Dr. Levilson Reis
Department of Modern Languages & Culture
Associate Professor and Chair
Florida State University, Tallahassee, PhD, 1999
Tulane University, New Orleans, MA, 1991
University of South Florida, Tampa, BA, 1989
Edison Community College, Fort
Myers, AA, 1989
Students often ask me how, as a Brazilian, I came to be a professor of French. The answer is perhaps as uncanny (unheimlich, as Freud would say) as the question, for it lies in the French colonial history of my Brazilian home town—Sấo Luis—founded by the French in 1612.
Before coming under Portuguese rule, (Fort) Saint Louis, had been the Brazilian capital of Equinoxial France (La France équinoxiale). The historical, sculptural, and architectural vestiges of a phantasmatic France have apparently left an imprint on my psyche, have galvanized my interest in French language, literature, and history and the relationships between them, sparked my interest in colonial and postcolonial transnational encounters, and their complementary issues of identity, race, gender, and sexuality (in both literature and film).
My publications and research interests range from medieval to Renaissance to nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature, Brazilian, Spanish/hispanic literatures, second-language acquisition, and the scholarship of teaching.
I am particularly interested in textualities—pre-writing, writing, rewriting, [medieval] manuscripture, reading, rereadings, and reception(s)—as constructions of identity, especially in the context of the self and the other, the masculine and the feminine, the black and the white, the colonial and the postcolonial, the east and the west, etc. How do linguistic systems, i.e., myth, culture, or text, construct and at the same deconstruct our sense of identity in psychic, social, cultural, or spatial terms. How do literature, art, and film tell and retell the story of what it means to exist in the in-between?
Articles, Notes, and Book Sections
- Reis, L. C. (2013). The medieval forms and meanings of François: The political and cultural vicissitudes of an ethnonym. Under peer review.
- Reis, L. C. (2013). The "other" medieval French Alexander: Arthurian orientalism, cross-cultural contact, and transcultural assimilation in Chrétien de Troyes's Cligés. In press.
- Reis, L. C. (2012a). Sartre's and Oyono's Black Orpheus: Returning (to the question of) the gaze in Une vie de boy. French Review, 85(4), 696–708. (13 pages; article) | French Review is published by the American Association of Teachers of French [AATF], USA | Abstract
- Reis, L. C. (2012b). Paratexts to Frida Kahlo's œuvre: The relationship between the visual and the textual, the self and the other, in the self-portraits and diary entries. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 48(1), 99–111. DOI: 10.1093/fmls/cqr040. (13 pages; article) | FMLS is published by Oxford UP on behalf of the Court of the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland, UK. Published online (FMLS Advance Access) and in print January 2012 | FULL PDF URL (restricted to Otterbein University Library patrons)
- Reis, L. C. (2011a). Clergie, clerkly studium, and the literary history of Chrétien de Troyes's romances. Modern Language Review, 106(3), 682–696. (15 pages; article) | Modern Language Review is the flagship journal of the Modern Humanities Research Association [MHRA], UK. Published online and in print 1 July 2011 | FULL PDF URL (restricted to Otterbein University Library patrons)
- Reis, L. C. (2011b). The paratext to Chrétien de Troyes's Cligés: A reappraisal of the question of authorship and readership in the prologue. French Studies: A Quarterly Review, 65(1), 1–16. (16 pages; article) | DOI:10.1093/fs/knq178 | Published by Oxford UP on behalf of the Society for French Studies, UK, online and in print 1 January 2011 | FULL PDF URL (restricted to Otterbein University Library patrons)
- (2010). Concesiones malinchistas: Teresa de la Parra’s identification with Doña Marina. Neophilologus: An International Journal of Modern and Mediaeval Language and Literature. (Online First™ 7 August 2010). DOI: 10.1007/s11061-010-9220-6
- (2010). The invisible, the unclean, the uncanny: The feminine black other in Lispector's The Passion according to G. H. The Explicator, 68(2), 73–76. DOI:10.1080/00144941003723915
- (2009a/2010). From aural reception to visual paratext: The reader in the manuscripts of Chrétien de Troyes's romances. Neophilologus, 94, 377–389. (Online First™ 17 September 2009). DOI:10.1007/s11061-009-9171-y
- (2009b). Odd couple(t)s: (The) Guiot (copy) and (the) Chrétien (corpus). French Studies Bulletin, 112, 61–63. DOI:10.1093/frebul/ktp023
- (2007). Writing in L2 French: A handbook. For the Faculty, 14(1), 11–12. (not peer-reviewed)
- (2005). G. H., Janair, and the mulata: Race and gender in Lispector's The passion according to G. H. Notes on Contemporary Literature, 35, 7–9.
- (2004). Nursemaids. In E. C. Zegura (Ed.), A Rabelais encyclopedia (p. 171). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Limited preview at Google books.
- (2002). Artifacts of adultery: Flaubert's use of kitsch in Madame Bovary. French Studies Bulletin, 85, 10-13.
- (2001a). Clarice Lispector. In C. M. Tompkins & D. W. Foster (Eds.), Notable twentieth-century Latin American women: A biographical dictionary (pp. 165–69). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Limited preview at Google books.
- (2001b). Entretien avec Frédéric Monneyron. Le mythe littéraire: Transformations et déformations. The Forum, 23(2), 8–10. (not peer-reviewed)
- (1998). Le prologue au Livre des trois vertus de Christine de Pizan. Romance Notes, 39, 47–52. (Cited in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Bibliography on Christine de Pizan [Direction de Collection, Département d'art et de littérature, 2004], and in the Archives de littérature du Moyen Age [ARLIMA], 2005)
- (1997a). The role of nursemaids in the awakening of Gargantua's sexuality. French Studies Bulletin, 65, 11–13.
- (1997b). Narrative and exemplum: The case of Juan Valera's Pepita Jiménez. South Atlantic Review, 62(2), 29–38. http://www.jstor.org/pss/3200838
- (1996). The chapters 11, 12, and 13 of Rabelais's Gargantua: The stages of the hero's cognitive and linguistic development. Romance Notes, 36, 201-07.
- (1994). Is Pepita Jiménez a naturalistic novel? The Forum 16(2): 19–21. (not peer-reviewed)
- (2007). Scénarios communicatifs: Performing role plays in French (2nd ed.). Columbus, OH: Bilingual Editions Bilingue/LR. x, 113 p., 11 x 8.5 cm. ISBN13:978-0-9778102-5-3/ISBN: 0–9778102–5–9
- (2006). Scénarios communicatifs: Performing role plays in French. Columbus, OH: Bilingual Editions Bilingue/LR. x, 106 p., 11 x 8.5 cm.
- (2006). French Grammar On-line. For the elementary French sequence. Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, Otterbein University. Available on the departmental intranet in PDF format.
- (1997). Review of the book Racine et Heidegger, by Alfred Bonzon. French Review, 70, 466–67.
- (1996). Review of the book Renaissance women writers, by A. Larsen and C. Winn (Eds.). Romance Quarterly, 43, 128.
- (1998). Mallarmé, je pense à toi. Tropos (spring), 52.
- (1993). To C.S.B. Omnibus (spring–summer), 8.
- (2010). Matter of Greece, Rome, Britain, or France: Romance Ideology and Literary History in Chrétien de Troyes's Cligés, session on Medieval French Romance, The 17th Biennial New University Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, New University of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL, 12 March.
- (2009a). Manuscript and Variance: Paratextualizing the Cligés Prologue, session on the "Literature, Politics, and History in the Middle Ages," The 29th Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages & Literatures, Cincinnati, OH, 9 May.
- (2009b). The Point of View of the Other in Claire Denis' Chocolat, session on Colonial Empire, Female Sexuality, and Narrative Devices, The 62nd Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 17 April.
- (2004). Session Chair's Closing Remarks, session on Exploring Identities in Assia Djebar's Novels, The 10th Annual FIGSA Conference on the Humanities: Community, Identity, and the Quest for the Good Life, Department of French and Italian, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 3 April.
- (2003). (From) the Masculine (to) the Feminine: Cixous, Lispector, and G. H.'s Gender Crossing in The Passion According to G. H., session on Twentieth-century Novel and Theory, The 56th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 24 April.
- (2002a). Autobiography or Testimonio in Teresa de la Parra's Ifigenia (1924) and Las memorias de Mamá Blanca (1929), session on Autobiographics of Feminist Discourse in Latin American Literature, The 1st Ohio Latin-Americanist Conference, Columbus, OH, 20 April.
- (2002b). Transnational Feminist Cross-Identification: The Case of Teresa de la Parra and Doña Marina, session on the session on Intertextuality and Transnational Identity in Twentieth-Century Latin America, The 23rd Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures on the Globalization of Hispanic American Literary Studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 28 February.
- (2000). Le Prologue à Cligès: Programmes de lectures, session on Harmonies and Disharmonies in Medieval and Renaissance Literatures, The 70th Annual Convention of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Birmingham, AL, 10 November.
- (1998a). How are Graduate Programs in French Preparing us For the Profession?, The Graduate Studies in French Discussion Circle, The 68th Annual Convention of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Atlanta, GA, 6 November.
