Faculty and Staff
Cecilia M. Beach
Professor French
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Department: Modern Languages  
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Cecilia M. Beach
Education
PhD: French
New York University, 1993

D.E.A.: French
Université de Paris VII (Jussieu), 1989

M.A.: French
Middlebury College, 1985

B.A, Cum Laude: Linguistics
Pomona College, 1983

Background
Teaching Interests
French language, literature and culture.
French women's literature.
Modern French drama.
Women's Studies.
History and Culture of Paris.
Yoga.


Selected Publications
"André Léo" and "Marie-Louise Gagneur." The Literary Encyclopedia. Web. Forthcoming 2016.

"Liberté, Égalité, Sororité dans Marianne." Les Vies d’André Léo. Rennes: Presses universitaires de France, 2014.

"L’Elan d’un trajectoire." Co-authored with Louis Vibrac. Les Vies d’André Léo. Rennes: Presses universitaires de France, 2014.

"André Léo : Feulletoniste." Les Vies d’André Léo. Rennes: Presses universitaires de France, 2014.

"Les Romans Italiens." Les Vies d’André Léo. Rennes: Presses universitaires de France, 2014.

Women’s Voices: Critical Essays on Francophone Women’s Theater. Edited by Cecilia Beach and Joyce Johnston. Special issue of WIF Studies (2014).

"André Léo." Co-authored with Charles Sowerine. Dictionnaire des créatrices. Antoinette Fouque, Béatrice Didier, Mireille Calle-Gruber eds. Paris : Editions des femmes, 2013.

"Marie-Louise Gagneur : La Force de l’idée." Cahiers Charles Fourier. N. 23 (December 2012): 53-72.

"De la théorie à la fiction : Aline-Ali, roman féministe anti-proudhonien. " Preface to a new edition of Aline-Ali (1869) by André Léo. Chauvigny: Publications Chauvinoises, 2011. Edition prepared by Cecilia Beach, Alice Primi and Caroline Granier.

"The Literary Culture of Workers, Women and Peasants in Novels by André Léo." French Forum. 36:1 (2011): 1-21.

"Savoir c’est pouvoir: Integral Education in the Novels of André Léo." Nineteenth Century French Studies, Spring 2008.

Staging Politics and Gender: French Women’s Drama, 1880-1923. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

"Women's Social Protest Theater in the Université Populaire: Nelly Roussel and Vera Starkoff." Women in French Studies. Special issue "Women in French at the Threshold of the XXIst Century: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives", 2003.

"Marie Lenéru and the Theater of Ideas," Women in French Studies. Vol. 9 (2001): 54-78.

"Representations of the Mother(land) in Plays of Maryse Condé." French Literature Series. Vol. XXVII (2000): 195-208.

"Braving the Law: Feminism and Anarchism in Madeleine Pelletier’s Theatre." Working papers on Contemporary France. 4 (1999): 25-36.

Contributor. Feminist Companion to French Literature. Ed. Eva Sartori. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.

"A Table: The Power of Food in French Women's Theatre." Theatre Research International, Vol. 23, No. 3, 1998.

Contributor. Marguerite Duras: A Biobibliography. Ed. Robert Harvey. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.

French Women Playwrights of the Twentieth Century: A Checklist. CT: Greenwood, 1996.

Translation. "France" by Véronique Nahoum-Grappe. International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture. Ed. Dwight B. Heath. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995.

French Women Playwrights before the Twentieth Century: A Checklist. CT: Greenwood, 1994.


Conference Papers
"Felicitous Contamination: Recipes for a Happy Mésalliance." Nineteenth-Century French Studies conference. Princeton, NJ. Nov. 5-7, 2015.

"Motherless-or Motherfree?-Daughters in the Novels of André Léo." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. Santa Fe, NM. Oct. 8-10, 2015.

"La foi républicaine in André Léo’s novels of exile." Nineteenth-Century French Studies conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Oct. 16-19, 2015.

