Alain Lescart. Ph.D., M. Div. Aggregation

Professor of French Studies
Professor of Literature

Dr. Alain Lescart joined PLNU in 2005 as a professor of French and world literature. He also teaches two special classes on science fiction and fantasy literature. His main specialties are in 19th century French literature and in French fantasy literature. Lescart has published many articles on these topics and gives a lecture/paper each year on these two topics: one during the annual 19th French Studies Colloquium in fall and the other during the 20th-21st French Studies Colloquium in spring. He is also the editor of the French New York-based review: FRANCOGRAPHIES.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • M.A., French Studies, University of Connecticut
  • M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Quincy, Eastern Nazarene College
  • M. Ed. Aggregation, Theologie Protestante, Bruxelles, Faculté de Théologie Protestante
  • M. Div. Faculté de Théologie de Vaux-sur-Seine, France

Courses Taught

  • Elementary French I & II – FRE 101/102
  • Intermediate French I & II – FRE 250/251
  • French Culture & Civilization – FRE 325
  • French Conversation – FRE 303
  • Survey of French Literature – FRE 320
  • Special Studies in French – FRE 420
  • Literature & Culture: Science Fiction – LIT 200
  • Literature & Culture: Fantasy Literature – LIT 200

Experience in Field

  • Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA), Professor, 2005 – present
  • University of Connecticut (Stoors, CT) Teaching Assistant/French Language Coordinator, 2000 – 2005
  • Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, MA), 1998 – 2000
  • High Schools of Belgium, High School Teacher, 1990 – 1998
  • Mission Eben-Ezer, (Gonaïves, Haiti), Missionary/Teacher, 1987 – 1990
  • Radio Bonne Nouvelle (Bruxelles, Belgium), Journalist (Radio), 1985 – 1987
  • Euro Media Production (Melin, France), Journalist (TV), 1984 – 1985

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Société des Professeurs de Français et Francophones d'Amérique (SPFFA) (New York, NY) 2005 - present
  • At the Bay (Point Loma), Condominium Vice President, 2011 – present
  • Cat Fancy of America (CFA) (San Diego, CA), Member/Director at Large, 2012 – present

Awards and Honors

  • Victor Gant Graduate Student Scholarship Award, 2003
  • Elected Member of the Psy Chi Society, 2001
  • Outstanding Professor Nominee, Undergraduate Council, UConn, 2004
  • Research and Special Project Grant, (RASP), PLNU, 2005 – 2006
  • Wesleyan Center Grant, PLNU, 2006 – 2007
  • Research and Special Project Grant (RASP), PLNU, 2006 – 2007
  • Research and Special Project Grant (RASP), PLNU, 2007 – 2008
  • Research and Special Project Grant (RASP), PLNU, 2010 – 2011
  • Research and Special Project Grant (RASP), PLNU, 2014 – 2015

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • "Grandeur et Misère de la Grisette: Représentation d'une figure symbolique" PhD. UConn. 2005.
  • Benedicte Gorrillot & Alain Lescart. L’Illisibilité. Les Actes du Colloque de San Diego. Paris : Septentrion, 2014.
  • Lescart Alain. Prince, Sue Ann. « Of Elephants & Roses. French Natural History : 1790-1830.» An Egyptian Giraffe and Six Osage Indians : An Exotic Plea Against the Censorship of 1827. The American Philosophical Society of Philadelphia Museum. 2013 (Ch. 18 : pp. 214-222.)
  • Lescart, Alain. Splendeurs et Misères de la Grisette: Evolution d’une figure emblématique. Paris: Honoré Champion, Romantisme et Modernité no 113, 2008 (362 pages).
  • Lescart, Alain. Faire du Nouveau avec de l’Ancien. Le recyclage de la grisette fossilisée dans “Les Misérables” de Victor Hugo. Revue des Sciences Humaines- No 302 – Avril-Juin 2011. 
  • Lescart Alain & Anne Berthelot (Editors: Roger Celestin & Eliane Dalmolin). Revue SITES. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. Vol. 15, No 2, March 2011.
  • Lescart, Alain. “’Fantasy à la Française’: The case of Pierre Pevel.” in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. Vol. 15, No 2, March 2011, 241-248.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Fantasy à la Française et Fantasy Anglo-saxonne: Une différence de rhétorique?” La Fantasy en France aujourd’hui. Modernités Médiévales. Journées d’étude du 10-11 Juin 2009. University Paris XIII Villetaneuse, Paris, France, June 11, 2009. 
  • Lescart, Alain. “Incursion du Français dans l’espace aérien de la cité américaine.” In Review SITES, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies (2007: Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 519-530).
  • Lescart, Alain. "Grisettes et bals populaires dans la première moitié du XIXe siècle", Romantisme. Revue du dix-neuvième siècle, no137 (2007-3, pp.105-124).
  • Lescart, Alain. “René Depestre promoteur d’une identité haïtienne esthétique et ancestrale. Etude d’une nouvelle extraite de Alleluia pour une femme jardin ; Roséna dans la montagne,” in Francographie (2005: Vol 13, pp. 67-76).

