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First-year student published in French journal

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Nicole Burkholder

An article by first-year graduate student Nicole Burkholder (French literature program) has been published in the on-line French journal Transitions. The article, entitled "Penser le contresens avec Cyrano de Bergerac," examines the role of the dream in Cyrano's novel Etats et empires du soleil. Specifically, it considers how three of Cyrano's characters, in refusing to assign meanings to their dreams, commit the ultimate contresens. They forego an interpretation only to precipitate the realization of their nightmares, demonstrating that sometimes a dogmatic refusal to interpret is the greatest misinterpretation.

The article is part of Nicole's ongoing engagement with the subject of dreams in French literature. Nicole received her BA from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2012. In her final semester as an undergraduate, she took a course with Hélène Merlin-Kajman, a visiting professor from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3. Professor Merlin-Kajman is editor of the Transitions on-line journal.

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