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Marc Bizer

Professor PhD, Princeton University

Professor of French Literature
Marc Bizer

Contact

  • Phone: 512-471-7780
  • Office: HRH 3.112B
  • Office Hours: Tu Th 12:30-1:30 and by appt.
  • Campus Mail Code: B7600

Biography

Marc Bizer, originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, has taught at UT since 1992. He holds an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Brown University, a Maîtrise ès lettres modernes from the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University. He is the author of three books, as well as of numerous articles: the just-published Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France (Oxford University Press, 2011), Les Lettres Romaines de Du Bellay: Les Regrets et la Tradition Epistolaire (University of Montreal Press, 2001), and La Poésie au Miroir: Imitation et Conscience de soi dans la Poésie Latine de la Pléiade (Champion, 1995). He is the recipient of sabbatical fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the American Philosophical Society, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation. He won a silver award for innovative instructional technology for his Reading Between the Lines web site (2008).

Homer

Interests

early modern Europe & France, classical reception, national identity, gender

FR 326K • Intro Fr Lit I: Mid Ages-18c

36965 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 2.124
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Fall 2014
Prof. M. Bizer

FR 326K : Introduction to French Literature I

Course Description

This course will be taught in French

This course is designed not only to familiarize you with the important texts, literary traditions, and genres of French literature from its beginnings to the 18th century, but teach you the techniques of close literary analysis through historical and cultural contextualization, in particular the practice of the explication de texte. Much learning in the course will take place through group work.

Readings

Littérature française: Textes et contextes, Tome I, R.-J. Berg

Racine, Phèdre

Course packet


Grading Policy

Class Participation                               15%

Quizzes                                              10%

Two 4-5 page papers   (2 @ 15%)        30%

Exams  (10%, 15%, 20%)                   30%

FR 390K • Conflict/Crisis In 16th Centur

37025 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.104
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Fall 2014
Prof. M. Bizer

Conflict and Crisis in Sixteenth-Century France

 

Sixteenth-century French history is framed by wars: the invasion of Italy by the armies of King Charles VIII in the late 15th century, and by the devastating Wars of Religion that only ended with the ascension of king Henry IV to the throne in 1589. These events, significant in themselves, were closely tied to other conflicts and crises: the exemplary status of Antiquity for early modern culture, France’s cultural status with respect to Italy, the rise of the Protestant and the female self. In this course, which also constitutes an introduction to sixteenth-century French literature, we will consider major works of sixteenth-century literature from these points of view, and in so doing evaluate the extent to which conflict and crisis contribute to the emergence of the self and the development of national consciousness. We will also consider how representations of the self and the nation are mediated and shaped by constructions of gender and literary genre.

 

Note: the course will be taught in French

 

Tentative Reading List:

François Rabelais, Gargantua, Pantagruel

Maurice Scève, Délie

Pernette Du Guillet, Rymes

Louise Labé, Œuvres poétiques

Etienne de la Boétie, Discours de la servitude volontaire

Joachim du Bellay, Deffence et illustration de la langue francoyse and Regrets

Pierre de Ronsard, Les Amours

Michel de Montaigne, Essais (selection)

Agrippa d’Aubigné, Les Tragiques

 

Grading:

Participation:                           20%

In-class presentation:              20%

Short paper (5-7 pp):               20%

Final paper (20 pp):                 40%    

FR 180P • Intro To Studies In Lit & Cul

37185 • Fall 2013
Meets W 500pm-600pm HRH 2.112
(also listed as ITL 180P )
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Required of all first-year graduate students in the Department of French and Italian.  

ITL 180P • Intro To Studies In Lit & Cul

37465 • Fall 2013
Meets W 500pm-600pm HRH 2.112
(also listed as FR 180P )
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Required of all first-year graduate students in the Department of French and Italian.

FR 180P • Intro To Studies In Lit & Cul

36840 • Fall 2012
Meets W 500pm-600pm HRH 2.112
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Required of all first-year graduate students in the Department of French and Italian.  

ITL 180P • Intro To Studies In Lit & Cul

37110 • Fall 2012
Meets W 500pm-600pm HRH 2.112
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Required of all first-year graduate students in the Department of French and Italian.

External Grants

Fellowships

 

  • 2007-8  Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (year); Renaissance Society of America Senior Scholar Research Grant for research in Paris (one month).
  • 2002-3  Sabbatical Fellowship, American Philosophical Society.
  • 2001 Marandon Fellowship, Society of American Professors of French, 6 mos.
  • 1996-97 Fulbright-Hays senior research fellowship (Paris, France), 6 mos.

 

Publications

Bizer, M. (2011)Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 272pp. Oxford Scholarship Online. Oxford University Press. January 2012.

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/ClassicalStudies/?view=usa&ci=9780199731565

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731565.001.0001

Bizer, M. (2010). "From Lyric to Epic and Back: Joachim Du Bellay's Epic Regrets." Modern Language Quarterly 71.2. 107-127.

Bizer, M. (2008). “Homer, La Boétie, Montaigne, and the Question of Sovereignty.” In Zahi Zalloua and Reinier Leushuis (Eds.), “Esprit généreux, esprit pantagruélicque”: Essays by His Students In Honor of François Rigolot. Geneva: Droz, 259-277.

Bizer, M. (2006). “Men are from Mars: Jean de Sponde’s Homeric Heroes and Vision of Just French Leaders.” In Philip Ford and Paul White (Eds.), Masculinities in Sixteenth-Century France. Cambridge: Cambridge French Colloquia, 167-179.

Bizer, M. (2006). “Garnier’s La Troade between Homeric Fiction and French History: the Question of Moral Authority.” Romance Notes 46.3 (2006). 331-39.

Bizer, M. (2004, September). What’s in a Name? Biography vs. Wordplay in Du Bellay’s Regrets. Early Modern France, 9, 99-109.

Bizer, M. (2002). ‘Qui a païs n'a que faire de patrie’: Joachim Du Bellay’s Resistance to a French Identity. Romanic Review 91.4, 375-395.

Bizer, M. (2002). A Source of Du Bellay’s Most Famous Sonnet: ‘Heureux qui comme Ulysse’. Romance Notes, 42.3, 371-375.

Bizer, M. (2001). Les Lettres Romaines de Du Bellay: Les Regrets et la Tradition Epistolaire. Montreal: University of Montreal Press. 302pp.

Bizer, M. (1999). “Letters from Home: The Epistolary Aspects of Joachim Du Bellay’s Regrets.” Renaissance Quarterly 52.1, 140-79.

Bizer, M. (1996). “The Reflection of the Other in One’s Own Mirror: The Idea of the Portrait in Renaissance imitatio.”Romance Notes 36.2, 191-9.

Bizer, M. (1995). “Ronsard the poet, Belleau the Translator: The Difficulties of Writing in the Laureate’s Shadow”. In K. Lloyd-Jones & J. Beer (Eds.), Humanist Translators and their Craft. Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University, 175-226.

Bizer, M. (1995). La Poésie au Miroir: Imitation et Conscience de Soi dans la Poésie Latine de la Pléiade. Paris: Honoré Champion. 227pp.

Bizer, M. (1995). “Salammbô, Polybe et la rhétorique de la violence.” Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France 6, 974-88.

Bizer, M. (1994). “The Genealogy of Poetry According to Ronsard and Julius Cesar Scaliger.” Humanistica Lovaniensia 43, 304-318.

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