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Frederic Canovas

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Faculty Head of French and Italian and Assoc Professor, French
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
Biography

A native of France where he completed his studies in modern French literature, Frederic Canovas has been teaching French at Arizona State University since 2000. He has taught a wide range of classes, both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels, on French literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries, on 17th-century French theater as well as on French film. He is a past recipient of the Zebulon Pearce Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU. He is the author of two books ("L'Écriture rêvée" and "Correspondance André Gide-René Crevel") and the editor of eight volumes on Paul Valéry and various aspects of 17th-century French literature and culture. He is an associate member of the Institut d'histoire des représentations et des idées dans les modernités at the Université de Lyon 2 (CNRS-UMR 5317) and an associate member of the Centre de recherche sur le texte et l'imaginaire at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Carnegie Institute for the Arts.

 

Education
  • Ph.D. University of Oregon 1992
  • MA, Jean Moulin University-Lyon III 1988
  • BA, Jean Moulin University-Lyon III 1986

 

Research Interests

Frédéric Canovas specializes in the study of poetry from Baudelaire to surrealism and narrative from the French revolution to the present, with an emphasis on autobiographical works (André Gide, Jean Cocteau, Paul Léautaud, Julien Green, Yves Navarre, etc.). He also works on French classical theater as well as on the history of the book and illustrated books from the Renaissance to surrealism. His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Carnegie Institute for the Arts.

Some reviews

« The promise of a real revision in the terms of the debate [on canonicity] picks up when Frédéric Canovas reviews Jean Cocteau’s career. In arguing that Cocteau’s “need to be officially recognized is at least as strong as his desire to appear original and modern” (136), Canovas neatly deflects the debate from interpreters and inclusionists to the crucial issue of the artist’s quest for survival and prestige. The issue of authorial prestige leads us into a major new strand of the book, and into territory in which world literature and canonicity can be usefully explored together. » Comparative Literature Studies 51.4 (2014)

« Canovas also explores the connections between visual and literary arts in his study of painter Maurice Denis's illustrations for Verlaine's Sagesse and Gide's Le Voyage d'Urien. He suspects that there is a correlation between the closeness of the Denis-Gide collaboration (in contrast to the extremely limited Denis-Verlaine one) and the superiority of the illustrations for Le Voyage. Denis, who preferred the term "decoration" to "illustration"—which he felt subjugated the image to its textual equivalent (127)—"simply illustrated" Verlaine's text, whereas he "decorated" Gide's (128), taking such liberties as including a great number of female figures, "in full contradiction" to Gide's male-dominated text (134). For Canovas, the Denis-Gide collaboration represents "a milestone in the history of illustrated books: the moment when a visual artist finally decided to question the subordination of his art to literature in order to follow his own aesthetic and artistic goals" (135). » Nineteenth Century French Studies 1/2 (2011-2012): 164.

« Frédéric Canovas offers an insight from queer studies which sets Jean Cocteau as the first representative of the literary canon of homosexuality: Cocteau's evolving counterdiscourse on gender performance is analyzed in opposition to that of more central nineteenth-century French writers, particularly André Gide and Marcel Proust. » Comparative Literature and Culture 14.1 (2012)

« Frédéric Canovas livre, sous le titre « La Traversée du désir. Notes sur les « Notes sur André Gide et son Journal » de Roland Barthes », ce qui est en fait une étude très dense et très approfondie de la question de l’homosexualité chez Gide et chez Barthes, avouée de bien des façons par le premier, jamais franchement dite chez le second. Du même coup, le rapport de Barthes à Gide se trouve mis en évidence et éclairé d’une façon attentive et neuve. » Histoires littéraires 20 (October 2004)

« Part II mostly concerns Gide's reception 'en France et à l'étranger'. The accounts of Gide's presence in British and American universities, by Victoria Reid and Frédéric Canovas respectively, are among the most interesting chapters with regard to the current state of Gidean studies (especially for readers in these countries). » Sam Ferguson, French Studies: A Quarterly Review 67.3 (2013) 426.

« Frédéric Canovas, in his important study of gay reading, “De l’érotique à l’esthétique: Approche de lecture, lecture de l’approche,” points out that one non-sexual aspect of gay subjectivity is a tendency to try to “decode” what others “really mean.” As Canovas phrases it, “le lecteur gay [est] habitué [. . .] dans la vie [. . .] à détecter les signes et à décoder les messages” (114). On the one hand, convinced that other homosexual men must be hiding their sexuality just as they are or have done in the past, many gays spend time trying to determine if not-openly-gay males are nevertheless possible partners or at least soulmates. » Richard M. Berrong, Nineteenth Century French Studies 31 1/2 (2002-2003): 61.

« Frédéric Canovas, dans l’article qu’il consacre à l’onanisme de Gide, montre éloquemment la pregnance de cette obsession dans le Voyage d’Urien, où elle est encore sous forme d’allusions, mais si insistantes qu’on ne s’étonne pas que Madeleine en ait perçu la tonalité générale. » Monique Nemer, Corydon citoyen, Gallimard (2006), p. 159.

