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Dr. Dudley M. Marchi

Professor of Comparative Literature

Department of World Languages and Cultures

Withers Hall 401

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Fall 2023

FL 218/001 – The Harlem Renaissance in France – “Paris Noir”

FLF 492-592/001 – Contemporary French Society & Culture

Spring 2024

Art & Society in France (001 / in-person)

Art & Society in France (601 / on-line/asynchronous)

Fall 2024

FL 218/001 – The Harlem Renaissance in Paris – “Paris Noir” (in-person)

FL 216 Art and Society in France (601 / on-line/asynchronous)

Educational Initiatives

Engaged Learning:  Cyrano de Bergerac & The French 17th Century

Inquiry-Guided Learning:  Art & Society in France

Study Abroad:  Paris, Lille, Belgium

Study Abroad Scholarship

Academic Interests

  • Masterpieces of Western Literature
  • The Visual Arts and Society
  • French-American Relations
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Racial Dynamics in Literature and Art

Research and Writing


The French Heritage of North Carolina

Contrary Affinities: Emerson, Baudelaire, and the French-American Connection

Montaigne Among the Moderns: Receptions of the Essais

Sample Research Articles

The Merci Train Comes to Raleigh

Engaging STEM Students in Humanities Courses

Saving French Studies:  Art & Society in France

Montaigne and the New Millennium

Emerson, Baudelaire, and French-American Relations

Virginia Woolf Crossing the Borders of History, Culture, and Gender

Participatory Aesthetics:  Reading Mallarmé & Joyce

Current Research

Paris Noir:  The Harlem Renaissance in Paris

Historic Tour of North Campus

Transcendental Education in the Post-Humanist World

T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” Today

Creative Work

The Blue Notebooks

Twilight of the Pure Spirit

Tales from Evergreen Ave.

A Musical Picnic

Current Creative Work

Midnight Vignettes


B.A. English and Comparative Literature University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1981

M.A. Comparative Literature University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1984

Ph.D. French and Comparative Literature Columbia University 1991