Maria Teodora Comsa
Maria Teodora Comsa
Ph.D. Candidate in French
Maria Teodora is a Ph.D. Candidate in French, specializing in French literature of the 17th and 18th centuries with emphasis on theater. She earned a DEUG in Lettres Modernes from Université Lyon2 Lumière, a B.A. (Summa cum laude), and an M.A. in French from San José State University. Her M.A. thesis focused on Belgian author Suzanne Lilar: "Le Burlador de Suzanne Lilar: Mythe et tragédie féminine."
Before coming to Stanford, she taught French at SJSU and at Foothill College.
Maria Teodora is currently working on her dissertation on society theater, a highly popular form of private spectacle from 18th century France. Her project examines the interaction between private and public theaters from esthetic and social perspectives. She is also interested in the reception of Molière's works in the 18th century and in representations of Don Juan by women. She participates in the Mapping of the Republic of Letters project.
Spring 2012: Head TA for Frengen 192E - "Images of Women in French Cinema" (TA for 2 Sections)
Summer 2011: Instructor for Frenlang 5A (Accelerated first year French)
Spring 2011: TA for Frenlit 132 - "Literatures, Revolutions and Changes in 19th- and 20th- Century France"
Winter 2011: TA for Frenlit 131 - "Absolutism, Enlightenment, and Revolution in 17th- and 18th- Century France"
TA for Frenlit 133 - "Literature and Society in Africa and the Caribbean"
TA for Frenlit 267 - "National Literatures, Litterature-monde: A New Comparatism"
Fall 2010: Instructor for Frenlang 23C (second year, third quarter French)
Winter 2009: TA for Frenlit 132 - "Literatures, Revolutions and Changes in 19th and 20th Century France"
2009-1010: Instructor for Frenlang 1, 2, 3 (first year French levels 1, 2, and 3)
"Don Juan as Incarnation of the Feudal," Northern California Renaissance Conference, San José State University (May 2009)
"Le Malentendu du Deuxième Sexe: Une attaque du livre guide du féminisme; Autrefois et maintenant," Simone de Beauvoir Society's 17th International Conference, Simone de Beauvoir - Then and Now, San José State University (June 2009)
English, French, Romanian, Spanish
2006-2008: M.A. in French, San José State University
2004-2005: B.A. in French (Summa Cum Laude), San José State University
1997-1999: DEUG of French Language and Literature, Lyon2 Lumière (Lyon, France)