Shira Malkin | Associate Professor
Office: 120 Palmer Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3992 | Email: malkin@rhodes.edu

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In my 20 years at Rhodes, I have been fortunate to be able to teach a wide range of courses reflecting my interest in language, storytelling (composition, fiction, theatre), and cultural history. I have always been passionate about learning and teaching languages. I grew up in Paris, France, the daughter of a Russian father and an Italian mother who settled there when I was a child. Because of the unique experience of having been raised bilingually in French and Italian, I am deeply committed to facilitating cross-cultural communication whenever possible. I have been instrumental in designing the long-stay exchange program between Rhodes and the Université de Poitiers and I have led several groups of French majors and minors on Maymester programs in Paris.

My main area of expertise involves French literature, specifically the works of 19th-century novelist/ playwright George Sand. In my current research I examine how, 150 years after its demise, the Italian theatrical genre of commedia dell’arte enjoyed a major revival in France in the decades preceding the start of the Third Republic. Focusing primarily on Masques et Bouffons, the two-volume illustrated study on the commedia Sand and her son Maurice wrote together in 1860, I analyze the ways in which the Sands’ reinvention of this genre influenced the French theatrical landscape of the 19th and 20th centuries. During my sabbatical in 2009-2010, I worked on several of Sand’s theatre manuscripts in the Paris Archives and in the library of the Académie Française. As part of an international group of scholars working on Sand’s Œuvres complètes, I am under contract with the Swiss publisher Honoré Champion to establish the critical editions of two of Sand’s controversial plays, Françoise and Mademoiselle La Quintinie.


Education

1996, Ph.D. State University of New York, Nineteenth-Century French Literature
1980, Ph.D. Université de Paris, Theatre Studies
1974, M.A. Université de Paris, French/English Linguistics and Translation
1973, B.A. Université de Paris, British Literature


Courses
French 102 - ELEMENTARY FRENCH
French 201 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH
French 202 – FRENCH CONNECTIONS
French 301 - COMPOSITION
French 321 – FRENCH SOCIETY FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO 1789
French 322 – FRENCH SOCIETY FROM NAPOLEON TO SARKOZY
French 324 - LITERATURE SINCE THE REVOLUTION (1789)
French 332 - FRENCH DRAMA
French 340 - INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION
French 441 - TOPIC: PARIS-MYTH & REALITY
French 485 - SENIOR PAPER
Theatre 375 - DRAMA AND MODERN LANGUAGES: FRENCH DRAMA

Selected Publications

Guest Editor, George Sand Studies. Special Issue on ‘The Theatre and George Sand’, vol. 27, 2008.

« George Sand et l’héritage de la commedia dell’arte », Presented at the Université de Lyon LIRE/CNRS
Research Institute, June 12, 2008.  http://lire.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article432

George Sand and History/ Le Siècle de George Sand. Eds. David A. Powell and Shira Malkin. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 1998, 373 pages.