People

David Fein

UNCG photo by Chris English - 11/16/2011 - David Fein, Romance Languages.

Ph.D., Professor of French

336.334.5655
dafein@uncg.edu


Location

2320 Moore Humanities Research Administration
P.O. Box 26170 | Greensboro, NC 27402-6170


Education

B.A., French, Brown University, 1971
Ph.D., French, Cornell University, 1976


Research/ Teaching Interests

  • Medieval French Literature
  • Fifteenth-Century French Literature
  • Teaching Language Through Literature
  • Language Pedagogy

Personal Statement

I consider it a privilege to serve on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The most rewarding aspect of my career has been the opportunity to establish personal contact with other faculty and with students at every level of study. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to instill in my students the willingness and desire to set high personal standards, to take on difficult academic challenges even at the risk of failure, and to accept their limitations without compromising their aspirations. I view the acquisition of language skills as a lifelong process.

images from Les très riches heures du Duc de Berry


Selected Professional Achievements

  • Charles d’Orléans (Twayne, 1983)
  • A Reading of Villon’s Testament (Summa Publications, 1984)
  • François Villon and His Reader (Wayne State University Press, 1989)
  • François Villon Revisited (Twayne, 1997)
  • Displacements of Power: Readings of the Cent nouvelles nouvelles (University Press of America, 2003)
  • The Danse Macabre (trans., Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2013)
  • Teacher of the Year, North Carolina Chapter of American Association of Teachers of French, 1996
  • Head, Department of Romance Languages, UNCG, 1996 – 2000

Awards, Grants, Special Appointments

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  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • “Teacher of the Year” (North Carolina Chapter of the American Association
    of Teachers of French)
  • NEH Summer Institute Fellowship
  • UNCG Research Assignment
  • UNCG Research Council Grant
  • UNCG Summer Research Excellence Award
  • Kohler Grant (International Program Center, UNCG)
  • Dean’s Merit Award for Teaching
  • Dean’s Merit Award for Research
  • Member of UNCG Team in NEH/MLA Teacher Education Project
  • Reader for AP French Exam (appointed by ETS)
  • President, North Carolina Chapter of American Association of Teachers of French
  • Head, Department of Romance Languages
  • Coordinator, UNCG Graduate Language Institute in French (sponsored by NEH)
  • Director, Language Lab, Department of Romance Languages (UNCG)
  • Co-Director, UNCG/Guilford Summer-in-France
  • Co-Director, UNCG/ASU Summer Program in Angers

Employment at UNCG

  • Associate Head, Department of Romance Languages (2008-2011)
  • Head, Department of Romance Languages (1996-2000)
  • Professor (1990-)
  • Associate Professor (1982-1990)
  • Assistant Professor (1977-1982)
  • Instructor (1976-1977)

Courses Taught (Selective List)

  • berry2Introductory French
  • Intermediate French
  • French Conversation
  • Advanced French
  • French Composition and Advanced Grammar
  • Introduction to French Literature
  • Modieval French Literature
  • Seminars on François Villon, Marie de France, 15th-Century French Literature
  • Virgins and Whores: Images of Women in Medieval French Literature
  • Honors Course (“Courtly Love”)
  • Freshman Seminar (“Visions of Hell”)
  • Teaching French Through French Literature
  • Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish

Research Interests

  • Medieval French Literature
  • Fifteenth-Century French Literature
  • François Villon
  • Teaching Language Through Literature

Scholarship

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Books
  • Charles d’Orléans (Twayne, 1983)
  • A Reading of Villon’s Testament
  • François Villon and His Reader (Wayne State Univ., 1989)
  • François Villon Revisited (Twayne, 1997)
  • Architextes (Harcourt Brace, 1997)
  • Displacements of Power: Readings from the Cent Nouvelles nouvelles(University Press of America, 2003)
  • A Translation of Guyot Marchant’s 1485 Edition of the Danse Macabre (Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies) Publication date: 2013.
Other Publications
  • Over 20 articles in French Review, Romance Philology, Romance Notes, Fifteenth-Century Studies, Neophilologus, New Zealand Journal of French Studies, and other journals
  • Numerous book reviews in French Review, Choice, French Studies, and Romance Philology
  • Most recent publication: “Visiting a Winegrower’s House in the Time of Balzac” forthcoming in The French Review(Dec. 2012)
Conference Papers
  • Papers delivered at South Atlantic Modern Language Association, International Congress of
    Medieval Studies, South Central Modern Language Association, Southeast Medieval
    Association, Texas Medieval Association, Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance
    Association, Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association, and other conferences