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Michele E Vialet

Title: Professor of French and Francophone Literatures
Office: 716 C Old Chemistry Building
Tel: 513-556-1844
Email: michele.vialet@uc.edu

I teach and do research in French and Francophone studies, especially French Classicism (comic novels; Classical theater; the Moralists; the power of laughter) and 20th- 21st century colonial and post-colonial literatures, cultures and films (Maghreb, Rwanda, exile and immigration, racism, and the representation of Africa in pictures and films). On 17th-century literature, I am the author of various articles and book chapters as well as a monograph on Le roman bourgeois (1666), an iconoclastic novel by Antoine Furetière, Triomphe de l'iconoclaste: “Le roman bourgeois” et les lois de cohérence romanesque. In Francophone studies, I have published articles on contemporary women writers, co-edited a volume on Assia Djebar, Assia Djebar: écrivaine entre deux rives (2011), and most recently a volume on Julia Kristeva, Kristeva in Process: The Fertility of Thought (both available online at www.cromrev.com).

I also enjoy teaching introduction to literary analysis, intermediate and advanced linguistic and cultural literacy. I have coauthored two intermediate and advanced college books: Bravo! [1989] (Cengage, 8th rev. ed. 2015) and À vous d’écrire: atelier de francais (McGraw-Hill, 1996).

Education

  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1985.
  • Maîtrise de linguistique, Université de Besançon, Besançon.

Research Information

Research Interests

Teaching and Research Interests: 
-  French and Francophone studies, especially 17th century and (post)colonial 20th century literatures, cultures and cinema (France/Europe, the Maghreb, and Rwanda).  Specific focus on (post)colonial identity issues; exile and immigration; civil war.
In 17th-Century French Literature, my interests lie in Comic Novels; Classical Theater; the Moralists; the Power of Laughter.
-  Intermediate and advanced language skills: composition, phonetics, and literary analysis

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Michèle Vialet. " 'La nuit de la langue perdue': défaite et legs des mères dans Vaste est la prison d'Assia Djebar." Cincinnati Romance Review 31 (2011): 35-56. [Link]
  • Michèle Vialet. “Between Sound and Fury: Assia Djebar’s Poetics of l’entre-deux-langues.” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Foreign Literatures 56.3 (Fall 2002): 149-62. [Link]
  • Michèle Vialet. “Connais-toi toi-même: Identité et sexualité chez Maryse Condé.” Notre librairie: Nouvelles écritures féminines 118 (1994): 70-76.
  • Michèle Vialet. “Portrait d'un poète en prison: ‘La lettre de Théophile à son frère’.” Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature 40 (1994): 30-43
  • Michèle Vialet. “L'opéra en classe de français: du rock au baroque.” The French Review 65.4 (1992): 589-601.
  • Michèle Vialet. “Le bourgeois gentilhomme en contexte: du texte au spectacle.” Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, 32 (1990): 51-58.
  • Michèle Vialet. “Adolphe: échec en amour ou temporisation politique?” Annales Benjamin Constant 5 (1985): 51-71.

Books

  • Michèle Vialet, Irene Ivantcheva-Merjanska, Azucena G. Blanco, and Stefan Hollstein, eds. Kristeva in Process: The Fertility of Thought - La pensée féconde - Die Fruchtbarkeit des Denkens. Special issue of Cincinnati Romance Review 36 (Spring 2013). [Link]
  • Carla Calargé and Michèle Vialet, eds. Special issue of Cincinnati Romance Review 31 (2011): Assia Djebar: écrivaine entre deux rives. 1-172. [Link]
  • Michèle Vialet. Triomphe de l'iconoclaste. "Le roman bourgeois" et les lois de cohérence romanesque. Paris-Seattle-Tübingen: Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, 1989

