Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise
- Nineteenth Century French Literature
- Narrative Theory and Narratology
- Science Fiction
- French Cinema
- Art History
- Architecture and Urbanism
- The impact of science on literary forms
Research and Professional Background
I have published a number of articles, in French and English, on questions of narrative theory. I have also written on narrative form in science fiction. I have one book of literary theory, Perceiving and Telling, and have co-edited two volumes of essays from international conferences. I am translator and co-author of two translations/critical editions for Wesleyan University Press, one of Balzac’s Le Centenaire, the other of three novellas of the Belgian writer J-H Rosny. I have co-authored a web exhibit on the urban landscape of Paris in Balzac’s time (1800-1850) www.balzacsparis.ucr.edu. My most recent article is on Jules Verne, scientist Claude Bernard and the creation of scientific sense of wonder. I am currently working on a book on science and fiction in 19th century French fiction. I make a point of returning to France for several months each summer, not only to see my family, but to keep abreast of French cultural and social issues, which is very important for my teaching.
Courses Taught at Redlands
- French 101-102
- French 301
- French Poetry
- The French Novel
- Cinema in France
- Paris: Art and Architecture
- Francophone Africa
- French Short Stories
- French Theater
- MA in Art and Archeology, Université de Strasbourg
- PhD in French Literature and Narrative Theory, UC Riverside 1982
Previous Teaching Experience
UC Riverside, Teaching Associate, French
Awards, Honors and Grants
American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship 1987-88, for writing of book Perceiving and Telling: A Study of Iterative Discourse
From Prehistory to the End of the Earth: Three Novellas of J.H. Rosny, translation and critical edition, Wesleyan University Press, (Summer 2011) Author and translator.
Balzac’s The Centenarian, translation and critical edition, Wesleyan University Press, 2005. Author and translator.
H.G. Wells’s Perennial Time Machine, Essays from the Wells Centenial Conference, Imperial College, London, University of Georgia Press, 2001. Co-editor.
Transformations of Utopia: Changing Views of the Perfect Society. Essays from the Yverdon-les-bains conference celebrating 600 years of the Swiss Confederation. Bi-lingual publication, AMS Press, 1999. French-language editor.
Perceiving and Telling: A Study of Iterative Discourse, San Diego State University, 1998.
BOOK IN PROGRESS
Tentatively entitled “Cartesian Mediations: Science and Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France.” The study deals with the increasing impact of materialist science on the Cartesian paradigm (the mind-matter duality and, especially, the mind-body problem) which defines French culture and the French novel. Specifically, it discusses works by Balzac, Flaubert, Verne, Zola, Maupassant and Proust.
“The Creation of Scientific Wonder: Jules Verne’s Dialogue with Claude Bernard,” Verniana, Volume 2, 2010.
“Rosny’s Evolutionary Ecology,” in From Prehistory to the End of the Earth, Wesleyan UP, 2011. Co-author.
“Balzac’s Centenarian and French Science Fiction,” in Balzac’s The Centenarian, Wesleyan UP, 2005. Co-author.
“Conveying Unknown Worlds: Patterns of Communication in Science Fiction,” Science- Fiction Studies 29, 2002.
“Wells and the Sequency-Simultaneity Paradox: Heinlein’s Re-Writing of The Time Machine in “By His Bootstraps,” in H.G. Wells’s Perennial Time Machine, University of Georgia Press, 2001.
“Spacetime Geometries: Time Travel and the Modern Geometrical Narrative,” Science-Fiction Studies 22, 1995. Co-author.
“Frontiers of the Iterative,” Style 21, 1987.
“Frontières de l’itératif,” Poétique 68, 1986.
“Itération interne et scène classique,” Poétique 51, 1982.
“Récit itératif et concrétisation,” The Romanic Review LXXII, 1981.
North American Jules Verne Society
Balzac’s Paris: 1800-1850, firstname.lastname@example.org 2006- Co-author.