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Yamashita, Masano Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Masano Yamashita's current research is centered on accidents, chance and inequality 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 tradition 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.


  • Eighteenth-century literature and social thought, Enlightenment studies


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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 4600 - Topics in French Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Covers various topics in the French and some other Francophone cinemas (Belgian, Swiss, Quebecois) from 1895 to the present. Focuses on periods, schools, themes, and directors from Melies to Duras, and the critical approaches by which they are studied. Varies from year to year. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics.
  • 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.
  • FREN 5350 - French Enlightenment
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Focuses on the uses of literature to address the revolutionary philosophical, scientific, religious, and/or sociopolitical questions of the day. Explores Diderot and d'alembert's Encyclopedie, Voltaire and Diderot's philosophical tales and dialogues, Rousseau's Discours, and other writings. Discusses the development of specific literary forms to promote the ideas and goals of the philosophers to reach a changing and diverse readership and to fight censorship.
  • 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.


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