« On retiendra l’étude très sérieuse, par Frédéric Canovas, des pratiques masturbatoires poussées « jusqu’à l’épuisement » par Gide (le luxe de détails finit par impressionner), lui-même considérait qu’il s’agissait d’une conduite pathologique. L’auteur de Si le grain ne meurt semble avoir considéré, comme le surmâle de Jarry, que l’amour est un acte sans importance, puisqu’on peut le faire indéfiniment ». Histoires littéraires 27 (July 2006)

« Frédéric Canovas geht in seiner Interpretation noch einen Schritt weiter: Das Grauen würde vom Leser eher zugelassen, wenn dieser sich im Glauben wiegen könne, dass es nur geträumt sei (Canovas 1999, 343) […] Damit eröffnet der Traum zugleich eine poetologische Dimension: Es geht innerhalb der Beschreibung des Geschehens auch um die grundsätzliche Frage, wie sich die „catastrophe inexplicable“ (S 182) beschreiben lässt, ja ob sie überhaupt darstellbar ist, ohne sie durch Pathos oder Groteske unglaubwürdig zu machen (Canovas 1999, 423). » Christiane Solte-Gresser, Lexicon Traumkultur (2016). 

« Si le rêve s’intègre parfaitement au sein de l’écriture, ne marquant pas d’opposition tonale, thématique ou formelle avec le restant du récit, c’est essentiellement en raison de l’absence du moins explicite d’un « signal avertisseur », « mot incongru destiné à attirer l’attention du lecteur », selon les mots de Julien Gracq : le pacte onirique expliqué par Fréderic Canovas, consistant à repérer le songe à partir d’indices nocturnes, par exemple, se fait ici absent. » Ons Sfar, Fabula, Colloque Jules Supervielle (2015)

« Como afirma Foucault, la visibilidad de lo que llamó ‘sexualidades periféricas’ tiene lugar en un contexto de intenso escrutinio y vigilancia que obligaban a la codificación del deseo homosexual. Por otra parte, Berrong alude a un estudio sobre la lectura gay, de Frédéric Canovas, el cual enfatiza la tendencia del lector gay a “detectar y decodificar mensajes.”  Berrong añade que muchos gays, “persuadidos de que, como ellos en el pasado, otros hombres homosexuales esconden tal vez su sexualidad,  invierten tiempo intentando descubrir si sujetos masculinos que no se han declarado abiertamente gays, tendrían el potencial de ser, sin embargo, ‘partners’ o, al menos, compañeros de alma.” » Francisco Morán, Revista de crítica literaria y de cultura 16 (2007).

 

Research Group
  • Institut d'histoire des représentations et des idées dans les modernités at the University of Lyon 2 (CNRS-UMR 5317) 
  • Centre de recherche sur le texte et l'imaginaire, University of Quebec at Montreal
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Literature and Cultures (CRILIC) at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (IISHSS), New York.

 

Publications

BOOKS

Une nécessité intérieure : essai sur l’émergence du désir chez André Gide (tentative title, near completion).

Paul Valéry-André Gide: correspondances. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2003.

Presence of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Classical France (co-edited). Berlin: Weidler Verlag, 2003.

Les Femmes au Grand Siècle. Le Baroque: musique et liturgie (co-edited). Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2003.

La Spiritualité, l’épistolaire et le merveilleux (co-edited). Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2003.

Ceremonies and Rituals in 17th-Century France (co-edited). Berlin: Weidler Verlag, 2002.

Pascal: New Trends in Port-Royal Studies (co-edited). Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2002.

L’Ecriture rêvée. Paris: L’Harmattan, “Espaces littéraires,” 2000.

Correspondance André Gide-René Crevel (1927-1934). Nantes: Centre d'Etudes Gidiennes, 2000.

Bulletin des études valéryennes, volume 76-77 (November 1997). Guest Editor.

 

SELECTED ARTICLES

“Petit projet d’histoire littéraire américaine: notes sur Aragon et la critique contemporaine aux Etats-Unis.” Recherches croisées Aragon/Elsa Triolet 16 (2018). Forthcoming.

“Langues et littératures de 'la vieille Europe' dans les universités américaines: un état des lieux.” Romanica Wratislaviensia 65 (2018). Forthcoming.

“Pour que rien ne soit occulté de la destinée intime: forme et fonction de la photographie dans la biographie littéraire.” La Vérité d’une vie: biographie et vérité. Edited by Joanny Moulin. Paris : Honoré Champion, 2018. Forthcoming.

“‘La marche de notre vie’: symbolique de la libération dans les premiers récits gidiens.” Redécouvrir André Gide. Edited by Joanna Jakubowska et Regina Solova. Paris: Garnier, 2017.

“‘Je ne pensais pas que je pourrais tant aimer Rome.’: Ambivalence du regard chez André Gide et Maurice Denis.” André Gide l’Européen. Edited by Peter Schnyder and Martina della Casa. Paris: Garnier, 2017. Forthcoming.

“De Gide à Denis, de Cézanne à Athman: la relation peintre-écrivain à l'épreuve du classicisme.” Romanica Wratislaviensia 64 (Fall 2017), pp. 57-73.