See More Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Lescart, Alain. “Perception d’une icône française dans les journaux américains du XIXe siècle : Un stéréotype de Paris. Le mythe de la séduisante grisette” in the special issue # 5 of Francographies. 
  • Lescart, Alain. “All Women are Grisettes in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette,” Brontë Studies. Vol. 30 (July 2005: 103 -111).
  • Lescart, Alain. “Marguerite Yourcenar aux prises avec le taoïsme dans le conte Comment Wang-Fô fut sauvé,” Société Internationale d’Études Yourcenariennes. Bulletin n. 25 (2004: Decembre). 21-30
  • Lescart, Alain. Review of BBC One TV series :The Adventure of Merlin (2008-2012). L’Esplumoir, nº 12 (2013) Mâcon: Copy-Plus.
  • Gorrillot Bénédicte & Lescart, Alain. “Les Actes de San Diego. L’Illisibilité en Questions.” Collectif. Septentrion. Lettres et Arts. 2014.
  • Lescart Alain. Prince, Sue Ann. « Of Elephants & Roses. French Natural History : 1790-1830.» An Egyptian Giraffe and Six Osage Indians : An Exotic Plea Against the Censorship of 1827. The American Philosophical Society of Philadelphia Museum. 2013 (Ch. 18 : pp. 214-222.)
  • Lescart, Alain. “Panorama des tendances récentes en fantasy anglophone”, co-authored with Anne Berthelot, http://www.modernitesmedievales.org/articles/BerthelotLescart.htm , Feb. 2010.
  • Lescart, Alain. Review of “Murger, Henri. The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter: Introduction par Maurice Samuels. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. pp. 392,” in Nineteenth Century French Studies 34 (2006: Nos. 3 & 4. Spring-Summer, pp. 228-229).
  • Lescart, Alain. “Poètes et Félins: Esthétique de l’exposition Féline de 1896.” 19st Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium. Brown University, Providence, RI. October 28, 2016.
  • Lescart, Alain. Je t’aime un peu, beaucoup, énormément … pas du tout: La grisette figure symbolique du XIXème siècle en literature.” French Department. University of CT. Invited Lecture CT. Octobre 26, 2016
  • Lescart, Alain. « Chats et poètes : Esthétique d’une exposition féline : !896-1901. » French Department. University of CT. Invited Lecture. Storrs, CT. April 23, 2015
  • Lescart, Alain. « Les Enchantements du mythe chez Martin Rouillard dans son cycle des Gardiens de Légendes. » 20th – 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference. University of Louisiana. Baton Rouge. LO. February 26-28, 2015.
  • Lescart, Alain. « La Fuite du fantastique Français vers le fantastico-gothique : Le Vénus d’Ille de Prosper Mérimée et son adaptation cinématographique par Mario Bava. 19st Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium. San Juan. Puerto Rico. University of Puerto Rico. 16-19 October 2014
  • Lescart, Alain. « Sang bleu et Eminences grises. L’argent chez Régis Goddun dans Le Sang des Sept Rois. » 20th – 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference. New York University, NY. March 6-9, 2014.
  • Lescart, Alain. « Cellendhyll, Agent des Ombres : La Mythologie de Michel Robert et l’ombre portée de Morcock. » 20th – 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference. University of Atlanta, GA. March 28-30, 2013.
  • Lescart, Alain. “ Victor Hugo et le paupérisme dans Les Misérables » 19st Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium. North Carolina University, Raleigh, NC, October 11-14, 2012.
  • Lescart, Alain. « La Réforme Protestante et la Sorcellerie. Le cas de Jean Calvin à Genève en 1545. » University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. April 17, 2012.
  • Lescart, Alain. « Insensiblement autre : La réécriture de l’histoire dans la trilogie de Wielstad de Pierre Pevel. » 20th – 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference. University of California, Long Beach, CA. March 28-31, 2012.
  • Lescart, Alain. « An Egyptian Giraffe and Six Osage Indians : An Exotic Plea Against the Censorship of 1827. » The American Philosophical Society of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA. December 1-3, 2011.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Les Dragons en question chez Pierre Pevel. » 20th – 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference. University of California, San Francisco, CA. March 25-27, 2011.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Pierre Pevel dans la tradition du roman «de cape et d’épée» »”, at the SPFFA Colloquium, New York, NY, Oct. 29-30, 2010.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Uchronies et Mondes Parallèles dans l’œuvre de Pierre Pevel. Le Modèle d’Ambremer”, 20th – 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference. University of Guelph, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 25-27, 2010.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Faire du Nouveau avec de l’Ancien: Le chant de grisette de Victor Hugo dans Les Miserables.” 35th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, UT, October 21-24, 2009.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Fantasy à la Française et Fantasy Anglo-saxonne: Une différence de rhétorique?” La Fantasy en France aujourd’hui. Modernités Médiévales. Journées d’étude du 10-11 Juin 2009. University Paris XIII Villetaneuse, Paris, France, June 11, 2009.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Richelieu contre la Cour des Dragons. Le vers est dans le fruit chez Pierre Pevel”, in Fantasy à la Francaise. 20th – 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, Minneapolis, MN, March 26-28, 2009.
