Retired Senior Lecturer in French
PhD University of Rochester
During her many years at MLC, Andrée Douchin taught a wide range of courses. As a native speaker of French, she was particularly interested in the evolution of the French language, as exemplified in the works of surrealist writers, Julien Gracq and modern poets such as Desnos, Peret, Reverdy, Prevert and the Francophone novelists of North Africa, namely Rachid Boudjedra and Tahar ben Jelloun. Her work has led to a workshop on translation and an exploration of the stylistic changes in modern French as exemplified in early 20th-century writers, the daily press, and popular songs including rap, which led to a new perspective on and appreciation of the study of grammar and the malleability of the French language.
Selected publications and presentations
- Colloque International d’Etudes Francophones, Quebec, Canada, “L’exil interieur dans La Pluie” de Rachid Boudjedra
- Colloque International d’Etudes Francophones, Casablanca, Morocco, “La Theatralite dans La Fiancee de l’eau” de Tahar ben Jelloun
- NEMLA 1987 convention, “Le Poeme en prose en France: Venise” de Julien Gracq
- NYSAFLT conference, “Le Refus de l’image de soi: L’Escargot entêté” de Boudjedra
- “Paradoxalement parlant: Quelques réflexions sur L’Abbé C. de Gearges Bataille”, Romanic Review, Vol. 78, No 3, May 1978, pp. 368-382.
- “La Survivance du mythe au Xème siècle dans Le Roi Pêcheur” de Julien Gracq Symposium. Vol. 40, No 3, Fall 1986, pp. 173-208.