Marina Peters-Newell

Principal Lecturer of French

Photo: Marina Peters-Newell

Email: mpnewell@unm.edu
Phone: (505) 277-4771
Fax: (505) 277-3599
Office: Room 319B

Educational History:

2000, Ph.D., in French literature, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Dissertation:
Les Assiettes de Montaigne: essaying the self, directed by Dr. Douglas Collins.
Areas of Specialization:
literary theory and sixteenth-century literature.

1989, M.A., in French literature, University of Washington.

Thesis:
Robbe-Grillet: Passages, directed by Dr. Marion Sugano.
Areas of Specialization:
Literary theory and twentieth-century literature.

1984, B.A., Honours, in French, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Research Interests:

  • Medieval and sixteenth-century French literature and philosophy
  • Postmodern critical theory and philosophy
  • Second Language Acquisition

My research interests involve French medieval and sixteenth-century literature, more specifically, the subject and the metaphors it inhabits, the increasing complexity of these metaphors and the enhanced credibility and authority of the subject through the centuries. The approach is predominantly semiotic, relying on the theories of language as those developed and elaborated on by writers such as Foucault, Lacan, and Derrida. The ensuing confrontation between the classical and postmodern worlds is an inevitable by-product of my research interests.

Teaching Interests:

My teaching interests lie mainly in the areas of second language acquisition, and more particularly in its psycholinguistic implications. I also enjoy teaching the following topics:

  • Sixteenth-century humanism
  • Medieval court literature
  • Early modern development of ideas
  • Second language acquisition

Representative Courses:

MLNG500 - Language Acquisition Methods Course 
FREN502 - La Quête du Graal: les contes arthuriens de Chrétien de Troyes 
FREN512 - Essayons Montaigne : l’autorité et le moi au 16e siècle 
FREN600 - Rabelais: cours gargantuesque