Office: Humanities 835-E
Hélène Domon, Ph.D.
Professor of French, and French Advisor
I am a professor of French Studies at CSU Fullerton. Since I joined CSUF in 1991, I have taught numerous courses in French language, culture, cinema, philosophy, poetry, theater, linguistics and stylistics. My publications include books and articles on French literature, modern poetry, philosophy and epistemology (Le Livre Imaginaire, 2000; Trajectories of Mysticism in Contemporary Theory, 2000; Death, Language, Thought, 2005; Recyclages Culturels, 2003; etc.) I serve as advisor for two student associations on campus, the French Club since 1991 and the Left Bank of Orange County since 2005. I edit Œuvres Titanesques, CSUF's French literary journal, and organize the MLL department's "World Workshops," a series of faculty, student and community forums on current global issues. I love hiking in the California wilderness, camping, music (I play flutes and saxophone), martial arts, yoga, traveling to France and Switzerland where I spend each summer. I grew up in Eastern France and came to the US at age 20 to complete my graduate studies in philosophy and literature at Rice University in Texas. I love to teach and share French culture at all levels and in all forms. We have a great little French program at CSUF that feels like family!
1992, Ph.D in French Literature and Philosopy, Rice University
1986, MA in French Studies, University of Houston
1986, MA and DEA in Philosophy and Literature, Université de Strasbourg
1984, BA Classics, Université de Strasbourg
French literature, philosophy, epistemology, global issues, social justice.
Courses Regularly Taught
I have taught courses in French language, culture, cinema, philosophy, poetry, theater, linguistics and stylistics. I host/teach the “Left Bank’s World Workshops” series at CSUF on Sunday evenings.
• Le Livre imaginaire. Birmingham: Summa Publications, 2000.
• Death, Language, Thought. Birmingham: Summa Publications, 2005.
• Recyclages culturels/ Recycling Culture. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2003.
• Trajectories of Mysticism in Contemporary Theory. Basingtoke: Macmillan; New York: St Martin’s Press, 2000.
• Figures modernes de la Muse, Université de Paris X- Nanterre, (April 2003).
• “La Métaphore Panurgique: Petite Etude sur la Fabrique de l’Ecriture de Rabelais à Valéry,” Bulletin des Etudes Valéryennes (November 1997).
• “Xiphos l’îlisible,” Bulletin des Etudes Valéryennes, 62, (March 1993).
• “Médée ou l'Autre,” Cahiers du Dix-Septième Siècle, I, 2 (Fall 1987).
Conference Papers and Oral Presentations
• "Film as an Act of Gleaning: An Introduction to French Filmmaker Agnès Varda," in The Left Bank's World Workshops Gleaners and Recyclers, CSUF, September 2013.
• "An Introduction to Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media," in The Left Bank's World Workshops Media Control and Propaganda, CSUF, May 2013.
• "In Praise of Real Faces, Warm Bodies and Hot Minds," in The Left Bank's World Workshops Online Degrees: A Face-to-Face Critique, CSUF, December 2012 and May 2013.
• "Art Degree Zero," in The Left Bank's World Workshops Artists Can Change the World, CSUF, February 2013.
• "Biological vs. Social Perspectives on Breastfeeding in World Cultures," in The Left Bank's World Workshops Stories of Attachment, CSUF, January 2013.
• "Left Fronts Rising in Europe," in The Left Bank's World Workshops Resistance!, CSUF, March 2013.
• "Manufacturing Anti-Semitisms: An Introduction to Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery," in The Left Bank's World Workshops on Demystifying Islamophobia, CSUF, March 2013.
• "A Border-Free Planet," in The Left Bank's World Workshops The World's Greatest Taboos, CSUF, December 2012.
• "A New French Revolution?", Faculty and Student Forum on "Revolt in Europe," CSUF, April 2012.
• "The Myth of the Book from the Bible to the 20th Century, " Guest Lecture Series, Saddleback College, February 2010.
• “The Imaginary Web: Political and Epistemological Implications of the Revival of the Great Work,” International Association for Philosophy and Literature (subtitled “Philosophy/Art/Politics”), University of Freiburg, Germany, June 2006, peer-reviewed.
• “‘L’honneur de renaître chez nous:’ Arts martiaux, arts poétiques de Victor Segalen,” Twenty-first Century French Studies Conference, University of Connecticut, Hartford, Connecticut, March 2002, peer-reviewed.
• “Amongst Voices and Silence: Gérard Bucher’s Epiphanies of Meaning,” International Association for Philosophy and Literature (subtitled “Origins”), Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2001, peer-reviewed.
• “Que t’offrir encore?” Twenty-first Century French Studies Conference, UC Davis, Calif., March 2001.
• “Muses et autres chimères,” International Conference on the Muse, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-aux-Roses, Paris, March 2000, peer-reviewed.
• “Sept nouvelles fables,” Second French Poetry Night around Jean-Michel Maulpoix,” Titan Theater, CSUF, November 2000.
• “Sept fables,” French Poetry Night around Jean-Michel Maulpoix, Titan Theater, CSUF, December 1999.
• “The Book: Preface to the Encyclopedia,” International Association for Philosophy and Literature (subtitled “Virtual Incorporations, Textual Spaces”), Villanova University, Pennsylvania, May 1995, peer-reviewed.
• “Kabbalah and Post-Modernism,” in Adrew Moss' session “Midrash and Literature,” Modern Langugage Association, San Diego, California, December 1994, peer-reviewed.
• “Apocalypse of the Book, Book of the Apocalypse,” in Claudia Ratazzi Papka's session “New Perspectives on Apocalypse,” Modern Language Association, San Diego, California, December 1994, peer-reviewed.
• “La Métaphore panurgique” (“Panurgical Metaphor”), in Christophe Lamiot's session “Imaginaires de la Métaphore,” Twentieth Century French Studies Conference, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, March 1993, peer-reviewed.
• “Valéry et la Mort du Livre” (“Valéry and the Death of the Book”), in Michel Beaujour's session “Poétiques du XXème siècle”, Twentieth Century French Studies Conference, Boulder, Colorado, March 1993, peer-reviewed.
• “Image, Stage, and Video as Pedagogical Techniques in the French Classroom,” Region IV Education Service Center, Houston, Texas, November 1990, peer-reviewed.
• “La Littérature et le Livre,” South Central Modern Language Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 1989. Abstract in S.C.M.L.A. Publication, VI, 3 (Fall 1989): 50, peer-reviewed.