Francophone literature

Alison Stiner

Office Hours: 
available by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Curriculum Vitae: 


Alison Stiner is a PhD candidate in focusing on francophone studies and its development as an academic discipline.  She is the recipient of the Lobel Fellowship and has received additional funding from the DLCL and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies to pursue research in Québec and Tunisia, respectively.  Her primary interests include bi- and multilingual literature, the politics of language, and education reform.


"The Tunisian Table." Stanford Journal of African Studies. 7 (2011), 30-33.


Discussant, Edith Stein Project. University of Notre Dame, February 13-15, 2010.

"La rhétorique arabe dans les nouvelles d'Assia Djebar." L'ordre des signes et l'ordre social dans le roman francophone. Université Laval, Quebec City, May 4-5 2011.

Discussant, National Jewish Retreat. Rohr Center for Jewish Life, Stamford, CT, August 17-21 2011.

"Il n'y a plus de monopole: Romain Gary's La vie devant soi as a precusor to littérature-monde." Europe's Dis/Integration. McGill University, Montréal, April 20-22 2012.



BA in French, Univeristy of Kansas (2006) 
MA in French and Francophonie Studies, University of Notre Dame (2008)


FrenLit 133: Literature and Society in Africa and the Caribbean (2012).  TA for Professor Elisabeth Boyi; undergraduate writing in the major course given as in introduction to the field of francophone literature

FrenLang 1-3: French language sequence (2010-2011)

ROFR 10101-4: French language sequence (2006-2008).  Range of courses at the beginning and intermediate level, including and intensive and accelerated track


Daria Samokhina

portrait: Daria Samokhina


Michaela Hulstyn

portrait: Michaela Hulstyn

Office Hours: 
by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature

conference papers

“The Self and Other in Pain: From Valéry’s Thought Experiment to Delbo’s Embodied Reality,” Representing Genocide and Civil Conflict in Nonfiction Narrative, Modern Language Association Conference, Boston 2013

"Becoming the Female Subject: Metamorphosis of the 'Cochonne' in Darrieussecq's Truismes" The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir’s Writings on Following Generations of French Women Writers, Modern Language Association Conference, Boston 2013

“Boris Vian and the Jazz Novel” Johns Hopkins French Graduate Student Conference, “Normes et Formes,” October 2011, Johns Hopkins University

“Primal Listening: Lyotard, Nancy and the Limits of the (In)human” The 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, April 2011, University of San Francisco

awards and distinctions

Taube Center for Jewish Studies Grant Recipient (2012) for research in Paris on Holocaust memoirs

Peter Rotter Essay Prize (2010) Paper title: “Listening to Smothered Words: Lyotard’s Aesthetics and the Holocaust Narrative” 

UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research (2009) Paper title: “The Algeria Syndrome, or ‘Writing in Flight’: Land, Language and Self through the Autobiographical Lens of Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous”

Martin-Turrill Best Essay Award – UCLA Fr/Francophone Dept. (2009) Paper Title: “La venue à l’inhumain : Néant et Force, Une etude de l’inexprimable tel qu’il est examiné par Jean-François Lyotard et Hélène Cixous”

classes taught

First-year French: French 1, French 2, French 3 (Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012)

Second-year French: French 21C (Fall 2012) 


French, Arabic 


Summer 2011: Institut d’études Françaises d’Avignon, Avignon, France 

2006-2010: B.A. in French, B.A. in Comparative Literature, summa cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, departmental and university honors 

2007-2008: l’Université de Lyon II, direct exchange, Lyon, France                            


Jean-Marie Apostolidès


106 Pigott Hall
650 723 4460

Professor Apostolidès was educated in France, where he received a doctorate in literature and the social sciences. He taught psychology in Canada for seven years and sociology in France for three years. In 1980 he came to the United States, teaching at Harvard and then Stanford, primarily French classical literature (the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) and drama. He is interested in avant-garde artistic movements such as dada, surrealism, and situationist international; as well as the theory of image, literary theory, and Francophone literature. He is also a playwright, whose work has been staged in Paris, Montreal, and New York.

Professor Apostolidès has served as chair of the Department of French and Italian and as executive editor of the Stanford French Review and the Stanford Literature Review.

His literary criticism focuses on the place of artistic production in the French classical age and in modern society. Whether it be the place of court pageantry during the reign of King Louis XIV (Le Roi-Machine, 1981), or the role of theater under the ancien régime (Le Prince Sacrificié, 1985), or even the importance of mass culture in the 1950s (Les Métamorphoses de Tintin, 1984), in each case Professor Apostolidès analyzes a specific cultural product both in its original context and in the context of the contemporary world. His most recent books are Les Tombeaux de Guy Debord in 1999, L'Audience in 2001, Traces, Revers, Ecarts in 2002, Sade in The Abyss in 2003, Héroïsme et victimisation in 2003, Hergé et le mythe du Surenfant in 2004. The tools required for such analysis are borrowed from literary criticism and from the social sciences, particularly psychoanalysis, anthropology, and sociology.

In his books, Professor Apostolidès interprets the works of the past as witnesses of our intellectual and emotional life. His examination of the distant or near past seeks to make us more sensitive to the social changes that are taking place now, in order to improve our understanding of the direction in which contemporary society is moving.

Click here to read Professor Apostolides' Montreal interview with Alexandre Trudel.

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