as Knox College faculty make engaging assignments and exams -- including design your own superhero -- to evaluate student academic achievements.
A Knox College graduate and vice president of development at the Greater Peoria Business Alliance, Jim Lynch is among the young leaders recognized by InterBusiness Issues magazine.