"Souvenirs de guerre: Literary impressions of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune in Novels by André Léo and Marie-Louise Gagneur." 7th International Women in French Conference. University of Guelph, Ontario. May 22-24, 2014.

"Les Romans Italiens." Les Vies d’André Léo, 3e Journée d’Etudes. Poitiers, France, Oct. 18, 2012.

"André Léo, la plume au service de l'Idée. " Presented for the inauguration of a classroom in honor of André Léo at l’Hôtel Fumé, Université de Poitiers, France, Oct. 17, 2012.

"Breaking the chains: Divorce in the Novels of André Léo and Marie-Louise Gagneur." Women in French Conference, Tempe AZ, Feb. 2012.

"André Léo : Feulletoniste." Les Vie d’André Léo Journée d’Etudes. Poitiers, France, Oct. 2011.

"André Léo’s Feminism," Women in French Conference, June 2010.

"Vacuity vs. Vitality: The Evolution of Women in Novels by André Léo." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, Nov. 2009.

"Anticlericalism in the Novels of André Léo." PAMLA Conference, Claremont, CA, Nov. 2008.

"The Literary Culture of Workers, Women and Peasants in Novels by André Léo." Women in French Conference, Fort Worth TX, April 2008.

"Savoir c'est pouvoir: Integral Education in the Novels of André Léo." Women in French Conference, University of New Hampshire, April 2006.

"Liberté, Egalité, Sororité: André Léo’s Marianne." Women in French Conference, Claremont, CA, April 2004.

"Witnessing War in Women's Drama." Twentieth and Twenty-First-Century French and Francophone Studies, Hartford CT, April 2002.

"Francophone Literature of Madagascar." Session Chair. NEMLA Convention, Hartford CT, March 30-31, 2001.

"Rewriting the mariage plot: les noces rouges in works by Louise Michel." SCMLA Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 2000.

"Theatre and the Université Populaire: Nelly Roussel and Vera Starkoff." Women in French Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 2000.

"Representations of the Mother(land) in Plays of Maryse Condé." French Literature Conference, University of South Carolina, March 1999.

"Louise Michel: Staging the Revolution." Bergren Forum, Alfred University, March 4, 1999.

"Braving the Law: Feminism and Anarchism in Madeleine Pelletier’s Theatre." Presented at the Women in French Conference at Ilkley, Yorkshire, May 1998.

"Forgotten Playwrights of the XXth Century: Marie Lenéru and Marcelle Maurette." Presented at the International Colloquium in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Studies, Amherst, MA, March 1998.

"Staging Revolt: Anarchist Performance and the Theatre of Louise Michel." Presented at Cincinatti Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, May 1997.

"A Table: The Power of Food in Contemporary Women’s Theatre." Presented at "Women give voice to women: Feminist theory in practice on the French stage?", London, February 1997.

"The Aesthetics of Social Protest Theatre." Presented at Allegheny College Humanities Lectures Series, Dec. 3, 1996. Preceded by a dramatic reading of "Par la Révolte" (1903) by Nelly Roussel.

Honors and Awards
Hagar Professor in Humanities, 2013-2015.

Abigail Allen Faculty Award, 2012.

Alfred University International Fellowship for Faculty Development, 2005.

Alfred University NEH Endowment Fund, Grant for Research Expenses, 1998, 2000-2001, 2004, 2005.

Phi Sigma Iota, National Foreign Languages Honors Society, 1998.

Bourse Chateaubriand, 1992-1993.

American Association of University Women: Dissertation Fellowship, 1991-1992.

NEMLA Summer Grant, Summer 1991.

French Government Fellowship, 1990-1991.

Fellowship for Columbia Graduate Research Institute in Paris, 1990-1991.

New York University: Developmental Fellowship, 1988-1989.

Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, Pomona College Scholar, Glass Linguistics Prize, 1983.