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Melissa Deininger is an Associate Professor of French at Iowa State University. She received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary, with majors in French and Government, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Language and Literature, with a Concentration in Literature and Politics, from the University of Pittsburgh. She is primarily interested in how literature and cultural production can impact perceptions of group identity. Her research interests include: French culture and history (18th century to present); Modern French politics and culture; Literature at moments of national crisis; the Marquis de Sade; and Art and Architecture as cultural production. She has published articles from 18th-century political figures to the 2002 election in France.

  • “The Marquis de Sade and the Resurgence of Erotica in Modern Literature.” Journal of International Network of Sexual Ethics and Politics (Barbara Budrich Publishers). Forthcoming.
  • “ ‘Aures habet et non audiet’: Sound Imagery in Hugo’s Quatrevingt-treize.” Symposium 69.3 (Fall 2015).
  • “Il est de certaines choses qui demandent absolument des voiles: The Space of the Boudoir in the Marquis de Sade.”  Invited submission for special issue “Narrative Perspectives and Interior Spaces in Literature Prior to 1850.” Style 48.4 (Winter 2014).
  • “Sade’s Interior Motives:  The Importance of the Unseen in the Château de Silling.” French Forum 38.3 (Fall 2013).
  • “Dangerous Indifference:  Franck Pavloff’s Matin brun and Political Quietism in France’s 2002 Elections.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: Sites 17.2 (March 2013).
  • “Sade, Revolution, and the Boundaries of Freedom” in (Re)Writing the Radical: Enlightenment, Revolution and Cultural Transfer in 1790s Germany, Britain and France, Maike Oergel, ed. (De Gruyter, 2012).
  • FR 201: 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 Literature (Fantasy & Fantastic; Adventure Stories; Art and Literary Propaganda)
  • FR 370: French Studies in English (Paris)
  • FR 370F: French Studies in English, cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies (Deviant Behavior)
  • FR 370xw: French Studies in English (World’s Fairs)
  • FR 476: French Civilization and History
  • LAS Small Grants (Travel and Research): 2009-2015
  • Foreign Travel Grant 2014
  • Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities 2011
  • Jeroldean McClain Grant for art history 2011
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Office: 2234 Pearson Hall
Phone: (515) 294-4314
Email: mdein@iastate.edu