Cybelle McFadden


Ph.D., Associate Professor of French, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Advisor in French



  • Ph.D. in Romance Studies, Duke University, 2005
    • Major Field: French Literature and Film
    • Minor Field: Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies
  • M.A. in Romance Studies, Duke University, 2001
    • Fulbright Scholar, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 1997-1998
  • BA in French, Summa Cum Laude, 1997, The College of William & Mary
    • Major: French Literature and Film
    • Second Major: Women’s Studies

Curriculum Vitae

Research/ Teaching Interests

  • Contemporary French and Francophone film, video, visual art, and literature
  • Twentieth-century French women’s film and literature
  • Feminist theory
  • Film theory

Selected Professional Achievements

  • “Technology, Resistance, and Franco-Arab Transculturalism in Nadia El Fani’s Bedwin Hacker.”
    Contemporary French Civilization 38.1 (2013): 1-21.
  • “Reflected Reflexivity in Jane B. par Agnès V.,” Quarterly Review of Film & Video 28 (2011): 307-324.
  • “Franco-Algerian Transcultural Tension and National Allegories, South Atlantic Review 74.2 (2009): 112-128.
  • Scholars’ Travel Fund (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Proposal Preparation Program, Office of Research, College of Arts and Sciences (2011)
  • Regular Faculty Grant (2009-2010)

cybelle1Honors and Grants

  • Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Duke University, 2003-2004
  • Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship, Center of Teaching, Learning and Writing, Duke University, 2003-2004
  • Graduate School Summer Research Grant, Duke University, 2003
  • Graduate School International Travel and Research Grant,
    Duke University, 2002
  • Pensionnaire Étrangère, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, 2001-2002
  • Freewater Productions Film Grant, Duke University, 1999
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, The College of William & Mary, 1997
  • Phi Beta Kappa, The College of William & Mary, 1996
  • Pi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society, The College of William & Mary, 1996

cybelle2Journal Articles

  • No Sex Last Night: The Look of the Other.” Intermédialités 7 (2006): 111-125.
  • “Body, Text, and Language: Wittig’s Struggle for the Universal in Les Guérillères.” Women in French Studies 12 (2004): 70-84.

Book Review

  • Rev. of On Monique Wittig: Theoretical, Political, and Literary Essays, ed. Namascar Shaktini. H-France Review 6 (November 2006), review 139.


  • Visible et Invisible: lutte des femmes, edited collection, in preparation.
  • Entering into the Video: Self-Representation, Reflexivity, and Contemporary French Female Filmmakers, in preparation.

Conference Papers

  • “Documentary, the Portrait, and Female Creativity in Jane B. par Agnès V.” for Women’s Studies area, Film & History League, Dallas, November 2006
  • “Visibility and Invisibility: The Body, Sexuality, and the Photo” for panel “Visible et invisible: lutte des femmes,” 20th-21st Century French Studies, University of Miami, March 2006
  • “No Sex Last Night: le regard de l’autre,” Sophie Calle conference, organized by Figura, Centre de recherche sur le texte et l’imaginaire, Université du Québec à Montréal, April 2005
  • “The Role of the Artist: Agnès Varda’s Meditation on Art,” for panel “The Mise en scène of Art and Artist in 20th Century France,” 20th-21st Century French Studies, Florida State University, April 2004
  • “Sophie Calle’s Self-Representation: The Production of Art and Life,” for panel “The Feminine Self,” Constructing Images of the Self, Duke University, February 2004
  • “Agnès Varda’s Gleaning and Recycling: a Glimpse of Contemporary French Society in the Margins,” for panel “Recycling and Transplanting in Literature and Visual Media,” MLA Annual Meeting, December 2003
  • “My Body, My Video: Sophie Calle’s No Sex Last Night and Dominique Cabrera’s Demain et encore demain,” for panel “Autobiographical Bodies,” Focalizing the Body: Contemporary Women’s Writing and Filmmaking in France, University of London, Institute of Romance Studies, October 2003
  • “Annie’s Ernaux’s Passion simple and Se perdre: The dialogue between published text and published journal,” for panel “Diaries and Letters,” MLA Annual Meeting, December 2002
  • “Student Beliefs and Attitudes About Language Learning,” co-presenter with Professor Clare Tufts, ACTFL Annual Meeting, November 2000

cybelle1Selected Coordinations and Presentations

  • Introduction to film, The Battle of Algiers, Human Rights Film Festival, UNC-Greensboro, September 2007
  • Invited lecturer, “Entering into the Video: The Female Body, the Film Body, and the Self-Portrait,” French Lecture Series, Macalester College, October 2006
  • Co-curator, International Film Series, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fall 2005
  • Organizer, visit of Dominique Cabrera, Duke University, March 2005
  • Introduction to film, Les Filles ne savent pas nager, Duke University Center of French and Francophone Studies and Film and Video Program’s Screen/Society French film series, October 2002
  • Introduction to film, Camille Claudel, in conjunction with Auguste Rodin exhibit, North Carolina Museum of Art, July 2000
  • Curator, “An Evening of Films by Women Filmmakers,” Duke University’s Program in Film and Video and the Program in Literature, 1999


  • The Unexpected Roommate, 16mm, Duke University, 1999
  • Playing in the Cemetery, 16mm, Duke University, 1998
  • Qui ose regarder? video, Atelier des jeunes cinéastes, Brussels, 1997-1998

Teaching Experience

UNCG courses:
  • French Conversation and Culture (French 312)
  • Twentieth-Century French Literature Seminar (French 653)
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition (French 315)
  • Topics in Modern Literature: Adultery in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century French Literature (French 454/693)
  • French and Francophone Civilization (French 532)
  • The Body, Gender, Race, and Representation (French 455)
  • Community-Based Service Learning In Francophone Studies (French 599)
cybelle3Other courses:
  • Text, Film, and Media
  • Art and Ideas in French Culture
  • French Drama Workshop
  • Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • French Cinema
  • French Literature 1900-present
  • Gender and Popular Culture: Women and Contemporary Film (Women’s Studies)
  • Cultural and Literary Perspectives on Contemporary France
  • Advanced Intermediate French Language and Culture
  • Intermediate French
  • Beginning French