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Robert Schwartzwald

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Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de littératures et de langues du monde

Pavillon Lionel-Groulx office C-8130

robert.schwartzwald@umontreal.ca

514 343-2279

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Faculté des arts et des sciences - Centre d'études et de recherches internationales

Biography

Before joining the department in January 2005, Robert Schwartzwald was a Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he chaired the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He was also an allied faculty member of the Departments of Comparative Literature and Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. Professor Schwartzwald was the Founding Director of the Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas (CISA) of the Five College consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) in western Massachusetts. With graduate degrees in Comparative Literature (M .A., U of Toronto) and Littérature québécoise (PhD, U. Laval), his comparatist background and record of interdisciplinary research and teaching, he is an excellent fit for the new programs of Études anglaises at the Université de Montréal and especially for building bridges between it and other departments.

Among Professor Schwartzwald's numerous publications are two pioneering essays for gay studies in Quebec : " Fear of Federasty : Quebec's Inverted Fictions " (in Comparative American Identities , Hortense Spillers, ed., 1991), developed from a lecture presented at the English Institute at Harvard University in 1990, and " 'Symbolic Homosexuality', 'False Feminine', and the Problematics of Identity in Quebec " ( in Fear of Queer Planet : Queer Politics and Social Theory , Michael Warner, ed., 1993), first published in French in Fictions de l'identitaire au Québec . Schwartzwald also edited a critically acclaimed special Canada issue of The Massachusetts Review in 1990 and published an annotated translation of The Brown Plague (1994), French writer Daniel Guérin's account of his travels through late Weimar and early Nazi Germany in 1932 and 1933. His introductory essay places Guérin's observations in the context of those by Anglo-American writers, including Isherwood, Spender, Auden, and Wescott, from the same period. He has written a series of essays on the Dominican Father Marie-Alain Couturier, who spent the Second World War years in New York City and Montreal, where he promoted the work of young, nonfigurative artists and helped shift public opinion toward support for la France-libre . With grants from the Menil Foundation, Schwartzwald has written about Couturier's leading role in renewing sacred art in the 20th century and his collaborations with Matisse, Le Corbusier, and Léger, among others. Recently, Schwartzwald has been writing on relations between (anti) globalization discourse, postcolonialism, and the cultures of " small nations. "

In Massachusetts, Schwartzwald developed and taught graduate seminars on Quebec literature, " Identity and Heterogeneity in the Contemporary French and Francophone Text, " " The Colonial Other in French Literature, " " Culture and Crisis in France, " and " Intellectuals and Their Institutions. " At the undergraduate level, his courses included Quebec culture, French Film, and France since 1945. For CISA, he helped develop the co-taught, interdisciplinary courses " Global Markets, Global Culture? " and " Rethinking the Americas. " At the Université de Montréal, he has taught graduate seminars on contemporary gay and lesbian literature, the construction of cultural space (the literature of cities), and Borderlands of the Americas, which examines how literary texts complicate the naturalized borders of geo-political discourse. At the undrgraduate level, courses include Écrivains anglophones du Québec, English Studies in a Comparative Context, and Literature and Globalization.

Schwartzwald is a member of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et culture québécoises (CRILCQ), where he is a researcher in the group project " Penser l'histoire de la vie culturelle au Québec. " Here, he focuses on how literature and film serve as sites, in the middle decades of the 20th century, for the " induction " of young intellectuals into urban life. His recent work explores intercultural relations in Montreal at this time, particularly between the city's French, English, and Jewish communities, and examines journalism in particular as a site of productive heterogeneity. In November 2007, he co-organized a two-day conference, " Densités, Intensités. Tensions : L'urbanité montréalaise en question' " that brought young Montreal architects and designers into dialogue with academics in literature, communication, art history, urbanism, and sociology.

Schwartzwald served as Editor of Quebec Studies , the scholarly journal of the American Council of Quebec Studies, from 1995-2000, and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue internationale d'études canadiennes from 2000-2005. He has been invited to lecture in numerous countries, including a cursillo on " Constructions of Modernity in Quebec " under the auspices of the Margaret Atwood - Gabrielle Roy chair in Canadian Studies at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City. In May 2008, he was awarded the Governor General's International Award for Canadian Studies in recognition of his scholarly contributions to the field.

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Schwartzwald's research focusses on a number of interrelated topics : the interface between discourses of national modernity on the one hand and literary and cultural modernites on the other; nationalisms and sexualities, and especially the ways in which homosexuality figures in national, colonial, and post-colonial discourses; interfaces between political notions of citizenship privileged by the nation state and the assertion of other identitarian positions on a transnational scale; literary discourse and the dissemination of notions of " civility " and " density " in heterogenous, urban spaces. His primary sites of investigation have been Quebec, Canada, la francophonie, France between the two world wars and post-1968, and the " small nations " of western and central Europe.

