John S. Bak

Département/Department : Anglais/English  J S Bak
Grade/Position : Enseignant-Chercheur/Teacher-Researcher
Title : Professeur/Professor

Domaines de recherche/Research Interests :
• Théâtre et littérature dramatique américain/American Drama and Theatre
• Reportage littéraire/Literary Journalism
• Autobiographie/Life-Writing (the cross-roads between fiction and memoir)
• Etudes gothiques/Gothic Studies

Diplômes/Degrees :
• Postdoctoral Habilitation Université Paris Sorbonne, France (2006)
• Ph.D. Ball State University, USA (1993)
• M.A. Ball State University, USA (1989)
• B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana, USA (1987)

Projets en cours/Current Projects :
Recently renamed Visiting Senior Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, University of Oxford for the academic year 2015-16, John will present seminars and continue his research on Tennessee Williams’s Memoirs and autobiographical writings.  He conducted similar research as the Frederic D. Weinstein Memorial Fellowship in the Humanities at the Harry Ransom Research Center, University of Texas ( 2014), as a Research Fellow at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University (2013), and the Rodney G. Dennis Fellow in the Study of Manuscripts at the Houghton Library, Harvard University (2011).  John is looking  into the late, non-fiction prose writings of Tennessee Williams, with the aim of producing a book on the twenty years that went into the writing of his memoirs. He is currently writing or editing several books on Williams (including one on Williams’s own paintings) and on Literary Journalism, which remains his other major area of research. He is also putting together a long-term project on “Literary Journalism and War” that will include participants from all over the world. The project, entitled ReportAGES, began last year with a series of seminars that he hosted, and will continue this year with a one-day conference in June on literary journalism and World War I and a larger congress on literary journalism and Africa’s (post)colonial wars in June 2015.

Bureau/Office: Bât E, salle 2/Bldg. E, Room 2
Adresse: UFR Langues et Littératures Etrangères, 3 place Godefroy de Bouillon, BP 3397, 54015 Nancy cedex, France
Téléphone/Phone: +33(0)3 54 50 46 85
Email: john.bak@univ-lorraine.fr

Publications et communications récentes/Recent Publications and Conference Presentations
Livres/Books
Tennessee Williams and Europe: Intercultural Encounters, Transatlantic Exchanges. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2014. 399 pp.

Tennessee Williams: A Literary Life. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 342 pp.

British Literature and Spirituality: Theoretical Approaches, Transdisciplinary Readings, co-edited with Franz Wöhrer. Vienna: LIT Verlag, 2013. xxvii + 281 pp.

Literary Journalism across the Globe: Journalistic Traditions and Transnational Influences, co-edited with Bill Reynolds. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press (USA), 2011. 306 pp.

Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Queer Masculinities, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (USA), 2010. 306 pp.

New Selected Essays: Where I Live [by Tennessee Williams], editor, New York: New Directions, 2009.  xxiv + 308 pp. (extended notes, afterword, and complete list of prose works published or in archives)

Revues internationales et ouvrages internationaux avec comité de lecture/International Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Journal Articles

The Taj Mahal with Ink-Wells by Tennessee Williams: Edited with a Commentary.” The Keynon Review 38.2 (Mar.-Apr. 2016): 54-69.

“‘Mending my Sails by Candlelight’ by Tennessee Williams: Edited with a Commentary.” The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review 13 (2015): 15-28.

“‘Stranger with Yellow Gloves’ by Tennessee Williams: Edited with a Commentary.” Philological Quarterly 94.1-2 (2015): 173-84.

“Tennessee Williams, Daniel MacIvor and Biodrama in Canada.” New Essays in Canadian Theatre, Vol. 5: Daniel MacIvor. Ed. Richie Wilcox. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2015. 205-30.

“Tennessee Williams.” Oxford Bibliographies: American Literature. Eds. Jackson R. Bryer and Paul Lauter. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/obo)

Introduction. Tennessee Williams and Europe: Transnational Encounters, Transatlantic Exchanges. Ed. John S. Bak. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014. 1-22.

“A Broken Romance: Tennessee Williams and America’s Mid-century Theatre Culture.” The Theatre of Tennessee Williams. Ed. Brenda Murphy. London: Methuen, 2014. 205-31.

