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Cosana Eram (French)

Cosana EramThe metaphor I would use to describe myself as a professor is that of a chamber orchestra conductor. I am passionate about the production and development of ideas and I hope I can pass this inclination on to my students. To me, one of the core purposes of a humanistic-oriented education is to make them think about how to become better citizens, intent to make a difference. I believe that it is my responsibility to create a learning environment where students are respected, valued, and supported so that they feel that they can ask questions, make mistakes, and participate freely. My investment in their personal development creates a positive class setting. In a world that is bound to become more and more multicultural, teaching French language, literature, and culture promotes awareness to "accented" (Naficy) otherness and is ultimately a tool for self-discovery and self-expression. I think that foreign language programs should be an essential part of academic education and I consider myself privileged to be in the position of promoting such an interest. 

Research:
European and American avant-garde (Tristan Tzara, Isidore Isou, Benjamin Fondane, Victor Brauner, Georges Hugnet, Joseph Cornell etc.), contemporary French fiction and poetry, theories of the literary canon, technology and the human (Bernard Stiegler), digital humanities.

Pending and Current Publications:
"Tzara's Other Face." Dada/ Surrealism Journal Special Issue "Dada and Surrealism in and of Romania," No. 20, Issue 1-2 (forthcoming, Winter 2014)

 "Isidore Isou's Awry Messianism," essay contributed to The Messianic Idea in Judaism Revisited, ed. Michael Morgan and Steve Weitzman, Indiana U Press (forthcoming, Winter 2014)

The Louis Zukofsky Era," Journal of American Culture, Vol. 34, Issue 1 (forthcoming, March 2014) (book review) 

"Georges Hugnet's Monsters and Women," essay contributed to The Aesthetics of Matter. Modernism, the Avant-Garde, and Material Exchange. Ed. by Sarah Posman, Anne Reverseau, David Ayers, Sascha Bru, Benedikt Hjartarson, Ed. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/ New York (November 2013)

Georges Hugnet's La vie amoureuse des Spumifères. Dada/ Surrealism Journal, No 19, Issue 1-2 (May 2013) (book review)

"Benjamin Fondane's View on History," invited essay to Leon Volovici's Festschrift, Benjamin Fondane - o noua lectura, ed. Michael Finkenthal, University of Iasi Academic Press (March 2013)

Courses:
(2012-2013)
French 118, Identité, mémoire et représentation dans la littérature française et francophone du 19e et du 20e siècles
Pacific Seminar 1
French 11 B (second semester French language)
French 25 (fourth semester French language)

(2013-2014)
French 122, L'Espace francophone
French 25 (fourth semester French language)
Pacific Seminar 3

Cosana Eram
Assistant Professor
Modern Language and Literature
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