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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 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. In this multicultural world, teaching French language, literature, and culture promotes awareness to "accented" (Naficy) otherness and is ultimately a tool for self-discovery and self-expression. Foreign language and culture 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, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Joseph Cornell etc.), 20th and 21st century French fiction and poetry, theories of the literary canon, ethics of technology and the human (Bernard Stiegler), digital humanities.

Pending and Recent Publications:

"Isidore Isou, la pornographie comme critique sociale?" Mélusine No. XXXVI, Dossier Special: Masculin-Féminin, Paris (Spring 2016)

"Tzara's Other Face," Dada/ Surrealism Journal Special Issue "Dada and Surrealism in and of Romania," No. 20, Issue 1-2 (Summer 2015)

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

"Cherchez... le bruit! Marcel Proust in Service of Modern Communication," Inmediaciones de la Comunicación y las Humanidades, No. 9, Montevideo, Uruguay (September 2014) 

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

"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)

"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, Iasi, Romania (March 2013)

Selected Conference Presentations:

"Writing Of(f) Dada History," and "Victor Brauner's Utopian Picto-Poet World," 4th European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies Biennual Conference "Utopia," Helsinki, Finland, 29-31 August 2014

"Literary Adaptations in Recent Romanian Film," Round Table at the 3rd Romanian Film Festival, Stanford, 26-27 April 2014

"L'Intermédialité comme pratique d'enseignement," XXe Congrès de l'Association Internationale de Littérature Comparée (ICLA-AILC), Sorbonne, Paris, 18-24 July 2013

"Isodore Isou: the Avant-Garde After," 3rd European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies Biennual Conference "Material Meanings," Kent-Canterbury, UK, 1-4 September 2012

"Isidore Isou's Paris: Traité de bave et d'éternité and Perambulatory Transgression," 20th & 21st Century French & Francophone Studies International Colloquium "Crossings, Frictions, Fusions/ Traversées, frictions, fusions," Long Beach, Ca (29-31 March 2012) 

Books:

Canon. Canonic, Univers Enciclopedic, Bucharest, Romania (signed as Cosana Nicolae, 2007) (second augmented edition forthcoming in 2015)

Courses:

French 118, Identité, mémoire et représentation dans la littérature française et francophone du 19e et du 20e siècles
French 122, L'Espace francophone
French 128, Images et Voix de Femmes
French 11 B, French 23, French 25
Pacific Seminar 1
Pacific Seminar 3 

Cosana Eram
Assistant Professor
Modern Language and Literature
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