B.A. in French Literature, B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy, University of Massachusetts.
M.A. & Ph.D. 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. 


I have forthcoming articles on queerness in Le Roman de la rose (“Guillaume de Lorris’s Unmaking of the Self: The Dreamer’s Queer Failures”) and the ethics of Arthurian fantasy (“The Forest and the Heath: Defining the Human in Medieval Romance”). I have published reviews in Speculum and Modern Philology.

Joseph Derosier

Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures (French)   608-363-2611   Room 1B (basement), World Affairs Center
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