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Insook Webber, Ph.D.

Insook Webber
Associate Professor of French, Career Track

BA, MA & PhD in French Studies, University of Washington 2011
(Dissertation: “Valéry, His Context and Legacy”)

Research Interests

20th-21st century French literature & cinema with French philosophy, critical theory and psychoanalysis as primary theoretical framework.


Refereed Articles

  • “Dreams, Repetition and the Real in Marie NDiaye’s Ladivine”, chapter in an edited volume, Dreams and Atrocity: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Trauma in Art, Literature and Visual Culture’, eds. Emily-Rose Baker and Diane Otosaka, U of Manchester P, UK (2021-22, forthcoming).
  • “Tuché, The Unnamable Evil in Emmanuel Carrère’s La Classe de neige”, Études Francophones, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2021-22, forthcoming).
  • “Dumont, Bataille, and the Materialist Sacred,” French Studies, Vol. 72, Issue 1, January 2018, 73–86.
  • “Pure and Applied Consciousness in Valéry and Sartre,” French Studies, 68, No. 2, January 2014, 209 – 223.
  • “Valéry and Houellebecq: The Death (or the Return) of the Subject,” Australian Journal of French Studies, Vol. 50, N. 3, 2013, 318-331.
  • “Valéry’s Materialist Conception of Consciousness and Its Consequences,” Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research, CXII (Art, Literature, and Passions of the Skies), Spring 2012, 179-187.

Book Review

  • Donner Sa Langue Aux Bêtes: Poétique et Animalité de Baudelaire à Valéry Par Julien Weber (review).” French Studies, vol. 73, no. 3, Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 475–475.
  • Sartre sous l’Occupation et après: Nouvelles mises au point Par Ingrid Galster (review), French Studies (2015) 69 (3): 412-413.


Contact Dr. Webber

Office: Thompson 101G
Telephone: (509) 335-0397

Courses Taught
  • Beginning to advanced French language
  • French 110 (French & Francophone Cinema)
  • French 320 (La France contemporaine)
  • French 350 (Introduction à la littérature française)
  • French 410 (French Cinema in Translation)
  • French 450 (Special Topics in French Literature)

Curriculum Vitae