Mark Lee

Professor

Mark Lee

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E-mail
mlee@mta.ca
Phone
(506) 364-2481
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Crabtree 324
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While still a student Mark Lee worked in a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic where he found time to discover the joy of reading French literature. Now as professor at Mount Allison he teaches French language, literature and film, specializing in writers and filmmakers from the 1940s to the present. Especially interested in the art of writing, Dr. Lee has had the privilege to meet several of the authors he has studied. His PhD and first publications were on Nathalie Sarraute, Jean-Paul Sartre and the relationship between poetics and ethics, while his more recent research centres on questions of identity, erasure, the aesthetics of numbness and repetition in contemporary writers, notably Amélie Nothomb.

 Professor Lee is responsible for Mount Allison’s study abroad program at the Université de Strasbourg and initiated our participation in the Assistant d’anglais program where new graduates teach English for a year in France. He has directed numerous undergraduate honours theses at Mt. A, and served on MA and PhD thesis committees in France and Canada. He also reviews new fiction and critical works for a number of scholarly publications. Most recently, he co-organized an international conference in Paris on Nothomb with the University of Kent and Columbia University.  His closing interview with Nothomb is viewable here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv_Q9kg2lMA

Publications

Dr. Lee has published widely on the works of Nathalie Sarraute and Amélie Nothomb, as well as a number of other contemporary writers/ filmmakers.  He is a regular reviewer of new fiction for The French Review.

 

Book :

Les Identités d’Amélie Nothomb : de l’invention médiatique aux fantasmes originaires. (Amsterdam/ New York: Rodopi, 2010). 295pp.
Mark's book


Articles and Book Chapters :

"Séduction, transgression, reproduction: Amélie Nothomb et l'épistolaire" in Risques et Regrets: Les dangers de l'écriture épistolaire . Eds G. De Vivieros, M. Irvine, K. Schwerdtner. (Montréal, Nota Bene, 2015), 99-122.

"Re-viewing Varda's Le Bonheur  (1964): Accident? Suicide? Or the Natural Order? That is the question". Book chapter to be published in Agnès Varda Unlimited: Image, Music, Media . Ed. Marie-Claire Barnet. (Oxford, Legenda, 2016), 87-95.

"D'Hiroshima à Shibuya : Nothomb, Duras et les topiques de la fiction". Chapter to appear in Identité, Mémoire, Lieux : Le passé, le présent et l'avenir d'Amélie Nothomb . Eds. Mark Lee & Ana de Medeiros. (Paris, Classiques Garnier).

« Introduction » a critical overview of scholarship on Amélie Nothomb, to appear in Identité, Mémoire, Lieux : Le passé, le présent et l'avenir d'Amélie Nothomb . Eds. Mark Lee & Ana de Medeiros. (Paris, Classiques Garnier).

“Amélie Nothomb est un homme dangereux” in This ‘Self’ Which Is Not One: Women’s Life Writing in French. Eds Natalie Edwards, Christopher Hogarth. (Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), 119-135.

“L’Étranger chez Amélie Nothomb” in Francographies: Identité et altérité dans les espaces francophones européens. Eds Susan Bainbrigge, Caroline Verdier, Joy Charnley (New York: Peter Lang, 2010), 193-203.

“Ernaux, Breton, Nadja: Dis-moi qui tu hantes... ” in Annie Ernaux: Perspectives critiques. Sergio Villani, dir. (Toronto: Legas Publications, 2009), 159-166.

“Les Langues de Nathalie Sarraute”. Roman 20-50 (Winter, 2005): 91-111.

“Amélie Nothomb:  Writing Childhood’s End,” in Amélie Nothomb: Authorship, Identity and Narrative Practice. (New York: Peter Lang, 2003), 142-153.

“Learning to Let Go: Kieslowski’s Trois couleurs: Bleu”. The French Review 76.1 (October, 2002): 90-97.      
“The Last Word: Deathbed Scenes in the Works of Nathalie Sarraute”. L’Esprit créateur  XL,1 (Spring 2000): 47-57.

“L’Écriture et la vie: Nathalie Sarraute”. Dalhousie French Studies 47 (Summer 1999): 143-154.

 "Sarraute et la peinture: Judging a Book by its Cover". The French Review 71.4    (March, 1998): 585-597.

