- Jonathan M. Weiss
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3 May, 1942
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New Britain, Connecticut
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Professor, Biographer, Author, Academic Administrator, Interpreter
spouse = Dace Weiss
Jonathan Weiss (born
May 4, 1941) is an American scholar of French literature and social science whose extensive publications include literary and theatrecriticism, essays on Franco-American relations, a short story, and most recently the biography of Irène Némirovsky.
Weiss is currently NEH Class of 1940 Distinguished Professor of Humanities, emeritus, in the Department of French and Italian at
Colby Collegein Waterville, Maine. Weiss currently lives in Dijon, Francewith his wife, Dace.
Jonathan Mark Weiss was born in
New Britain, Connecticut. He received his B.A.from Columbia College in 1964, and his Ph.D.from Yale Universityin 1973. From 1967- 1968Weiss had a Fulbright Fellowship for research in France. In 1977and again in 1979, he had a Canadian Government fellowship for research in Quebec. He was also granted in 1979another Fulbright Fellowship for research this time in Quebec. [ [http://www.colby.edu/directory_cs/jmweiss/ Colby College | Directory | Jonathan M. Weiss ] ]
In the mid 1960s Weiss worked as an interpreter for the United States
State Departmentduring which time he interpreted for, among others, Martin Luther King, Jr.for francophone African dignitaries. From 1969- 1972Weiss was a lecturerin French, at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England. From 1972- 2007he was an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor of French at Colby College. He was granted tenurein 1978and was promoted to full professorin 1986. Weiss served as Chair of the modern foreign languages department from 1982- 1985, he was also the director of Off-Campus Study and Academic Affairs from 1990- 1997, and Associate Dean of Faculty from 1997- 2000. In September 2000he was awarded the NEH endowed chair. During his tenure as director of off-campus study, Weiss established programs of study in Dijon, France, and London, England, the latter a joint program with Bowdoin and Bates colleges. Weiss continues to direct the Dijon program. [ [http://www.colby.edu/academics_cs/ocs/dijon/index.cfm Colby College | Academics | Colby in Dijon ] ] [ [http://www.colby.edu/directory_cs/jmweiss/ Colby College | Directory | Jonathan M. Weiss ] ]
In his authored works, Weiss typically writes in French or English depending of his
audience. His recent Némirovsky biography was written in French and published in France before being translated into English by his wife for publication in the United States. Irène Némirovskywas a prolific Russian-born French writer of fiction who published her novels and short stories in Parisuntil she was deported to Auschwitz. [ [http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?book_id=5481 Irène Némirovsky : Her Life and Works - Jonathan Weiss ] ]
Irène Némirovsky. Paris: Éditions du Félin, 2005. ISBN 2-86645-599-1
Irène Némirovsky: Her Life and Works. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007. ISBN 9780804754811
French-Canadian Theater. Boston: Twayne Publishers (bought by Macmillan); May 1986.
French-Canadian Literature. Washington, DC: The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, 1989. Reprinted by the Michigan State University Press, 1995.
Essays on French-Canadian Theater (Editor, with Joseph Donohoe). East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1995. Winner of the ACSUS award for best book of essays on Canada, 1996.
"Arthur Buies et les Etats-Unis au XIXe siècle" Québec Studies, 1987, p. 89-99.
"Une lecture américaine de Volkswagen Blues,” Études françaises, vol. 21, no. 3 (Winter 1985-86), p. 89-96.
“Le théâtre québécois: une histoire de famille,” inle Théâtre au Québec, mémoire et appropriation, Montréal: Société d’Histoire du Théâtre du Québec, 1990, p. 131-140.
“Le Premier Mouvement: un roman américain?,” Études françaises, 26:2, 1990, p. 21-29.
“Le Centenaire de la Révolution Française dans la presse américaine,”Littérature et nation, 2:3, September 1990, p. 135-149.
“Jacques Poulin, lecteur de Hemingway,” Études françaises, 1993, 11-22.
“À Rome comme à Dijon: Le Président de Brosses en Italie”, in Le XVIIIe siècle : histoire, mémoire et rêve. Mélanges offerts à Jean Goulemot, Paris: Honoré Chamption, 2006. ISBN 2-7453-1332-0. [ [http://www.cometes.org/2006/05/01/le-xviiie-siecle-histoire-memoire-et-reve-melanges-offerts-a-jean-goulemot/ Comètes » Annonce » Le XVIIIe siècle : histoire, mémoire et rêve. Mélanges offerts à Jean Goulemot ] ]
“Christmas” (a short story), in Escala, December 2001.
Recent papers given
“Les Origines de la Francophobie américaine”, France-Amérique Bourgogne Association, Dijon, March 9, 2004.
“Le Personnage théâtral”, Université de Bourgogne (école doctorale), March 9, 2004
“From ‘The French Monster’ to ‘Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys’: Two Centuries of Francophobia in the United States”, Society for French Historical Studies, Paris, June 18, 2004
Table ronde - Trois destins singuliers : Romain Gary, Maurice Sachs, Irène Némirovsky, Institut Mémoire de l’Édition Contemporaine, Caen (France), May 21, 2005.
“Liberté, fraternité, judéophobie: American reactions to perceived French anti-Semitism”, Symposium on The French in the United States, University of Texas at Austin, April 22, 2005.
Plays produced at Colby College
The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Brecht), January 1973
La Leçon (Ionesco), December 2002
La Leçon du mardi (play written by French major Allison McAnney), April 2003
La Cantatrice chauve (Ionesco), April 2004
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New Britain, Connecticut, United States
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