Ronan Y. Chalmin


Senior Lecturer of French

Joined Connecticut College: 2010

Education
“Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies” in French Literature, Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille III, France
Ph.D., French Literature, Yale University


Specializations

Eighteenth-century literature, philosophy and science

The French and Atlantic revolutions

The revolutionary eloquence

Ronan Chalmin's teaching interests include Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment; revolution and counter-revolution in France; The Libertin in the 17 and/or 18th century fiction; The Honnête Homme in the 17-18th centuries; utopia and dystopia (Renaissance-20th century); metamorphosis of the self (Renaissance-19th century) and the cinematic adaptation of novels and plays (18th-21st centuries.) 

Ronan Chalmin's first book, "Lumières et corruption", published by Honoré Champion in 2010, examines the central role of corruption in 18th-century France. It shows how the notion of “corruption,” broadly understood as moral, physical, political, and philosophical degradation, played a crucial but hidden role in the Enlightenment’s efforts to perfect man and his society. His new project, "Lire Babeuf. La création littéraire d'un révolutionnaire (1760-1797)," is a study on Gracchus Babeuf’s revolutionary eloquence.

Professor Chalmin teaches elementary, lower intermediate and intermediate French language and culture; and these upper-level courses: French 326. Civilization through Conversation. La France en révolution (1789-1989); French 327. Introduction to Literary Analysis. Les classiques de la littérature française (16e-20e siècles); French 331. The Making of Modern France: Ideology, Politics, and Culture (1654-1804); French 418. The Enlightenment and Its Discontents (1715-1799); French 426. The Art of Rebellion: the Libertine and the Dandy (17th-19th Centuries); French 435. La Liberté ou la Mort. Reading Revolutionary France (1789-1815); and French 437. Eros Enlightened. Love and Desire in the Age of Enlightenment.

Chalmin's publications include:

  • “Ethique et rhétorique de la révolution chez Gracchus Babeuf et Toussaint Louverture,” in Modern Language Notes (French Issue), forthcoming in 2015
  • “Malade de son génie… : raconter les pathologies des gens de lettres, de Tissot à Balzac,” (en collaboration avec Anne C. Vila), in Dix-huitième siècle, n°47, 2015, p. 253-270.
  • “La Palette d’Hippocrate. Impressions chromatiques sur La Mounine de Francis Ponge,” in Littérature, n°168, 2012, p. 21-30.
  • “Or/gasme. Pour une érotique de l’or dans Facino Cane de Balzac," Romanic Review, Columbia University, 2011
  • "La République populicide. Relire Du système de dépopulation de Gracchus Babeuf," Dix-huitième Siècle, 2011
  • “Arcana imperii — Coup et secret d’Etat dans Le Tartuffe de Molière”, in Littérature, n°155, Paris, Larousse/Armand Colin, September 2009

Professor Chalmin has taught French language and literature at Yale University and Tulane University. He also worked as a production assistant for French TV movies (France Télévisions), and as an editing assistant for the Editions Gallimard in Paris.

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Mailing Address

Ronan Y. Chalmin
Connecticut College
Box #5368
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320

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