Emeritus Faculty

Mary Shaw

 Mary Shaw

Professor of French

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Office: AB 4176, CAC


B.A., University of Arizona
M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

Fields of Research:

19th- and 20th-Century Poetry, Theater, Aesthetics

While the focus of my research has been modern poetry, particularly Mallarmé, most of my work explores poetry's relations with other genres (theater and various types of fictional and non-fictional prose) and with disparate art forms (music, dance, and the visual arts). I often work across centuries as well. Much of my teaching has revolved around the Zimmerli Art Museum's fin-de-siècle illustrated book and journal collection. I have also published poetry and a bilingual children's book.  I am currently engaged in translating the works of contemporary French poet, Claude Mouchard.

Books (click on image for details):





Other Publications:

  • Rhétoriques fin de siècle. Co-edited with François Cornilliat. (Christian Bourgois, 1992)
  • Pierre & Sophia: A true tale in English and French. (Criqueville Press/The Griggstown Historical Society, 2000)
  • Max, A Griggstown Mystery (Criqueville Press, 2004)
  • Album Without Pictures. (Editions VVV Editions, 2008)

Graduate Courses:

  • Symbolism and the Question of Translation
  • Visible Writings
  • Text and Image in Fin-de-Siècle Culture
  • Mallarmé
  • 20th-Century Theater
  • 20th-Century Poetry
  • Fin-de-siècle Rhetorics (with François Cornilliat)
  • The Tradition of Subversion (with Dennis Cate)
  • Literature and Metaphysics in Pascal and Mallarmé (with Richard Lockwood)
  • Modernism and Parody
  • Symbolism
  • Lyric Prose: Rousseau, Chateaubriand & Proust (with James Swenson)


Undergraduate Courses:

  • 20th Century French Drama
  • Modern Poetry: Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé
  • Approaches to French Literature (Honors)
  • French Poetry
  • French Culture and Community (CASE/CESEP service education programs)
  • 19th-Century French Literature
  • 20th-Century French Novel
  • The French Novel
  • French Theater
  • Theater of France (in English)
  • Visible Writings (SAS Honors Seminar)
  • Wagner to the Next Wave (Douglass and Rutgers Honors seminar)
  • Paris 1861-1924: Intersections Among the Arts (Livingston Honors seminar)

Program Connections:

  • Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Honors Program