2014 Student Research
- Human Relations in Marie NDiaye's “Hilda” and “Papa doit manger”
- “Marianne et le Marabout” by Slimane Benaïssa: North African
Culture Faces French Culture
- The Independent Woman: Simone de Beauvoir and Feminism
- Sartre, Beauvoir, and the Resistance: An Authentic or Compromising
Commitment to the Cause?
- The Persecution of the French Huguenots
- Molière: Le Libertin
- What Do They Dream About?: The Long-lasting Effects of War and
Trauma on Child Soldiers
- Pondichéry: Le Passé et le Present de la Colonisation Française en
Inde (The past and present of French colonization in India)
- “Incendies » de Wajdi Mouawad : Les conséquences de l’identité
familiale et de la connaissance de soi
- La Compréhension du Rôle de la Polygamie et de la Mutilation
Génitale dans les Sociétés Traditionnelles Africaines
Research in 2013
- Athina Alvarez ('13) presented two
of her most recent research projects,
the first entitled, "'Le Voile Noir" by
Anny Duperey: The Use of Photography as a Legitimate Autobiographical
Means and Facilitator of the Mourning
Process" in which she analyzed the
connection between written commentary and photography in an author's
work. The second project was titled,
"When Theater Becomes an Art: A
Study of Multi-Faceted Nature of
Absurd Theater in Eugene Ionesco's
Didactic Play "Rhinoceros'", in which
she analyzes the play in detail.
In her research entitled "Le Marquis
de Lafayette: A Life of Immutable
Hannah Gingrich (`15) explores the life of a man known to
many as a part of the American
Revolution, but from a French
perspective –looking at his actions and
personality both in regards to his
involvement in America and in France.
Charles Patchak (`13) presented
research entitled, "Metaphysics and
Sabotage: A Thematic Study of Amélie
Nothomb's Autobiographies", in which
he explored several different themes
throughout Nothomb's writings which
gave insight to both her life and
motivations for her writings.
In her research entitled, "Alfred
Dreyfus: Traître ou Victime?"
Schrampfer (`15) examines the significance
of the Dreyfus affair in
modern times. Her
research showed its
repurcussions still exist
today in regards to
religious freedom as well
as the government's
authority over this subject.
Lauren Wade (`14), in her
work entitled "Is the
French Language in Quebec
in Danger of Extinction?",
addresses the issue of the
French language in Quebec
and its desperate measures
to remain an important
In a presentation titled, "Unveiling
Camille Claudel's Identity through
Biographical and Autobiographical
Sources: "Une Femme," by Anne
Delbée and "Correspondance" by
Natalie Woodberry (`14) explored the life of
Camile Claudel, Rodin's mistress,
using her own letters as well as
Delbée's autobiography to create a
more coherent version of Claudel's
tragic life and story.
Student Research in 2012
- Athina Alvarez ('13) - "Exploring Utopia through Graphic Novels in Les Cités Obcures by Schuiten and Peeters"
- Katelyn Hemmeke ('12) - "Two Controversial Swiss Referendums and Their Consequences"
- Lauren Miller ('13) - "The struggle of Malian women for the respect of their physical integrity"
- Gina Veltman ('12) - "The Theater of Aimé Césaire: Une Saison au Congo"
- Natalie Woodberry ('14) - "Improvements in the Social Conditions of Women in the Maghreb and Possible Future Developments Because of the Arab Spring"
Four French students presented their research during the 118th
Annual Conference of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and
Letters, to be held at Alma College on Friday, March 2, 2012. The
Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters promotes exchanges
among researchers at colleges, universities, government agencies, as
well as research and business organizations.
- Athina Alvarez presented "BD et Utopie Les Cités Obscures de Schuiten et Peeters"
- Katelyn Hemmeke presented "Deux Votations Suisses Controversées et leurs Conséquences"
- Lauren Miller presented "La Lutte des Femmes Maliennes pour le Respect de leur Intégrité Physique"
- Natalie Woodberry presented "La Condition de Vie des Femmes au Maghreb et les Perspectives d'Avenir à l'Issue du Printemps Arabe"
- Professor Isabelle Chapuis-Alvarez presented "La Montée des Communautarismes est-elle une Menace pour la France et le Reste de l'Europe ?"