Book Chapter

  • Irene Ivantcheva-Merjanska et Michèle Vialet. “Entretien avec Julia Kristeva: Penser en nomade et dans l’autre langue le monde, la vie psychique et la littérature [A Conversation with Julia Kristeva: Thinking the World, the Life of the Mind, and Literature as a Nomad and in the Language of the Other].” Kristeva in Process: The Fertility of Thought - La pensée féconde - Die Fruchtbarkeit des Denkens. Eds. Michèle Vialet et al. Special issue, Cincinnati Romance Review 35 (Spring 2013): 158-89.[Link]
  • Michèle Vialet. "Inheriting Exile: Leïla Sebbar's Literary Representation of Immigrant Children." Dimensions of International Migration. Eds. Paivi Hoikkala and Dorothy D. Wills. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2011. 221-40. [Link]
  • Michèle Vialet. “Filles et mères dans Vaste est la prison : un ethos de survie.” Assia Djebar, nomade entre les murs. Pour une politique transfrontalière (Actes du Colloque International Assia Djebar, Paris, Novembre 2003). Ed. Mireille Calle-Gruber. Paris : Maisonneuve et Larose, 2005. 261-66. [Link]
  • Michèle Vialet & Buford Norman. “Sexual and Artistic Politics under Louis XIV: The Persephone Myth in Quinault's and Lully's Prosperpine.” Images of Persephone. Feminist Readings in Western Literature. Ed. Elizabeth Hayes. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1994A. 47-74.
  • Michèle Vialet. “Cohérence et fonction-auteur: Les Conjectures académiques de l'abbé d'Aubignac.” Alteratives. Ed. Warren Motte and Gerald Prince. Lexington: French Monographs, 1993. 203-214.
  • Michèle Vialet. “Langage d'Esther et transcendance d'Iphigénie: Commentaire.” Actes de Colombus: Racine, Fontenelle, Histoire et littérature. Ed. Charles G. S. Williams. Paris-Seattle-Tübingen: Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, 1990. 97-108
  • Michèle Vialet. “Jealousy.” Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs. Ed. Jean-Charles Seigneuret. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1988. 2 vol. Vol. I: 675-690.
  • Michèle Vialet. “Le roman bourgeois: écriture de l'incohérence.” Les contes de Perrault, la contestation et ses limites, Furetière (Actes de Banff-1986). Ed. Michel Bareau et al. Paris-Seattle-Tübingen: Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, 1987. 373-388.

Creative Translation

  • Michèle Vialet, Trans of: Charles Bernheimer, “L'Exhubérant textual: castration et sublimation chez Huysmans.” Romantisme 45 (1984): 105-11.

Electronic Journal

  • Michèle Vialet and Andrés Perez-Simon, eds. Cincinnati Romance Review 36 (2013).[Link]
  • Michèle Vialet and Andrés Perez-Simon, eds. Cincinnati Romance Review 34 (2012). [Link]
  • Maria-Paz Moreno and Michèle Vialet, eds. Cincinnati Romance Review 32 (2011). [Link]
  • Maria-Paz Moreno and Michèle Vialet, eds. Cincinnati Romance Review 29 (2010). [Link]

Other Publications

  • Gisèle Loriot-Raymer and Michèle VialetInstructor’s Manual to Accompany “A vous d'écrire.” San Francisco: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1996. 31 pp
  • Gisèle Loriot-Raymer, Michèle Vialet and Nicole Fandel. A vous d'écrire. Cahier d'exercices. San Francisco: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1996. 134 pp.
  • Michèle Vialet with Linda Woodson, John C. Rechtien, Médoune Guèye and William E. Hull. "Stylistics Annotated Bibliography for 1987-88." Style 23.4 (Winter 1989): 618-656.

Invited Publication

  • Michèle Vialet. “Assia Djebar: A Bibliographical Update.” African Literature Association Bulletin 27.1 (Winter 2000): 43-60. (Invited contribution)

Prefaces

  • Michèle Vialet et Carla Calargé. "D'une rive à l'autre ou la liberté d'écrire: Assia Djebar." Cincinnati Romance Review 31 (2011): 1-8. [Link]

Textbooks Authored

  • Judy Muyskens, Linda Harlow, Michèle Vialet, and Jean-François Brière. Bravo! 8e édition (2013). Boston: Thompson Cengage Learning. [Link]
  • Judy Muyskens, Linda Harlow, Michèle Vialet, and Jean-François Brière. Bravo! 7eédition (2011). Boston: Thompson Cengage Learning. xvi + 518 pp.
  • Judy Muyskens, Linda Harlow, Michèle Vialet & Jean-François Brière. Bravo! 6th edition.  Boston: Thompson Cengage Learning, 2009. xiv + 512 pp. First edition: Muyskens/Harlow/Vialet, 1989.
  • Gisèle Loriot-Raymer and Michèle Vialet (sous la direction de Judith Muyskens). A vous d'écrire. Atelier de français. A French Composition textbook. San Francisco: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1996. xvi + 266 pp.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • (11-2005). The 2005 French Urban Riots: Representation of the Youth and Minority Rights in the Media The National Jewish Committee Executive Board, Cincinnati, OH.
  • (10-2005). Witnessing and Writing: Testimony vs. Fiction in Remembering Department of Modern languages, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Spartanburg, SC.
  • (04-2005). Langue de colonisation et langue d’élection: le français au Maghreb et au Moyen Orient Séminaire sur la francophonie (Invitation de Dr. Ames et Dr. Picanço), U. of Cincinnati.
  • (04-2004). The ‘Events of Algeria,’ France and the media in the late 1950s: Gillo Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers Seminar in Prof. Frierson’s class, Department of History, U of Cincinnati.

