Nancy Frelick

Associate Professor

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Graduate Student Supervision

Doctoral Student Supervision

Dissertations completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest dissertations.

L'image editoriale de Marguerite de Navarre au XVIe siecle ou la construction d'une figure d'auteure: conditions, modalites, enjeux (2017)

This dissertation examines the construction of the authorial figure of Marguerite de Navarre by book producers, such as printers, publishers and editors, in the paratexts to sixteenth-century editions of her works. The term ‘image éditoriale’ is used in this thesis to refer to the manner in which the authorial image is constructed in the editorial or front matter of these early print editions, including dedicatory epistles, prologues, and poems, as well as various strategies and interests that book producers brought to the material imprint of the text, such as title pages, typeface, layout and engravings. The principal objective of this study is thus to present a methodical analysis of these kinds of editorial discourses, bringing to light not only the material and historical conditions of their publication, but also the literary and extraliterary stakes involved in early editions of three of Marguerite de Navarre’s major works: le Miroir de l’âme pécheresse (1531), les Marguerites de la Marguerite des princesses (1547) and the Heptaméron (1558, 1559). Le présent travail consiste dans une étude originale de la construction de l’image éditoriale de Marguerite de Navarre au XVIe siècle. Par ‘image éditoriale’, nous désignons l’image de l’auteure telle qu’elle se construit dans le péritexte éditorial des éditions imprimées de ses oeuvres, c’est-à-dire telle qu’elle prend forme et consistance sous les yeux du public au seuil des textes, dans cet espace du livre qui accueille le discours éditorial. L’objectif premier de cette étude est de mettre au jour les conditions historiques et matérielles et les enjeux littéraires et extralittéraires qui ont sous-tendu le façonnement de l’image éditoriale de cette auteure singulière qu’est Marguerite de Navarre à partir d’une analyse systématique du discours éditorial qui accompagne la publication imprimée de trois de ses oeuvres majeures, à savoir : le Miroir de l’âme pécheresse (Alençon, 1531), les Marguerites de la Marguerite des princesses (Lyon, 1547) et l’Heptaméron (Paris, 1558-1559).

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Master's Student Supervision

Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.

L'Amour propre dans L'Ecole des femmes et dans le Dom Juan de Moliere (2013)

The theme of self-love is omnipresent in the theatrical works of Molière. Morespecifically, this theme is apparent in The School for Wives and Dom Juan. In these twoplays, we notice that the two main characters, Arnolphe and Dom Juan, are guided intheir actions by their overarching self-love. Using the philosophical concepts of LaRochefoucauld and Pierre Nicole as benchmarks in our analysis of self-love in the twoplays, we first note that this egoism, which leads to the pursuit of one’s own interests, isdemonstrated in Dom Juan’s « libertinage » and Arnolphe’s cynicism. We then examinehow such egoism is manifested through tyranny and the use of trickery. These twopreceding points lead to our main topic explaining that Molière put these characters onstage to show that inordinate self-love does not lead to the desired objective. In otherwords, not being able to see reality – because their actions and ideas were guided only bytheir self-interests – these narcissists fail to recognize themselves as much as Ovid’smythical character Narcissus and end up in ruin in L’École des femmes and Dom Juan.

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