Come Back, Little Scopophile: William Inge, Danial Mann and Cinematic Voyeurism.” The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Drama on Screen. Eds. R. Barton Palmer and Robert Bray. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 90-110.

“‘These Scattered Idioms’: Tennessee Williams’s Desire and the Black ‘Cahiers.’” Cent’anni di desiderio: Tennessee Williams 1911-2011. Ed. Alessandro Clericuzio. Perugia: Guerra Edizioni, 2012. 23-41.

“A great deal of dullness. Then some dirt. Then more dullness”: Tom “Tennessee” Williams’s 1936 Reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses,” James Joyce Quarterly 48.2 (Winter 2011): 251-63.

“Introduction.” Literary Journalism across the Globe: Journalistic Traditions and Transnational Influences. Eds. John S. Bak and Bill Reynolds. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011. 1-20.  Rptd. as“Towards a definition of International Literary Journalism.”Interférences littéraires / Literaire interferenties. Eds. Myriam Boucharenc, David Martens and Laurence van Nuijs, “Croisées de la fiction. Journalisme et littérature” 7 (Nov. 2011): 129-138 (en ligne: http://interferenceslitteraires.be/nr7).

“American Gothic Grants Tennessee Williams a ‘Woodian’ Play.” Philological Quarterly 88. 1 & 2 (Winter & Spring 2009): 171-84.

“Long Dong and Other Phallic Tropes in Hwang’s M. Butterfly.” Journal of American Drama and Theatre 21.3 (Fall 2009): 71-82.

“A Streetcar Named Dies Irae: Tennessee Williams and the Semiotics of Rape.” Tennessee Williams Annual Review 10 (2009): 41-72.

“James Nelson Barker’s The Indian Princess: The Role of the Operatic Melodrama in the Establishment of an American Belles-lettres.” Studies in Musical Theatre 2.2 (Oct. 2008): 175-93.

Revues nationales et ouvrages nationaux avec comité de lecture/National Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Journal Articles

« Un voyage épistemique et esthétique de London à Londres : Journalisme littéraire et literary journalism face aux guerres ». Roman & Reportage : Rencontres croisées. Éd. Myriam Boucharenc. Limoges : Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2015. 50-57.

Where I ‘Love’: Tennessee Williams’s Indiscrete Truths.” A Streetcar Named Desire: Play & Film. Exp. ed. Eds. Marie Liénard-Yeterian and Aliki Diaz-Kostakis. Paris: Les Éditions de l’École Polytechnique, 2012. 97-113.

“‘White Paper’ and ‘Cahiers Noirs’: Williams’s many ur-Memoirs.” Études Anglaises 64.1 (janvier–mars, 2011) : 7-20.

“Les Frenchies on the Early American Stage: From Character to Caricature.” Théâtre et nation : la création et la représentation scéniques d’identités nationales. Éds. Hélène Lacossois and Jeffrey Hope. Rennes : Presses Universitaires Rennes, 2011. 171-87.

“‘Forgive the digression’: Tennessee Williams’s Essay in the Non-Fiction Genre.” Coup de Théâtre 24 (avril 2010) : 107-24.

“E Pluribus Edimus: Cannibalism on the American Stage.” Hunger on Stage in the English-Speaking World. Eds. Elisabeth Angel-Perez and Alexandra Poulain. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2008. 178-211.

« “[A]n original relation to the universe” : les Amérindiens et la construction d’un théâtre américain ». Théâtre des minorités. Éds. Patrice Brasseur et Madelena Gonzales. Paris : L’Harmattan, 2008. 173-88.

Sélection de publications antérieures à 2007/Selected Older Publications

“TennesseeWilliams and William Inge.” The Tennessee Williams Annual Review 9 (2007): 109-28 (with Barton Palmer, Ralph Voss and Annette Saddik). Reprinted in Tennessee Williams and His Contemporaries. Ed. Robert Bray. Newcastle:     Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2007. 146-66.

« “The fog’s lifted” : Bound East for Cardiff (1916) de Eugene O’Neill et l’arrivée de la Grande Guerre aux Etats-Unis. » 1916: La Grande Bretagne en Guerre. Éds. Henry Daniels et Nathalie Collé-Bak. Nancy : Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 2007. 161-192.

