Nathalie Degroult, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Classics (French)
Nathalie Degroult, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Classics (French); Review Editor, Creative Works, The French Review
Ph.D., University at Albany
Office: Kiernan Hall 207
Contemporary French and Francophone Literature, film and culture
Nathalie Degroult is an associate professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages & Classics, and also heads the French program. She holds a Ph.D in French from The University at Albany, a M.A in French from Binghamton University, and a B.A in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Dr. Degroult teaches courses in language, literature and culture, and regularly offers "French Cinema", a course taught in English. She also serves as the advisor to the French Club—a student led club "to stimulate the interest of the French culture and language, and cultivate an interest for the Francophone world." Dr. Degroult specializes in Contemporary French and Francophone Cinema and literature, and has published numerous papers on this topic as well as on the art of teaching cinema; she incorporates the content of her articles in various French courses. Her other articles focus on diverse themes such as a study of lesbianism in literature. In addition to academic articles, she has also authored book and film reviews and is a Review Editor for Creative Works for the French Review. Dr. Degroult is also currently serving the Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly as a Regional Delegate for New York.
During her Fall 2013 sabbatical, Dr. Degroult will research the question of trauma in the films of Philippe Falardeau. This young flimmaker's cinema is quite unique as it focuses on Québécois contemporary societal issues such as unemployment, education, and immigration while demonstrating an appreciation for cultural diversity. His films (Congorama , C'est pas moi, je le jure! , and Monsieur Lazhar ) are not only culturally Québécois by nature, but also embrace other cultures from Belgium, Congo, and Algeria to name a few. Death, abandonment and psychological distress are all traumatic experiences found in Falardeau's work and worth examining in detail. While exploring the fragility of human life, Falardeau also provides his own view on the necessary healing which can be done through the discovery, appreciation, and embrace of the cultural richness others bring.