John Greene is a Professor of French and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after having completed his undergraduate studies at the University of London-Goldsmiths College. He currently serves as Director of the Introductory French Program at the University of Louisville where, in addition to general language, literature and culture courses, he teaches business French, French cinema, and a theater practicum which emphasizes language acquisition through performance; he has developed and taught graduate seminars including courses on Paris, on class structure and Enlightenment material culture, and on the discovery of the exotic.
He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Presidents Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Louisville and the Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). He has won the Innovative Course Design Competition of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS). The French government has named him a Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes académiques, the most prestigious French award for faculty.
His research focuses on the representation of material culture in Enlightenment French fiction and maritime narratives, with titles such as "Loin des yeux, loin du texte? La disparition des véhicules hippomobiles chez Mercier" (2012) and "'Etudié et connu': Les Français dans le Pacifique sud" (2011), each in a book published by a prestigious French press. He has received external funding to present and publish his research at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, the Clark Library at UCLA, the Museum of London, and, in Paris at the Musée de la Marine and at the Collège de France. He is currently working on a book which examines the representation of carriages in the eighteenth-century French novel. He serves on the editorial board of the French Review.
E-mail: jpgree01 (@ ) louisville.edu
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