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Dianne Elizabeth Sears

Associate Professor

Dianne Elizabeth Sears

dsears@frital.umass.edu

(413) 545-2314

318 Herter Hall

Dianne E. Sears received her BA in French from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her MA and PhD in French from Yale University. Her research interests include word and image relationships in twentieth- and twenty-first-century French and Québécois literature, particularly poetry, and representations of the German Occupation of France in writers such as Georges Perec, Irène Némirovsky and Annie Saumont. She has published on the French authors Francis Ponge, Paul Eluard, Raymond Queneau, Boris Vian, and Jean Cocteau and Québécois writers Michèle Lalonde and Marie-Claire Blais.

Research Areas

  • Twentieth- and twenty-first century French and Québécois literature, particularly poetry
  • Word and image relations; art criticism by French and Québécois poets
  • Representations of the German Occupation of France

Publications

  • “L’Objet intertextuel de Francis Ponge.” Poétiques de l’objet: l’objet dans la poésie française du Moyen Âge au vingtième siècle. Eds. Francois Rouget and John Stout. Paris: Champion, 2001: 247-258.
  • “Images de la femme dans Les Mains libres de Paul Eluard et Man Ray.” Carnets des Échanges interdépartementaux/Notebooks of the Interdepartmental Exchange U.C.L.-UMass 2 (April, 2001): 87-103.
  • “The Prose Poem and Ponge’s Proême.” L’Esprit créateur 39.1 (Spring, 1999): 60-70.
  • “‘La Loi et les prophètes’: Ponge, the Bible, and the Proême.” French Forum 22.3 (Sept., 1997): 303-317.
  • Défense de parler: Language on Trial in Michèle Lalonde’s ‘La Deffense et illustration de la langue québecquoyse’ and ‘Outrage au tribunal.’” The French Review 68.6  (May, 1995): 1015-1021.
  • “Zazie et Zénobie sèment la zizanie: les troubles du langage dans Zazie dans le métro  et Les Bâtisseurs d’empire.  Trois fous du langage:  Vian — Queneau — Prévert. Ed. Marc Lapprand. Nancy: Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 1993: 91-99.
  • “Bracketing Painting: Ponge’s Criticism of Braque.” Dalhousie French Studies 21 (Fall-Winter, 1991): 1-13.
  • “The Two-Way Text: Ponge’s Metapoetic ‘Fable.’” L’Esprit créateur 31.2 (Summer, 1991): 50-57.
  • “Figures of Transgression in Marie-Claire Blais’s Trilogy, Manuscrits de Pauline Archange.”  Québec Studies 10 (Spring/Summer, 1990): 19-27.

Courses Recently Taught

French 250: Language and Literature

French 469: Twentieth-Century French Theater

French 473: Advanced Grammar and Composition II

French 494SI: Senior Seminar/Integrative Experience: Questions of Identity

French 667: Twentieth-Century French Poetry

French 683: Textual and Literary Criticism

French 697A: M.A.T. Practicum: Teaching French Literature and Culture

French 809: Genre: Theater