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About Michèle A. Schaal

My expertise lies in contemporary French feminisms and in late twentieth- and twenty-first-century French and Francophone women writers. My publications apply concepts to literature (third-wave feminism; hypermodernity) typically used in other fields (history or sociology for instance), provide novel interpretations of women authors or feminists’ work (Wendy Delorme, Nina Bouraoui), and explore emerging French and Francophone women writers (Claire Legendre, Isabelle Flükiger, Marie Hélène Poitras).
In my scholarship, I strive to bridge gaps and make connections across disciplines and within my fields of expertise, namely French and Francophone Studies and Feminist and Gender Studies. My research is, therefore, not exclusively rooted in these fields but highlights the many commonalities between what may sometimes seem disconnected branches. Bridging feminism, Gender Studies and literature, I demonstrate how contemporary feminisms and women writers both have gone either hand in hand or have proposed strikingly similar reflections on modern French society. Hence, my research is fundamentally interdisciplinary drawing on transnational literary theory, cultural studies, gender and feminist studies, sociology, history, philosophy, and contemporary politics.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of World Languages and Cultures
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Women’s and Gender Studies – Outstanding Award in Teaching, Iowa State University
  • 2014 Women’s and Gender Studies – Director’s Choice Award for Outstanding Service to or Scholarship in the Discipline, Iowa State University
  • 2013 Women’s and Gender Studies – Director’s Choice Award for Program Participation, Iowa State University
  • 2003 Grace P. Young Graduate Award, in recognition of exceptional achievement in French literary studies, Indiana University Bloomington
  • 2003 French Assistant Instructor Award, in recognition of exceptional achievement in undergraduate language teaching, Indiana University Bloomington
  • 2017 Margaret Sloss Gender Equity Award
  • 2018 LAS Early Achievement in Research Award

Courses

  • WS 450: Topics in Women's Studies
  • FRNCH 305: French Conversation
  • FRNCH 302: Reading and Writing French
  • FRNCH 301: French Writing and Grammar
  • ENGL 201: Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 250: ISUComm Foundation Communication Course: Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic
  • ENGL 349: Multicultural Literatures of the United States
  • ENGL 545: Women’s Literature
  • WS 201: Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • WS 501: Contemporary Feminist Theory

Education

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Maîtrise, Université de Strasbourg ‐ Département d'Etudes Anglophones
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PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington ‐ Department of French and Italian
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MA, Indiana University, Bloomington ‐ Department of French and Italian
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Licence, Université de Strasbourg ‐ Département d'Etudes Anglophones
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Contact Information

2230 Pearson
505 Morrill Rd
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-4856
Fax: 515-294-9914

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Monograph (1)

Peer-reviewed articles (11)

Contributions to Books (5)

Book Reviews (5)

Exhibitions (17)