Friday, February 5, 2016
Mercyhurst University professors Dr. Douglas Boudreau and Dr. Marnie Sullivan are co-editors of a newly published scholarly collection of essays called Ecocritical Approaches to Literature in French.
Sullivan said the publication marks the culmination of four years of hard work and perseverance.
Ecocriticism, the authors explain, is “a critical approach that focuses on the representation in literature of non-human elements of the natural world, a method of inquiry that has been largely limited to literature written in English. The chapters of this volume apply the principles of ecocritical inquiry to literature in French.”
The collection fills a void because there is limited ecocritical scholarship on French-language literature today. The book was created for graduate students, professors and researchers in French or Francophone literature, ecocriticism and comparative literature.
Boudreau is associate professor of French at Mercyhurst. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in French literature at Ohio State University. His dissertation, Conceiving the Nation: Literature and Nation-building in Renaissance France and Post-Quiet Revolution Quebec, reveals his research interests in Renaissance literature, 20th-century Francophone literature and the intersection of literature and national identity.
Sullivan is an assistant professor of English at Mercyhurst. She earned a B.A in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned a Ph.D. in literature from Bowling Green State University with a dissertation that examined Rachel Carson’s sea trilogy from feminist and ecofeminist perspectives. Her research interests include nature and environmental literature and the creative expressions of traditionally underrepresented groups.