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French Language, Literature and Culture

French Language, Literature & Culture | Literature


B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

An internationally-recognized researcher on the Nobel Prize-winning author André Gide, Professor Van Tuyl is the author of André Gide and the Second World War: A Novelist’s Occupation (SUNY Press, 2006), which was supported by a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She co-chairs the North American branch of the Association des Amis d’André Gide as well as the North American editorial committee for the Bulletin des Amis d’André Gide.

Professor Van Tuyl’s publications cover topics in French and comparative literature as well as Anglo-American children’s literature. She is currently co-editing an essay collection on neglected Newbery Medal books.

Professor Van Tuyl teaches all levels of French language and offers courses on wide range of topics in French and Francophone literature and culture.

Recent Courses

L’amour interdit (literature survey in French on the theme of forbidden love)
Le rire à travers les siècles (literature survey in French on literary humor)
Eighteenth-Century French Literature
The Twentieth-Century French Novel
Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past
World War II France in Film and Fiction
Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Contemporary Issues

Selected Publications

“‘What Goes Up Must Come Down’: The Twenty-One Balloons and the Politics of Lighter-Than-Air Fantasy.” Forthcoming in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 44.3 (2019).

André Gide et la Seconde Guerre mondiale: l’Occupation d’un homme de lettres, Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2017.

“‘Somebody Else’s Universe’: Female Künstler Narratives in Alcott’s Little Women and Rowell’s Fangirl.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 41.2 (2016): 199-215.

“Dolls in Holocaust Children’s Literature: From Identification to Manipulation,” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 40.1 (2015): 24-38.

“Noel Streatfeild’s Second-Hand Shoes: Reading The Whicharts Against its Juvenilization Ballet Shoes,” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 4.2 (2012): 43-66.

Ourika in an Honors College: From Intermediate French to Comparative Literature Seminar,” Approaches to Teaching Claire de Duras’s Ourika, ed. Mary Ellen Birkett and Christopher Rivers (New York, Modern Language Association of America, 2009) 135-139.

“‘Un effroyable consommateur de vies humaines.’ Témoignages littéraires sur la préhistoire du sida,” Bulletin des Amis d’André Gide 160 (October 2008): 509-541.

“9/11: Cultural Perspectives,” France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History, ed. Bill Marshall (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2005) III: 878-880.