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S. Rangarajan

Sudarsan Rangarajan

Professor & Coordinator of French
Department of Languages
ADM 279


  • Ph. D., French, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1995.
  • M. A., French, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1993.
  • M. A., French, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, India, 1984.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced French.   
  • Introduction to French Literature
  • Masterpieces in French Literature

Professional & Department Service


  • Mentoring Committee (Co-chair), 2015-18.
  • Coordinator, Degree Progress and Completion, 2015-present.
  • Promotion and Tenure Peer Review Committee (Humanities), 2013-14, 2010-11, 2010-11, and 2019–20.
  • Elizabeth Tower Endowment Committee, 2013- present.
  • Undergraduate Research Grants Review Panel (Humanities), 2011-present.
  • Recruitment, Retention and Mentoring Subcommittee, 2009-10.
  • Department of Languages (Acting chair), three summers: 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Member of Committees

  • Academic Dispute Resolution Committee, 2020.
  • UAA Mentoring Program, 2015-18.
  • Japanese Term Instructor Search Committee, 2015-16.
  • Curriculum Coordination Committee, Department of Languages.
  • Curriculum Coordination Committee, International Studies.
  • Promotion and Tenure Peer Review Committee (Humanities), 2008-09, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17.
  • Journalism and Public Communications Tenure Track Search Committee, 2012-13.
  • Russian Term Instructor and Coordinator Search Committee, 2012-13.
  • Boren Scholarship Committee, 2010-11.
  • Scholar’s Council, College of Arts and Sciences, 2009-10 and 2010-11.
  • Dean’s Advisory Council on Research and Creative Work, 2007-08.
  • Academic Dispute Resolution Committee, Arts and Sciences, 2007-08 and  2011-12.
  • Faculty Senate Diversity Committee, 2003-13.
  • Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Spanish, 2004-05.
  • Steering Committee, International Studies Major, 2006-07.         
  • Technology Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, 2003-13.
  • Self-study, Program Review, Department of Languages, 2003-04.

Other Service Activities

  • Advisor of French Majors.
  • Coordinator of the French Program (Adjuncts, Tutors, and Language Learning Center).
  • Technology coordinator, Department of Languages.
  • Organizer, La Table française, 2003-12; Advisor, French Club, 2012-present.
  • Advisor, International Studies (Canada track).
  • Principal Investigator, Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant, 2009-10.
  • Budget Coordinator, Department of Languages, 2003-08.
  • Judge, Statewide championship, Alaska Native Oratory Society, 2005.



Critical Essays on Michel Butor’s L’Emploi du temps. Peter Lang: New York, 2012.  ISBN: 978-1-4331-2104-3 . Pp. 184.

A collection of eight essays, the book examines the different aspects of the novel from a postmodern perspective. Engaging contemporary theorists—Sartre, Foucault, de Man, Benjamin, and Prince among others,—the essays encompass diverse areas: narratology, rhetoric, genre studies, existentialism, and postcolonialism.


“The Mind-Body Dualism in Cyrano de Bergerac: Anticipating Artaud.” The French Review, vol. 95, no. 2 (Forthcoming in December 2021).

“Disillusionment and Death in Ourika and ‘La Noire de....’” Dalhousie French Studies, vol. 119 (Forthcoming).

Cyrano de Bergerac and the Fairy Tale: Between Illusion and Disillusion.” The French Review, vol. 94, no. 2, 2020, pp. 111–26.

“The Eternal Wait for ‘Godot’ in García Márquez’s No One Writes to the Colonel.” Romance Notes, vol. 59, no. 3, 2019, pp. 535–46.

Le Rouge et le noir and the Fairy Tale: Motifs and Affinities.” The French Review, vol. 92, no. 1, 2018, pp. 144–56.

“The Poetics of the Hand in Le Rouge et le noir.” The French Review, vol. 91, no. 2, 2017, pp. 48– 61.

“Hospitality Gone Awry in Gide’s La Symphonie pastorale.” Romance Notes, vol. 57, no. 2, 2017, pp. 169–78.

“The Anacoluthon in Le Rouge et le noir: Cutting Cords and Tying Knots.” Neophilologus, vol. 101, no. 3, 2017, pp. 387–97.

“Sons of Abusive Fathers and their Bildung: Le Rouge et le noir and Une vie de boy.” Dalhousie French Studies, vol. 108, spring 2016, pp. 67–81.

“Gide’s La Symphonie pastorale as a Bildungsroman.” Neophilologus, vol. 97, no. 4, 2013, pp. 641-52.

“The Poetics of Silence in Maria Chapdelaine.” Neophilologus, vol. 96, no.1, 2012, pp. 33-46.

“The Roman d’Aventures as a Subgenre in Maria Chapdelaine.” The French Review, vol. 83, no. 4 (2010): 767-83.

“The Virtual Embedded Narratives in Butor’s La Modification.” Neophilologus,vol. 93, no. 1, 2009, pp. 35-41.

“A Foucauldian Study of Space and Discourse in Gérard Bessette’s Le Libraire.” Cincinnati Romance Review, vol. 27,  2008, pp. 125-34.

“Lies and Betrayals: Rhetoric in Butor’s L’Emploi du temps.” Symposium, vol. 60, no. 4, 2007, pp. 247-65.

“Narratees in Butor’s L’Emploi du temps.” The French Review, vol. 80, no. 3, 2007, pp. 579-93.

“Heterotopias and Collections in Butor’s L’Emploi du temps.” Symposium, vol. 57, no. 1,  2003, pp. 27-48.

“The Journalistic Discourse in Butor’s L’Emploi du temps.” Neophilologus, vol. 87, no. 3, 2003, pp. 385-97.

“Music, Metals and Metaphors: The ‘Sirens’ Episode in Joyce’s Ulysses.” Explicator, vol. 57, no. 4, 1999, pp. 223-24.

“The Image of Charon in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.” Explicator, vol. 56, no.3, 1998, pp. 139-     40. 

"Autorité, narration et séduction: Degrés de Michel Butor et Le Semestre de Gérard Bessette."  Dalhousie French Studies, vol. 34, spring 1996, pp. 119-25.

"Discours et pouvoir: Le Libraire et Les Pédagogues de Gérard Bessette." Francographies (Nouvelle série), vol. 3, 1994, pp. 103-10.

"Narrative Voice(s) and Authotirity in Butor's La Modification." Notes on Contemporary Literature, vol.22, no. 5, 1992, pp. 4-6.