DR. ISABELLE GENEST
Chair, Department of Modern Languages
Office: Visceglia Arts Center, Rm. 154
Phone: (973) 618-3401
Ph.D., New York University, Institute of French Studies
M.A., New York University, Institute of French Studies
M.A., Université de Paris, Institut d’Anglais Charles V
B.A., Université de Paris, Institut d’Anglais Charles V
Dr. Isabelle Genest is Professor of French and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages. A native of Paris, France, she studied American Civilization at the University of Paris where she received her Master’s degree. Her fascination with the United States brought her to the University of Virginia as a teaching assistant and later to New York University where she obtained her Master’s and Ph.D degrees at the Institute of French Studies, specializing in late 19th century French intellectual history. She wrote her dissertation on “Intellectuels et décadence durant la Belle Epoque: les cas d’Octave Mirbeau et Paul Adam.” She has given talks and published about Octave Mirbeau and Paul Adam in the context of Belle Epoque politics. She has also written about French anti-Americanism during the 1990’s.
More recently her research interests have been in French colonial history and memory, as well as in the history of immigration and its representations in literature. She is also interested in minority issues in contemporary France. In June 2008, she traveled to Senegal with a CIEE faculty seminar.
Dr. Genest has been a faculty member at Caldwell College since 1988 and has taught a wide variety of language and civilization courses as well as a recent Scholars Program course about immigration and national identity in France. She really enjoys the multiplicity of topics she has explored with students at Caldwell as well as her role of advisor, including that of advisor to Le Club Français.
American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ)
Western Society for French History (WSFH)
Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS)
Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL)
Belle Epoque French intellectual and cultural history
The role of French intellectuals in politics
Belle Epoque culture, arts and society
French-American relations since World War II
French colonial history
History of immigration
Minority issues in contemporary France
“The European perspective on the war in Iraq,” discussant on Faculty panel for “Undoing the Gordian Knot”, Caldwell College, February 2003.
Chair, session on “Intellectuals and Politics”, Society for French Historical Studies, Toronto, April 2002.
“De la ‘Political Correctness’ à José Bové: le renouveau de l’antiaméricanisme en France dans les dix dernières années,” Western Society for French History, Indianapolis, November 2001.
Chair, session on “The Witness and the Historian: Debates on the Resistance in Contemporary France,” Western Society for French History, UCLA, November 2000.
“Barbarie et décomposition dans la France décadente du Jardin des Supplices, ou l’Affaire Dreyfus vue par Octave Mirbeau,” Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium, The Pennsylvania State University, October 1998.
Chair, session for the ”Fin de Siècle, Millenium” Colloquium, Association for French Cultural Studies, Wellesley College, April 1997.
“The Use of French in Action in the College Classroom,” Foreign Language Teachers Academic Alliance, Caldwell College, April 1994.
“Napoléon: `champion de la Latinité’ or `parvenu ridicule’? Paul Adam’s dilemma in judging the Napoleonic legend,” Western Society for French History, Orcas Island, October 1992.
Discussant for a round table on “The Teaching of French Civilization: Methodology and Problems,” New York University, November 1991.
“Paul Adam and Germany: from Internationalism to Germanophobic Patriotism?” Western Society for French History, University of California, Santa Barbara, November 1990.
“Octave Mirbeau: the Ravachol of Literature? The Case of an Anarchist Intellectual from 1884 to 1898,” Western Society for French History, UCLA, November 1988.
“The Rape of the Mind: Jesuit Teaching in Octave Mirbeau’s Sébastien Roch,” West Virginia University Conference on Literature and Film, October 1988.
“Le Calvaire: the Beginnings of Octave Mirbeau’s Vociferations,” New York University Centennial Colloquium, May 1987.
Entry on “Paul Adam (1860-1920)” in France and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History. A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia. Volume 1, Bill Marshall, editor (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2005).
“De la ‘Political Correctness’ à José Bové: le renouveau de l’antiaméricanisme en France dans les dix dernières années,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Selected Papers of the 2001 Annual Meeting, vol. 29, Barry Rothaus, editor (University Press of Colorado, 2003).
Review of Octave Mirbeau’s Les Vingt et un jours d’un neurasthénique, Modern and Contemporary France, October 1992.
“Octave Mirbeau: the Ravachol of Literature? The Case of an Anarchist Intellectual from 1884 to 1898,” Modern and Contemporary France, July 1991.
“Paul Adam and Germany: from Internationalism to Germanophobic Patriotism?” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History, vol. 18, 1991.