Thierry Rene Durand - Professor of French Studies
Professor Thierry Durand’s academic interests pertain to the relationship between philosophy and post-World War II French literature and literary criticism. His dissertation examined the critical and philosophical works of French essayist Maurice Blanchot. Before Dr. Durand came to Linfield in 1995, he taught at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and was a visiting assistant professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. He also served as president of the Oregon Association of Teachers of French for two years from 1998 to 2000. In addition to studying late 19th and 20th century French literature, Dr. Durand’s current research focuses on the expression of a tragic vein in “l'extrême contemporain.”
Lucile Marion - McMinnville, Language Teaching Assistant, French
Lucile’s research interests focus on the relations between philosophy and the social sciences, especially history. For her Master’s thesis, she studied and compared the writing of Foucault and the French historians in the context of the social and political turmoil of the seventies. The ways in which philosophers' involvement in major political events shapes their theoretical work and conversely interests her the most.
Interesting Fact: Lucile has organized Philosophy workshops for prison inmates with the Genepi, a French student organization and she has given French lessons to refugees as part of the Visiting Student Program at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. As a youth leader, Lucile has also participated to a peaceful educational program organized in Finland by the CISV, a NGO partner of the UNESCO.
Marie Noussi - Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Marie Noussi teachesFrench and Francophone African Studies courses. Professor Noussi is interested in studying ecocriticism (relationship between literature and the environment). Additionally, Dr. Noussi researches postcolonialism and African and Caribbean studies. Her work includes a book chapter on the nuances of eroticism in the novel Lettres d’une Péruvienne by Françoise de Graffigny, and a book chapter on the translation, multilingualism, and linguistic hybridity of The Heart of Redness. She also runs sessions at conventions for the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) and presented at conventions of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Modern Language Association (MLA), African Studies Association (ASA).