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Jean Fallon

Jean Fallon (Homepage), Berry Professor of Liberal Arts; professor of French; B.A., Bridgewater College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia, has been at Hollins since 1990. Her areas of specialization include 16th-century French poetry and prose, 19th-century realism, and contemporary film. Jean is also interested in 17th- and 19th-century literatures, and contemporary French culture and civilization studies, particularly as they relate to post World War II identity and diversity issues. She has taught several humanities courses on various French literary topics and developed and taught a course about American writers and artists who lived in Paris during the period between 1900 – 1960. In addition to literature courses, Jean also teaches courses in French creative writing, French pop music, and French film. She has recently offered a course on realism from Balzac through reality TV, using DVDs provided by a French producer of a popular reality television series. During a visit to Paris, Jean met and spoke with French filmmaker Cédric Klapisch and has published several articles on his films and his place in contemporary French cinema. Jean is a past recipient of the Elisabeth Lineberger Ramberg Chair in Modern Languages and is the author of two books, Voice and Vision in Ronsard's Les Sonnets pour Hélène (1993) and His Story, Her Story: A Literary Mystery of Renaissance France (2003). One of Jean's current projects involves writing a collective narrative of the memories and stories shared by Hollins Abroad-Paris students who have studied with the program throughout its history.

Annette Sampon-Nicolas

Annette Sampon-Nicolas, professor of French; Diplôme Superieur de Français, Université de Lille; B.S., M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been at Hollins since 1985. Her areas of specialization are 20th-century French and francophone literature and contemporary poetry. Annette's other interests include the relationship between literature and the visual arts, French for international business, and international studies. She has developed interdisciplinary courses on the francophone world, the theme of water, nature and the environment; the history of French gastronomy; and French children’s literature. She has published articles on 20th-century poetry, ethical business practices, and the history of French gastronomy. Annette is currently working on a study of the relationships between landscapes, cultures, and identities in the works of post-colonial francophone writers. After interviewing François Cheng, the first Asian-French member of l’Académie française, she published Not Man Apart: The Dialogue between Nature and Art in François Cheng’s Le Dit de Tian-yi. Inspired by her work on Cheng, she has since developed a new course on Franco-Asian writers, artists, and film directors such as Malika Mokeddem, Maryse Condé, Simone Schwarz-Barthes, Rafaël Confiant, Anna Moë and Kim Lefèvre. She is the author of Francis Ponge: La Poétique du figural and Educating for International Expertise (editors Gilles Bousquet and Annette Sampon-Nicolas). She is a past recipient of the Elisabeth Lineberger Ramberg Chair in Modern Languages.

Annette has been named Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques) by France's Ministry of National Education for her exceptional record of teaching, publication, and promotion of French culture through a multitude of activities. The award was originally established in 1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte to honor eminent members of the University of Paris. Today, nominees are presented to the Prime Minister of France, who, if she or he is in agreement, issues an official proclamation designating recipients.

Edwina Spodark Edwina Spodark (Homepage), professor of French; B.A., Northern Illinois University; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D., Northwestern University, has been with the French department since 1982. Her areas of specialization are medieval/renaissance French literature, computer-assisted language learning, teaching with the Internet, multimedia classroom instruction, and distance learning. Her article "Weaving the World Wide Web into Teaching the Culture of Quebec" in the French Review won the Edward Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize from the Institut Français de Washington in March 2004.