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Didier Course

Professor of French 

Tel: 301-696-3478
Office: Tatem, Room 210
Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A., Universite de Nancy II, France

Courses taught

  • French 103 104 Intermediate French Language
  • French 203 French Composition Conversation
  • French 204 French Culture and Civilization
  • French 207 Cultural Perspectives on French Literature I
  • French 314 Refinement, Politness and Social Behavior
  • French 317 Parlez-moi d'amour
  • French 322 Writers Behind a Camera
  • French 321 Masques et Illusions


I received my M.A. from the Université de Nancy II-France and my Ph.D. in 1995from the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Daniel Russell. My research has focused primarily on the relationship between literature and the visual arts. I am a specialist in early modern French literature and culture and my field of research includes religious literature of the Counter-Reformation and the politics of appearances in the French court.

Over the years I have taking students to Paris to work on various projects, ranging from the Carrousel of Louis XIV to the urbanism of Paris from 1610 to 1710, at the National Library of France and in Versailles.

Research and teaching interests

I have published numerous articles on France in the early modern times and was invited to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar at Harvard University-Hougton Library. I also received a NEH summer grant to continue my research on images of power in 16th and 17th century France. I have published two books; the first one, D'Or et de pierres précieuses. Les Paradis artificiels de la Contre Réforme en France (Payot: Lausanne, 2205), is a study on the representation of the Catholic Church in the early modern period. The second one is a critical edition of the French writing of Queen of France and Scotland, Marie Stuart, En ma Fin est mon Commencement (L'Harmattan: Paris, 2008). I teach a variety of courses at Hood College, ranging from intermediate French to upper-level literature. I received the "Hood College Faculty adviser of the year award" (in 1997 and in 2006) and in 2009 I was awarded the "Dr. Henry P. and Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award" for significant contributions to Hood College through scholarship.


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