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Dudley Marchi

Professor of Comparative Literature

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

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

Educational Initiatives

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

The Inquiry-Guided Experience:  Art & Society in France

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 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

Baudelaire, Emerson, and French-American Relations

Current Research

Paris Noir: The Harlem Renaissance in Paris

Historical Tour of North Campus Decolonized

Transcendental Education & the Post-Humanist World

T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” & its Relevance Today

Creative Works

The Blue Notebooks

Tales from Evergreen Ave.

Twilight of the Pure Spirit


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. Comparative Literature Columbia University 1991