Sharon Marquart

Faculty

I began my undergraduate studies as a biology major in Akron, Ohio with the intent of becoming a medical doctor. It was reading an essay on the imagination by the French Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne in a French literature class that set me on a different course, one that led me to study at universities in the US, France and Spain, and to teach and research throughout North America and Europe. Prior to joining Gustavus, I was an Associate Professor of French at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, where I also served as Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program and was a Core Faculty member in the MA in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory Program. I have also previously taught at the University of Michigan, the Université Paris 7 in France, and at the University of Houston, where I was a recipient of the university-wide Teaching Excellence Award.

At Gustavus, I have a joint appointment in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program. My teaching ranges from French language and culture courses to seminars taught in both French and English on topics such as the Holocaust, anti-authoritarianism in the graphic novel, representations of revolution and rebellion, and feminist thought. All of my courses draw from and contribute to my research, which focuses primarily on issues of ethical and political commitment in French and Francophone culture since the Second World War and their intersections with feminist theory and critical theory. I am interested in exploring how broad, malicious forms of marginalization and repression can be reinforced, unintentionally, by our everyday behaviors, and how literature, film, and photography can offer critical spaces of resistance to this exclusionary economy. How can culture reshape our interpersonal relations to counteract widespread social and political oppressions? What everyday resistances can we offer to harmful, macro-level social forces and how does this refine understandings of our political agency and personal responsibility?

In my monograph, On the Defensive: Reading the Ethical in Nazi Camp Testimonies (Toronto, Buffalo, and London: University of Toronto Press, 2015), I consider these issues in the context of narratives written by members of the French Resistance who survived various camps of the Nazi system. I am also co-editor, with David Caron of the University of Michigan, of a book of essays on the work of Auschwitz survivor Charlotte Delbo that was published by the Presses universitaires du Mirail in France (Les revenantes : Charlotte Delbo, la voix d’une communauté à jamais deportée; 2011), and I have published or have articles forthcoming in French Forum, H-France ForumRomanic Review, the Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma, as well as various essay collections on World War II and the Holocaust. I am currently working on a series of projects that examine conceptualizations of humanitarian engagement in French-speaking cultures, which has me engaging works from France, Haïti, Morocco, Québec, and Sénégal.

Education

B.A. University of Akron; Ph.D. University of Michigan


Courses Taught

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
FRE-101French I22015/FA
FRE-202Intermediate French II12016/SP
FRE-252Composition and Conversation II12016/SP
FRE-399French Civilization12015/FA