113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

French II

Session Chair: 
Dorothee Polanz, James Madison University
Session 4: Friday 3:50-5:20pm
Deschutes (PMCC)
Topic Area: 


  1. Susanne Rossbach, Saint Anselm College
    In her comedies of the early revolutionary years, Isabelle de Charrière dared to question the sexual politics of the great thinkers of her time: their theories on society, women, and education. Despite increasing hostility and adversity, she denounced their politically motivated notions of artifice, sincerity, and femininity, albeit in subtle and often quite subversive ways.
  2. Françoise Belot, University of Washington - Seattle
    In this paper, I examine the representation of prostitutes in the fiction of the first decades of the Third Republic, in order to illuminate the relationship between the discourse on degeneration that pervaded the fin de siècle and the fictional women who embodied, albeit phantasmatically, specific threats to the moral, social and physical health of the nation. 
  3. Lauren Brown, Occidental College
    This paper explores the journal of 19th century Martinican planter Pierre Dessalles and the close relationships he shared with two of his preferred slaves, Nicaise and Saturnin, who may or may not have been his biological sons. Occupying a liminal space between family/not family, Nicaise and Saturnin were able to question the balance of power in plantation society, renegotiating roles and boundaries.
  4. Peter Schulman, Old Dominion University
    This paper will examine Jacques Rivette’s  film, 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup, through the prism of the circus, which Rivette uses as his “adieu” to cinema. Rivette uses the circus as a metaphor not only for art and writing, but as a cathartic arena for his main character, Kate, who undergoes an inner transformation within the circus space.
Session Cancelled: