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Les livres ont les mêmes ennemis que l'homme: le feu, l'humide, les bêtes, le temps; et leur propre contenu. Paul Valéry
Gloria Melgarejo Granada obtained her BA in French and BS in Journalism and Mass Communications from the National University of Asuncion, Paraguay. She moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies in French, earning the degrees of MA in Modern Languages from Kansas State University and the PhD in French from the University of Kansas in 2005. A book based on her dissertation about the works by Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé and contemporary renditions of his extraordinary “Coup de dés” was published in 2009 under the title: Fragments et Obstacles: Mallarmé et le “Génie” de l’œuvre inachevée.
Currently an Associated Professor at SCSU, her main responsibilities include teaching courses at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. She coordinates the placement and advising of the French B.A. and B.S. programs since 2006.
Teaching and Research Interests:
She has conducted research and presented papers on contemporary Francophone novelists and poets such as Yves Bonnefoy, Philippe Jaccottet, Maurice Chappaz, Pascal Bruckner, Claude Simon and Maurice Blanchot.
Her current book project explores the poetic approach to art criticism and the relationship between poetry and the possibility of achieving completion by collaboration between poets, artists and their audiences. Her research and teaching interests focus mainly on nineteenth and twentieth century French poetry, and its various modes of intersection with Philosophy and the visual arts.
Her interest in French and Francophone cultures and cinema began quite early in her career, incorporating experiences of diversity and encouraging discussions on global issues through film in all levels of French.