“’Le bonheur est dans la lumière’: visions de Rome entre flammes et ténèbres.” Littératures 76 (2017), pp. 65-75.

“Des ronces et des broussailles ou fallait-il tuer papa-maman ?” Cahiers Yves Navarre 3 (2017), pp. 11-27.

Paul et Virginie de Bernardin de Saint Pierre: déconstruction du masculin entre texte et images.”Cahiers Remix : observatoire de l’imaginaire contemporain (October 2016). Also available online at: http://oic.uqam.ca/fr/remix/entre-texte-et-image-deconstruction-du-mascu...

“Dishing the Dirt: reading Oscar Wilde’s Trial in the French Press.” Journal of Research on Gender Studies 5 (2015), pp. 71-84.

“André Gide en ses intérieurs.” André Gide et la réécriture. Actes du colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle. Edited by Clara Debard, Pierre Masson and Jean-Michel Wittmann. Lyon: Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2014, pp. 301-14.

“Émancipation sexuelle et obstacles paratextuels (2).” Gender Studies at the Time of Globalization. Edited by Ramona Mihaila and Nancy Honicker. New York: Addleton Academic Publishers, 2013, pp. 116-25.

“D’Est en Ouest : Itinéraire de la critique gidienne aux Etats-Unis de 1951 à nos jours.” Actualités d’André Gide. Edited by Martine Sagaert et Peter Schnyder. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2012, pp. 197-214.

“’Là-bas plus qu’ici’: Julien Green, l’exil américain et la vision de l’Europe.” Julien Green et l’Europe. Edited by Daniela Fabiani. Paris: Le Manuscrit, 2012, pp. 199-216.

“Émancipation sexuelle et obstacles paratextuels: le cas d'André Gide.” Journal of Research on Gender Studies 2 (2011), pp. 101-10.

“Fautes de frappe ou Jean Cocteau lit Jean Genet: sur les illustrations de Querelle de Brest.” Journal of Research on Gender Studies 1 (2011): 196-205.

“Against the Canon: Jean Cocteau or the Rise of the Gay Cultural Icon.” The Canonical Debate Today: Crossing Disciplinary and Cultural Boundaries. Edited by Liviu Papadima and David Damrosch. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010, pp. 133-50.

Le Voyage d’Urien ou le livre désiré: André Gide homme de l’image ?” Texte/Image:  Interférences. Etudes critiques. Edited by Alexandra Vranceanu. Bucharest: Editura Universitatii Bucuresti, 2009: pp. 275-307.

“From Illustration to Decoration: Maurice Denis’ Illustrations for Paul Verlaine and André Gide.” Models of Collaboration in Nineteenth-Century French Literature. Edited By Seth Whidden. London: Ashgate Press, 2009: pp. 121-35.

“Rome, 1898.” Lieux magiques, magie des lieux. Edited by Simone Bernard-Griffith and Angels Santas. Clermont-Ferrand: Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal, 2008: pp. 101-17.

“The ‘Frivolous Prince’: Cocteau’s Art of Metamorphoses.” New Interpretations in the History of French Literature. Edited by Aleksandra Gruzinska. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008: pp. 111-33.

“Écrire avec feu : Marcel Schwob vu par Paul Léautaud.” Marcel Schwob: d’un siècle à l’autre 1905-2005 : actes du colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle. Edited by Christian Berg, Alexandre Gefen and Monique Jutrin. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2007: pp. 219-32.

“Cocteau’s Le Livre blanc: Sex, Text and Images.” Word & Image 1 (January 2007): pp. 1-15.

“Ce voyage n’est que mon rêve : imagerie et dynamique onirique dans le poème ‘Aube’.” Parade sauvage: bulletin des études rimbaldiennes 21 (November 2006): pp. 167-80.

“De l’allusion à l’aveu : genèse d’un vice.” Bulletin des Amis d’André Gide 150 (April 2006): pp. 203-33.

“Cinq années de bibliophilie: 1998-2003.” Bulletin René Crevel 4 (December 2004): pp. 31-58.

“La Traversée du désir : notes sur les « Notes sur André Gide et son Journal » de Roland Barthes.” Bulletin des Amis d’André Gide 142 (April 2004): pp. 153-65.

“Gide’s Politics: Rebellion and Ambivalence.” Bulletin des Amis d’André Gide 141 (January 2004): pp. 121-8.

“Le grand contempteur : Remy de Gourmont vu par Paul Léautaud.” Remy de Gourmont.  Edited by Thierry Gillybœuf and Bernard Bois. Paris: Les Cahiers de l’Herne, 2003: pp. 142-55.

“De l’intelligence et de la sensibilité : Paul Valéry et André Gide.” Bulletin des Etudes Valéryennes 95 (November 2003): pp. 3-25.

“Villa Médicis : variations sur un même lieu. ” Renaud Camus écrivain. Edited by Charles Porter and Jan Baetens. Paris: Vrin, 2002: pp. 25-40.

“Ce que tout lecteur doit savoir : Vercors et l’écriture de la mort.” Vercors et son œuvre. Edited by Georges Cesbron and Gérard Jacquin. Paris: L’Harmattan, 1999: pp. 429-50.