“‘May I have a drag . . . ?’: Mae West, Tennessee Williams, and the Politics of Gay Identification.” Journal of American Theatre and Drama 18.1 (Winter 2006): 5-32.

“Abbott and Costello Meet . . . John Hawkes: The Goose on the Grave, Affect, and Tomkins’s Script Theory.” Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 29.1-2 (Oct. 2006): 3-17.

Tennessee v. John T. Scopes: ‘Blanche’ Jennings Bryan and Antievolutionism.” The Tennessee Williams Annual Review 8 (2006): 73-94.

Vestis virum reddit: The Gender (Geo)Politics of Drag in Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire and Hwang’s M. Butterfly.” South Atlantic Review 70.4 (Fall 2005): 94-118.

Suddenly Last Supper: Religious Acts and Race Relations in Tennessee Williams’s ‘Desire.’” Journal of Religion and Theatre 4.2 (Winter 2005): 122-45 (en ligne :  http://www.rtjournal.org/vol_4/no_2_index.html).

“‘A Dying Gaul’: The Signifying Phallus in Tennessee Williams’s ‘Three Players of a Summer Game.’” Mississippi Quarterly 58.1-2 (Winter 2004-05 and Spring 2005): 41-73.

“‘sneakin’ and spyin’ from Broadway to the Beltway:Cold War Masculinity, Brick, and Homosexual Existentialism.” Theatre Journal 56.2 (May 2004): 225-49. Reprinted in Critical Insights: Tennessee Williams. Ed. Brenda Murphy. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2011.

“‘Stanley made love to her!—by force!’: Blanche and the Evolution of a Rape.” Journal of American Drama and Theatre 16.1 (April 2004): 69-97. Reprinted in Critical Insights: A Streetcar Named Desire. Ed. Brenda Murphy. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2009.

“Criticism on A Streetcar Named Desire: A Bibliographic Survey, 1947-2003.” CERCLES 10 (février 2004) : 3-32 (en ligne : http://www.cercles.com/pasteach.html#10).

“‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ André Previn’s Streetcar and the Spectre of the Burlesque.” Coup de Théâtre 19 (décembre 2003) : 298-316 (avec Rachel Hutchins-Viroux).

“Recent Trends in Streetcar Criticism” in A Streetcar Named Desire: Tennessee Williams (1947), Elia Kazan (1951). Éds. Gilles Menegaldo et Anne-Marie Paquet-Deyris. Paris : Ellipses, 2003. 274-83.

“Tossing ‘the Book’ Out with the Bath Water: Republican Sentiment in The Contrast (1787) by Royall Tyler.” Bulletin de la Société d’Études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles      50 (juin 2000) : 167-89.

“Fuller, Charles (H., Jr.) 1939—  .” Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series. Vol. 87. Ed. Scot Peacock.Detroit: Gale, 2000. 112-15.

“From ‘10’ to ‘Quarter Past Eight Foot’: TennesseeWilliams and William Inge, 1957.”American Drama 7.1 (Fall 1997): 18-29.

“Wagnerian Architectonics: The Plastic Language of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.” The Tennessee Williams Literary Journal 4.1 (Fall 1997): 41-58. Reprinted in Harold Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. New ed. New York: Chelsea House, 2009.

“Eugene Ionesco 1912-1994.”Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series. Vol. 55. Ed. Jeff Chapman and John D. Jorgenson.Detroit: Gale, 1997. 237-45.

“Eugene O’Neill and John Reed: Recording the Body Politic, 1913-1922.”The Eugene O’Neill Review 20.1-2 (Spring/Fall 1996): 17-34.

“Christ’s Jungian Shadow in The Last Temptation” in God’s Struggler: Religion in the Writings of Nikos Kazantzakis. Ed. Peter Bien and Darren J. N. Middleton.Macon: Mercer UP, 1996. 153-68.

“Dylan Thomas (27 October 1914-9 November 1953).” Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Short-Fiction Writers, 1945-1980. Vol. 139. Ed. Dean Baldwin.Detroit: Bruccoli Clark/Gale Research, 1994. 245-54.

