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David Franco

Faculty member David Franco

Assistant Professor of French and Spanish

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Hall College Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Areas of Specialization

  • French Literature
  • Classical tragedy

Interests

Research Interests: 17th century French drama, Greek mythology and tragedy, French cinema (Poetic Realism, Gangster Movies, Transcendentalism)

Teaching Interests: Early modern French drama, modern French narratives of disenchantment, language acquisition (Spanish and French), creative writing, French cinema

Other Interests:  Latin American short story, New Journalism

Biography

Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.A. in French Literature, Rutgers University
M.A. in Hispanic Literature, Villanova University
B.A. in Journalism, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

Dr. Franco’s research examines the notion of heroism in 17th century French drama, with Greek mythology and Classical tragedy as points of reference. His current book project, entitled "Corneille: a tragedy of the ethos," focuses on the works of Pierre Corneille, and challenges the myth of a dazzling cornelian hero by showing his struggle to obtain recognition. His work has appeared in The French Review and has been accepted for publication in French Studies. A native Spanish speaker, Dr. Franco has extensively taught both language and Literature classes in French, Spanish and English. He has presented his work at the annual conference of SE17 (Sociéte d’Études du dix-septième siècle français) and at the University of Gent, Belgium. He joined the faculty at Simon's Rock in 2019.

Highlights

PUBLICATIONS

  • Publication (forthcoming). “Monstruosité de l’héroïne: réecriture de Médée dans Chanson Douce de Leïla Slimani, French Studies, Volume 76, Issue 3, July 2022.
  • “Suréna: l’héroïsme est-il possible en dehors de la représentation?” The French Review, Vol. 92.4.
  • Desaparecido.” Short Story. El Espectador. Bogotá, Colombia, March 2012. 

Conference Papers

  • “Le devoir comme révolte contre l’absurde: stratégies d’héroïsation dans le film Indigènes (2006).” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention. March 12,  2021.
  • “La question de la dignité féminine : de la Médée de Corneille à Chanson Douce de Leila Slimani.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention. March 06,  2020.
  • “Agir pour se faire aimer et aimer pour empêcher d’agir: effets et fonctions de l’amour dans la logique héroïque cornélienne.” University of Gent, L’ Amour et l’amitié au Grand Siècle, May 10, 2019.
  • “Sertorius: le cas du héros dépassé par son image.” SE 17 (Société d’Etudes du 17e siècle), Mills College-Stanford University, CA, November 3, 2017.