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Yamashita, Masano Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Masano Yamashita's current research is centered on Disasters, accidents and chance in eighteenth-century France. Her research is more generally on the literature and culture of the French Enlightenment. Her work analyzes the relationship between clandestine modes of knowledge in the French traditions of materialist libertinism and the Enlightenment project of philosophizing as public service. She has published on Rousseau, Diderot, eighteenth-century affect theory, the relationship between rhetoric and democracy during the Revolutionary period, poverty and chance in Marivaux, and theatricality in the Ancien Régime.


  • Public sphere theory, the representation of Catastrophes and accidents in 18th century literature, cosmopolitanism and social thought, Eighteenth-century Enlightenment philosophy and literature, materialism, information theory


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courses taught

  • FREN 4110 - French Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Topics vary each semester. Consult the online Schedule Planner for specific topics. See also FREN 4120.
  • FREN 4990 - Senior Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Preparation of a 15-page research paper in French presented to two members of the department faculty and defended orally in class. Recommended prerequisite: at least one course numbered FREN 4100 or above and all third-year requirements and advisor consent.
  • FREN 5120 - French Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Different topics are offered and, in a number of cases, cross-listed with other departments. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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