“Escaping the Jaundiced Eye: Foucauldian Panopticism in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.’”   Studies in Short Fiction 31.1 (Winter 1994): 39-46.

“‘Firedrake’ and ‘Oregon’: A Gypsy’s Pun in a Song from Ben Jonson’s The Gipsies Metamorphos’d.” Shakespeare Yearbook: Opera and Shakespeare. Vol. 4. Ed. Holger Klein and Christopher Smith.Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 1994. 329-34.

“‘little death-watch beetle’: Nicholas as Satan in Fry’s The Lady’s Not For Burning.” Notes on Contemporary Literature 23.5 (November 1993): 6-8.

“‘Celebrate her with strings’: Leitmotifs and the Multifaceted ‘Strings’ in Williams’s The Glass Menagerie.” Notes on Mississippi Writers 24.2 (July 1992): 81-85.

Comptes rendus/Book Reviews
Johan Callens, Dis/Figuring Sam Shepard (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2007) in Études Anglaises 63.2 (avril-juin 2010): 254-56.

William Dow, Narrating Class in American Fiction (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) in Literary Journalism Studies 1.2 (Fall 2009): 111-13.

Frank Felsenstein and Michael Scrivener, eds., “Incle and Yarico” and “The Incas”: Two Plays by John Thelwall (Madison/Teaneck : Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2006) in Études Anglaises 61.1 (jan.-mars 2008): 108-10.

Philip C. Kolin, ed., The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia (Greenwood P, 2004) in American Drama 14.2 (Summer 2005): 102-06.

Anne Fleche, Mimetic Disillusion: Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, and the U.S. Dramatic Realism (U of Alabama P, 1997) in Modern Drama 41.1 (Spring 1998): 162-66.

Alice Griffin, Understanding Tennessee Williams (U of South Carolina P, 1995) in Modern Drama 39.1 (Spring 1996): 237-39.

David Savran, Communists, Cowboys, and Queers: The Politics of Masculinity in the Works of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams (U of Minnesota P, 1992) in Modern Drama 38.1 (Spring 1995): 138-40.

Vulgarisation de la recherche/Additional Research

“Foreword.” Tennessee Williams and Italy: A Transcultural Perspective by Alessandro Clericuzio? London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

“Afterword.” Global Literary Journalism: Exploring the Journalistic Imagination. Vol. 2. Eds. Richard Lance Keeble and John Tulloch. Brussels: Peter Lang, 2014.

“‘One crack – and it falls through!’: Tennessee Williams,” The Fertile Fact, 2013 (http://fertilefact.com/2013/09/03/one-crack-and-it-falls-through-tennessee-williams/).

« Une Europe nommé Desire », Le Magazine Littéraire 528 (février 2013) : 50-53.

“Tennessee Williams.” The Encyclopedia of the Gothic. Eds. David Punter, Andy Smith and William Hughes. Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2012.

“A Selected Tennessee Williams Bibliography.” Études Anglaises 64.1 (janvier – mars 2011) : 116-28.

“Royall Tyler.” The Literary Encyclopedia, 2009. Available at http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4491.

Conference Report: “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Spirituality in the Literatures of the English-speaking World.” The Messenger 18.2 (Nov. 2009): 73-75.

« Foreword ». Left Out: Texts and Ur-Texts. Éds. Nathalie Collé-Bak, Monica Latham, et David Ten Eyck. Nancy: Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 2009. ix-xii.

“President’s Letter.” Literary Journalism: The Newsletter of the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies 2.2 (Spring 2008): 1, 16.

“President’s Letter.” Literary Journalism: The Newsletter of the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies 2.1 (Winter 2008): 1, 16.

Conférencier invité/Invited Talks

Invited Speaker, 30th Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., 30 March–4 April 2016: “Educating Tom: Tennessee Williams’s Schooling.”

Invited Speaker, Seminaris de recerca de l’ILCC 2016, Institut de Llengua i Cultura Catalanes, Universitat de Girona, 29 January 2016: “‘The paper cannot live by poems alone’: World War I Trench Journals as (Proto-) Literary Journalism.”

Keynote, “Challenges and Possibilities for Language, Literature, and Culture in a Globalised World,” Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, 10–11 September 2015: “Interdisciplinarity: The New Discipline?”