“Aux sources du désir ou, l’Orient fantasmé: récits et voyages en Orient.” Romance Notes 39 (Fall 1998): pp. 61-71.

“De l’érotique à l’esthétique : approche de lecture, lecture de l’approche.” Nottingham French Studies 37 (Spring 1998): pp. 107-21.

“’Ce livre aux pages azur’: remarques pour une textanalyse.” Bulletin des Etudes Valéryennes 76/77 (November 1997): pp. 129-47.

“Urien l’innommable, Gide l’insaisissable : les noces difficiles du texte et de l’image.” Word & Image 13 (January-March 1997): pp. 58-68.

“Huysmans le terrible : A propos du terrifiant dans l’écriture du rêve et la critique d’art de J.-K. Huysmans. ” The Play of Terror in Nineteenth-Century France. Edited by John T. Booker and Allan H. Pasco. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1996: pp. 141-55.

“Forme et fonction de l’énoncé onirique dans le texte médiéval.” Neophilologus 80 (October 1996): pp. 555-68.

“Les Rêves d’Un Beau Ténébreux ou le théâtre des songes.” Australian Journal of French Studies 32 (May-August 1995): pp. 237-59.

“Le Cauchemar de Paludes ou la tentative d’écriture.” Symposium 48 (Fall 1994): pp. 163-73.

“Sexe, mensonges et idéaux : le rêve de Paludes.” Romance Notes 35 (Fall 1994): pp. 13-27.

“This is Not a Dream: Drawing the Line between Dream and Text.” Journal of Narrative Technique 24 (Spring 1994): pp. 114-26.

“En déclinant Paludes : sur les traces de Virgile et de Dante.” Essays in French Literature 29 (November 1992): pp. 105-20.

 

INVITED LECTURES

“Fallait-il tuer papa-maman ?” Presented at the International Conference “Yves Navarre : écrire contre toute attente.” Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles-Occitanie, Médiathèque Emile Zola, Montpellier (October 2016).

“’Décidément je n’aime point Rome.’ Ambivalence du regard chez André Gide et Maurice Denis.” Presented at the International Conference on ‘André Gide l’Européen’. Université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse (March 2016).

“Mutation d’une figure : l’image de Paul dans Paul et Virginie de Bernardin de Saint Pierre.” Presented at the colloquium on “Le jeune homme en France au XIXe siècle.” Université du Québec, Montreal (April 2015).

“Why Teaching Flaubert To Young Americans Is Still Relevant Today.” Presented at the Spirit of the Senses meeting, Scottsdale (November 2014).

“André Gide en ses intérieurs.” Presented at the International Colloquium on André Gide. Centre Culturel International de Cerisy-la-Salle, France (August 2012).

“Émancipation sexuelle et obstacles paratextuels.” Presented at the International Conference on Gender Studies. University of Spiru Haret, Bucharest (June 2011).

“Marges et marginaux : André Gide, Maurice Denis et l’espace dans Le Voyage d’Urien. ” Presented at the International Colloquium on “Europe and Migration: Literature, Medicine and Society,” Ospedale San Gallicano, Rome (September 2010).

“Jean Cocteau’s Fear Giving Wings to Courage.” Presented at the French Heritage Society, Phoenix (February 2006).

“Jean Cocteau’s Fear Giving Wings to Courage.” Presented at the Phoenix Art Museum (September 2005).

“On Luis Bunuel’s Un Chien andalou and L’Âge d’or.” Presented at the Phoenix Art Museum (May 2005).

“From Illustration to Decoration: Maurice Denis reads Verlaine and Gide.” Presented at the University of Oregon, Department of Romance Languages (November 2005).

“Marcel Schwob vu par Paul Léautaud.” Presented at the International Colloquium on Marcel Schwob. Centre Culturel International de Cerisy-la-Salle, France (August 2005).

“From Writing to Drawing: Jean Cocteau’s Serpentine Line.” Presented at the Phoenix Art Museum (February 2005).

Round table on dreams in literature with French writer Pierre Pachet. Presented at the University of Montreal (April-May 2004).

“Ce voyage n’est que mon rêve: imagerie et dynamique onirique dans quelques textes symbolistes.” Presented at the University of Montreal (April-May 2004).

“Drawing as Reading: Maurice Denis’ illustrations for Paul Verlaine and André Gide.”  Presented at “Beyond Boundaries: A Symposium for the opening of the Toledo Museum of Art exhibition ‘Splendid Pages: The Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection of Modern Illustrated Books’” (March 2003).

“On Using Film in the Language Classroom.” Presented at the Arizona Language Association annual meeting, Wickenberg (April 2002).

“Rebellion and Conformity: Challenges and Threats to Identity.” Presented at the Annual Foreign Film Festival.  Georgia Southern University (March 2001).

“Conversation in Context: Integrating Film and History in Language Classes.” ¨Presented at the Department of Foreign Languages. Georgia Southern University (March 2001).

“Anatomy of a Painting: Maurice Denis’ Hommage à Cézanne.” Presented at the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. University of Oklahoma (November 2000).

