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.”
Pierre Huet - Language Teaching Assistant, French
Pierre has received a bachelor in Economics and a bachelor in English literature at the University of Burgundy in France. Also in his free time he has been involved in a sportive association during 3 years, both as a president and a treasurer, and has organized various sportive events. So his scholarly interest includes promoting collective values and mutual aid, which he will continue to do here at Linfield with the French Club.
Also, he has studied a semester in England but is coming for the first time in the US and is eager to get to know this new culture. He is fond of travelling the world, reading books, and hiking with friends.
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).