Gomolka, C. J. (CJ), Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Global French Studies, Director of the Global French Studies Program and Global Language Coordinator
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 19th and 21st century French and Francophone studies. He is also pursuing research in broader areas of study including gender studies, LGBTQ studies, feminisms, queer linguistics, the intersections of literature, culture and sexuality, transgender studies and literature. His current book project entitled (Don't) Call Me Queer: Nomenclature, Anxiety, and Identity in Contemporary France examines the links between denomination, anxiety, and identity in the contemporary francophone world. He is particularly interested in exploring how processes of naming operate in reference to social/cultural/political/linguistic anxieties and what this might tell us about social/cultural/political/linguistic processes of identification and disidentification for queer and non-queer identities. At the moment there are three envisioned chapters: one on the term transpédégouine (transfagdyke) as a replacement for/supplement to queer in France; one on decolonial feminism and the politics of Houria Bouteldja; and one on transfeminism in France and specifically the works of Paul Preciado and Sam Bourcier.
Sample Courses Taught
FREN101/102: Elementary French I/II
FREN201: Immigration through the Eyes of Children
FREN202: Sex, Gender, and Identity in Contemporary France
FREN303: Queer Francophone Identities
FREN305: Phonetics and Conversation
FREN327: Introduction to Literature in French
FREN327: La voix de l'autre dans la littérature en français
FREN316: Power, Privilege, and Diversity from the Renaissance to the Liberation of Algeria
FREN420: Sex, Gender, and Identity from 19th century to Cinema
FREN420: Les raté.e.s de la Répbulique: assimilation, intégration et identité dans la France contemporaine
WGSS370: Introduction to Transgender Studies