“Sexe, mensonge et idéaux, ou les vicissitudes d’un professeur français en Amérique.” Presented to the Program of Graduate Studies in French. University of Oklahoma (November 2000).

“Cocteau’s White Paper: Sex, Text and Images.” Presented at the’ Cocteau’s World: A Symposium’, Pennsylvania State University (March 2000).

 

PAPERS AT CONFERENCES

Saül ou l’autobiographie à l’épreuve de la scène: un classicisme suspect.” To Be Presented at the International conference on “André Gide et le théâtre”. Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France (December 2017).

“Judging a book by its cover: stratégies éditoriales dans la biographie littéraire.” International conference on literary biography « La Vérité d’une vie ». Université d'Aix-Marseille (October 2017).

“De la mère à la mer: itinéraires gidiens autour de la méditerranée.” 26th Annual Meeting of the AFUE (European University Association of French Studies). Palma, Spain (May 2017).

“Se découvrir/se recouvrir: symbolique de la libération dans les premiers récits gidiens.” International Conference on “Redécouvrir André Gide”. University of Wroclaw, Poland (April 2017).

“Mémoire, oubli et imagination : dynamique du souvenir dans quelques œuvres autobiographiques.” Presented at the International Conference “History, Memory, Nostalgia: Literary and Cultural Representations.” University of Vilnius, Lithuania (September 2016).

“Le masculin entre texte et images : de la déconstruction à la féminisation.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Princeton University (November 2015).

 “’Le Bonheur est dans la lumière’: visions de Rome entre flammes et ténèbres.” Presented at the International Colloquium on Julien Green, Université du Sud–Toulon Var (April 2014).

Paul et Virginie de Bernardin de Saint Pierre entre texte et images.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, University of Richmond (October 2013).

“Dans l’enfer des sens : déconstruction du masculin dans Paul et Virginie de Bernardin de Saint Pierre.” Presented at the Annual International Colloquium of the Société des Dix-neuvièmistes. University of Exeter, UK (April 2013).

“Figures de l’amollissement chez André Gide.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, University of North Carolina (October 2012).

“Un accompagnement de lignes expressives: Maurice Denis et le livre illustré.” Presented at the Annual International Colloquium of the Société des Dix-neuvièmistes. University of Limerick, Ireland (March 2012).

“En ordre dispersé : réponses françaises à l’affaire Oscar Wilde.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. University of Pennsylvania (October 2011).

“Représentations du masculin dans les illustrations pour Paul et Virginie de Bernardin de Saint-Pierre.” Presented at the International Colloquium on « Le Masculin en révolution ». Université de Saint-Etienne, France (May 2011).

“‘Dishing out the dirt’: réactions françaises au procès Oscar Wilde.” Presented at the Annual International Colloquium of the Société des Dix-neuvièmistes. University of Birmingham (April 2011).

“Lire – enseigner  Gide aux Etats-Unis aujourd’hui : approches critiques et parcours personnels.” Presented at the International Colloquium on André Gide. Université du Sud–Toulon Var (March 2011).

“Infâme affaire : échos du procès Oscar Wilde dans la presse française.” Presented at the International Colloquium on “Masculine/Feminine in 19th century French Press”. CNRS/Institut de Sciences de l’Homme, Université Lumière Lyon 2 (November 2010).

“Vu d’ici : Julien Green, l’exil américain et la vision de l’Europe (1940-1945).” Presented at the International Colloquium on Julien Green. Università degli Studi di Macereta, Italy (October 2010).

“Aux confins de la folie : André Gide et Maurice Denis et Le Voyage d’Urien.” Presented at the Annual International Colloquium of the Société des Dix-neuvièmistes. University of Bristol (March 2009).

“Toward a New Literary Canon: Cocteau between Gide and Proust.” Presented at the University of Bucharest, Romania (October 2008).

“From Illustration to Decoration: Maurice Denis reads Verlaine and Gide.” Presented at Arizona State University, School of International Letters & Cultures (September 2008).

“Mémoire picturale et souvenir littéraire: images de l’Italie chez André Gide et Maurice Denis.” Presented at the Annual International Colloquium of the Société des Dix-neuvièmistes. University of Manchester (March 2008).

“Il Fascino di Roma: André Gide et Maurice Denis face à la ville éternelle.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA). Chicago (December 2007).

“De l’onanisme : discours institutionnels et alternatives individuelles.” Presented at the Annual International Colloquium of the Société des Dix-neuvièmistes. University of Cambridge (March 2007).

“Douleur de l’aveu : le plaisir solitaire dans les récits fin de siècle d’André Gide.” Presented at the Annual International Colloquium of the Société des Dix-neuvièmistes. University of Edinburgh (March 2006).

 “Urien en habits nabis.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA).  Washington, D.C. (December 2005).

 “Émancipation sexuelle et obstacles paratextuels.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies. University of Florida, Gainesville (April 2005).

“Du sacrifice comme mode de lecture.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA). Philadelphia (December 2004).

“’Au réveil il était midi’: allégories de la création poétique dans quelques textes symbolistes.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. Washington University, Saint Louis (October 2004).

“Pour une édition génétique du Voyage d’Urien d’André Gide” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA). Boulder (September 2004).

