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Professor Brigitte Hamon-Porter
Associate Professor of French

Brief Biography

Assistant professor of French, Brigitte Hamon-Porter received a Licence from the University of Angers and a Maitrise in History from the University of Nantes. She earned her M.A. in 1992 and her Ph.D. in 1996 from Indiana University. Her areas of interest include seventeenth century novelists and francophone literature. She has written on the narrative techniques and the picaresque in the work of seventeenth-century French novelists. She recently had articles published in Dalhousie French Studies & Romance Notes and read papers at various conferences. She is currently working on the burlesque in the seventeenth century and Giséle Pineau's fictional work.

Course Links

102. French II
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250. French IV Adv. Lang & Culture
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280. Practicum in French
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341. Introduction to French Culture and Society
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344. French & Francophone Cultures
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380. French House Practicum
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490. Special Problems in French
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  • In progress: “Une mort annoncée: Les Aventures de Dassoucy.” Seventeenth-Century French Studies.
  • Book Review in The French Review. Nadeau & Barlow. “Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong (Sourcebooks, 2003). 2005.
  • “Dassoucy: picaro, honnête homme et libertin” Proceedings for the Colloquium “Avez-vous lu Dassoucy” Université de Clermont Ferrand, France.
  • Co-auth. "Christianity and Society Policies: Response to Chad Ray" Perspectives, June/July 2005
  • Co-authored “Does a Particular Society Foster Christian Principles?” Perspectives, April 2005. pp.12-17
  • “Ascension sociale et Providence dans Le Page disgracié de Tristan L’Hermite” Romance Notes, vol. XLV, 1 (2005). pp.45-53.
  • “Les Aventures de Dassoucy: défense et nouvelle illustration de la langue burlesque,” Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature, 62. (2005). pp.165-179
  • Book Review in The French Review Gorrara & Langford, eds. France since the Revolution (Arnold, 2003). October 2004.
  • “Le Narrataire, signe de la mauvaise conscience de l’autobiographe,” Romance Notes, vol.39, no.2, Winter 99.
  • “Le Sentiment amoureux dans Le Page disgracié,” Dalhousie French Studies, Winter 1996.
  • “ Du Centre à la périphérie: deux autobiographies de Tristan L’Hermite et de Dassoucy.” Doctoral Dissertation, April 1996.
  • “Les Bonshommes de Craon: étude économique d’un établissement religieux au Moyen Age” Master Thesis, October 1987.

Papers Presented

  • “Enlevez ce foulard que je ne saurais voir” Michigan Academy of Science Arts and Letters, Ypsilanti, Michigan, March 4-5, 2005.
  • “ The Scarf and the Republic: Young Muslim Women in France Today” Arts and Humanities Colloquium, Hope College. February 2005.
  • “Le Voile: de l’affaire à la loi.” M/MLA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on “The Future of Frenchness: French Identity and French Studies.” November 4-7, 2004
  • “ Le contrat autobiographique dans le Page disgracié de Tristan L’Hermite” Twenty-Third Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, May 15, 2003.
  • “ Un héros picaresque incomplet: Le Page disgracié de Tristan L’Hermite” The Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Hope College, March 21, 2003.
  • “ Quelle culture enseigner au niveau undergraduate?,” The Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies, Indiana University, November 2000.
  • “ Le Dialogue passé / présent dans L’Exil selon Julia et La Grande Drive des esprits de Gisèle Pineau,” Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, May 2000.
  • “ Teaching at a West Michigan Liberal Arts College,” French and Italian Graduate Students Colloquium, Indiana University, April 2000.
  • “ Les Enjeux de la créolité,” The French Scholars’ Forum, Grand Valley State University, December 1999.
  • “ The Redemptive Link in Maryse Condé’s Work,” Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, May 1999.
  • “ From French to Creole,” Arts and Humanities Colloquium, Hope College, February 1999.
  • “ Origine et identité dans l’oeuvre de Maryse Condé,” Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, May 1998
  • “Stratégies Narratives dans le genre autobiographique: Les Aventures de Dassoucy,” Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, May 1997