Cecilia Beach

Professor French
Modern Languages
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Perlman Hall
fbeach@alfred.edu
(607) 871-2883

Education

  • PhD: French New York University, 1993
  • DEA: French Université de Paris VII (Jussieu), 1989
  • MA: French Middlebury College, 1985
  • BA Cum Laude: Linguistics Pomona College, 1983

Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • French language, literature and culture
  • French women's literature
  • Modern French drama
  • Women's Studies
  • History and Culture of Paris
  • Yoga

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • "Le Calvaire des femmes". The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.5.2.05: Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, 1800-1900. https://www.litencyc.com/. 22 July 2017
  • "La Croisade noire". The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.5.2.05: Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, 1800-1900. https://www.litencyc.com/. 22 July 2017
  • “Chair à Canon.” The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.5.2.05: Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, 1800-1900. http://www.litencyc.com/. 2017-01-05.
  • “Un Mariage Scandaleux.” The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.5.2.05: Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, 1800-1900. http://www.litencyc.com/. 2017-01-04.
  • “Marie-Louise Gagneur.” The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.5.2.05: Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, 1800-1900. http://www.litencyc.com/. 2016-05-20.
  • “André Léo.” The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.5.2.05: Nineteenth-Century French Writing and Culture, 1800-1900. http://www.litencyc.com/. 2016-05-16.
  • "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.
  • Contriibutor. 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.
  • “Vivre en terre hostile: André Léo’s Italian Novels”, Nineteenth-Century French Studies conference. Brown University, Providence, RI. Oct. 27-29, 2016.
  • “Blurring the Boundaries: Transsocial Fluidity in the Novels of André Léo”, 8th annual Women in French Conference, Gettysburg College, 9-11 June 2016.
  • "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.

Awards/Honors

Hagar Professor in Humanities, 2013-2016
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

Activities

Yoga: 500-hr Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Music: Member of Orpheus Chorale (Hornell, NY), Alfred University Chorus, and Alfred Volunteer Choir Company

Theater: Member Wee playhouse since 2009. Treasurer 2013-2016.