- (1998b). Parra and Doña Marina: Female Cross-Identification in the Spanish American Essay, Prof. Jean Graham-Jones Spanish American Essay Seminar, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2 April
- (1998c). Preparing French Graduate Students for the Profession, Professor Nathaniel Wing's French Pro-Seminar, Department of French Studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 16 November.
- (1997a). Enhancing Teaching with the World Wide Web for the Teaching Assistant Preparation Seminar, The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, summer.
- (1997b). Parra's Exemplary Woman: Rewriting Doña Marina's Role in the Conquest of Mexico, session on The Truth is I Never Left You: Rearticulating the Past, The 8th International Conference of the Asociación de Literatura Femenina Hispánica (ALFH) on (Des)Articulaciones: Actos, cuerpos e ideologías en las literaturas femeninas hispánicas, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 17 October.
- (1997c). The Future Graduate Student in French: Towards Scholarship and Political Engagement, session on Pedagogy, Literature, Linguistics: Shaping the Future French Graduate Student, The Graduate in French Studies Discussion Circle, The 67th Annual Convention of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Atlanta, GA, 13 November.
- (1995). New Additions to the Reading List: To Read or Not to Read, session on Review of Master's and PhD Comprehensive Exams, The Graduate Studies in French Forum, The 65th South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, 4 November.
- (1994a). Exemplum and Narrative: The Case of Juan Valera's Pepita Jiménez, session on Rhetoric and Popular Appeal" at The 110th Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA), San Diego, CA, 29 December.
- (1994b). Rabelais, Erasmus, and the Education of Gargantua, session on Renaissance Novels, The 9th Biennial New University Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, New University of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL, 10 March.
Contributions to Professional Associations
- 2006-pres, Campus and departmental liaison, Internships in France offered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.
- Campus and departmental liaison, English Teaching Assistantships in France, sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U. S.
- 2006, Organized and administered the 2006 Concours national de Français of the Alliance Française.
- 2005-pres, Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA), Fulbright U.S. Student Program
- 2000-pres, Vice-President to North Central Regional Chapters of Phi Sigma Iota: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
- 1998-2002, Member, Executive Committee of Graduate Studies in French, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia
- 2003, Co-administrator, ATTF French National Contest, 1 March
- 2002, Chair of Nominations, Graduate Studies in French, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia
- 1999, Program Chair for the Graduate Studies in French of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), November
- 1988, Session Chair and Program Secretary of the Graduate Studies in French Discussion Circle at The 68th Annual Convention of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Atlanta, Georgia, 6 November
Contributions to Conference Organization
- 2004, Session Chair, "Exploring Identities in Assia Djebar's Novels" at The 10th Annual FIGSA Conference (The Humanities: Community, Identity, and the QUest for the Good Life"), Ohio State University, 2-3 April
- 2002, Session Chair, "Autobiographics of Feminist Discourse in Latin American Literature" at The First Annual Ohio Latin-Americanist Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 20 April
- 2001, Session Organizer, "Voices of Experience/Voices of the Future" (panel organized with Drs. Mona Narain and Eva Sebo) at The 8th Annual Kate Winter Hanby Women's Studies Festival on Women's Lives: Past, Present, and Future, Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio, 1 May
- 1998, Session Organizer, 'Rereading Chrétien de Troyes" at The 11th Biennial New University Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies of the New University of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, Florida, 12 March 1998. Organized the following panel of speakers: Olivia Marancy Ferrer, "The Future Cemetery: Mirror Scene of the Chevalier de la Charrette"; Nicholas Ealy, "The Parallel Quest of Narrator and Protagonist in Chrétien de Troyes's Conjoined Romances: Le Chevalier de la charrette (Lancelot) and Le Chevalier au lion (Yvain)"; Scott Taylor, "Conventional Récriture or Parodic Intertextuality? The Enigma of L'Atre-Perilleux."