Paper Presentations

  • Vialet, Michèle (03-2014). "Motherhood as a Structural Experience in the Construction of the Feminine Subject: Kristeva’s Dialogic Contribution”. Kristeva Circle 2014, Vanderbilt University. [Link]
  • Michèle Vialet (10-2013). "La passion maternelle selon Kristeva". South Central MLA, New Orleans.
  • Michèle Vialet (03-2013). "Le jeu des codes dans "La graine et le mulet" d'Abdlellatif Kechiche". African literature Association, Charleston SC.
  • Michèle Vialet (04/28/2012). "Silenced Victims, Memory Killers, and Afterward Third-Party We’s". Genocide in Rwanda: Media, Memory and Denial, U of Missouri, Columbia.
  • Michèle Vialet (04/13/2012). "Zahia Rahmani: Shame and Abjection in Post-WWII France" . Annual Meeting of the African Literature Association, Dallas, Southern Methodist University.
  • Michèle Vialet (04-2011). "Revisiting the harki Question: Zahia Rahmani’s Ironic Approach". African Literature Association, Ohio U, Athens, OH.
  • Michèle Vialet (11-2010). “La catharsis de l’anostalgie dans les romans de Malika Mokeddem.” . South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta.
  • Michèle Vialet (06-2010). “Androgynie, identité culturelle, et maternité chez Assia Djebar.” . Conseil International d’Études francophones, Montréal.
  • Michèle Vialet (04-2010). “Ashamed of My Shame: Zahia Rahmani.”. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, U of Lexington.
  • Michèle Vialet (03-2010). “Infanticide in Malika Mokeddem’s Je dois tout à ton oubli” . 36th Annual Meeting of the African Literature Association, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Experience & Service

Events Organized

  • Lecture. Adlai H. Murdoch. “Framing Difference: Migration and Creolization in the French Caribbean” (05/06/2011 to 05/08/2011) , U of Cincinnati.
  • Lecture. Nnamdi Elleh. Architecture and Power in Africa: Reflections on the Landscapes of Contemporary African Revolutions (05/05/2011 to 05/07/2011) .
  • Lecture. Hafid Gafaïti. "The Return of the Text: Islam in North African Francophone Literature (05-2010, U of Cincinnati.

Service

  • Director, European Studies 09-2013 to 08-2015
  • Editor of Journal, Cincinnati Romance Review 08-2013 to 12-2014
  • Committee Member, UC International Programs Europe Strategy Group, 10-2012
  • Secretary-Elect, Alliance Française de Cincinnati 05-2012 to 05-2013
  • Committee Member, RPT WGSS, 2012 to 2013
  • Editor of Journal, Cincinnati Romance Review 2012 to 2013
  • Committee Member, RPT Ccommittee 09-2011 to 08-2012
  • Committee Member, Asian Studies/GRMN Studies Search Committee , 2011 to 2012
  • Editor of Journal, Cincinnati Romance Review 2011 to 2012
  • Committee Member, Film and Media Studies in A&S, 09-2010
  • Committee Chair, French Program Ad hoc committee: assessment, 09-2010 to 01-2011
  • Editor of Journal, Cincinnati Romance Review 06-2010
  • Committee Chair, Mary and Isabel Neff Shcolarship, 03-2010 to 04-2010
  • Committee Member, RPT RLL 2010 to 2014
  • Editor of Journal, Cincinnati Romance Review 2010 to 2011
  • Committee Member, Asian Studies / GRMN Studies RPT committee, 09-2011 to 06-2012
  • Committee Member, Asian Studies / GRMN Studies RPT Committee, 08-2012 to 03-2013
  • Member, Freshmen Cohort Welcome Day (September 2010). ,
  • Member, Conseil international d'études francophones
  • Member, South Atlantic MLA
  • Member, Kentucky Foreign Language Conferecne
  • Member, African Literature Association
  • Member, Freshman Summer Reading
  • Committee Member, Asian Studies/GRMN RPT committee, 08-2013 to 06-2014
  • Coordinator, European Studies 03/12/2014

Courses Taught

  • -FREN-3034 AFRICA IN PICS/FILM
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • FREN3002 Speaking in French about French-Speaking Cultures
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • -FREN-3041 INTRO FRENCH LIT
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13FS

  • FREN7023 L’explication de texte : L’âge de Molière
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 13FS

  • FREN7083 Introduction à la littérature du Maghreb
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12W

  • 17th Century French Narrative Fiction
    17th Century French Narrative Fiction
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10W

  • 15-FREN-253 COMP AND CONV
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10S
    Comments: Taught course for the first time in 15 years
  • Francophone Literature: Topics
    Francophone Literature: Topics
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10A
    Comments: I invited Paul Tour'e (Ph.D. U2010) to attend the seminar and prepare interventions with me. It was a very fruitful mentoring relationship.