Jim Vest | PT Professor
Office: 321 Rhodes Tower | Phone: (901) 843-3907 | Email: vest@rhodes.edu


Among Prof. Vest′s principal areas of interest are cinema, poetry, and cross-cultural studies. He has published widely on French literary topics—including studies of George Sand, Théophile Gautier, and Eugénie de Guérin—and on French influences in the work of Alfred Hitchcock. He has also authored a series of articles on previously unpublished works by nineteenth-century French poet Maurice de Guérin.

Professor Vest also teaches in the Interdisciplinary Humanities and Film Studies programs at Rhodes and has published in those areas. His books include The Poetic Works of Maurice de Guérin; The French Face of Ophelia; and Hitchcock and France: The Forging of an Auteur.

He initiated the Rhodes in Paris program and has led several groups abroad. He established Rhodes’ “Topics in Teaching” program for faculty development. He is a recipient of local, national, and international awards for outstanding teaching and collegial service.


M.A. and Ph.D., Duke University
B.A., Davidson College (Phi Beta Kappa)

  • French 101 - ELEMENTARY FRENCH
  • French 333 - FRENCH POETRY
  • French 334 - FRENCH CINEMA
  • French 486 - SENIOR REVIEW
  • Humanities 101 - SEARCH:VALUES IN HIST & RELIG
  • Humanities 101 - SEARCH:VALUES IN HST&REL
  • Humanities 102 - SEARCH:VALUES IN HIST & RELIG
  • Humanities 102 - SEARCH:VALUES IN HST&REL