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French

Martine Guyot-Bender, Professor of French

License d'Anglais option Linguistique, University of Metz; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oregon
mguyotb@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: French 20th and 21st century literature and film; narrative representation of trauma (war, poverty…); social documentary from the 1970s to today; literature and film of the Nazi occupation of France (Patrick Modiano); women writers (Amélie Nothomb, Assia Djebar, Simone de Beauvoir)

Martine Guyot-Bender, who has a doctorate from the University of Oregon, specializes in 20th-century French studies. Guyot-Bender teaches contemporary France and all levels of language. She is the author of Poétique et politique de l'ambiguité chez Patrick Modiano and the co-editor of Paradigms of Memory: The Occupation and Other Hi/stories in the Novels of Patrick Modiano. Recent publications include articles and book chapters on cultural stereotypes, French popular fiction and French cinema and media, among other work. She is a co-editor of Women in French Newsletter. She is doing research on French militant documentary film.

Roberta Krueger, the Burgess Professor of French

B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., University of California at Santa Cruz; Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz
rkrueger@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: medieval and Renaissance French literature and culture, medieval and early modern women writers, Chrétien de Troyes, Christine de Pizan, Antoine de la Sale, medieval European courtly romance, medieval and early modern conduct books, and French language pedagogy

Krueger has edited and contributed to the Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance (2000) and is the author of Women Readers and the Ideology of Gender in Old French Verse Romance (Cambridge, 1993). She recently translated, with Jane H. M. Taylor, a late medieval French romance by Antoine de la Sale, published as Jean de Saintré: A Late Medieval Education in Love and Chivalry (University of Pennsylvania, 2014). She has published numerous articles on medieval French romance and conduct literature and on medieval and Renaissance women writers. Her latest project examines the interplay of didactic discourse and courtly and “uncourtly” fictions in French vernacular manuscript compilations, circa 1160-1450. She is a founding co-editor of the Medieval Feminist Newsletter and co-founder of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.

 
 

Cynthia Laborde, Visiting Assistant Professor of French

B.A., University of Franche-Comté; M.A., University of Wyoming; Ph.D. in French, University of Iowa

Born and raised in Paris Cynthia Laborde received her B.A. in France from the University of Franche-Comté at Besançon in French literature and teaching French as a second language. She received a M.A. in French literature from the University of Wyoming, and one in translation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She just completed her Ph.D. in French and Francophone world studies at the University of Iowa. Her dissertation examines how French language autobiographical comic books (also known as graphic novels) approach the topic of health and disease and links it closely with questions of identity formation.

Cheryl Morgan, Chair, Associate Professor of French

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D., Columbia University
cmorgan@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: 19th-century literature, in particular French women writers, literary humor and urban literature

Cheryl Morgan earned her doctorate from Columbia University. She is a specialist in 19th-century literature with particular interest in French women writers, literary humor and urban literature. She has contributed articles about Delphine Gay de Girardin to Symposium, Romantisme and Modernity and the Mass Press in Nineteenth-Century France.  Morgan wrote an article on Stendahl's "Le Rouge et le noir" for the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature, among other scholarly work. Morgan is working on a cultural critical biography of Gay de Girardin and editing a collection of articles devoted to French women's humor post-1789.

Joseph Mwantuali, Professor of French

B.A. and M.A., University of Zaire; M.S., New Hampshire College; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
jmwantua@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: Francophone African and Caribbean literatures and cultures and 20th-century avant-garde French literature

Joseph Mwantuali earned his doctorate in French at Pennsylvania State University. Throughout much of the 1980s, prior to coming to the United States, Mwantuali served as a teacher, trainer and language coordinator at the U.S. Peace Corps Training Centers in Zaire and Burundi. He has written five books in French: Michel Leiris et le Négro-Africain, Paris: Nouvelles du Sud, 1999; Septuagénaire, University Press of the South, New Orleans, 2000, and L’impair de la nation, Yaoundé, Clé, 2007, Tell This to My Mother (novel). Texas: SBPRA (2013), and Le Discours africain à l’ère des exorcistes (“African Discourse in the Era of the Exorcists”). Panafrika/Silex/Nouvelles du Sud, Paris. 2014. He also has written several articles on French and African literatures.

John C. O'Neal, Professor of French

B.A., Washington and Lee University; M.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
joneal@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: 17th- and 18th-century French literature and thought

John O'Neal earned a doctorate from U.C.L.A. He was named a knight in the Order of the Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Education in 1998 and was promoted to officer in 2008. O'Neal directed the Hamilton in France program six times and has written extensively in French and English about 18th-century French literature and thought. His books include The Progressive Poetics of Confusion in the French Enlightenment (2011) and The Authority of Experience: Sensationist Theory in the French Enlightenment (1996). O'Neal's most recent edited books are The Nature of Rousseau's Rêveries: Physical, Human, Aesthetic (2008) and Approaches to Teaching Rousseau's Confessions and Reveries (2003).

Pamela Diaz, Visiting Instructor of French

B.A., Cornell University; M.A., University of California, Berkeley
pdiaz@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: French language pedagogy and medieval French literary culture

Pamela Diaz received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she is working on completing her doctorate in French and Medieval Studies. The title of her dissertation is "Unruly Language in the Roman de Renart." Diaz's teaching and research focuses on medieval French, Spanish and Latin literatures, especially le Roman de Renart and Ysengrimus. She also focuses on: manuscript studies (codicology and paleography,) medieval philosophy, animal studies, oral traditions, 12th-century reform and social change, history of ideas and foreign language pedagogy, especially with the integration of medieval studies.

 
 

Julien Ribrault, Teaching Fellow in French

Julien Ribrault received his bachelor’s degree in English studies at the University of Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle, with a major in history. He is currently working toward a master’s degree in English and American literature at Paris 3. Ribrault’s research work for his M.A. focuses on the literary form of hip hop lyrics. His thesis aims at highlighting the close relationship that exists between poems and hip hop songs, and analyzing the paradoxical coexistence of obscenity and beauty in hip hop songs.

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