Invited speaker, “Oxford Cluster for Life Writing,” 7 mai 2015: “Editing Tennessee Williams’s Ur-Memoirs.”

Invited speaker, 29th Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 23–30 mars 2015: “The Paintings of Tennessee Williams,” “Tom’s ‘good time girls’: Burlesque and Chorus Girls in Williams’s Early One-Act Plays” and “Tennessee Williams’s European Influences.”

Invited Panelist, 28th Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 19-23 mars 2014: “Tennessee Williams’s Women” & “Tennessee Williams and Broadway.”

Conférencier plénière, Collège Belgique, Brussels, « Journalisme littéraire et grand reportage. La passion du réel, ou l’écriture-vérité », 13 octobre 2013 : « Le reportage, le journalisme littéraire et le ‘New Journalism’ au front de la guerre : les mots sanglants et banals ».

Invited Panelist, 27th  Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 20-24 mars 2013: “Telling Tennessee’s Story” & “Tennessee Williams and the Cold War.”

Gastvortrag, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Wien, Autriche, 16 January 2012: “From Manuscripts to Publication: Preparing Tennessee Williams’s Confessional Pieces, 1960-1979.”

Séminaire, « Roman et reportage (XXe-XXIe siècles) : Rencontres croisées », Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, 9 décembre 2011 : « De Londres à London : Les reportages d’Albert et de Jack ».

Keynote Speaker, International Tennessee Williams Centennial Conference: “Embracing the Island of His Self,” Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Extremadura,Cáceres, Spain, 1-3 December 2011: “Deserting the Island of His Self: Tennessee Williams’s Confessional Essays, 1960-1979.”

Journée d’étude, “New Journalism and Counter-Cultural,” Université de Montpelliers and Université de Versailles—St Quentin-en-Yvelines, 9 décembre 2011: “New Journalism and Counter-Culture: Reportage as Social Criticism.”

Journée d’étude, “New Journalism of the American 1960s as a Counter-Cultural Narrative,” Université Paris Est Marne la Vallée, 18 November 2011: “New Journalism as Counter Counter-Culture? When Being Hip Just Isn’t Enough.”

Keynote Speaker, Journée d’étude, “Tennessee Williams’s Drama and Theatre: The Art of Indiscretion.”  Université Toulouse 2—Le Mirail et Théâtre National de Toulouse, 25 November 2011: “Where I ‘Love’: Tennessee Williams’s Indiscrete Truths.”

Keynote Speaker, Conference, “One Hundred Years of Desire/Cent’anni di desiderio. Tennessee Williams 1911-2011,”Università di Perugia, Narni, Italy, 3-5 March 2011: “Scripting Life’s ‘Scattered Idioms’:  Tennessee Williams’s Desire and the Black ‘Cahiers.’”

Gastvortrag, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Wien, Autriche, 14 juin 2010 : “Mining Texas and Editing Tennessee: Preparing Young Tom Williams’s Papers for Publication.”

Département d’anglais, Université Paris Est Marne la Vallée, 7 mai 2010 : “Literary Journalism and Travelogues.”

 Communications/Papers Delivered
4th International Conference of American Drama and Theater, “The Romance of Theatre: America Drama and Its Stories”, Univeristy of Seville, 28-30 May 2012: “A Broken Romance: Williams’s Late Plays and the American Stage.”

6th International Conference on Literary Journalism: “Literary Journalism: Theoria, Poiesis and Praxis,” Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 12-14 May 2011: “Reportage or Journalisme Littéraire? The Renaissance of French Literary Journalism.”

The 25th Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., 23-26 March 2011: “Plagiarism or Pastiche: Cocteau’s Aigle à deux têtes and Williams’s The Pronoun ‘I’.”

10e Congrès européen de l’ESSE (European Society for the Study of English), Università Degli Studi di Torino, Turin, Italie, 24-28 août 2010 : “‘History with the Varnished Removed’: Seminar 7 : ‘Literary Journalism and History’: An Introduction.”

5th International Conference on Literary Journalism: “Literary Journalism: Perspectives and Prospects,” Roehampton University, London, England, 20-22 May 2010: “From Rails to Tales: Literary Journalism’s Fascination with the Railroad.”

