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Philippe Chavasse

Associate Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-3156
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Philippe Chavasse

Associate Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
College of Liberal Arts

Bio

Dr. Philippe Chavasse holds a PhD in French and Francophone studies from the University of Oregon and a DEA (French equivalent of PhD comprehensive exams) in Stylistics from the University of Lyon in France. Dr. Chavasse has taught at four other universities in the U.S. prior to joining RIT in 2006. He has taught all levels of the French curriculum, including graduate courses about French literature and civilization. Dr. Chavasse's research focuses on 19th and early 20th century French and Francophone literature. He has published numerous articles in top tier journals such as Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Excavatio, and The Journal of Haitian Studies. He is currently working on a book project on Belgian naturalism and a series of articles on De Tocqueville and other French intellectuals' travel narratives on American society.   

585-475-3156

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

MLFR-301
3 Credits
This is the first course of a two-course sequence at the intermediate level. The sequence provides students with the tools necessary to increase their ability to function in French. Communicative activities, contemporary texts, vocabulary study, and grammar are used to expand all communication skills, especially oral proficiency. This sequence continues to address issues of contemporary French life and culture as well as the cultures of the Francophone world.
MLFR-351
3 Credits
A comparative study of French films and their American remakes from the 1930s to the 21st century to determine what these films reveal about the cultural and cinematic contexts from which they emerge. The course examines differences as well as similarities in the construction of identities in France and the United States. Devotes particular attention to the (re)construction of race, space, gender, and national histories. Conducted in English.
MLFR-201
4 Credits
This is the first course in a two-course sequence. The sequence provides students without prior exposure to the language with a sound basis for learning French as it is used today in its spoken and written forms. The goal of the sequence is proficiency in communication skills with an emphasis on oral proficiency. The sequence also acquaints students with contemporary culture and life in French-speaking countries. Students must take placement exam if this is their first RIT class in French and they have some prior study of French.
MLFR-352
3 Credits
Heritage films are central to the French cinematographic production. They enable the transmission and the reevaluation of a tradition that lies at the core of French cultural identity. This course examines a selection of French films adapted from both canonical and non-canonical texts representative of major events, trends, social issues, and artistic movements that contributed to shaping modern France. Students will become familiar with world-renowned French novels, short stories, comic books, and films. The course deals with topics such as aristocratic culture, racial identity in France, the myth of the resistance and the legacy of the Second World War, France’s rural past, the French colonial experience, women and bourgeois culture, the long-standing tradition of comic books and comedy in France, the Tradition of Quality, the French New Wave, and heritage films. The course also examines the interconnectedness of French culture and the cultures of the United States, England, and former French colonies. It notably explores how the French colonial experience informed the development of French cinema, and how French heritage films were both inspired and reinterpreted by British and American cinematographic industries to reflect the cultures and values of those societies. Conducted in English.
MLFR-315
3 Credits
This course trains students to read and write in French at an advanced intermediate level of competency. Through gradual presentation and recognition of French grammar forms and vocabulary, students learn to comprehend, discuss, and analyze a wide variety of French texts, including songs, scripts of movies and TV series, comic books, skits, news items, canonical narratives, as well as some technical and scientific materials. Students also learn to write and express their ideas in grammatically correct French and to explore different genres and forms of writing. The course also expands students’ knowledge of French and Francophone cultures. Conducted in French.
MLFR-302
3 Credits
This is the second course of a two-course sequence at the intermediate level. The sequence provides students with the tools necessary to increase their ability to function in French. Communicative activities, contemporary texts, vocabulary study, and grammar are used to expand all communication skills, especially oral proficiency. This sequence continues to address issues of contemporary French life and culture as well as the cultures of the Francophone world.

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Invited Keynote/Presentation
Chavasse, Philippe. "“Sursanguinité belge, patriotisme et style coruscant”." 43rd Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium. University of Virginia. Charlottesville, Virginia. 11 Nov. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Chavasse, Philippe. "“Des communions divergentes de Georges Eekhoud à Michel Onfray”." 20th-21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium. Washington University. Saint Louis, Missouri. 19 Mar. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Chavasse, Philippe. "“De la terre à la terre promise”." 42nd Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium. Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island. 29 Oct. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Chavasse, Philippe. "“A Francophone Addiction to Shakespeare’s Time. The case of Georges Eekhoud”." 46th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Northeast Modern Language Association. Toronto, Ontario. 3 May 2015. Conference Presentation.
Chavasse, Philippe and Xavier Beauvois. "Introduction to 'Of Gods and Men'." Conable Film Series. RIT. Rochester, NY. 11 Jan. 2012. Address.
Journal Paper
Chavasse, Philippe. "“Georges Eekhoud et son terroir incarné”." Excavatio: Emile Zola and Naturalism 25. (2015): 11 pages. Web.
Chavasse, Philippe. "“Le Cosmopolitisme antisémite de Georges Eekhoud dans La Nouvelle Carthage”." Nineteenth-Century French Studies 38. (2009): 97-112. Print.
Chavasse, Philippe. "“Frédéric Marcelin, auteur nationaliste et résistant bourgeois”." Haitian Studies Journal 13. 1 (2007): 61-82. Print.
Chavasse, Philippe. "“Martyrologe d’un genre nouveau: le dénouement d’Escal-Vigor de Georges Eekhoud”." Nineteenth-Century French Studies 34. (2006): 371-86. Print.