Contributions to the University and Department
- 2000-pres, Foreign Languages Webmaster, Program Liaison, Dijon Study Abroad Program
- 2001-05, Advisor & webmaster, Women's Studies Committee
- 2004-06, Advisor (Humanities), Assessment Commitee
- 2004-pres, Advisor (at large), Faculty Development Committee
- 2002-04, Advisor (Humanities), Integrative Studies Committee
- 2002-pres, Advisor, Black Studies Committee
- 2003-04, Member, 3-yr/5-yr PC Replacement Taskforce
- 2003, Advisor, Dimensions of Teaching Taskforce, Win & Spr
- 2003, 2005, Volunteer, The Black Heritage Quiz Bowl, February
- 2001, Interim Advisor, Humanities Committee, Winter
Contributions to the Community
- 2001, Guest Reader of French for the École Kenwood, Columbus French Immersion School, Columbus, Ohio, 15 November
- 2006, Editor, For the Faculty, Fall
- 2004, Creator/Editor, "Open Letter to High School Counselors," Spring; Creator, "Careers in Foreign Languages" Poster, Spring; Creator, "The Otterbein French Program" Poster, Spring
- 2003, Editor, Departmental Brochure, Spring
- 1995-96, Editorial Assistant to the Managing Editor of French Review (Dr. Leona LeBlanc). Assisted the Managing Editor in all phases of the production of Volume 69 (1995), including selection of articles to be published in each number, writing abstracts, creating the volume index
- Superior Instruction of Freshman Students
- Fall 1999, The Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
- Superior Instruction of Freshman Students
- Fall 1998, The Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
- Excellence of Instructional Design in the Electronic Environment
- April 7, 1998, Program for Instructional Excellence, Florida State University, Tallahassee
- Outstanding Teaching Assistant
- For Distinguished Contributions to Excellence in University Teaching
- April 7, 1998, The Program for Instructional Excellence, Florida State University, Tallahassee
- 1996-97 Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher/Scholar
- April 15, 1997, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and Linguistics,
- Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1994-95 Outstanding Graduate Student in French; April 6, 1995, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and Linguistics,
- Florida State University, Tallahassee; Recognition of Superior Academic Achievement for 1987-88; October 21, 1988, Honors Convocation, University of South Florida, Tampa; The 1987 Talent Roster Certificate of Achievement For Distinguished Academic Performance at a Two-Year University; March 1987, The University Scholarship Service of the University Board
- Phi Sigma Iota, The International Foreign Language Honor Society, April 14, 1993, University of South Florida, Tampa
Foreign Language Teaching
- (Workshop) "ACTFL Oral and Writing Proficiency Workshop," American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Central States Conference, Columbus, OH, March 10, 2005, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- (Webcast) "Testing and Assessment in the Second Language Classroom," McGraw-Hill Satellite Conference/Webcast on Topics in Second Language Acquisition. Accessed original webcast 09/27/05, 12 p.m. PDT.
- (Workshop) "Using Authentic Texts in the Foreign Language Classroom," LINC-Ohio Alliance for Foreign Language Teachers, Otterbein University, 22 February 2003
- (Workshop) "Strategies to Turn Students into Writers," LINC-Ohio Alliance for Foreign Language Teachers, Otterbein University, 3 May 2003
- (Workshop) "Writing Poetry in a Second Language," LINC-Ohio Alliance for Foreign Language Teachers, Olentangy High School, Columbus, Ohio, 29 September 2001
- (CTL Workshop) "Group Learning: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why," Otterbein Center for Teaching and Learning, 7 December 2005
- (CTL McGreggor Fund Workshop) "Course Design for Significant Learning," Otterbein Center for Teaching and Learning, 5-6 December 2005
- (Library Information Literacy Workshop) "Helping Students Learn," Otterbein Library, 1 December 2005
- (CTL Institute) "Fostering Critical Thinking and Mature Values across the Curriculum," Otterbein University, Professional Learning Center Institute, 3 September 2004
- (CTL Book Club) "Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment," Otterbein University Center for Teaching and Learning Book Club, Spring 2004
- (OC Common Hour) "Faces of Diversity," Common Hour, Otterbein University, 30 March 2004
- (OC Roundtable) "Searching for Best Practices in Online Teaching," Faculty Roundtable, Otterbein University, 3 March 2004
- (OC Roundtable) "Lessons from the Lilly Conf. on Excellence in University Teaching," Faculty Roundtable, Otterbein University, 25 February 2004
Making Connections Beyond Language and Literature
- (Cinema) Comme un Juif en France [Being Jewish in France] (Jeuland, 2007), New documentary, Wexner Center, 1 November 2009, 2 p.m.
- (Cinema) 35 Rhums [35 Shots of Rum] (Denis, 2008), Wexner Center, 30 October 2009, 7 p.m.
- (Art) "Director's Lecture Series: From Impressionism to Cubism? Degas at Saint-Valéry," by Richard Kendall, Columbus Museum of Art, 15 October 2006, 2-3:15 p.m.
- (Architecture) Guided tour of Dijon and its Parcours de la Chouette, 26 June 2006, Office du tourisme, Dijon, France
- (Art) "Renoir's Women Then and Now," Symposium, Columbus Museum of Art, 22 October 2005, 9:30 a. m. to 5:30 p.m.
- (Cinema) "Retrospective on Claire Denis," Wexner Center, 8-29 October
- (Art) "Van Gogh and Gauguin:The Studio of the South" Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, 30 November 2001
- (Art) "Monet to Matisse: The Triumph of Impressionism and Avant-Garde" Exhibition, The Columbus Museum of Art, 30 May 2004