Department of French and Italian

 

Didier Maleuvre

Didier MaleuvreDidier Maleuvre
Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Affiliated with the Center for Film, Television & New Media
Educational Background
  • Ph.D. Yale University, 1993
  • M.A., Yale University (1990) & University of Minnesota (1989)
  • B.A., English, University of Pau, France
Research Interests
  • Western Literature, Art, and Ideas
  • Philosophy
  • Art and Religion
  • History of Art
  • currently finishing a new book entitled The Happiness of Art: A Critical History
Publications
  • The Horizon: A History of our Infinite Longing (University of California Press, 2010). The book journeys through religion, philosophy, literature and art to show how our fascination with the outer reaches of life and knowledge is really the engine of civilization
  • The Religion of Reality: Inquiry into the Self, Art, And Transcendence (The Catholic University of America Press, June 2006). The book is a philosophic essay on the denial of transcendence in modern thought and, on the other hand, the vitality of the religious spirit in art
  • Museum Memories: History, Technology, Art (Stanford UP, 1999). A book on museums and the philosophy of art in the modern period
  • A collection of essays co-edited with Catherine Nesci, L'oeuvre d'identité. Essais sur le romantisme de Nodier à Baudelaire (Montréal: Paragraphes, 1996)
  • & numerous articles on art, literature, and philosophy
Recent articles include:
  • "Tocqueville on the Challenge of American Philosophy," Philosophy Today 44.4 (2000): 380-387
  • "Emerson on Patience," Prisms 8 (2000): 49-66. Reprinted in Recent Perspectives on European Romanticism, ed. Larry H. Peer (2002)
  • "Can we Believe Darwin?" Comparative Literature 53.2 (Spring 2001): 118-130
  • "The Heart of Kant's Ethics," Prisms 9 (2001): 157-175
  • "Must Aesthetic Understanding be Interpretive?" SubStance #96, 30. 3 (2001): 120-128
  • "Painting Mortality (Jacques-Louis David)," Diacritics 30. 3 (2002): 13-27
  • "Beyond Culture," Journal of Human Value 10:2 (2004): 131-141
  • "Art and the Teaching of Love," The Journal of Aesthetic Education 39.1 (Spring 2005): 77-92
  • "A Plea for Silence: Putting Art Back into the Art Museum," in Museum Philosophy, ed. Hugh H. Genoways, 2005, 165-176
  • "Of History and Things: The Age of Exhibition," in Die Ausstellung. Politik eines Rituals, Berlin/Zurich: Diaphanes, 2010
  • My teaching remains guided by the belief that works of literature and art have the power, not just to train critical thinking, but to awaken the moral faculties of the mind, to kindle generous curiosity, and to make us into advocates of life in its many forms.

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Didier-Maleuvre/e/B001JSA9V2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/artworks/stories/2010/2966698.htm
http://www.portrait.gov.au/site/recordings.php?vidID=78

Quarter Course Title
Spring 2012 FR 229AS Modern and Contemporary Studies
Spring 2012 FR 153C Autobiography and Life Stories
Winter 2012 IT 20X Introduction to Italian Culture
Spring 2011 FR 101C Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis
Spring 2011 FR 11B French for Graduate Students
Fall 2010 ITAL 20X Introduction to Italian Culture
Fall 2010 FR 147C French and Francophone Prose Fiction
Winter 2010 FR 156A French Cinema: History and Theory
Fall 2009 ITAL 20X Introduction to Italian Culture
Fall 2009 FR 153C Autobiographies and Life Stories
Spring 2009 FR 232D French Film and Theory
Spring 2009 FR 50CX Tales of Western Love
Winter 2009 FR 153C Autobiographies and Life Stories
Winter 2009 FR 147C French and Francophone Prose Fiction
Spring 2008 FR 50CX Tales of Western Love
Spring 2007 FR 231C Literature and Travel
Spring 2007 FR 11B French for Graduate Students
Winter 2007 FR 50AX Tales of Love
Winter 2007 FR 11A French for Graduate Students
Fall 2006 FR 50CX Tales of Western Love
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