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Christian A. Jonson Hall 408A
On Leave/Away
on leave spring 2023

Martine Guyot-Bender, who has a doctorate from the University of Oregon, specializes in 20th-century French studies. She is doing research on French militant documentary film. Guyot-Bender teaches contemporary France and all levels of language.

Guyot-Bender wrote Poétique et politique de l'ambiguité chez Patrick Modiano and co-edited Paradigms of Memory: The Occupation and Other Hi/stories in the Novels of Patrick Modiano. Her recent publications include articles and book chapters on cultural stereotypes, French popular fiction, and French cinema and media, among other work. She is a co-editor of Women in French Newsletter.

Recent Courses Taught

Poetics and Politics of Representation (i.e.: war novel)
Cinematographic Memory
Narratives of Nationhood
Politics and Aesthetics of Surrealism
New Fin de Siècle
Contemporary France, Popular Cultures and the Media

Research Interests

  • Twentieth/21st-century French literatures, cultures (discourse analysis/narratology)
  • Film studies (documentary)
  • Historical/war narratives, cultural and popular studies, contemporary France, memory
  • Second-language acquisition (multimedia and technology assisted)


  • Brochard Foundation subsidized seminar on contemporary French cinema and the crisis of globalization, 2012
  • Camargo Foundation subsidized scholar and artist residency, 2010
  • Class of 1963 Teaching and Research Grant, 2010
  • Class of 1963 Teaching and Research Grant, 2006
  • Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003
  • Hewlett Grant for Pluralism and Unity, 2003
  • Class of 1963 Teaching and Research Grant, 2003

Selected Publications

  • Mémoire en dérive. Poétique et politique de l'ambiguïté chez Patrick Modiano. Paris: Lettres Modernes, Archive 276, 1999.
  • Paradigms of Memory. The Occupation and Other Hi/Stories in Patrick Modiano's Fiction. Co-edited with William VanderWolk. New York: Peter Lang, 1998.
  • “Staging the Global through the Local. Iska Films of Displacement.” Special issue on Contemporary French Cinema and the Crisis of Globalization, Substance (2014).
  • "Grandeur et Misères de la lecture : Les Belles Images de Simone de Beauvoir." Les femmes et la lecture. Ed. Catherine R. Montfort. Special issue of Women in French Studies, spring 2013.
  • “‘Sottisier des années Soixante’ ou roman universaliste: Les belles images de Simone de Beauvoir, revu et corrigé.”  Revue Lendemains, special issue on Simone de Beauvoir  lesser known works, December 2008.
  • "Canon in Mutation: Nothomb, Houellebeq and Co. on the Net," Sites. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 10. 2-3 (winter 2006).
  • “Amélie Nothomb’s Dialectic of the Sublime and the Grotesque,” in The Contemporary Literary Extreme. Eds. Alain Philippe Durand and Naomie Mandel. London: Continuum (2006).
  • “Coding Japan. Amélie Nothomb and Alain Corneau’s Stupeur et tremblements,” Sites. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 9.4, fall 2005 (367-376).
  • “‘Un Air de famille’. Tragi-comédie des sexes et androgynie”. Women in French Studies (spring 2004).
  • “Bibliographie critique. Romancières aujourd’hui, 1990-2004”. Women in French Newsletter (fall 2004).
  • “Popular Fiction”. In Popular Culture in France from 1950 to the Present. Ed. Hugh Dauncey. London: Arnold Publishers, 2003.
  • “Harmony and Resistance in Algerian Women's Communities. Assia Djebar's ‘L'Amour, la fantasia’”. Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 182 (December 2003).
  • “Fiction at Twenty Thousand Leagues Above the Sea. Hemispheres’ Fantasies of France,” Sites/Sites (summer 2001).
  • “Introduction” (1-17) and “Making Sense of Ambiguity” (17-36). In Paradigms of Memory. The Occupation and Other Hi/Stories in Patrick Modiano's Fiction. Guyot-Bender and William VanderWolk eds. New York: Peter Lang, 1998.

College Service

  • Cinema and New Media Studies Program chair, July 2012-present
  • General director, Hamilton College Junior Year in France, 2000-01; 2005-06; 2010-11
  • French Department chair, 2008-11
  • Committee on Appointments, 2008-11
  • Off-campus studies self review: QUIP, 2010-11
  • Cinema and new media minor: co-founder, 2009-10; co-coordinator spring 2010
  • Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Board, 2008-10
  • Diversity and Social Justice Project, executive board, 2008-present
  • External Review, French Department, Middlebury College, 2005
  • Co-editor, Women in French Newsletter, 2004-09
  • Committee on Academic Policy, 2003-06; 1998-99; 1994-96
  • Clinton Kirkland Art Center, Film Committee, 2002 –present
  • Student Fellowship Committee, 2002-03
  • Humanities facilities, Hamilton ad-hoc committee, 2001-01; 2003-04
  • Middle State Review Athletics Sub-Committee, 1999-2000
  • Committee on Curricular Review, 1998-99
  • Committee on Foreign Languages (curricular review), 1996-97
  • Programs Abroad Committee, 1991-present
  • Editor of La Gazette, French section newsletter, 1992-96, 2010-11

Professional Experience

  • Professor of French, Hamilton College, 2006-present
  • Associate professor of French, Hamilton College, 1997-2006
  • Visiting associate professor, University of Oregon, Fall 2004
  • Assistant professor of French, Hamilton College, 1991-1997
  • Hamilton-Middlebury-Smith of Social Science Consortium in Paris, president, 2001-02, 2006-08
  • Director-in-residence, Hamilton College Junior Year in France, 1992-93; 1997-98, 2001-02; 2011-12; 2007-08; 2006-07
  • Assistant director-in-residence, Oregon State of Higher Education, Lyon, 1987-88

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Oregon
M.A., University of Oregon
Diplôme Universitaire d’Études Audiovisuelles, Université de Metz, France
Licence d’Anglais (B.A. in English), Université de Metz, France

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