Michel Rocchi earned his doctorate in comparative literature and subsequently published work on the theater, particularly on the playwrights Luigi Pirandello, Harold Pinter, Jean Anouilh, and the poet Charles Baudelaire. His book on the French dramatist Jean Anouilh, best known for his 1943 play Antigone, was published in 2006. Rocchi has a particular interest in modern French feminist writers and Francophone women writers. He has implemented many academic initiatives, including the Dijon, France, study-abroad semester inaugurated in 1985. Rocchi has taught at Puget Sound since the 1970s and he chaired the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature for 20 years. He is the first chair of the college’s French Studies program. He teaches courses in French literature of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, as well as literary theory.
B.A., M.A., University of Puget Sound, 1971, 1972; Ph.D., University of Washington, 1980