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Les limites imposées aux minorités sexuelles comme symptôme d’un projet de pouvoir au Brésil : le cas Queermuseu Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2020 - 2020
Graduate : Mattos da Rocha, Renato
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.
Deterritorialized male subjectivity : liminality, in-betweenness, and becoming in migrant literary and cultural contexts Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2020 - 2020
Graduate : Zamanpour, Ali
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Frank O'Hara & the city : situationist psychogeography, postwar poetics, & capitalist culture. Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2020 - 2020
Graduate : Shweiry, Zein
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Réjean Ducharme, un écrivain de la « résistance à la disparition de soi » Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2019 - 2019
Graduate : Gagnon, Samuel
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Otherwordly others : racial representation in fantasy literature Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2018 - 2018
Graduate : Rumsby, John Henry
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Imperfect flâneurs : anti-heroes of modern life Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2016 - 2016
Graduate : Ng, Simon Yiu-Tsan
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Waxing Ornamental : Reading a Poetics of Excess in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2015 - 2015
Graduate : Taylor, Benjamin
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Drawing in the margins : identity and subjectivity in contemporary autobiographical comics Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2015 - 2015
Graduate : Køhlert, Frederik Byrn
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Social rejection of minority groups and its impacts on the individual's identity and perception of the self : exploring homosexual and racial identities in James Baldwin's Giovanni's room and Just above my head Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2015 - 2015
Graduate : Debbiche, Amal
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Redefining U.S. borders : a reading of Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo, Cristina Garcia’s The Agüero Sisters, and David Plante’s The Family and The Native Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2014 - 2014
Graduate : Gaddas, Aya L. Jr
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Recollecting Work : Labour and Class in Contemporary North American Historical Fiction Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2014 - 2014
Graduate : D'Abramo, Kevin
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
"A Most Weird Dialectic of Inversion" : revolutionary fraternity, sexuality and translation in Pierre Vallières and Eldridge Cleaver Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2014 - 2014
Graduate : Burton, William M.
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Code-Switching Between Cultures And Languages : Creative connectivity Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2014 - 2014
Graduate : Shafiq, Muna
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
The Broken "I" : fragmentation of self and otherness in modern urban narratives Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2010 - 2010
Graduate : Loiselle, Eric
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Scattered narratives : a critical and creative re-examining of subjugated history Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2008 - 2008
Graduate : D'Abramo, Kevin
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
The eroticization of space and language through desire in Gail Scott's My Paris Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2008 - 2008
Graduate : Hamed, Yafa
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Hybrid identities : sociolinguistic travels between the margins and the centre in Antonio D'Alfonso's Avril ou l'Anti-passion and Hiromi Goto's Chorus of Mushrooms Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2007 - 2007
Graduate : Shafiq, Muna Sarah
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.

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CENTRE DE RECHERCHE INTERUNIVERSITAIRE SUR LA LITTERATURE ET LA CULTURE QUEBECOISES (CRILCQ) Projet de recherche au Canada / 2013 - 2018

Co-researchers : François Hébert , Pierre Nepveu , Gilbert David , Ginette Michaud , Marie-Thérèse Lefebvre , Michèle Garneau , Élisabeth Nardout-Lafarge , Germain Lacasse , Lianne Moyes , Louise Vigneault , Robert Schwartzwald , Karim Larose , Micheline Cambron , Lise Gauvin , Marie-Andrée Beaudet , Aurélien Boivin , François Dumont , Chantal Hébert , Andrée Mercier , Denis Saint-Jacques , Richard St-Gelais , Irène Roy , René Audet , Chantal Savoie , Elspeth Tulloch , Lucie Robert , Louis Patrick Leroux , Pierre Rajotte , Nathalie Watteyne , Dominique Garand , Laurier Lacroix , Jacinthe Martel , Lori Saint-Martin , Esther Trépanier , Gilles Lapointe , Yves Jubinville , Daniel Chartier , Jean-Christian Pleau , Luc Bonenfant , Dominic Hardy , Hélène Marcotte , Jacques Paquin , Michel Lacroix , Hervé Guay , Robert Dion , Frances Fortier , Anne Caumartin , Marcel Goulet
Funding sources: FRQSC/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC)
Grant programs: PV129894-(RG) Programme Regroupements stratégiques

COLLOQUE INTERNATIONAL CONSACRE AU CINQUANTENAIRE DE LA REVUE PARTI PRIS (1963-1968): AVEC OU SANS PARTI PRI Projet de recherche au Canada / 2013 - 2015

Lead researcher : Gilles Dupuis
Co-researchers : Robert Schwartzwald , Karim Larose , Frederic Rondeau
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PV152160-Subvention Connexion

INTERDISCIPLINARITE, MULTIDISCIPLINARITE ET TRNSDISCURSIVITE DANS LA VIE ARTISTIQUE AU QUEBEC Projet de recherche au Canada / 2011 - 2014

Lead researcher : Lucie Robert
Co-researchers : Robert Schwartzwald , Micheline Cambron
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Subvention ordinaire de recherche

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