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Languages and Cultures

Michel H. Sage

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Languages and Cultures

224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Dr. Cristóbal Cardemil-Krause
Acting Chair July 2018-June 2019


Michel H. Sage

  • Professor of Languages
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • Doctorat de 3me Cycle, UniversitĂ© d'Aix-Marseille
  • B.A., M.A., San Diego University

Research Interests

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.

Classes 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.

Recent Publications/Activities

  • "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.

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