Jocelyn Van Tuyl

Professor of French - French Language and Literature - Gender Studies - Humanities - Interdisciplinary Programs

Jocelyn Van Tuyl
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  • Office Location: ACE 213
  • Mail Location: ACE 116

Professor, French Language & 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, 2007), 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 (Proust, Saint-Exupéry, Conrad), juvenile fiction (Laura Ingalls Wilder), historical epidemiology (European writers as witnesses to the prehistory of the AIDS pandemic), current events and popular culture (Dan Brown’s French sources, French novels on 9/11), and pedagogy (teaching the French Revolution, teaching Claire de Duras’s Ourika).  Her current book project is titled The Secret Bookshelf: Classic Children’s Authors and Their Neglected Writings for Adults.

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

Recent Courses
Beginning French
World War II France in Film and Fiction
Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past
L’amour interdit (a literature survey in the original French focusing on the theme of forbidden love)