“Pour une édition génétique du Voyage d’Urien.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA). San Diego (December 2003).

“Le Grand Contempteur: Remy de Gourmont vu par Paul Léautaud.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. University of Arizona (October 2003).

“Fautes de frappes.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies.  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (April 2003).

“La Traversée du désert.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA).  New York (December 2002).

“Désirs contrariés.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. The Ohio State University, Columbus (October 2002).

“Un certain sujet (Roland Barthes).” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies. University of Connecticut, Storrs (April 2002).

 “Du devoir de juger.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA). New Orleans (December 2001).

“L’Écriture comme laboratoire de la création.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. University of Wisconsin, Madison (October 2001).

“Echos gidiens dans Le Livre blanc de Jean Cocteau.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies. University of California, Davis (April 2001).

“De la NRF à de la haine dans l’air : l’affaire Gide-Béraud.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA). Washington, D.C. (December 2000).

 “Figures et effigies dans l’œuvre de Maurice Denis.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (October 2000).

“Eros en URSS.” Presented at the Third Colloquium on the Rhetoric of the Other. University of Quebec at Montreal (May 2000).

“Villa Médicis : variations sur un même lieu.” Presented at the “Renaud Camus écrivain” International Conference, Yale University (April 2000).

“Affaire de sentiments : politique et sexualité chez Gide.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies. University of Pennsylvania (April 2000).

 “’La Place que vous tenez dans la peinture’: portrait de l’artiste en son siècle.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. Presented at the University of Western Ontario (October 1999).

“Les Gens heureux n’ont pas d’histoire: malheur et homosexualité.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (April 1998).

“Dis-moi qui te hante, je te dirai qui tu hais: surréalisme et homophobie.” Presented at the Colloquium on the Rhetoric of the Other. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (November 1997).

“Urien l’innommable.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies. The Ohio State University, Columbus (April 1997).

“Baby Alone in Babylone: René Crevel Sexual Dissident.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA). Washington, D.C. (December 1996).

“Matière sans langue.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. University of Toronto (October 1996).

“Voyage avec deux enfants: lieux du désir dans deux romans francophones.” Presented at the Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones (CIEF). Toulouse (May 1996).

“Un grand livre moderne.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA).  Chicago (December 1995).

“Passage du fragment au texte: la dynamique onirique dans les Petits Poèmes en prose.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. University of Delaware (October 1995).

“Ce que tout lecteur doit savoir: Vercors et l’écriture de la mort.” Presented at the International Colloquium on Vercors.  Université d’Angers (May 1995).

“’Ces phrases qui cognent à la vitre’: Gide et les surréalistes: une union libre.” Presented at the Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures. University of Cincinnati (May 1995).

“Ces corps de même sexe.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies. Stanford University (April 1995).

“’Yves n’aime plus Navarre’: les pièges de l’autobiographie.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA). San Diego (December 1994).

“Les Contours du rêve ou la hantise des limites.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. University of California, Santa Barbara (October 1994).

“La Quatrième Dimension du texte: Le Voyage d’Urien et son paratexte oublié.” Presented at the Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures. University of Cincinnati (May 1994).

“Babel, babil, Babylone ou les balbutiements du roman surréaliste.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies. Dartmouth College (April 1994).

“This is not a dream: Drawing the line between dream and text.” Presented at the Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. University of Louisville (February 1994).

“Huysmans le terrible: A propos du terrifiant dans l’écriture du rêve et la critique d’art de J.-K. Huysmans.” Annual Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. University of Kansas (October 1993).

“Le Cauchemar de Paludes ou la tentative d’écriture.” Presented at the Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures. University of Cincinnati (May 1993).

“Les Rêves d’Un Beau Ténébreux ou le théâtre des songes.” Presented at the Annual Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French Studies. University of Texas, Austin (March 1991).

 

Research Activity

Dr. Canovas is currently working on a book-length study entitled Regards anachroniques : sur quelques récits autobiographiques devoted to neglected French literary figures whose autobiographical works are often considered obsolete and/or anti-modern (Jean Cocteau, Julien Green, Paul Léautaud, Yves Navarre, Renaud Camus, etc.).

Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 325French Lang & Cult thru Film
FRE 484Internship
FRE 492Honors Directed Study
FRE 493Honors Thesis
FRE 590Reading and Conference
FRE 592Research
FRE 593Applied Project
FRE 595Continuing Registration
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 322French Literature
FRE 484Internship
FRE 492Honors Directed Study
FRE 493Honors Thesis
SLC 494Special Topics
FRE 494Special Topics
FRE 590Reading and Conference
FRE 592Research
FRE 595Continuing Registration
FRE 598Special Topics
SLC 598Special Topics
FRE 599Thesis
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 322French Literature
FRE 492Honors Directed Study
FRE 590Reading and Conference
FRE 592Research
FRE 593Applied Project
FRE 595Continuing Registration
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 325French Lang & Cult thru Film
FRE 484Internship
FRE 492Honors Directed Study
FRE 493Honors Thesis
FRE 494Special Topics
FRE 590Reading and Conference
FRE 592Research
FRE 595Continuing Registration
FRE 598Special Topics
FRE 599Thesis
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 322French Literature
FRE 412Advanced Written French
FRE 492Honors Directed Study
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 325French Lang & Cult thru Film
FRE 494Special Topics
FRE 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 412Advanced Written French
FRE 461Modern Narrative
SLC 494Special Topics
FRE 494Special Topics
SLC 598Special Topics
FRE 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 325French Lang & Cult thru Film
FRE 494Special Topics
FRE 500Research Methods
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 325Introduction to French Film
FRE 494Special Topics
FRE 510Introduction Textual Analysis
Honors / Awards

Nominated for the Zebulon Pearce Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU (2018)

Dean’s Humanities Fellowship Academy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU (Spring 2018)

Sabbatical Leave, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU (Spring 2015)

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Professors (2006-2007)

Sabbatical Leave, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU (Spring 2006)

Nominated for the Zebulon Pearce Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU (2005)

Research Fellowship, The Ohio Humanities Council (2003)

Recipient of the Zebulon Pearce Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU (2002)

Faculty Grant-In-Aid, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, ASU (2001)

Nominated for the Zebulon Pearce Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU (2001)

Research Grant, The Carnegie Institute for the Arts (2000)

Travel Grant, The Institute for the Arts at the Pennsylvania State University (2000)

Research Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU (2000)

Editorships

Advisory Board (Member), Revue de littérature comparée de l’Université de Bucarest.

Advisory Board (Founding Member), Bulletin René Crevel (1999-2005).

Reviewer for Cultura, Bulletin des Amis d’André Gide and Mémoire des Arts.

Advisory Board Member, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Literature and Cultures (CRILIC) at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (IISHSS), New York (since 2010).

Advisory Board (Member), Journal of Research on Gender Studies.

Advisory Board (Member), Journal of Surrealism and the Americas.

Advisory Board (Member), The Friends of European Art, Phoenix Art Museum (2004-07).

Reviewer for French Studies, L’Esprit créateur, Nineteenth-Century, Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature, Rocky Mountain Review.

Peer Review Analyst for manuscripts submitted to Laval University Press, Harcourt College Publishers, Elm Street Publications, Northwestern University Press, Pearson Education Publishing

Professional Associations

Associate Member, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Unité Mixte de Recherche 5317, Institut d'Histoire des Représentations et des Idées dans les Modernités (IHRIM), Unité Mixte de Recherche en Lettres, Philosophie, Langues et Arts, Région Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne (elected since 2016).

Associate Member, Centre de Recherche sur le Texte et l’Imaginaire (Figura), Département des Etudes Littéraires, Université du Québec, Montréal (elected since 2016).

Associate Member, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Unité Mixte de Recherche 5611, Littérature, Idéologies, Représentations au XIXe siècle (LIRE), Lyon 2, Grenoble 3, Saint-Etienne, Ecole Normale Supérieure (elected since 2008).

