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B.A. in French Literature, B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy, University of Massachusetts.

M.A., Ph.D. in French and Francophone Literature, Northwestern University


Courses Taught

I teach all levels of French as well as French and Francophone literature and culture. 

Recently taught courses:

• The Francophone Novel (French 285): “Sexuality and Power in Maghrebin Literature and Culture.”

• Advanced French Language and Composition (French 215)

• French Literary Studies (French 360): “Genre, Gender, and Romance in the Middle Ages.”

• Intermediate French (French 110/210)

• Introductory French (French 100/105)

Research Interests

My research focuses on the ethics, geopolitics, and biopolitics of Francophone literature in the 12th- and 13th-century literary worlds of Arthurian romance; constructions of race, gender, and sexuality in the Middle Ages; and medievalisms and orientalisms in Medieval Studies. 


 “The Forest and the Heath: Defining the Human in Medieval Romance” (Literature Compass, fall 2019) doi:10.1111/lic3.12541

“Arthurian Ethics and Ethical Reading in Perlesvaus,” Arthurian Ethics (Arthurian Literature Series), ed. Evelyn Meyer and Melissa Elmes (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming Fall 2021/Winter 2022).

“Guillaume de Lorris’s Unmaking of the Self: The Dreamer’s Queer Failures” in Mapping the Queer in Medieval English and French Literature (New Queer Medievalisms Series, vol. 1), ed. Will Rogers and Christopher Michael Roman (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, forthcoming 2020).

Joseph Derosier

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures (French), Program Lead

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