Colloque, « Théâtre et nation : la création et la représentation scéniques d’identités nationales » / “Theatre and nation: the theatrical creation and staging of national identities,” Université du Maine, Le Mans,  4-6 juin 2009 : “Les Frenchies on the Early American Stage: From Character to Caricature.”

4th International Conference on Literary Journalism: “Literary Journalism: Past, Present, Future,” Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Chicago, U.S.A., 14-16 May 2009: “IALJS’s Mission at Stake in International Literary Journalism.”

The 23rd Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., 25-29 March 2009: “Where He Lives: Tennessee Williams’s Prose.”

9e Congrès européen de l’ESSE (English Society for the Study of English), Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus, Danemark, 22-26 août 2008 : “‘Literary Journalism and the Canon’: An Introduction.”

21st International James Joyce Symposium: “Re-nascent Joyce,” Université de Tours, 15-20 June 2008: “‘A great deal of dullness’: Tom ‘Tennessee’ Williams’s Reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses.”

3rd International Conference on Literary Journalism: “Literary Journalism: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy,” Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (TU Lisbon) Lisbon, Portugal, 15-17 May 2008: “Sez Who? Sez Mike: Royko, Literary Journalism and Chicagoese.”

Journée d’Étude, “Franco-American Film Theory and Criticism,” Nancy-Université, 15 février 2008 : “Come Back, Little Docky: William Inge, Sex, and Cinematic Voyeurism.”

Colloque, « Comédie musicale dans le monde anglophone », équipe LSA, Université de Caen/Basse-Normandie, 16-17 novembre 2007 : “James Nelson’s Barker’s The Indian Princess: The Role of the Musical in the Establishment of an American Belles-lettres.”

2nd International Conference on Literary Journalism: “Literary Journalism in an International Context,” Sciences Po Paris, 18-19 May 2007: “Conference Introduction: Literary Journalism Goes Global (Part II).”

The 22nd Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., 27-30 March 2007:  “A Streetcar Named Dies Irae:Tennessee Williams and the Semiotics of Rape.”

Colloque international, « Left/Out: “Texts” and their “Ur-texts” / ‘Le texte’ et ses ‘ur-textes’ », Université Nancy 2, 16-17 mars 2007 : “Conference Introduction: From Hemingway to Jack Bauer and Back.”

Colloque international, « La faim au théâtre (domaine anglophone) / Hunger on Stage in the English-Speaking World », Université de Paris IV—Sorbonne, 12-13 janvier 2007 : “E PluribusEssum: Cannibalism on the American Stage.”

Colloque international interdisciplinaire, « Théâtre des minorités / Theatre Outside the Mainstream », Université d’Avignon, 13-15 décembre 2006 : « “[A]n original relation to the universe” : les Amérindiens et la construction d’un théâtre américain ».

1st International Conference on Literary Journalism: “Celebrating The Jungle: A Century of Literary Journalism throughout the World,” Université Nancy 2, 19-20 May 2006: “Conference Introduction: Literary Journalism Goes Global.”

The 20thTennessee Williams/NewOrleans Literary Festival, 31 March-2 April 2006,New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.: “TennesseeWilliams and William Inge.”

 Journée d’Étude I.D.E.A., « l’Interdisciplinarité en question », Université Nancy 2, 18 février 2006 : “American Theatre/Drama and Cultural Studies: Interdisciplinarity and Cotextuality.”

Colloque international, « Les thèmes victoriens/la praxis postmoderne : Dracula de Bram Stoker (1897) et de Francis Ford Coppola (1992) », Université Nancy 2, 20-21 janvier 2006 : “Bad Blood; or, Victorian Vampires in the Postmodern Age of Aids.”

The 19thTennessee Williams/NewOrleans Literary Festival, 30 March-4 April 2005,New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.: “Tennessee v. John T. Scopes: BlancheJenningsBryan and Antievolutionism.”

Groupe de Recherche « Cultural Studies », Université Nancy 2, 2 décembre 2004 : “More Man than You’ll Ever Be: An Introduction to Masculine Studies.”

