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.”
Marie Noussi is the newest addition to the French faculty at Linfield College. She teaches introductory courses in French and francophone studies, courses on modern African thought and African studies, and courses on French conversation and composition. Professor Noussi is interested in studying ecocriticism, a broad topic that is sometimes known as ecopoetics and environmental literary criticism. 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 has also run sessions at conventions for the Modern Languages Association and presented at conventions of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE).