Melanie Giraud

Assistant ProfessorFrench

Mélanie Giraud, Ph.D., is Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her doctorate, with a specialization in French Literature, in 2009 at the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2016, she taught at Loyola University Maryland, the University of Central Arkansas, at Kenyon College, at Bucknell University, at Bryn Mawr College, at the Turun Yliopisto (Finland), and for the Franco-Hungarian Foundation for Youth (Hódmezõvásárhely, Hungary) and the Institut d’Etudes Françaises d’Avignon under the auspices of Bryn Mawr College in Avignon, France. At Goucher College, she teaches a broad range of survey and thematic courses that address the Parisian Cityscape in French Literature from the middle Ages to the twenty-first century.  

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

“From Mercier to Zola: Paris as City, Paris as Labyrinth in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French Writings” New York: Peter Lang Publishing (Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures Series), forthcoming book .

“Au Bonheur des Dames, Au bonheur des ogres, Au Malheur des dames : la filiation zolienne” Excavatio, Volume XXIX (Edmonton AB: Priority Printing, LTD., 2017) invitation to submit, work in progress. 

Publications

"Rhinocérosin Historical Context." Dramaturgical Essay. Department of Fine Arts & the McManus Theater, Loyola University Maryland, Spring 2015. 

"La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de Francede Blaise Cendrars ou les sursauts de la mémoire."GSIT Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: SITES (CF&FS: SITES) 17.5(December 2013) 493-501. 

"Les Rougon-Macquart by Emile Zola and Three Generationsby Yom Sang-Seop: Two Families, Two Empires."New Approaches to Zola and Naturalism.Cambridge Scholars Publishing (September 2013) 324-340. 

"Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de Francede Blaise Cendrars ou les sursauts de la mémoire."GSIT Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: SITES (CF&FS: SITES) 17.5  (December 2013) 493-501. 

"Les Rougon-Macquartby Emile Zola andThree Generationsby Yom Sang-Seop: Two Families, Two Empires."New Approaches to Zola and Naturalism. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (September 2013) 324-340. 

Minotaure : d’une couverture dalinienne ou le kaléidoscope avant-gardiste” Le médium,” Revue Proteus – Cahiers des théories de l’art, Numéro 1, December 2010, 36-44 : http://revue-proteus.com/Proteus01.pdf 

Les trafiqueurs de Lucio Mad et Nada de Manchette: Deux univers urbains labyrinthiques” Equinoxes, a graduate journal of French and Francophone studies, Numéro 5: Les Villes Capitales, Spring / Summer 2005 http://www.brown.edu/Research/Equinoxes/journal/journal.html 

“La réactualisation du mythe de Thésée au service d’une critique de la politique napoléonienne dans L’Œuvre de Zola” Histoire et Fiction dans les littératures modernes, Acts of the colloquium L’écriture de l’histoire (II), organized by the Faculté des Lettres of Cairo University and the Centre Français de Culture et de Coopération of Cairo under the auspices of the French Embassy (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2005) 75-84 

Germinal et La Bête humaine: fonction thématique et narrative du chiffre trois” - “Emile Zola e o naturalismo,” Cadernos Neolatinos, Departamento de Letras Neolatinas da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, IV, n° spécial, [s.p.], CD-ROM, April 2005 

“Le parcours labyrinthique de L'Œuvre: la quête de Claude” Excavatio, Volume XIX, Nos 1–2 (Edmonton AB: Priority Printing, LTD., November 2004) 55-75.

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Spring 2017 - Grant for Affiliate Faculty Delivering Presentations at Academic Conferences [$1,000] awarded by the Center for the Humanities, Loyola University Maryland, for the 2017 – Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium organized by Indiana University, Bloomington, April 6-8, 2017. Panel Chair. 

Fall 2016 - Faculty Affairs Committee Grant [$2,000]  awarded by Goucher College Provost’s Office, for the 13th International Conference, Émile Zola and Naturalism organized by the AIZEN/University of Debrecen. Debrecen, Hungary, June 8-10, 2017 & the 31st CIÉF International Convention (Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones) on Entre langue de bois et amnésie volontaire : la réinscription mémorielle des oubliés de l’Histoire, Martinique, June 26-July 2, 2017.  

Spring 2016 - Grant for Affiliate Faculty Delivering Presentations at Academic Conferences [$1,000]  awarded by the Center for the Humanities, Loyola University Maryland, for the 30th CIÉF International Convention (Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones) on Autour de l’arbre à palabres, Saly Portudal & Dakar, Senegal, May 20-29, 2016  

Spring 2015 - Grant for Affiliate Faculty Delivering Presentations at Academic Conferences [$1,000]  awarded by the Center for the Humanities, Loyola University Maryland, for the 2015 – Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium on Taking Stock: When Literature Produces Knowledge, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, February 26 - March 1, 2015 

Spring 2015 - Haig Fund Grant [$500] awarded by Loyola University Maryland , for the writing of Rhinoceros in Historical Context, a dramaturgical essay published in the official program for Rhinoceros, 2015 Mc Manus Theater production, Department of Fine Arts & the McManus Theater, Baltimore, February 19-22, 2015 

Spring 2014 - College of Liberal Arts Research Committee Grant, and Dean’s and Fray Estate Conference Funds for Faculty [$1,100] awarded by the College of Liberal Arts, the Office of the Dean and the Fray Estate Committee, University of Central Arkansas, for the 2014 – Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium on Money, CUNY/NYU/Columbia, New York City, March 6-8, 2014 

Fall 2013 - Dean’s and Departmental Travel Funds for Faculty [$800] awarded by the Office of the Dean and the Department of World Languages, University of Central Arkansas, for the International Colloquium Véronique Tadjo : postcolonialité littéraire, post-féminité ou africanité revendiquée ? The University of Johannesburg, South Africa, November 23-26, 2013 

Spring 2012 - University Research Council Grant [$300] awarded by the College of Liberal Arts Research Committee (CLA-URC), University of Central Arkansas, for the 2012 – Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium on Traversées, frictions, fusions, Long Beach, March 29-31, 2012 

Spring 2011 - Faculty Development Grant [$750] awarded for an international conference presentation on the labyrinth in the Arts, Kenyon College 

March 2010 Gladys Brooks Fund [$1,794] awarded for French & francophone DVD + class material purchases, Bucknell University 

Sept. 2009 - Gladys Brooks Fund [$2,872.91] awarded for rare books and class material purchases, Bucknell University 

Sept. 2009 - Dean’s Travel Funds for Faculty [$850] awarded by the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Bucknell University, for the 35th Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium conference, Salt Lake City, October 22-24 2009  

Spring 2008 - Dean’s Teaching Fellowship [$7,000] awarded to teach “Le Roman noir francophone,” JHU 

2007-2008 - Center for Educational Resources (C.E.R.) Technology Fellowship [$4,000] awarded for conceiving and designing a new Advanced Medical French course on WebCT, JHU, Summer/Fall 2007-Spring 2008 

Spring 2007 - GRO (Graduate Representative Organization) Conference Grant [$300] awarded by JHU for conference presentation on “'The Chapel of The Abyss' in Julien Gracq's The Castle of Argol: The Self and the Other” (Graduate Student Conference – Literary Odysseys Conference: the Journeys in and of Literature organized by the Dept. of Comparative Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder, Feb. 23-24, 2007) 

2006-2007 - Center for Educational Resources (C.E.R.) Technology Fellowship [$1,000] awarded for the French Elements & Learner Managed section of French Elements courses (Third Designer on WebCT), JHU 

Spring 2007 - Language Teaching Center Technology Grant [$466] awarded by the Language Teaching Center for the French Elements I & II plus Learner Managed section of French Elements courses (Third Designer on WebCT), JHU 

Fall 2006 The J. Brien Key Graduate Student Assistant Fund Award [$250] awarded by Dr. Key for the 32nd Annual Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium, Bloomington 

Summer 2004 - The William R. Kenan Fund Grant for Course Development [$1,000]awarded for creation and development of audio files to help students of Intermediate French with pronunciation via the course website, JHU 

2004-2005 - Student in Residence Fellowship  [$13,500] Pensionnaire Étranger de l’École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France 

2002-2008 - Daniel Coit Gilman Fellowship [$13,500/year] Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, JHU 

2002-2008 - Tuition Fellowship [$30,000/year] Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, JHU 

2002 - Full Tuition Fellowship  - Institut d'Études Françaises d'Avignon (France) under the auspices of Bryn Mawr College 

2001-2002 - Partial Tuition Award - Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Bryn Mawr 

2000-2002 - Gould Fellowship  - Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, French Department, Bryn Mawr College 

2000 - Travel Grant [$5.500 or HUF 1.200.000] Comenius Program, two-weeks study abroad program in France (40 students) 

2000 Travel Grant [$700 or HUF 150.000] Hódmezõvásárhely City Hall, Hungary, two-weeks study abroad program in France (40 students) 

2000 - Travel Grant [$500 or HUF 100.000] Villeroy & Boch (porcelain company), Hódmezõvásárhely, Hungary, two-weeks study abroad program in France (40 students)  

2000 - Exhibit Grant [$500 or HUF 100.000] Franco-Hungarian Foundation for Youth, Budapest, Hungary, Exhibit organized around water and environmental issues in French and Hungarian swamps  

Spring 1999 - Bourse de mobilité of the Socrates program - Exchange between the U.F.R. of Lettres et Sciences Humaines of Nantes (France) and The Turun Yliopisto (Turku, Finland)

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

Forthcoming in 2017) - "Du ‘bois d’ébène’ au ‘livre de pierre’ : voyage Nantes-Antilles ou le chemin méditatif des Anneaux de la mémoire"31st CIÉF International Convention (Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones). Panel on Entre langue de bois et amnésie volontaire : la réinscription mémorielle des oubliés de l’Histoire, Martinique, June 26-July 2, 2017. Co-Chair.  

(Forthcoming in 2017) - "Octave Mirbeau : du fils rebelle au frère d'armes." 13th International Conference, Émile Zola and Naturalism organized by the AIZEN/University of Debrecen. Debrecen, Hungary. 

2017 - "Le Seigneur de la Danse et Masque, raconte-moi de Véronique Tadjo : la littérature enfantine comme medium scriptural au service du patrimoine culturel africain” International Colloquium 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies organized by Indiana University, Bloomington, April 6-8, 2017. Panel Chair. 

2016 - "Les Adinkra dans laReine Pokoude Véronique Tadjo ou quand la mythologie et ses symboles servent à la légitimation d'un régime postcolonial. " 30th CIÉF International Convention (Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones) onAutour de l'arbre à palabres,Saly Portudal & Dakar, Senegal. 

2015 - "J'écris, je crie ou l'hybridité de l'écrivain face à l'Histoire : le cas Véronique Tadjo." Twentieth-and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. 

2014 - "Hugo et Bétances: rencontre entre un exilé de France et un exilé en France." Nineteenth Century French Studies (NCFS), 40th Annual Colloquium, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

2013 - "Anatomie intime deL'Argentcontant au 67e Festival d'Avignon." Twentieth-and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Studies," CUNY/NYU/Columbia, New York City. 

2013 - "La Reine Pokou, concerto pour un sacrifice: entre métissage racial, culturel et littéraire." International ColloquiumVéronique Tadjo: postcolonialité littéraire, post-féminité ou africanité revendiquée ?The University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 

2013 - "Online Components: Self-corrected Exercises and Authentic Interviews in Second Language Acquisition." Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association (AFLTA) Spring 2013 State Conference, Hot Springs, AR. 

2013 - "Morceaux de femmes ou l'esthétique fragmentaire chez Ionesco et Fréchette." Twentieth-and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Studies, The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. 

2012 - “Film-making in French Language and Literature Courses: Collaboration between Disciplines”  Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association (AFLTA) Spring 2012 State Conference on Language Educators Collaborate, Hot Springs, AR, April 19-20, 2012 

2012 - “La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France de Blaise Cendrars ou les sursauts de la mémoire” 

2012 – Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium on Traversées, frictions, fusions, Long Beach, March 29-31, 2012 

2011 - Les Rougon-Macquart by Emile Zola and Three Generations by Yom Sang-Seop: Two families, Two Empires”  The International AIZEN/Pusan National University Conference in South Korea on Le Naturalisme littéraire et filmique à travers le monde, Pusan, South Korea, October 6-8, 2011 

2011 - “‘L’homme est un loup pour l’homme’ : la vargynjur de Salvador Dalí ou le renouvellement du mythe du Minotaure  

2011 – Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium on Human-Animal / Humain-Animal, San Francisco, March 30-April 2, 2011 

2011 - “Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: And a River Runs Underneath It”  International Conference:Between Experience and Representation. Cities in an Area of Tension, 1800-1914, Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, March 10-11, 2011  

2010 - De M.P. à P.M. : Le “fil fatal” (re)liant Marcel Proust à Paul Morand  “Proust et son époque” Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 7-10, 2010 

2010 - La vie en spirale d’Abasse Ndione et Les trafiqueurs de Lucio Mad : “Les chemins d’ici s’en vont[-ils] vers l’infini”? 

2010 – Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium on Nouveaux Mondes, Nouveaux Espaces, Université de Guelph (Canada), March 25-27, 2010 

2009 - “Le Progrès: À rebours de l'Histoire” 35th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium (NCFS), “Fossilization & Evolution,” Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, October 22-24, 2009 

2008 - “Les Misérables: ‘The Intestine of the Leviathan’ or Lost in the Underground Sewer”  MLA session on The Underground, 2008 MLA Convention, San Francisco, December 29, 2008 

2008 - “C.E.R. Technology Fellowship Symposium”   Medical French Technology Fellowship Project (WebCT website) presented to the Johns Hopkins community, JHU, April 30, 2008 

2008 - Au Bonheur des Dames to Au bonheur des ogres: the Parisian ‘grands magasins’ as Cities within the City”  UMBC Conference on Building Bridges in the City and Beyond: Languages, Communities, and Cultures, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, April 11-12, 2008 

2007 - “Ville du dessus, Ville du dessous: La réhabilitation hugolienne des sites parisiens délaissés” 33rd Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, “High/Low: Nineteenth-Century French Culture,” University of South Alabama, Mobile, October 18-20, 2007 

2007 - C.E.R. Technology Fellowship Symposium”    French Elements Technology Fellowship Project (WebCT website) presented to the Johns Hopkins community, JHU, April 30, 2007 

2007 - “Victor Hugo, ce sauveur du patrimoine-capital/e”   38th Annual Convention of the NeMLA, “Legacy of Victor Hugo” panel, Baltimore, March 1-4, 2007 

2007 -'The Chapel of the Abyss' in Julien Gracq's The Castle of Argol : The Self and the Other   Graduate Student Conference – Literary Odysseys Conference: the Journeys in and of Literature organized by the Department of Comparative Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder, February 23-24, 2007 

2007 - “'La Chapelle des abîmes' dans Au château d’Argol de Julien Gracq : errance trans(formative) ou versions et conversions du Soi”  2007 Conversions Conference hosted by the Department of French and Italian at Stanford University. Stanford-Palo Alto, January 26-27, 2007 

2006 - Germinal et La Bête humaine: l’Homme et le Monstre”  32nd Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium of the French and Italian Department, Indiana University. Bloomington, October 19-21, 2006 

2005 - Les trafiqueurs de Lucio Mad et Nada de Manchette: Deux univers urbains labyrinthiques” 13th annual Graduate Conference of The Department of French Studies at Brown University. Brown University, Providence, March 18-19, 2005 

2004 - La réactualisation du mythe de Thésée au service d’une critique de la politique napoléonienne dans L’Œuvre de Zola  International Conference L’écriture de l’histoire, entre historiographie et littérature, International colloquium, organized by the Faculté des Lettres of Cairo University and the Centre Français de Culture et de Coopération of Cairo. Cairo, December 4-6, 2004 

2004 - “Quand Zola revisite le mythe du Triangle des Bermudes”  13th International Conference, Émile Zola and Naturalism organized by the AIZEN and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Federal University of Rio, May 25-28, 2004 

2004 - Molière: misogynistic playwright or advocate of the female condition?  Graduate Student Workshop organized by The Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), April 16, 2004 

2004 - Conception, Design and Presentation in English of a Website (on WebCT) for the Scientific & Advanced Scientific French courseLanguage Teaching and Technology Seminar, JHU, April 13, 2004 

2003 - Le milieu labyrinthique dans L’Oeuvre de Zola: entre complexité et expérience  12th International Conference, Émile Zola and Naturalism organized by the AIZEN. University of Texas at San Antonio, October 9-11, 2003 

2003 - L’événement d’Annie Ernaux: Le sujet et le temps de l’écriture”  Round Table organized by Prof. Tiphaine Samoyault within the context of Actualités de la Fiction seminar, JHU, April 2003 

Invited Talks

Spring 1999 – At the office of the newspaper The Turun Sanomat of Turku/Ǻbo (Finland) 

Spring 1999 – At the Music Conservatory of Turku/Ǻbo (Finland) 

Regular invitations at St Charles Elementary School for talks on Study abroad and Travel. 

Academic or Professional Associations

AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) 

CIÉF (Conseil International d’Études Francophones) 

CF&FS: Sites (Contemporary French & Francophone Studies) 

International Association for Multidisciplinary Approaches and Comparative Studies related to Émile Zola and his Time (AIZEN: lifetime membership) 

Modern Language Association (MLA, until 2013) 

NCFS (Nineteenth-Century French Studies) 

Pi Delta Phi Honorary Member, Kappa Delta Chapter, National French Honor Society 

Séminaire Zola, Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes, CNRS, Paris 

Société des études romantiques et dix-neuviémistes (SERD) 

Société des Professeur​s Français et Francophon​es d'Amérique (SPFFA) 

The Emile Zola Society   

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

2016-17 - Photographer: photography published by Dr. Oana Panaïté (Indiana University – Bloomington) as the cover for her collection of theoretical essays, Reading Communities: A Dialogical Approach to French and Francophone Literature (Paris: Cambridge Scholars, 2016: <http://www.cambridgescholars.com/reading-communities>). A second photography was selected for publication as the cover of Dr. Oana Panaïté forthcoming book, “The Colonial Fortune in Contemporary Fiction in French.” (U.K.: Liverpool University Press, January 2018) 

Apr. 2015-16 - Judge for the Humanities division at 2016 Loyola Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium (USRSC), Loyola University Maryland 

April 2016 - Judge for the Departmental Essay Contest, Loyola University Maryland, April 17, 2016. 

April 2016 - Relay For Life fundraising participant, Loyola University Maryland, April 2-3, 2016. 

2014-present - Service beyond Loyola Campus: Non-Profit Organization “Rendez-vous Haïti” Fundraising Helper and Tri-fold Designer, Loyola University Maryland. 

Mar. 2015 - Rendez-vous Haïti” Volunteer & Computer Literacy Teacher at the Foyer Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Haïti, March 2-7, 2015 

Sept. 2014 - Photographer: photography published by Dr. Yves Citton in his book Pour une écologie de l’attention (Paris: Éditions du Seuil, September 2014; and its January 2017 translation)  

2011-2014 -  World Language Club Faculty Advisor, University of Central Arkansas 

2011- 2012 - Student Government “Diversity Committee” Member, the Student Government  Association, UCA 

2011-2012 - Mentorship Sub-Committee Officer, the Student Government Diversity Committee, UCA 

Dec. 2011 - Diversity & Disabilities Seminar Participant, the Office of University Training, UCA 

2010-2011 - Senior Theses Second Advisor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, French Studies, Kenyon College 

2009-2010 - Student Organization Advisor, French Club, Bucknell University 

2007-2008 - Graduate Student Mentor, Counseling Center Advisory Board (CCAB), JHU 

Fall 2006 - Participation as Representative of the German and Romance Languages and Literatures Department’s graduate students (JHU) for the elaboration of the departmental Handbook 

2006 - Organizer & Coordinator, International Math Contest Kangourou at JHU 

2005-2006 - Interviewer and Translator (English-French) for Mr. Eric Maurette, Director of Prépamath, for the second edition of his book Comment travailler plus efficacement, Paris: Fernand Nathan & Prépamath Éditions, 2008 

2005 - Translator: Proofreading and revision of a translation from English to French for Dr. Walter Stephens, JHU, March-April 2005  

Simultaneous translation/interpretation for Manuel Van Ribbeck Esq. of Nolan Law Firm based in Chicago, Marseille, January 2005 

2004/ 2006 - Coordinator, Certificat de français scientifique (CFST) of the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris, at JHU 

1999-2000 - National Internships Participant (DELF, DALF, Communicative Methods, Teaching Methods, Usage of songs in the classroom, Activités ludiques, etc.), French Embassy in Hungary, Budapest