  • Lescart, Alain. “The Lady of the Camellias by Alexander Dumas Son: History and Repercussions of the Book and Drama in Literature and Other Medias.” Point Loma Nazarene University, Nease Library Lecture. San Diego, CA, November 19, 2008.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Une girafe et six indiens ou l’exotisme de la contre-censure.” 34th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, October 16-18, 2008.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Pierre Jean de Béranger, ouvrier en rimes, ou comment faire une révolution avec des chansons.” 33th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Alabama University, Mobile, AL, October 18-20, 2007.
  • Lescart, Alain. “La grisette, figure emblématique”, Conference sur Cherchez la femme! Espaces féminins dans la culture populaire. Université Jean Monnet, Roanne, France. October 11-13, 2007.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Bastille Day: The events preceding July 14th, 1789.” San Diego Chamber of Business. La Jolla, August 19, 2007.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Incursion du Français dans l’espace aérien de la cité américaine: le cas de San Diego.” 20th-21h Century French and Francophone Studies Conference, College Station, TX, March 21-24, 2007.
  • Lescart, Alain. “La Lithographie support des idées républicaines sous la Restauration.” 32th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, October 19-21, 2006.
  • Lescart, Alain. “The Grisette, emblematic figure in 19th Century French Literature.” Literary Tea. LJML. Point Loma Nazarene University, October 5, 2006.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Leila Sebbar, une écriture panoramique.” 20th-21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference, Gainesville, FL. March 31 – April 3, 2006.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Les Petites Gens: La Grisette.” 31st Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Texas, Austin, TX, October 27-30, 2005.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Amin Maalouf à la croisée des chemins.” 20th-21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference, Gainesville, FL. March 31 – April 3, 2005.
  • Lescart, Alain.  “La Danse des Grisettes, le Début de la Déchéance…” 30th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Washington University, Saint-Louis, MO, October 28-30, 2004.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Perception d’une icône française dans les journaux américains du XIXe siècle: Représentation stéréotypée de Paris. Le mythe de la séduisante Grisette.” SPFFA Centenary Conference (“Création et Réalité d’Expression Française”), Fordham University, NY, October 8-9, 2004.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Every Woman is a Grisette : Charlotte Brontë’s subversive use of the grisette in The Professor and Villette.” Fourth Annual New York Meeting of the American Brontë Society on “The Brontë’s and their World.” Pace University, NY, April 17, 2004.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Le  Cosmopolitisme Errant Oriental de Marguerite Yourcenar dans le Conte Wang-Fô fut sauvé. Une Spirale Imaginaire de Sublimation de l’Oppression.” 20th – 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. April 1-4, 2004.
  • Lescart, Alain. "The Grisette Paradigm in the First Part of the Nineteenth Century in French Literature.” Women and Gender Studies Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, April 12, 2003.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Charlotte Brontë and the Use of Grisettes in Villette.” Modern and Classical Languages Colloquium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, January 29, 2003.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Grisettes et courtisanes, de Paul de Kock à la Dame aux Camélias.” 19th Century Graduate Seminar, University of Connecticut, Storrs, November 12, 2002.
  • Lescart, Alain. “Michel Tournier’s Eleazar et le Buisson : expérimentation d’une écriture binaire.” 20th Century French and Francophone Studies Conference, Hartford, CT, April 4-7, 2002.
  • Lescart, Alain. “René Depestre, in Quest of a Haitian Identity: ‘Roséna in the mountain.’” Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, March 31, 2001
  • Lescart, Alain. “Ethnocultural Counseling.” South Bay Mental Health, Brockton, MA, February 13, 2001.