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Modern and contemporary French and francophone cultures
memory and testimony studies
gender and sexuality studies
Biography / Academic Background
I received my BA in French with a minor in studio art from the University of Akron, and my PhD in French from the University of Michigan. While working on my doctorate, I also taught at the Université Paris 7, in France, and studied at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a visiting assistant professor in the World Cultures and Literatures Program and the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Houston, in the United States, where I taught courses in world cinema, comparative literature, and cultural studies.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research focuses primarily on issues of ethical and political commitment in French and francophone literature, film, and photography. I am interested, in particular, in how broader, more malicious forms of denial and exclusion come to be reinforced, unintentionally, by interactions that take place at much humbler levels of society. My publications to date have considered these issues in the context of French-language testimonial narratives written by political deportees who survived the Nazi camps.
I am currently working on a series of projects that examine conceptualizations of humanitarian engagement in modern and contemporary French and francophone literature, film, and photography.
Awards and Achievements
Leader, Research Group on “The Genealogy of the Perpetrator,” funded with a grant from the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies (2014 - 2015).
Member at Large, Coordinating Committee, Women and Gender Studies Program (2013 - present).
Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston (2012).
Lurcy Fellow (2004 - 2005).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise undergraduate and graduate student research in the areas of memory and testimony studies, Holocaust studies, gender and sexuality studies, and modern and contemporary French and francophone studies.
Marquart, Sharon. On the Defensive: Reading the Ethical in Nazi Camp Testimonies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (Forthcoming, 2015).
Marquart, Sharon. “Entre silence et reconnaissance: De l’engagement humanitaire chez Charlotte Delbo.” Charlotte Delbo, œuvre et engagements. Edited by Christiane Page. Rennes, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2014. 79-88.
Marquart, Sharon. “Authoritative Witnessing and the Control of Memory: On Jorge Semprun’s L’écriture ou la vie.” French Forum. 36.2-3 (2011); 147-61.
Marquart, Sharon and David Caron, eds. Les revenantes : Charlotte Delbo, la voix d’une communauté à jamais déportée. Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2011.
Marquart, Sharon and David Caron. “Charlotte Delbo, ou la communauté qui revient.” Les revenantes : Charlotte Delbo, la voix d’une communauté à jamais déportée. Eds. David Caron and Sharon Marquart. Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2011; 9-15.
Marquart, Sharon. “Le couple idéal et la communauté ironique.” Les revenantes : Charlotte Delbo, la voix d’une communauté à jamais déportée. Eds. David Caron and Sharon Marquart. Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2011; 103-25.
Marquart, Sharon. “Writing Collective Experience in Jorge Semprún’s Buchenwald Narratives,” in The Holocaust in Spanish Memory. Historical Perceptions and Cultural Discourse. Eds. Antonio Gómez López Quiñones and Susanne Zepp. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2010; 87-102.