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Insook WebberInsook Webber

Clinical Assistant Professor of French

Curriculum Vitae

Education 

PhD in French, University of Washington.  The dissertation (“Valéry, His Context and Legacy”) analyzes Paul Valéry’s oeuvre in relation to his contemporary thinkers, such as Freud and Bergson, as well as his influence on French thinkers become prominent after WWII. 

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) 

Research interest  

20-21st century French literature. 

Work in progress 

Marie NDiaye. Winner (2009) of France’s most prestigious literary prize, ‘Prix Goncourt,’ NDiaye is little known in the US beyond the specialists. This study aims to analyze NDiaye’s fictional portrayal of the situation of French-born, non-white, or mixed-race, protagonists, especially women, in contemporary French society.   

Publications 

  • “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, Vol. 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, Vol. CXII (Art, Literature, and Passions of the Skies), Spring 2012, 179-187. 

Book Review  

  • Galster, Ingrid. Sartre sous l’Occupation et après: Nouvelles mises au point. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2014. French Studies (2015) 69 (3): 412-413. 

 

Insook Webber

Office: Thompson 101G
Telephone: (509) 335-0397
Email: insook.webber@wsu.edu
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