Curriculum Vitae

Michel Rocchi
Department of French Studies
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, Washington 98416
(253) 879-3969
FAX (253) 879-3500
rocchi @


PhD (University of Washington) in Comparative Literature, 1980.
Dissertation topic: “Twentieth Century Blues: A Study of Affinities between Harold Pinter and Luigi Pirandello.” Frank W. Jones, director.
Major field: 19th and 20th Century French Literature
Minor fields: Francophone Literature, Theory. 


Amélie Nothomb où la quête d’identité. International Conference University of Kent. Paris, France. May 2014. Submitted.

The Princesse de Clèves and the Petit Prince de Belleville. Circulating French in the Classroom: Reading Literature in Community. U. of Notre Dame. October 2013. Publication pending.

The Avant-garde Theater of Yasmina Reza. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, HI. January 2011

Les techniques narratologiques chez Christine Angot et Amélie Nothomb. Sixty- Second Annual Convention. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. Reno, Nevada. October 2009.

Une rivière verte et silencieuse. Original translation of Hubert Mingarelli’s novel in collaboration with Lisa Gonnella ’08. Reviewed for publication by Archipelago Books.

French Literature and the Narratology of Children. 31st Annual European Studies Conference. University of Nebraska, Omaha. October 2006

Jean Anouilh: A Literary Biography. in Twentieth Century French Dramatists: Dictionary of Literary Biography. Ed. M-A. O’Neil. Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc. 2005.

The Narrating Child: New Voices in Contemporary French Novels. 58th Annual

Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington. April 2005.

The Theater of Jean Anouilh and the Impossibility of Happiness: The Mother Figure Once Again. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. January 2004.

Abla Farhoud et la fragilité du bonheur. Article Review: The Rocky Mountain Review. September 2003.

Francophone Literature: Pa/Ma-triarchal Power. Conference on Legitimizing Power: Sexual Identity, Gender, and Authority. West Chester University, PA. November 2002.

Francophone Literature: The return to the Native Land. 26th Annual European Studies Conference. University of Nebraska, Omaha. October 2001.

Madness and Control in Samuel Beckett’s Works. 15th Annual International Conference in Literature and the Visual Arts. State University of West Georgia, Atlanta. 1999.

Autobiographical Fiction: Self-representation in the Works of Annie Ernaux. 23rd Annual Colloquium on Literature and Film; University of West Virginia. October 1998. Also chaired a session on Biographical Readings of French Narrative.

Albert Camus: The Experimental Style. 17th Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures. May 1997.

Marguerite Duras: Literary Culmination of Postmodern Feminism. 15th Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures. May 1995.

Marguerite Duras and the Unraveling of the Couple. 13th Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures. May 1993.

Compétences désirées en français au niverau universitaire. Second Language Education Symposium and Workshops. February 1992.

Charles Baudelaire: Artist, Social Critic or Modern Saint. National Endowment for the Humanities Conference on the Avant-Garde. University of Puget Sound. April 1991.

French Literature in a New Key. Cesar Franck and the World of Romanticism Symposium. University of Puget Sound. November 1990.

The Flowering of Evil: Baudelaire and the British Romantics. Foreign Language Forum. University of Puget Sound. Fall 1989.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera. Book Review, Arches: March 1987.

The Use of Extracurricular Activities in Foreign Language Teaching. Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers Fall conference, October 1986 in The Forum, Conference Proceedings; Vol. XVIII, # 1.

Dutch Treat: 17th Century Dutch Painters and 19th Century French Writers. Humanities Symposium, Saint Michael's College, Vermont. March 1985.

The Role of Business Language in the Traditional Curriculum. Eastern Michigan University Conference on Foreign Languages for Business and the Professions. Ypsilanti, Michigan. April 1984.

Judas Iscariot: A Literary Figure. Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Language Teaching (PNCFL). Spring 1983.

A Spring Festival of Languages at the University of Puget Sound. The Forum, Vol. XIV, Spring 1982.

Evaluating the Study-Abroad Venture: The Sorbonne Courses. Abstract in Conference Proceedings of the Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT). October 1981.

Le Mouvement des idées en France et aux U.S.A.: Rôle et statut de l'intellectuel. Third International Colloquium: Paris, France, June 1981. 


Oscar et la dame rose. Junia Todd-Hallen Presentation; September, 2011.

Hip and Naughty French. Volume I. Translation, adaptation and voice coaching for program iTunes. April-August 2007. Released January 2009.

Technology for Globalization and Education. AACU Annual meeting. Seattle, January 2009.

Anna Gavalda: I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere. Junia Todd-Hallen Presentation; September, 2008.

