I teach over all levels of undergraduate and graduate study at Monash University.
Within the French program I teach or co-teach
- a lecture course on French bande dessinée to ab initio French students as part of ATS1061 and ATS1062
- a course on French culture and film in the twenty and twenty-first centuries, looking (among other things) at La Bataille d’Alger, La Rafle and Les Intouchables, as part of ATS2063–2064 and ATS2065–2066.
- a seminar course on the idea of equality for ATS3067 and ATS3069.
I also teach the French and literary studies elective ‘Whatever Happened to Truth? French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture’ (ATS3077).
I lecture on Zola’s Thérèse Raquin, realism and naturalism for ATS1903: Introducing literature: Ways of reading in the Literary Studies major.
Whatever happened to truth?
‘Whatever Happened to Truth? French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture’ (ATS3077) can be taken as an elective in the literary studies major.
Literature and modernism
I co-ordinate and teach into the International Literatures capstone unit Literature and modernism ATS3421
I offer a lecture on Romantic theology for the unit ‘Literature and Romanticism’ (ATS2422).
Cultures of Remembrance
I teach a couple of seminars on Georges Perec for the LLCL school-wide unit Cultures of Remembrance (ATS3040).
Religion and Theology
Religions and the modern world
I am contributing a lecture dealing with some issues around secularism, atheism and humanism to the unit ATS1040 – Religions and the modern world.
I also help teach the literary and theoretical section of the LCL Honours workshop (ATS4653), with seminars on an introduction to literary theory, author theory, and deconstruction.
As Honours co-ordinator I have the privilege each year of meeting a new set of motivated and excited students taking their first steps researching a topic they are passionate about. This has to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job.
I offer a seminar on the actuality of the death of the author for the PhD coursework unit ‘Literary and Cultural Theory: An Overview’ (APG6724).
In the past I have taught and examined a range of French authors and schools in the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Zola, Proust, Gide, Breton, Artaud, Cocteau, Jarry, Beckett, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Merleau-Ponty, Genet, Robbe-Grillet, Apollinaire, Duras, Perec, Houellebecq, Bataille, Blanchot, Resnais, Varda, Barthes, Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Nancy and Badiou.
At Masters level I have taught seminars on Perec, Deleuze and Derrida.
In the past I have particularly enjoyed teaching an eight-week undergraduate seminar course covering a range of texts and topics in thought and literature from the ancient Greeks to the present day. This course was expanded to become the book From Plato to Postmodernism.
I also taught and examined translation from French into English at undergraduate level for a number of years.