Assistant Professor of French
Ph.D. (French), Columbia University
M.Phil. (History and Philosophy of Science), University of Cambridge
Office tel.: 561-297-0307
Realism and Naturalism (France, US, UK)
Literature and Philosophy
Modern French history in Literature
Rod Cooke specializes in modern French literature and culture. A national of France and the UK, his research draws on interdisciplinary perspectives in history, philosophy and politics. His publications in American and European journals discuss authors such as Zola, Flaubert, Céline, Baudelaire, Maupassant and Perec.
His current book manuscript takes a new approach to writers' engagement in the Dreyfus Affair, arguing that their earlier aesthetic ideas were an important source for their political discourse during the crisis. Other ongoing research deals with Stendhal and Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s uses of history as a narrative object, George Sand and George Eliot's appeals to visual art, and Maupassant's cultural geography.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Theorizing the Scapegoat in Maupassant and Zola. French Forum 41.3 (Winter 2016), 177-191. doi:10.1353/frf.2016.0028
Baudelaire Vampirizes Racine. Neophilologus 101.1 (January 2017), 39-52. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11061-016-9505-5
Utopia Banished: Reading Zola through Heidegger. Nineteenth-Century French Studies 45.1-2 (Fall/Winter 2016), 64-81. doi:10.1353/ncf.2016.0017
Bardamu's Triangular Trade: the Modern Slavery of Voyage au bout de la nuit. Modern Language Review 112.4 (forthcoming 2017), 875-891.
The Parrot and the Braid: Flaubert and Rodenbach's Transitional Objects. Orbis Litterarum (forthcoming).
Le Schopenhauer de Huysmans et Céard: Deux avatars littéraires de la résignation. Studi Francesi (forthcoming)
The Ethics of Citation in Modiano's Dora Bruder and Perec's W ou le souvenir d'enfance. Studies in Twentieth-and Twenty-First Century Literature (forthcoming).
Corroding the Canon in Tintin and the Naturalist Novel. European Comic Art 3.2 (2010). http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/eca.2010.13
Le Jeu de l'Emprunt et les Enjeux Cachés dans Le Devoir de Violence. Interstudia 5 (2009). http://bit.ly/1CaHxqB
Courses Taught at FAU
FRW 6938: French Visions
FRW 6938: Realism and its Discontents
FRW 6938/4930: La Poésie Moderne
FRW 6938/4930: French Horror in Literature and Film
FRW 4930: Art and Literature in Modern France
FRW 3001: Introduction to the Study of French: Language and Literature
FRW 3122: French Literature and Civilization: 19th and 20th Centuries
FRW 3102: French Civilization and Literature: Medieval – 18th Century
FRE 3393: Culture et Société: Cinéma
FRE 3400: Advanced French Language and Culture 1
FRE 3401: Advanced French Language and Culture 2