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Modern Languages and Literatures

Emilie Roman

Emilie Roman

Lecturer in French and History


Examining how the notions of time and memory interact in the construction of national memory and identity, and how collective memory is shared, passed on, and constructed by the group in the modern society.

Power and visual materials: Documentary photos, images, films.


PhD, American Civilization and Literature, Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence, France

Defended with mention très honorable à l’unanim

Dissertation: “Le Bicentenaire de la Révolution américaine. Représentations audiovisuelles de la mémoire” (“The Bicentennial of the American Revolution: Audiovisual Representations of Memory.”)
Advisor: Gérard Hugues

MA French Language and Literature, the University of Virginia
MA2, (DEA), American Civilization and Literature, Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I), Aix-en-Provence, France, with distinction

Thesis: “L’organisation du bicentenaire de l’indépendance américaine: l’ARBA et l’ARBC.” (“The Organization of the Bicentennial of the American Independence : ARBA and ARBC.”)
Advisor: Hélène Christol

MA1, (Maîtrise), History of the Mediterranean, European and African worlds, Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I), Aix-en-Provence, France, with distinction

(While I was an exchange student at Washington College, MD), (2006)

Thesis: “Le bicentenaire de l’indépendance américaine dans la presse le 4 et 5 juillet 1976.” (“The Bicentennial of the American Independence in the Newspapers on July 4th and 5th, 1976. ”)
Advisor: Gilbert Buti

Licence, (French accredited equivalent to BA), History, Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I), Aix-en-Provence, France, with merit
DEUG, (2-year undergraduate diploma), History, Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I), Aix-en-Provence, France

Courses Taught

FREN110 Beginning French I
FREN112 Beginning French II
FREN210 Intermediate French: Cultural Emphasis
HIST259/FREN259/ISLM259/IREL224  Immigration in France,1945 to Today


“Americans Migrants, Identity and the Celebrations of the American Revolution Bicentennial.” (Working title. In progress)

Cruel Intentions or Les liaisons dangereuses in Pop Culture.” (Working title. In progress)

Awards and Honors

Aix-Marseille Université Research Grant.
Aix-Marseille Université Travel Grant.
Pi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society.
Lyon Summer Fellowship from the University of Virginia Department of French, 2009.
Conference Travel Grant, University of Virginia, 2010.
Teaching fellowship, University of Virginia, (2008-2010).

Talks and Posters

University of Virginia’s College at Wise, (2014), Seventh Latin American Cultural Identity Seminar: “Migrations and Cultural Identity of the Americas.” Presentation Title: “Americans Migrants, Identity and the Celebrations of The American Revolution Bicentennial.”

University of Kentucky, (2014), Sixty-sixth Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference: “Writing, Memory, Identity ” Presentation Title: “Meurtres pour Mémoire: Les Mimèsis de l’absence de mémoire collective.”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (2013), Nineteenth Annual Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures: “Between Lines: Adaptation, Space, and Creation” Presentation Title: “Les Fleurs du Mal à rebours.”

West Virginia University, (2012), Thirty-Fifth Colloquium on Literature and Film: “The Language of Humor in Literature and Film” Presentation Title: “Cruel Intentions or Les Liaisons dangereuses in Pop Culture.”