Visiting Instructor of French
Rod Cooke came to Haverford from Columbia University, where he will defend a PhD on the Dreyfus Affair in April 2013. He is a former student of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Before coming to the United States, he received a BA, MA and MPhil from the University of Cambridge in his native UK, specializing in the History and Philosophy of Science.
Rod specializes in 19th century French literature, notably the realist and naturalist novel. His doctoral research examines the relationship between literature and politics in the Dreyfus Affair. Other research interests include French literary responses to German philosophy; stylistics and narratology; and popular culture (bande dessinée, TV drama). He has published on authors including J.-K. Huysmans, Hergé, and Yambo Ouologuem.