"Tropismes: le  réel comme  rythme de l'histoire".  Études littéraires 29.1 (Été, 1996): 11-20.

"Tu ne t'aimes pas: Les voies de l'amour". Thirty Voices in the Feminine.  (Atlanta: Éditions Rodopi, 1996): 42-49.

"Nathalie Sarraute: Aesthetics and Asthenics". Women in French Studies (Fall, 1994): 102-110.

Publications: Literary Interviews:

“Entretien avec Amélie Nothomb”. The French Review 77.3 (February, 2004): 562-575.

 “Interview avec Amélie Nothomb: Mémoire, identité, lieux”. Accepted for publication in Le passé, le présent et le futur d’Amélie Nothomb. Paris, Classiques   Garnier. Eds. Mark Lee & Ana de Medeiros.

Publications: Critical Reviews:

Nouvel an chinois, a novel by Koffi Kwahulé. Forthcoming in The French Review.

La route de Beit Zera, a novel by Hubert Mingarelli. The French Review. 89, 3 (March 2016): 274-275 

Pétronille, a novel by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review. 89,2 (December 2015): 278-279.

Calcutta, a novel by Shumona Sinha. The French Review. 89,1 (October 2015): 209-210.

Regarde les lumières mon amour, a work by Annie Ernaux. The French Review. 88,4 (May 2015): 220.

Le Désamour, a novel by Antonia Kerr. The French Review. 88,2 (December 2014): 267-268. 

Le roman de Boddah, a novel by Héloïse Guay de Bellissen. The French Review. 88,1 (October 2014): 267-268.
La nostalgie heureuse, a novel by Amélie Nothomb.The French Review. 87, 4 (May 2014): 264-265.
La première chose qu’on regarde, a novel by Grégoire Delacourt. The French Review 87,3 (March 2014): 200.

Je vais mieux, a novel by David Foenkinos. The French Review. 87,2. (December 2013): 272-273.

Subjects Not-at-home:Forms of the Uncanny in the Contemporary French Novel, A critical study by Daisy Connon. Dalhousie French Studies. v.99 (Summer 2012):128-129.

L’Herbe des nuits, a novel by Patrick Modiano. The French Review 87,1 (October 2013): 275.
Barbe bleue and Les Myrtilles, two works by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review 86, 5 (May 2013): 1295-1296.

L’Art français de la guerre, a novel by Alexis Jenni. The French Review 86,4 (March 2013): 790-791

Des vies d’oiseaux, a novel by Véronique Olvadé. The French Review 86,3 (February 2013): 610-611.

Tuer le père, a novel by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review 86,2 (November 2012): 425-426.

L’Autre fille, a work by Annie Ernaux. The French Review 86,1 (October 2012):  218.

Le Sel, a novel by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo. The French Review 85 5 (April 2012):983-984.

Des fleurs pour Zoë, a novel by Antonia Kerr.  The French  Review 85, 4 (March    2012): 788-789.

Crime d’amour, a film by Alain Corneau. The French Review 85, 2 (December 2011):  371-372.

Une Forme de vie,a novel by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review 85, 2 December 2011):  404.

L’Arnacoeur, a film by Pascal Chaumeil. The French Review 84, 6 (May, 2011):1302-1303.

Le Premier amour, a novel by Véronique Olmi. The French Review 84, 6 (May 2011):  1339-1340.

Un Roman français,a novel by Frédéric Beigbeder. The French Review 84,4 (March, 2011): 846-847.

Le Voyage d'hiver, a novel by Amélie Nothomb.  The French Review 84,3 (February, 2011): 619-620.

La Fiancée juive, a novel by Jean Rouaud. The French Review 83,3 (February,2010): 682-683.

Le Fait du prince, a novel by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review 83,2 (December, 2009): 450-451.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a critical work by Elizabeth Ezra. The French Review 82,4 (March, 2009): 894-895.

La Chaussure sur le toit, a novel by Vincent Delecroix. The French Review 82,4 (March, 2009): 863-864.

Ni d’Ève ni d’Adam, a novel by Amélie Nothomb.  The French Review 82,3 February, 2009): 671-672.

Journal d’Hirondelle, a novel by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review 81,6 (May, 2008): 1309-10.

C.R.A.Z.Y., a film by Jean-Marc Vallée.  The French Review 81,1 (October, 2007): 210-211.

