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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Melissa Bailar
Professor in the Practice
Professor in the Practice of Humanities
 
e-mail:melba@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. French Studies (1997) Rice University
  • Ph.D. French Studies (2005) Rice University
 
Primary Department
   School of Humanities
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Humanities Research Center
  • School of Humanities
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    Websites
     Humanities Research Center
     
    Research Areas
     medical humanities, nineteenth-century French literature, French film, feminist theory, critical digital humanities
     
    Teaching Areas
     French film and literature, freshman writing seminars, digital humanities
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Brossard, Nicole, Judith Roof, and Melissa Bailar. “An Interview with Nicole Brossard.” ASAP/Journal 1.2 (2016): 247-259.

     
     

    “Divining Sarah Bernhardt,” The Divine: Shaw Festival, Summer 2015.

     
     

    “The Humanities Student as Digital Archivist: Pedagogical Opportunity in the Our Americas Archive Partnership,” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 22.1 (Summer 2011): 80-91.

     
     Editor of books
     

    Editor, Emerging Disciplines: Shaping New Fields of Scholarly Inquiry in and beyond the Humanities (Rice University Press, 2010).

     
     Book chapters
     

     “Bringing the Americas Together in the Classroom” in Teaching and Studying the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

     
     Book reviews
     

    Bailar, Melissa. Review of Christopher H. Johnson, Becoming Bourgeois: Love, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670–1880. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2015). Review published in Journal of Social History. June, 2016.

     
     

    Review of Alice Yeager Kaplan, Dreaming in French: the Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012). Review published in South Central Review 30:2 (Fall 2013): 162-164.

     
     

    Review of Tamar Garb, The Body in Time: Figures of Femininity in Late Nineteenth-Century France (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008). Review published in Nineteenth-Century French Studies 41 (Fall/Winter 2012/2013): 89

     
     

    Review of Peter Schulman, The Sunday of Fiction: The Modern French Eccentric (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue UP, 2003). Review published in Nineteenth-Century French Studies 40 (Fall 2011): 170.

     
     

    Review of Leonard R. Berlanstein, Daughters of Eve: A Cultural History of French Theater Women from the Old Regime to the Fin-de-Siècle. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001).  Review published in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, May 2009.

     
     

    Review of Renée M. Sentilles, Performing Menken: Adah Isaacs Menken and the Birth of American Celebrity (Cambridge University Press, 2003).  Review published in The Journal of Southern History, November 2003.

     
     Other
     

    Translation of Louis André Dorion, “Genèse et déclin de la question socratique” in The Cambridge Companion to Socrates (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

     
    Creative Works
     Performances - Siren Sense: The Synaesthetics of Desire. Group multi-media performance. ASAP/7: Arts and the Public, September 2015.
     Melissa Bailar, Judith Roof, and Alanna Beroiza,
     
     Performances - Eden Cinema
     Producer, Costume Designer, and Set Designer for Eden Cinema (a play written by Marguerite Duras), performed at Rice University in May 2013.,
     
     Performances - Producer, Costume Designer, and Set Designer for Eden Cinema, performed at Rice University in May 2013.
     
     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    "Resuscitating the Humanities: An Intravenous Approach. The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, February 2016.."

     
     

    "Theater of the Impossible: Marguerite Duras’s Plays on Absence and Absence of Plays. Midwest Modern Language Association, November 2015.."

     
     

    "Variations on a Coda: Marguerite Duras’s Refinished Endings. The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, February 2015.."

     
     

    "The Tides of Memory: Accretion and Erosion in Duras and Varda. The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, October 2014.."

     
     

    "The Waxen Subject: Material Experimentation in Nineteenth-Century France. American Comparative Literature Association, March 2014.."

     
     

    "Wax Eloquent: The Undead Art of Medical Moulage. The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, February 2014.."

     
     

    "How does Your Garden Grow?: Benguigui’s and Djebar’s Constructive ‘Third Space.’ South Central Modern Language Association, October 2013.."

     
     

    "The Vanishing Point of the Human:  Villiers's and Rachilde's Life-like Automatons. Nineteenth-Century French Studies, October 2013.."

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Research in the Humanities,” a talk for VISION 2012, a program for admitted Rice undergraduate students and their parents.  Delivered at Rice University February 13, 2012.

     
     

    Invited to lead a special session of the Rice Masterclass in Literary Studies with Professor Melanie Hawthorne of Texas A&M.  We spoke on the topic of “Writing Women, Women Writing: The Art of Lifewriting.” October 25, 2012.

     
     

    “Undergraduate Humanities Research Opportunities,” a talk for prospective Rice undergraduate students and their parents.  Delivered at Rice University September 18 and October 2, 2011.

     
     

    The ‘Our Americas’ Archive Partnership: Challenges and Opportunities.  Rice University invited presentation, September 2009.

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "Presidential address: Cross-, Inter-, Anti-: The Eclipse of Disciplinarity. South Central Modern Language Association, October 2014.."

     
     Panelist
     

    La flâneuse d’Algérie: Assia Djebar’s Reappropriation of the Wandering Gaze. South Central Modern Language Association Conference, November 2012.

     
     

    Rammasser, reflecter, recycler: Salvaged images and sound in Agnès Varda’s Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse. South Central Modern Language Association Conference, October 2011.

     
     

    The Spectrum of “La Divine:” Sarah Bernhardt’s Photographic Performativity. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association Conference, October 2009.

     
     

    Setting the Stage for Disorder: Rousseau’s Antitheatrical Sentiment in Revolutionary Times. South Central Modern Language Association, November 2008.

     
     

    Cinécriture feminine: White ink of page and screen. South Central Modern Language Association Conference, October 2007.

     
     

    The Look of Artifice.  South Central Modern Language Association Conference, October 2005.

     
     Session Chair
     

    Session chair, “Gay and Lesbian Studies in Language and Literature,” South Central Modern Language Association, October 2011.

     
     

    Session Chair, “French Literature after 1850,” South Central Modern Language Association, October 2010.

     
     

    Session Chair, “Women in French,” South Central Modern Language Association, November 2009.

     
     

    Session Chair, “French Literature after 1850,” South Central Modern Language Association, November 2008.

     
    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Conference Paper Prize for the best paper in cultural studies, South Central Modern Language Association

     John Gardner Award for Best Dissertation in the Humanities, Rice University

    Positions Held
     Participant in Training Enables a Managerís Success program, Rice University. (2011 - 2011)

     Member, Nominating Committee, South Central Modern Language Association. (2012 - 2012)

     Representative at Large, South Central Modern Language Association. (2012 - 2012)

     Vice President, South Central Modern Language Association. (2013 - 2013)

     Member, Administrators Group, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. (2012 - 2012)

     President of the South Central Modern Language Association. (2014 - 2014)

     Member, Fundraising Committee, South Central Modern Language Association. (2012 - 2012)

     Americas Researcher on the Our Americas Archive Partnership, Rice University. (2011 - 2011)

     Participant in Breakfast of Champions Program, Rice University. (2012 - 2012)

     Chair of the Membership Committee, South Central Modern Language Association. (2012 - 2012)

     Chair, Program Committee, South Central Modern Language Association. (2012 - 2012)