Martine Guyot-Bender, Ph.D., Professor of French

Areas of Expertise: literature and film of 20th and 21st century France; literature and film of the Nazi occupation of France; post-war cinema, particularly social documentary from the 1970s to today; Patrick Modiano and Amelie Nothomb; and narrative representation of war and poverty.
Martine Guyot-Bender, who holds a doctorate from the University of Oregon (1991), specializes in 20th-century French Studies. More >>

Guyot-Bender teaches contemporary France and all levels of language. She has directed the Hamilton in France program five times, most recently in 2007-2008.

Guyot-Bender is the author of Poétique et politique de l'ambiguité chez Patrick Modiano (1999), and the co-editor of Paradigms of Memory: The Occupation and Other Hi/stories in the Novels of Patrick Modiano (1998). Her recent publications include articles and book chapters on cultural stereotypes (Sites, Summer 2001); French popular fiction (French Popular Culture, 2003); and French cinema and media (Women in French, 2004; Sites, Fall 2005). She has also published articles on Belgian-born novelist Amélie Nothomb, and on Simone de Beauvoir’s social novel ‘Les belles images’ in a special issue of Lendemains, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of de Beauvoir’s birth (December 2008).

In addition, Guyot-Bender has presented many conference papers and contributed encyclopedia entries on popular culture during the Nazi occupation in France. A co-editor of Women in French Newsletter and a Cornell University visiting regional scholar since 2003, she is currently conducting research on French militant documentary film.

Bonnie Krueger, Ph.D., Burgess Professor of French

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.
Roberta L. Krueger, a specialist in medieval French literature and culture, joined the Hamilton faculty in 1980 after earning a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. More >>

Krueger has published numerous articles on a diverse range of subjects including Old French courtly romance, medieval French women writers, and courtesy books and moral education from the 12th to the 15th centuries, as well as two books—Women Readers and the Ideology of Gender in Old French Courtly Verse Romance (1993) and The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance (2000), an anthology of essays she edited on medieval romance in France, England, Germany, Italy and Spain. She participated in a team translation of the Lancelot-Grail romance published by Garland Press (1995) and, in abridged form, in the Lancelot-Grail Reader (2000).

A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Krueger is a founding co-editor of The Medieval Feminist Newsletter and co-founder of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship. She is currently beginning research on a book tentatively titled A History of Self-Help, on "how-to" books from antiquity to the present, and is completing a project on the literature of conduct in late medieval France.

Krueger has served as a representative for New York State on Modern Language Association's Delegate Assembly and has chaired the Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee. She is a member of the editorial board of Speculum, the oldest journal in the United States devoted to medieval studies.

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Cheryl Morgan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of French

Areas of Expertise: 19th century literature, in particular French women writers; literary humor, and urban literature.
A member of the Hamilton faculty since 1990, Cheryl Morgan earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University. More >>

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 also wrote an article on Stendahl's "Le Rouge et le noir" for the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature, and has contributed entries to the Feminist Companion to French Literature. She is co-editor of Contre-courants: Les femmes s'ecrivent a travers les siecles, a classroom anthology of women's writers and pedagogical apparatus. Morgan is currently working on a cultural critical biography of Delphine Gay de Girardin and editing a collection of articles devoted to French women's humor post-1789.

Joseph Mwantuali, Ph.D., Professor of French

Areas of Expertise: Francophone African and Caribbean literatures and cultures; and 20th century avant-garde French literature.
Joseph Mwantuali joined the Hamilton faculty in 1995 after completing his Ph.D. in French at The Pennsylvania State University. More >>

Mwantuali received a master's in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University and both a master's and bachelor's in French literature and African linguistics from the University of Zaire.

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 three books in French: Michel Leiris et le Négro-Africain, Paris: Nouvelles du Sud, 1999; and Septuagénaire, University Press of the South, New Orleans, 2000, L’impair de la nation, Yaoundé, Clé, 2007, as well as several articles on French and African literatures. He is working on two books in African literature and one novel (his first in English).

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John O'Neal, Ph.D., Professor of French

Areas of Expertise: 17th and 18th century French literature and thought.
John O'Neal, a faculty member since 1984, earned a master's in French from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. from U.C.L.A. More >>

He was named a knight in the Order of the Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Education in 1998, and promoted to officer in 2008. O'Neal directed the Hamilton in France program six times between 1986 and 2004 and has lectured at the Sorbonne and the Ecole Normale Supérieure.

He has written extensively in both French and English about 18th-century French literature and thought. O'Neal has authored numerous books and articles, including Changing Minds: The Shifting Perception of Culture in Eighteenth-Century France (2002) and  The Authority of Experience: Sensationist Theory in the French Enlightenment (1996). His latest authored book, The Progressive Poetics of Confusion in the French Enlightenment, was published by University of Delaware Press in 2011.  O'Neal's most recent edited books are Approaches to Teaching Rousseau's Confessions and Reveries (Modern Language Association, 2003 with Ourida Mostefai) and The Nature of Rousseau's Rêveries:  Physical, Human, Aesthetic (from the Voltaire Foundation in Oxford in 2008).

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Pamela Diaz, M.A., Visiting Instructor of French

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 currently working on completing her Ph.D. in French and Medieval Studies. More >>

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 (espeocially le Roman de Renart and Ysengrimus), 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).