Faculty

Brooke DonaldsonBrooke Di Lauro, Associate Professor of French

Dr. Di Lauro received her B.A. in French, German, and Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in French Literature from Yale University. Her dissertation, Les mortz qu’en moy tu renovelles: Eros and Thanatos in Maurice Scève’s Délie, focuses on metaphors of death in the first lyrical cycle and the first Petrarch-inspired love poetry ever published in France, making her officially a specialist in early modern poetry. Dr. Di Lauro’s interests outside the Renaissance include nineteenth-century French literature as well as comparative approaches to literature–especially the interface between literature and the visual arts and the connection between French and German Romanticism. Publications include articles in Emblematica: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Emblem Studies and The National Central University Journal of Humanities, as well as in the special edited volumes entitled Spaces of Consumption and Disposable Culture: A Material Dialogue in Medieval Europe and Euro Pop!: Essays on European Popular Culture. Email: bdilauro@umw.edu. Di Lauro’s CV.

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Scott M. Powers, Professor of French

Dr. Powers received his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in French from Tulane University. Dr. Powers has published several articles in leading academic journals on French Literature, namely on the topics of evil, secularization, anti-Semitism, medicine, French colonialism, and September 11. His article on Charles Baudelaire’s “Writing Against Theodicy” recently appeared in Nineteenth-Century French Studies. He has  edited a book entitled Evil in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2011), and his book entitled Confronting Evil: The Psychology of Secularization in Modern French Literature was recently published with Purdue University Press. He has also published articles on the post-modern novels of Michel Houellebecq and Frédéric Beigbeder. On two occasions he has published articles in the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series. Dr. Powers is also interested in French language pedagogy. He recently co-authored the 9th edition of the leading college textbook in intermediate French, entitled Interaction: Langue et Culture (2011). He is also interested in Business French pedagogy, and has published an article in Global Business Languages (Purdue University Press), entitled “The Integration of Culture in the Business-French Classroom: Engaging Students in the Analysis of an Annual Report,” and has translated into French a cross-cultural negotiation simulation entitled Frost en France, for use in Business and French classrooms. Dr. Powers has experience teaching all levels of French language, literature, and culture.  Email: spowers@umw.edu. Powers’ CV.

Photo of Marie A. Wellington Marie A Wellington, Professor of French

Dr. Wellington holds her doctorate from Harvard University, and she has experience teaching courses on all levels of French language and literature, undergraduate to graduate. She is a specialist in the literature of the Enlightenment and has concentrated her research in the theater and prose fiction of that period. In addition to her book on the theater of Voltaire, she has published articles, both in English and French, on various works of prose fiction in such journals as Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, The Australian Journal of French Studies, Dalhousie French Studies, and Romance Quarterly. Her current research centers on the same area of concentration. She is also a regular participant, often by invitation, in conferences on eighteenth-century studies, she has served on the editorial board of four professional journals, and she maintains membership in numerous professional organizations. E-mail:    mwelling@umw.edu. Wellington’s CV.

Leonard R. Koos, Associate Professor of French

Dr. Koos received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and French from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters and Doctorate from Yale University. He is a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century French literature, with particular emphasis on fin de siècle French culture. He received a national Endowment for the Humanities summer grant in 1995 for the research project “Depopulationist and Neo-Malthusian Literature in Turn-of-the-Century France.” Dr. Koos has published articles on Perec, Huysmans, Artaud, Jarry, travel writing, Barrès, and decadence. His most recent publications include “Improper Names: Pseudonyms and Transvestites in Decadent Prose” in Perrenial Decay: On the Aesthetics and Politics of Decadence (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999) and “Between Two Worlds: Construction Colonialist Identity in Turn-of-the-Century Algeria” in French Literature Series (v. 26, 1999). He is currently completing a book-length study of the late nineteenth-century decadent movement in France and has begun a new project of colonialist literature in the Maghreb in the nineteenth-century. In addition to the French courses he teaches, Professor Koos also regularly teaches IDIS 204, International Cinema. E-mail: lkoos@umw.edu. Koos’ CV.

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