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Martine Guyot-Bender


Martine Guyot-Bender
Martine Guyot-Bender

Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of French

Christian A. Jonson Hall 408A
315-859-4287

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.

Recent Courses Taught

Poetics and Politics of Representation (i.e.: war novel)
Cinematographic Memory
Narratives of Nationhood
Politics and Aesthetics of Surrealism
New Fin de Siècle
Contemporary France, Popular Cultures and the Media

Research Interests

  • Twentieth/21st-century French literatures, cultures (discourse analysis/narratology)
  • Film studies (documentary)
  • Historical/war narratives, cultural and popular studies, contemporary France, memory
  • Second-language acquisition (multimedia and technology assisted)

Distinctions

  • Brochard Foundation subsidized seminar on contemporary French cinema and the crisis of globalization, 2012
  • Camargo Foundation subsidized scholar and artist residency, 2010
  • Class of 1963 Teaching and Research Grant, 2010
  • Class of 1963 Teaching and Research Grant, 2006
  • Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003
  • Hewlett Grant for Pluralism and Unity, 2003
  • Class of 1963 Teaching and Research Grant, 2003

Selected Publications

  • Mémoire en dérive. Poétique et politique de l'ambiguïté chez Patrick Modiano. Paris: Lettres Modernes, Archive 276, 1999.
  • Paradigms of Memory. The Occupation and Other Hi/Stories in Patrick Modiano's Fiction. Co-edited with William VanderWolk. New York: Peter Lang, 1998.
  • “Staging the Global through the Local. Iska Films of Displacement.” Special issue on Contemporary French Cinema and the Crisis of Globalization, Substance (2014).
  • "Grandeur et Misères de la lecture : Les Belles Images de Simone de Beauvoir." Les femmes et la lecture. Ed. Catherine R. Montfort. Special issue of Women in French Studies, spring 2013.
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  • “‘Sottisier des années Soixante’ ou roman universaliste: Les belles images de Simone de Beauvoir, revu et corrigé.”  Revue Lendemains, special issue on Simone de Beauvoir  lesser known works, December 2008.
  • "Canon in Mutation: Nothomb, Houellebeq and Co. on the Net," Sites. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 10. 2-3 (winter 2006).
  • “Amélie Nothomb’s Dialectic of the Sublime and the Grotesque,” in The Contemporary Literary Extreme. Eds. Alain Philippe Durand and Naomie Mandel. London: Continuum (2006).
  • “Coding Japan. Amélie Nothomb and Alain Corneau’s Stupeur et tremblements,” Sites. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 9.4, fall 2005 (367-376).
  • “‘Un Air de famille’. Tragi-comédie des sexes et androgynie”. Women in French Studies (spring 2004).
  • “Bibliographie critique. Romancières aujourd’hui, 1990-2004”. Women in French Newsletter (fall 2004).
  • “Popular Fiction”. In Popular Culture in France from 1950 to the Present. Ed. Hugh Dauncey. London: Arnold Publishers, 2003.
  • “Harmony and Resistance in Algerian Women's Communities. Assia Djebar's ‘L'Amour, la fantasia’”. Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 182 (December 2003).
  • “Fiction at Twenty Thousand Leagues Above the Sea. Hemispheres’ Fantasies of France,” Sites/Sites (summer 2001).
  • “Introduction” (1-17) and “Making Sense of Ambiguity” (17-36). In Paradigms of Memory. The Occupation and Other Hi/Stories in Patrick Modiano's Fiction. Guyot-Bender and William VanderWolk eds. New York: Peter Lang, 1998.

College Service

  • Cinema and New Media Studies Program chair, July 2012-present
  • General director, Hamilton College Junior Year in France, 2000-01; 2005-06; 2010-11
  • French Department chair, 2008-11
  • Committee on Appointments, 2008-11
  • Off-campus studies self review: QUIP, 2010-11
  • Cinema and new media minor: co-founder, 2009-10; co-cordinator spring 2010
  • Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Board, 2008-10
  • Diversity and Social Justice Project, executive board, 2008-present
  • External Review, French Department, Middlebury College, 2005
  • Co-editor, Women in French Newsletter, 2004-09
  • Committee on Academic Policy, 2003-06; 1998-99; 1994-96
  • Clinton Kirkland Art Center, Film Committee, 2002 –present
  • Student Fellowship Committee, 2002-03
  • Humanities facilities, Hamilton ad-hoc committee, 2001-01; 2003-04
  • Middle State Review Athletics Sub-Committee, 1999-2000
  • Committee on Curricular Review, 1998-99
  • Committee on Foreign Languages (curricular review), 1996-97
  • Programs Abroad Committee, 1991-present
  • Editor of La Gazette, French section newsletter, 1992-96, 2010-11

Professional Experience

  • Professor of French, Hamilton College, 2006-present
  • Associate professor of French, Hamilton College, 1997-2006
  • Visiting associate professor, University of Oregon, Fall 2004
  • Assistant professor of French, Hamilton College, 1991-1997
  • Hamilton-Middlebury-Smith of Social Science Consortium in Paris, president, 2001-02, 2006-08
  • Director-in-residence, Hamilton College Junior Year in France, 1992-93; 1997-98, 2001-02; 2011-12; 2007-08; 2006-07
  • Assistant director-in-residence, Oregon State of Higher Education, Lyon, 1987-88

Appointed to the Faculty: 1991

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Oregon
M.A., University of Oregon
Diplôme Universitaire d’Études Audiovisuelles, Université de Metz, France
Licence d’Anglais (B.A. in English), Université de Metz, France

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