Jean Fallon

Jean Fallon

Jean Fallon, 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 Renaissance, 17th, and 19th-century literatures, contemporary France diversity issues, early French travel writers, and French film.

At Hollins Fallon has taught French literature in translation and another course in English about American writers and artists in Paris. She teaches classes in French pop music, literature, and film. In Paris, she interviewed filmmaker Cédric Klapisch and has published an article on his films and his place in contemporary French cinema. Fallon is a past recipient of the Elisabeth Lineberger Ramberg Chair in Modern Languages, as well as a past recipient of the Berry Professor of Liberal Arts. She 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). She collected anecdotes and memories from former Hollins Abroad-Paris students and edited those into a collective ebook produced at Hollins in 2016 entitled Je ne regrette rien: Sixty Years of Hollins Abroad Paris, Her current projects include one which concerns Cézanne, Zola, art, photography, literary realism, and modern art, and another which studies the writings of early French travel writers.

Areas of Expertise

  • French Renaissance poetry
  • French popular music
  • French popular culture
  • The films of French filmmaker Cédric Klapisch

Courses Taught

  • Elementary French
  • Intermediate French
  • Shaking Up the Old World
  • Romance, Realism, and Beyond
  • Senior Seminar
  • Special Topics in French Film
  • Women out of Place
  • French Pop Music


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • B.A., Bridgewater College

Publications & Articles

  • His Story/Her Story: A Literary Mystery of Renaissance France (book)
  • Voice and Vision in Les Sonnets pour Helene (book)
  • "Ni pour ni contre: Conflict and Community in the Films of Cedric Klapisch" (article)
  • Je ne regrette rien: Sixty Years of Hollins Abroad Paris (ebook)
  • On Foreign Ground: One Attempt at Attracting Non-French Majors to French Studies Courses, Foreign Language Annals 35 (4) July/August, 2002: 405-413.


  • Met and interviewed French filmmaker Cédric Klapisch in Paris
  • Explored a literary mystery, in an attempt to attribute authorship to an unknown sonnet from 1580s France, and published a book about her findings and adventures during the research
  • Compiled a collective narrative of many of the Hollins Abroad-Paris participants and their memories of their time in Paris from 1955 to the present

Research Interests

  • French literature of medieval, Renaissance, 17th- and 19th-centuries Existentialist and absurd French literature
  • Sonnets
  • American expatriate authors and artists in France
  • Creative writing in English and French
  • Poetry and translations of poetry in French and English
  • National identity and diversity issues in contemporary French film
  • French popular music
  • The rivalry between the music, poetry, sculpture, and painting in 19th-century France
  • Photography
  • The French educational system
  • The Hollins Abroad-Paris program and its history