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Ph.D. Dissertation (As Member): Dorothy Dye, “Intersecting Transnational English Modernisms in Interwar France.” (2016) French M.A. and Honors College Theses (As Director): Shannon Ditto, “Translating Colette’s La Vagabonde." (2016) Benoît Ngolo, “Emma Bovary figure de lectrice." (2014) Monique Moyal, “The Difference is Spreading: the Influence of Charles Baudelaire and Stéphane Mallarmé on the poetry of T.S. Eliot and Gertrude Stein." (2013) Azadeh Alavi, “Le Dédoublement, les contradictions et la diversité dans le théâtre d’Alfred de Musset à travers Les Caprices de Marianne et On ne badine pas avec l'amour.” (2012) Marie-Anne Valente, “Le Naturalisme, le déterminisme et l'étude du milieu dans Germinal d'Emile Zola et Sub Terra de Baldomero Lillo.” (2012) Mackenzie Hopman, “Le théâtre de Molière : materials for college French teachers.” (2011) Jessica McCulla, “The Body Bound and Unbound: Awakening, Sensuality and Identity in Kate Chopin's The Awakening and André Gide's L'Immoraliste.” (2011) Anaïs Chrzan, “A Journey Through Madness with Faulkner and Bataille.” (2009) Barbara Fleming, “Spectacles of Sacrifice in André Gide’s Paludes and L’Immoraliste.” (2009) Diane Goullard-Parlante, “Maurice Denis: leçons d’Italie d’après son Journal. » (2009) Kara Tableman, “Writing the Unconscious: Linda Lê’s Symphonic Response to a Baudelairian Prelude.” (2006) Dorothy Dye, “Dépaysement and Division in Travel Narrative: A Study of L’Immoraliste and L’Aventure ambiguë.” (2006) Anne Claveau, “Approche pédagogique de la lecture de La Princesse de Clèves.” (2005) Dawn Moede, “A Translation of the First Three Chapters of Les Bandits de l’Arizona by Gustave Aimard,” (2004) Julie Adams, “Opening Closed Doors: a Study of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Huis-Clos,” (2003) Caroline André, “Projet pédagogique : La Comtesse de Ségur,” (2002) Sapna Bhagwat, “Malgudi Days de R. K. Narayan: une traduction de cinq nouvelles,” (2002) Emilie Legendre, “The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse de Louise Erdrich; une traduction de cinq nouvelles,” (2002) Dayna Kalinski, “Reading Henri Barbusse’s L’Enfer through Decadent Eyes,” (2001) Bruce Ellis, “Conversation sur l’oreiller: le problème de la communication chez Jean Genet,” (1997) Lisa Rooke, “René Crevel et Jean Cocteau: le Je(u) onirique ou Deux Visions surréalistes de l’enfance,” (1996) Melanie Zecca, “Jean Genet’s Les Bonnes: The Art of Self-destruction,” (1995) Stacey Eisenkraft, “La Violence fantasmée chez Marguerite Duras: une relecture de L’Homme assis dans le couloir,” (1995) Rachel Hall, “La Participation du lecteur dans deux romans d’Alain Robbe-Grillet,” (1994) Jacqueline Turnovsky, “(Auto)biography: An Exporation of Genre Boundaries in Colette’s La Maison de Claudine, La Naissance du jour and Sido,” (1993) Recent French M.A. Comprehensive Exams and Theses/Applied Projects (As Member) Anastasia Klenk (2016), Robert Parsley (2016), Marcia Doran (2016), Laurent Lasseron (2014), Kristina Morgan (2014), Shannon McHale (2013), Alexandra Wood (2013), Aurélie Chabaud (2013), Melita Prins (2012), Ryan Swankie (2011), Delphine Peureux (2011), Jérémie Lacoste (2010), Morgan Halas (2010), Anarita Botelho (2010), Vasant Kelkar (2009) Independent Studies: Benjamin Merkley (1999); Dana-Jean Lahaie (2000); Jessica McCulla (2002); Sahar Modares (2002); Hanna Mack (2003); Erin Richardson (2003); Ann Wilcox (2003); Matthijs Smith (2004); Lindsay Oleson (2004); Erin Richardson (2004); Ann Wilcox (2004); Erin Richardson (2004); Erin Richardson (2005); Aliya Buttar (2005); Kira Hessen (2005); Allison Reyes (2005) ; Robert Pennington (2006); Hanin Bearat (2006); Magdalena Espinoza (2009); William Crook (2009); Anne Glaros (2008); John Ebnet (2010); Jacob Done (2010); Vimbai Madzura (2011); Marie-Anne Valente (2011); Jessica McCulla (2011); Monique Moyal (2012).

Work History

Arizona State University (since 2000)

Reed College (1992-1997)

Service

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Advisory Board Member, Institute for Humanities Research (2006-07; 2007-08).

Honors Disciplinary Faculty, The Barrett Honors College (since 2006).

 

School of International Letters and Cultures

Faculty of French and Italian, Chair (Fall 2017-present)

Personnel Committee, Member (2003-04; 2004-05; Fall 2006; Fall 2016-present)

Graduate Steering Committee for the ILC PhD, Chair (2018)

Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Comparative Media Studies, Chair (Fall 2016)

Personnel Committee, Member (2003-04; 2004-05; Fall 2006; Fall 2016-now).

Search Committee for Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Russian, Chair (2016).

Tartar Scholarship Committee, Chair (2010-15).

Kestelik Scholarship Committee, Chair (2012-15).

Search Committee for Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Japanese, Member (2014).

Junior Faculty Review (Japanese), Member (2010-14).

Tenure Review Committee (Chinese), Member (2012)

Search Committee for Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Korean, Member (2008-09).

Steering Committee for the Development of the School of International Letters and Cultures, Member (2005).

Sub-committee on Graduate Admission for the Development of the School of International Letters and Cultures, Co-Chair (2005).

Search Committee for Department Chair, Member (2004-05).

Advisory Committee, Chair (2003-04).

Advisory Committee, Member (2002-03; 2003-04; 2004-05; 2005-06).

Search Committee for Assistant Professor of German and Information Literacy Specialist, Member (2002-03).

Honors College Advisor (2002-).

 

Faculty of French and Italian

Graduate Representative (elected, 2011-present)

Graduate Director (reelected, 2013-14).

Graduate Director (reelected, 2006-07; 2007-08).

Graduate Director (reelected, 2003-04; 2004-5).

Graduate Director (elected, 2000-01; 2001-02).

Director, Summer study-abroad program at Université Lumière-Lyon 2 (2004-present).

Director, Fall semester study-abroad program at Université Lumière-Lyon 2 (2009-15).

Junior Faculty Review (French), Chair (2010-2012).

Grade Equivalency Specialist for French, Study Abroad Office (2009-)

Search Committee for Tenure Track Assistant Professor of French, Member (2009-10).

Search Committee for Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Member (2009).

Search Committee for Tenure Track Assistant Professor of French, Chair (2004-05).

Search Committee for Visiting Professor of French, Chair (2004).

Coordinator and Evaluator, Lille study-abroad program (2002).

Co-organizer (with David Wetsel) of the 33rd annual meeting of the North American Society for

Seventeenth-Century French Literature (May 2-5, 2001).

Organizer, French Film Series (2000-02).

Co-organizer, Pi Delta Phi Award Ceremony (2001-2003).