Rois et Reine, a film by Arnaud Desplechin. The French Review 80,5 (April, 2007): 1135-1136.

L’Usage de la photo, a work by Annie Ernaux and Marc Marie. The French Review 80,5 (April, 2007): 1157-1158

Acide sulfurique, a novel by Amélie Nothomb .The French Review 80,3 (February, 2007): 730-731.

Un Pedigree, a work by Patrick Modiano. The French Review 80,2 (December, 2006): 494-495.

5 x 2, a film by François Ozon. The French Review 79,4 (March, 2006): 847.

Biographie de la faim and L’Entrée du Christ à Bruxelles, two works by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review 79, 3 (February, 2006): 669-671.

Amélie Nothomb: L’Éternelle affamée, a critical work by Laureline Amanieux.  Dalhousie French Studies 73 (Winter, 2005): 164-165.

Swimming Pool, a film by François Ozon. The French Review 78, 3 (February, 2005): 593-594.

Paths to Contemporary French Literature, a critical work by John Taylor. Symposium 58.4 (Winter 2005): 271-272.

Soudain le Minotaure, a novel by Marie-Hélène Poitras. The French Review 78, 2 (December, 2004): 410.

Être et avoir, a film by Nicholas Philibert. The French Review 78,1 (October, 2004): 174-175.

Antéchrista, a novel by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review 78,1 (October, 2004): 200-201.

À ce soir, a work by Laure Adler. The French Review 77, 6 (May, 2004): 1272-1273.

Robert des noms propres, a novel by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review 77,5. (April, 2004): 1013-1014.

L’Occupation, a work by Annie Ernaux. The French Review 77.4 (March 2004):  817-818.

8 femmes, a film by François Ozon. The French Review 77.3 (February, 2004): 602-603.

Le Fond de l’air est rouge, a film by Chris Marker. The French Review 76.6 (December, 2003): 392-393.

Loin, a film by André Téchiné: The French Review 76.6 (May, 2003): 1285-86.  
Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulin, a film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The French Review 76.5 (April, 2003): 1061-1062.
   
Cosmétique de l’ennemi, a novel by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review 76.1 (October, 2002): 156-157.

La Vie rêvée des anges, a film by by Erick Zonca. The French Review 75.6 (May, 2002): 1332-1333.

Métaphysique des tubes a novel by Amélie Nothomb. The French Review 75.5 (April, 2002): 1006-1007.

Bleu: Histoire d’une couleur, a critical work by Michel Pastoureau. Dalhousie French Studies 57 (Winter 2002): 151.

Nathalie Sarraute, Fiction and Theory, Questions of Difference: a critical work by Ann Jefferson.  Dalhousie French Studies 55 (Summer 2001): 197-198.

L’Événement et La Vie extérieure, two autobiographical works Annie Ernaux. The French Review 74.6 (May 2001): 1276-1278.

Journal d’un coeur sec, a novel by Mathieu Terence. The French Review 74.5 (April, 2001):1056-1057.

Chacun cherche son chat, a film by Cédric Klapisch. The French Review 74.3 (February 2001): 617-618.

New Novel, New Wave, New Politics: Fiction and the Representation of History in Postwar France, a critical work by Lynn Higgins.  Dalhousie French Studies 51 (Summer 2000): 205-206.

 

 

Teaching

Areas of expertise are XXth and XXIst century French Litertature. Dr. Lee also teaches French film and French language.

Courses for 2014-2015: French 1701, 2601, 2801, 3101, 3611.

Education

Ph.D. in French Literature, Emory University
Research semesters at EHESS, ENS, Jussieu, Paris.
M.A. in French Literature, Johns Hopkins University
B.A. (Hon) in French, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Research interests

New French fiction, Women writers, Notions of haunting, Writing the sublime, Constructions or Dissolution of Identity and the Epistolary. 

With the University of Kent (UK) and Columbia University in Paris, Dr. Lee recently organized the international  conference “Identity, Memory, Place: Amélie Nothomb: Past, Present and Future” at Reid Hall, Paris (May 2014). http://www.kent.ac.uk/paris/events/2014-05-16/

Grants, awards, & honours

J.E.A. Crake Teaching Award in the Faculty of Arts, Paul Paré Excellence Award.