Marina Peters-Newell

Principal Lecturer of French

Photo: Marina Peters-Newell
Phone:  (505) 277-4771
Office:  319B
Hours:  T 12:30-2:00, W 11:00-12:00 Please email for zoom link

Research Area/s:



Ph.D., Les Assiettes de Montaigne: essaying the self, 2000, U of Washington. Area of expertise is 16th c. French literature and philosophy, with a healthy penchant for the medieval period as well. In grad seminars we are looking at writing the subject chez Montaigne, gargantuan chronicles chez Rabelais, and searching for the Holy Grail chez Chrétien de Troyes. Quite in spite of the time periods, these topics remain “au courant” in our 21st c in terms of the credibility of the subject in language, what it means to be humanist, and our ongoing quest for the elusive Grail.

Second language and culture acquisition is another passion, another story, a pre-requisite to becoming a global citizen of the world.

Educational History:

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

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.

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 16esiècle 
FREN600 - Rabelais: cours gargantuesque