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A native of France, Michèle A. Schaal pursued her graduate studies in the USA at Indiana University, Bloomington, so as to provide her work with a Gender Studies perspective. Always looking for original and cutting-edge experiences, while ABD, she spent four years in Germany where she was part the Free University’s Frankreich-Zentrum, a center devoted to French studies. She joined ISU as an Assistant Professor in 2012. Dr. Schaal is also a core faculty of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. When not on campus, Dr. Schaal enjoys travelling, going to museums, lap swimming and, as a French woman: cooking!

  • 2012: PhD in French Literature; Minor in Gender Studies; Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 2005: Master of Arts in French literature; Minor in Gender Studies; Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 2001: Maîtrise d’anglais (Master of Arts in English); Université de Strasbourg
  • 1999: Licence d’anglais (Bachelor of Arts in English); Université de Strasbourg

Refereed Articles

  • “Literary Borderlersness and Crossings: Marie Hélène Poitras’s Early Fictions” Women in French Studies 22 (2014): 44-61.
  • “Claire Legendre’s Portrait of Hypermodern Society.” Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature 37.1 (2013): 26-50.
  • “Un Conte de fées punk-rock féministe : Bye Bye Blondie de Virginie Despentes.” Dalhousie French Studies 99 (2014, volume dated 2012): 49-61.
  • “Le ‘je’ comme ‘jeu’ : Genre féminin et performance dans Truismes de Marie Darrieussecq.” Dalhousie French Studies 98. Special issue on Marie Darrieussecq (2013, volume dated 2012): 49-58.
  • “Troisième vague féministe américaine et jeune féminisme français: une introduction comparative.” Lendemains 37.145 (2012): 102-24.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • “Une Nécessaire rébellion féministe: la violence féminine chez Virginie Despentes.” Colette Trout and Frédérique Chevillot, eds. Rebelles, vilaines et criminelles chez les écrivaines d’expression française. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013. 267-82.
  • “Cendrillon détective : intertopoïsme performatif dans Piège pour Cendrillon de Sébastien Japrisot.” Loïse Bilat and Gianni Haver, eds. Le Héros était une femme… Le genre de l’aventure. Lausanne: Antipodes, 2011. 111-26.

Book Chapters

  • “The Hypermodern Condition in Isabelle Flükiger’s Novels.” Michael Gratzke, Margaret-Anne Hutton and Claire Whitehead, eds. Readings in Twenty-First-Century Literatures, Oxford: Peter Lang Publishers, 2013. 303-24.
  • “Virginie Despentes or a French Third Wave of Feminism?” Adrienne Angelo and Erika Fülöp, eds. Cherchez la femme: Women and Values in the Francophone World. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. 39-55.
  • “Gendered Performances: Fatherhood and Masculinity in Virginie Despentes’s Teen Spirit.” Edith B. Vandervoort, ed. Masculinities in Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century French and Francophone Literature. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. 41-63.

Book Reviews

  • La Barbe ! Cinq ans d’activisme féministeWomen in French Studies 22 (2014): 97-98.
  • Vérité et amour by Claire Legendre (review)” Women in French Studies 21 (2013): 111-13.
  • “Conte de l’hypermodernité: Best-seller d’Isabelle Flükiger.” Nouvelles Études Francophones 27.1 (2012): 298-301.
  • Apocalypse Bébé de Virginie Despentes: le polar comme nouvelle littérature engagée?” Observatorium der Gegenwartsliteratur/Observatoire de la littérature contemporaine – Frankreich-Zentrum der Freien Universität Berlin, 2010.

World Languages and Cultures

  • FRNCH 301: French Writing and Grammar
  • FRNCH 302: Reading and Writing French

Women’s and Gender Studies Program

  • WS 201: Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • WS 201H: Introduction to Women’s Studies (Honors section, established Spring 2015)
  • WS 501: Contemporary Feminist Theory

Women’s and Gender Studies Program – Independent Studies:

WS 490:

  • Fall 2014: Brenda Blackhawk: “Intersectionality and discrimination in Dee Rees’s Pariah

WS 590:

  • Spring 2014: Bethany Melendy: “Islamic Feminism and Gender Norms of Palestinian Refugees in Jordan”
  • Fall 2014: Leah Wilson: “Fleeing the Double Bind: Subverting the “White Trash” Label through Female Solidarity and Erotic Power in Dorothy Allison’s Cavedweller


  • ENGL 201: Introduction to Literature: “Worlds Gone Well and Worlds Gone Bad: An Approach to Literary Utopias and Dystopias”
  • ENGL 250: ISUComm Foundation Communication Course: Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic
  • ENGL 349: Multicultural Literatures of the United States: “Intersectionality and Intertextuality in Contemporary Fiction by Multicultural Women Writers”
  • ENGL 545: Women’s Literature: “Portraits of In-betweenness”


  • Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost Women’s and Diversity Grants, for the exhibition “(Re)discovering S(h)elves” (with Nancy Gebhart, ISU Museums)
  • Faculty Senate Committee on Recognition and Development – Foreign Travel Grant
  • Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Research Grant (Fall 2014 course release)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies – Outstanding Award in Teaching
  • Faculty H&R Award for Excellence in Promoting Pi Beta Phi’s value of Honor and Respect


  • Women’s Studies Mini-Grant for Research and Professional Development
  • Women’s Studies – Director’s Choice Award for Outstanding Service to or Scholarship in the Discipline


  • LAS Spring Small Travel Grants
  • Women’s and Gender Studies – Director’s Choice Award for Program Participation
Casual profile picture of Michèle Schaal


Office: 2230 Pearson Hall
Email: mschaal@iastate.edu