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Image James MacLean

Associate Professor of French (retired); Per-course teaching appointee (Winter 2017)
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada.

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"Telling the truth about World War I", "Why university education should be free" and other commentaries and essays on war, empire, democracy, censorship, anthropology, religion, and education by James MacLean.


B.A. (Hons.), M.A., University of British Columbia.
Doctorat de IIIe Cycle, Université de Strasbourg.

Courses, Winter 2017:

  • French 2602, Reading Practice. Readings in French intended to inform or persuade

    Course pages contain links to French-language media, cultural, tourist, linguistic and literary sites. To access them, click here.

    Areas of research and teaching:

    Philosophical literature of the French Renaissance (Castellion, Postel, Bodin et al.) and Enlightenment (Bayle, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau et al.), especially the problematic of tolerance and human rights in French literature of these two periods.

    The French essay from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century.

    News media and current affairs in France, Quebec, and other francophone regions.

    Drama in French (literature).

    French language; theory and practice of translation; introduction to reading and literature in French.

    Publications and lectures:

    Articles in Canadian (Renaissance and Reformation, Man and Nature, Dalhousie French Studies, @nalyses), French (Revue d'histoire et de philosophie religieuses), Indian (Philosophy and Social Action) and Italian (Studi Francesi) scholarly journals. The chapter "Comment Calvin et Bèze mobilisèrent l'opinion pour soutenir l'exécution de dissidents religieux", in Luc Vaillancourt, ed., « Des bruits courent » : rumeurs et propagande au temps des Valois, Paris, Hermann Éditeurs, 2016) The chapter "Anthropologie et polémique", in A. Hayward and D. Garand (ed.), États du polémique, Éditions Nota bene, 1998. Translation of G. Chaussé, "French Canada from the Conquest to 1840", in T. Murphy, R. Perin, ed., Christianity in Canada, Oxford, 1996, pp.56-107. Human Rights Past and Present (1978). Author of a regular column in the Monitor (from 1982 until the closing of the monthly in December 2003).

    Numerous academic papers at conferences of the Association des Professeurs de Français des Universités et Collèges Canadiens, Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, The Sixteenth Century Society, European Renaissance: National Traditions Conference, Canadian Society for the History of European Ideas, Canadian Society for the Study of Religion.

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