Journée du Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (D.E.A.), Études anglophones, Université Nancy 2, 6 mars 2004 : “The Semiotics of the Theatre: The Case of Rape in A Streetcar Named Desire.”

2nd International Conference on American Theater and Drama, “Acting America: the Plays and the Players,”Universidad de Málaga,Spain, 18-20 May 2004: “Suddenly Last Supper: Religious Acts and Race Relations in Tennessee Williams’s Desire.

Colloque international : « Tennessee Williams », Université Paris IV (La Sorbonne), les 22 et 29 novembre 2003 : “‘What’s Opera, Doc?’: André Previn’s Streetcar and the Spectre of the Burlesque” (avec Rachel Hutchins-Viroux).

43e Congrès dela Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur (SAES)—« Genre/Gender », Grenoble, 9-11 mai 2003 : “The Impotence of Being Ernest: ‘Gender Trouble’ in Tennessee Williams’s Clothes for a Summer Hotel.”

6e Congrès européen de l’ESSE (English Society for the Study of English), Université de Strasbourg (Marc Bloch), 29 août-3 septembre 2002 : “‘the communion of your race’: Sin and Desire in Hawthorne’s and Williams’s BlackMass.”

Colloque : « Expressions de la terreur, » Université Rennes 2, 7 décembre 2001 : “Abbott and Costello Meet . . . John Hawkes: Terror and the Crisis of the Unspoken in The Goose on the Grave.”

Groupe de Recherche « Cultural Studies, » Université Nancy 2, 17 mai 2001 : “‘sneakin’ and spyin’ from Broadway to the Beltway: Cat, Brick and Homosexual Existentialism.”

Colloque : « L’Homme de Théâtre et Son Désir, » Département Arts du Spectacle et E.R.A.S.E., Université de Metz, Metz-Borny, 22-25 novembre 1999 : “The Sun Also Sets: L’Impuissance comme existentialisme homosexuel dans Cat on a Hot Tin Roof de Tennessee Williams.”

Colloque : « Le Livre », Société d’Études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, Université Paris IV—Sorbonne, Paris, 19-20 novembre 1999 : “Tossing ‘the Book’ Out with the Bath Water: Republican Sentiment in The Contrast (1787) by Royall Tyler.”

 39e Congrès dela Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur (SAES)—« Création/ Recréation », Chambéry, 21-23 mai 1999 : “Négocianting the Theatric Economy: Recreating the Orphead in Jean Cocteau’s Orphée and Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending.”

Journée du Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (D.E.A.), Études anglophones, Université de Metz, 27 mars 1999 : “Between the Closet and the Page: (De)coding the Myth of Orpheus in Tennessee Williams and Jean Cocteau.”

Groupe de Recherche « Cultural Studies, » Université Nancy 2, 26 mars 1998 : “A Streetcar Named Dies Irae: Tennessee Williams and the Semiotics of Rape.”

“Language Acquisition and Theory,” Association of Teachers of English of the Czech Republic, University of South Bohemia, Ceské Budejovice, 20-22 September 1996: “Absurd Drama, Imagism, and Short Fiction: Cross-Genre Methodology in Language through Literature.”

“Locating British Literature: Theories, Places, Practices,” British Council,Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 8-9 March 1996: “The Anglo-American Diaspora in theCzechRepublic: Toward a Neo- postcolonialism.”

“O’Neill’s People,” 3rd Annual Eugene O’Neill International Conference,SuffolkUniversity,Boston, 11-14 May 1995: “Eugene O’Neill and John Reed: Recording the Body Politic, 1917-1922.”

Colloque : “The British Short Story since1945,”Université d’Angers, 3-4 décembre 1993 : “‘3-adjectives-a-penny’: The Later Short Prose of Dylan Thomas.”

William Inge Festival and Conference XII,Independence,Kansas, 15-17 April 1993: “From ‘10’ to ‘Quarter Past Eight Foot’: Tennessee Williams and William Inge,1957.”

21st Annual Twentieth-Century Literature Conference,Louisville,Kentucky, 25-27 February 1993: “Wagnerian Architectonics: The Plastic Language of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

Indiana College English Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, 30 October 1992: “Under a Jaundiced Eye: The Ills of Panopticism in Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’.”