Languages and Cultures
West Chester University
Dr. Israel Sanz-Sanchez
Acting Chair January-June 2016
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Michel H. Sage
Associate Professor of Languages
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., M.A., San Diego University
Specialization in French Literature and Culture with an emphasis on sociopolitics from Pre-Revolutionary France to the present. Interest in contemporary France include regional independence and separatist movements and more recently in religion and secularism in French society (Islam, the Maghreb and recently the "Arab Spring" uprisings). On-going research is in International Foreign Affairs, in particular French and US relations as portrayed by popular culture and the media. Additional interests: European theater (dramatic theories, mise en scène and stagecraft) and the visual arts (Baroque and Classical period in particular), theories on image, perspective and visual perception.
"Internships and Service Learning: Domestic and Abroad." November 2010 – Boston - Annual Convention of The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Boston, MA.
"Islam, National Identity and the Future of Francophonia in the Maghreb" July 2010 – Philadelphia. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Teachers of French.
Classes regularly taught:
French language at all levels. Contemporary French culture and politics, regional identity, French for Business and International Commerce, Advanced Phonetics and the development of distance education. Recent seminars taught: "The Cultures and Literatures of Provence and Corsica" Spring 2011, "The Theater of the Absurd/20th-Century French Theater" Spring 2010,"Symbolism to Post colonialism: Poetry in the 19th & 20th C."Spring'09,"Quebecois Literature, Culture and Cinema". Spring 2008, etc.