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Michelle Cheyne

Foreign Literature and Languages Cheyene imageMichelle Cheyne

Associate Professor of French

Ph.D. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
D.E.A. Université Lumière-Lyon 2
Maîtrise Univeristé Lumière-Lyon 2
M.A. University of Pennsylvania
B.A. Wheaton College (Norton, MA)
A.A. Simon's Rock of Bard College

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Dr. Cheyne specializes in 19th-century French drama. Her research interests include Romanticism, identity construction, institutions, the intersection between aesthetics and politics, race, colonialism, gender, translation, and editing. She is currently engaged in preparing an edition of Lacour's Pyracmond, ou Les Créoles for the series Autrement mêmes with L'Harmattan. In addition, she is involved in translation projects that include Balzac's Le Nègre and selections from the Affaire des Colonies (1789-1794) documents. She teaches language courses at all levels, advanced courses in composition, conversation, culture, and literature. Recently she has offered special topic seminars focusing on race and desire in French Restoration fiction, the construction and construction of value in French culture, the battle over Romanticism and Classicism in French theater, and language and power.

Selected Publications

Translations and Critical / Scholarly Editions

Le Nègre. Balzac, Honoré de. Cheyne, Michelle, trans., Cheyne, Michelle and Andrew Watts, intro and notes, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Online Series: Critical Editons of French Texts, 2014.

Le coffre de fer. Guilbert de Pixerécourt, René-Charles. Cheyne, Michelle, éd., dans Théâtre complet : Mélodrames (1792-1835). vol. 1. Martin, Roxane, éd. de coll., Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2013.

Pyracmond, ou les Créoles, opéra-comique de M. de Lacour, Cheyne, Michelle éd. Coll. « Autrement mêmes », no. 77,  Paris, L’Harmattan, 2012.

Chapters and Articles

« No Laughing Matter: Fornicating Foreigners and the Limits of Stage Humor during the Bourbon Restoration » dans Guyon, Loïc and Andrew Watts, eds.  'Allers-Retours': Selected Proceedings of the 2009 Meeting of the Society of Dix-Neuvièmistes. Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp. 185-202.

« No Longer Simply Black and White: Adaptation and the Representation of Female Vulnerability in Balzac’s Le Nègre », in Special Volume in Honor of Barbara T. Cooper, Lingua Romana, 11:1 2013 (78-102).

« Langues de crocodiles: Moralité et oralité de l’exotisme enfantin dans l’œuvre de Roald Dahl »  dans Vidal-Naquet, Jacques et Lucile Trunel, éds. L’univers de Roald Dahl. Paris, La Joie par les livres – Centre national du livre pour enfants, 2007, pp. 55-65.

 « Lettres sur la cuisine : Dumas père et la « gastrophisation »  de la création littéraire française au XIXe siècle » dans Hache-Bissette, Françoise et Denis Saillard.  éds. Gastronomie et identité culturelle française: Discours et représentations(XIXe-XXe siècles). Paris, Nouveau Monde, 2007. pp. 51-71.

 « Pyracmond, ou les Créoles : l'articulation d'une hiérarchie des rôles raciaux sur la scène française sous la Restauration ». French Colonial History, 6 2005 (79-102). 

 « A Nation of the Nationless: Literary Memorials and Imagining Identity in Response to the Shoah ». Origins and Identities in French Literature. FLS, 26 1999 (141-152).

Book Reviews

« L’Autre Théâtre romantique, special issue of Revue d’Histoire du Théâtre ». Bara, Olivier and Barbara T. Cooper, eds. Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 42:3-4, Spring-Summer 2014 (286-287).

 « Sarah: The Original French Text and Sarah: An English Translation ». Jenson, Deborah and Doris Y. Kadish, eds. and trans. Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 38:3-4, Spring-Summer 2010 (299-301).

 « La Féerie romantique sur les scènes parisiennes, 1791-1864 ». Martin, Roxane. Nineteenth Century French Studies, 37: 1-2, Fall-Winter 2008 (155-157). 

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