Web 2.0 Storytelling. NITLE Workshop. University of Puget Sound. August, 2008.

Emerging Technologies and the Liberal Arts Campus. NITLE Conference, Occidental College. May 2008.

What’s Technology Got to Do With it? French Fall Festival. University of Puget Sound. October 2007.

Technology and the Co-Curriculum. Panelist and Presenter of Connecting the Living and Learning Academic Spaces. NITLE Conference, Austin College. September 2007.

The Tournées Festival: New French Films [post-film discussions of Être et Avoir] Pierce College. April 2007.

The Northwest International Education Association. Panelist: Migration and Cultural Conflict in Europe. May 2007.

Franco-American Cultural Council French Film Festival. Pierce College. Presenter. April 2007.

World Affairs Summit. City of Tacoma. Where Film is Art, or Talking With Hands. April 2007.

Al-Musharaka: Arab Culture and Civilization. NITLE Workshop, Claremont College, June, 2005.

National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH panelists and grant evaluator. Wash. D.C. August 2004.

Institute of European Studies. Faculty On-site Program Review for the Nantes, France Study-Abroad Program. March 2004.

Culpeper/Rockefeller Technology Grant, Faculty Director, 2000

Northwest Language Consortium, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1998-00

Assessing Language Studies: Institute of European Studies. Gustavus Adolphus College. July, 1997.

Multimedia for Foreign Language Instruction: Technology Workshop. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Middlebury College. June 1996.

Burlington Northern Curriculum Development Grant: Comparative Literature. August 1996.

Hewlett Foundation Grant - International Political Economy Seminar. Fall 1991. University of Puget Sound.

Chism Faculty Seminar - Modernism and the Avant-Garde. University of Puget Sound. Rainer Rumold, Director (Northwestern University) Fall 1990.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Study Grant. Modernization and Modernism. William J. McGrath, Director (Rochester University). Spring 1988.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar. “The Symbolist Aesthetic in Poetry and Prose.” Princeton University, Bert Sonnenfeld, Director. 1983.

Stanford Faculty Renewal Program: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant. Comparative Analysis of Literature and the Visual Arts. Stanford University. John Bender, Director. Summer 1982.

Teaching Exchange, Paris, France. Spring 1981. Director, Pomona College, Paris Program. 


Faculty Senate Walter Lowrie Sustained Service Award. 2012

John Lantz Sabbatical Enhancement Award. Spring 2009.

Martin Nelson Summer Research Award. Summer 2006.

Faculty Involvement Award. Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils. University of Puget Sound. April 2003.

Northwest Language Consortium Mellon Project. Summer Fellowship 2001.

Northwest Language Consortium Mellon Project. Summer Fellowship 2000.

Martin Nelson Summer Research Award. Summer 1996.

Burlington Northern Outstanding Teacher/Scholar award. 1989.

John Lantz Senior Fellowship Award, 1986-87. 


 2013  Union Board Faculty Representative
 2007 to present  Canadian Studies Advisory Council
 2006 to 2009  Student Honor Court
 2005 to 2013  Language and Culture House Program, Director
 2004  Dean of Students Search Committee
 2000 to 2005  Technology Planning Group
 2003  Tenure Hearing Board, Professional Standards Committee
 2003-04  Presidential Inauguration Committee
 2000  Sub-Committee on Fine Arts Core Guidelines
 2000  Andrew W. Mellon Grant Summer Workshop, Director
 2000  Culpeper Grant Workshop, Director
 2002-03  Senate Ad-Hoc Committee: Study-Abroad Program
 1999-00  Creator and Faculty Director, Freshman Culture Floor
 1997 to 2006

 Chair, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature

(also 1976-79 and 1982-91)

 1996-97  Committee on Information Technology
 1995-99  Committee on Graduate Fellowships and Grants
 1995-96  Faculty Senate: Vice President
 1994-1996  Faculty Senate
 1989-1992  Faculty Advancement Committee
 1988-2000  Fulbright Campus Representative
 1988-93  Chism Selection Committee
1988-89  Chair, Professional Standards Committee
 1987-88  Professional Standards Committee
 1983-84  Student Union Renovation Committee
 1982-84  Student-Life Committee
 1981-83  Faculty Recording Secretary
 1979-81  Faculty Senate, Vice-Chair
 1978-84  Fulbright Committee, Chair
 1976-77  Study-Abroad Committee Chair
 1973-75  Living-Learning Program, Director
 1973-2013  Language House Program, Director


Member, Phi Kappa Phi
Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)
Member, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMLA) Member, Washington Association for Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT)


Board of Directors, President, Shared Housing Services, 2008 to present.
Board of Directors, President, Tacoma Grand Cinema, 2002 to 2008.