World Languages & Cultures | Mariner, Frank
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Frank Mariner is Associate Professor of French Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University. An alumnus of Bowdoin College, he pursued graduate studies in French literature and history in Paris at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages in 1982. He has published a book on Jansenist memoir writing and a wide range of articles in Pascal studies, and on autobiography and life-writing practices in the early modern period. His current research focuses on the social dimension of Molière’s theater and on the writing of family biography in Louis XIV’s France..


  • Histoires et autobiographies spirituelles: les Mémoires de Fontaine, Lancelot et Du Fossé. Tübingen, 1998.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Relating to Authority in Charles Varlet de La Grange’s Family Record Book,” in Jennifer R. Perlmutter, ed. Relations and Relationships in Seventeenth-Century French Literature. Tübingen, 2006. 83-97.
  • “Family Perspectives in Gilberte Périer’s Vie de Monsieur Pascal,” in David Wetsel and Frédéric Canovas, ed. Pascal/New Trends in Port-Royal Studies. Tübingen, 2002. 203-17.
  • “L’Entretien à Port-Royal et l’anomalie de Pascal,” Studi Francesi 115 (1995) 25-39.
  • “Les Confessions de saint Augustin ou le double langage de soi,” Neophilologus 79 (1995) 525-39.
  • “The Order of Disorder: the Problem of the Fragment in Pascal’s Pensées,” Papers on Seventeenth-Century French Literature 38 (1993) 171-82.
  • “Gender and Authority in Jansenist Memoir Writing,” Papers on Seventeenth-Century French Literature 35 (1991) 443-60.
  • FR 101/102: Elementary French
  • FR 201/202: Intermediate French
  • FR 301: French Writing and Grammar
  • FR 302: Reading and Writing French
  • FR 305: French Conversation
  • FR 320: France Today
  • FR 340: Studies in French or Francophone Literature (Recent topics: Rational and Irrational Tendencies in 19th and 20th-century French Literature; The Hero from “A” to “Z”)
  • FR 378: French Film Studies in English (Identity and Subjectivity in French Cinema)
  • FR 476: French Civilization Seminar in English


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Phone: (515) 294-9301