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Gomolka, C. J. (CJ), Ph.D. - Faculty Bio

Gomolka, C. J. (CJ), Ph.D.




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Modern Languages, East College, Room 305
Greencastle, IN

Modern Languages 

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages (French) (on leave spring semester)

CJ received both a BA in French literature and a BM in piano performance at the University of Delaware.  He continued at UD to receive an MA in Modern French Studies.  He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Modern French Studies.  

CJ's main area of research is sexuality and gender in fin-de-siècle France with a specific focus on male same-sex desire in writings from 1789 to 1916.  He is also pursuing research in broader areas of study including gender studies, LGBTQ studies, the intersections of literature, culture and sexuality, transgender and transsexual studies and literature.  His current book project looks at reading as a queer practice and examines the queer(ing) influence of three fin-de-siècle French authors: Jean Lorrain, Achille Essebac, and Jacques d'Adelswärd-Ferson.  A second book project will look into the role of linguistic gender, time and corporeality in the creation of trans identity in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Francophone trans autobiographies.  

Courses taught:

FREN101/102: Elementary French I/II

FREN201: Immigration through the Eyes of Children

FREN202: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary France

FREN303: Queer Francophone Identities

FREN305: Phonetics and Conversation

FREN327: Introduction to Literature in French

FREN316: Power, Privilege, and Diversity from the Renaissance to the Liberation of Algeria

FREN420: Sex, Gender, and Identity from 19th century to Cinema

WGSS370: Introduction to Transgender Studies