Frédéric Conrod

Ph.D., The University of Colorado at Boulder
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature (French, Spanish)

Areas of Expertise

French Enlightenment
Spanish Golden Age

E-mail: fconrod@fau.edu

Office Phone: 561-297-3313

Dr. Frédéric Conrod, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, teaches courses of literature, film and literary theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His area of expertise is the application of contemporary theories in the Early Modernity of Spain and France, with a particular focus on the rise of the Jesuit order as a turning point and significant factor for the development of theatre and the novel. Dr. Conrod began his course of studies with a degree in American Literature from the University of Paris – Sorbonne Nouvelle and a bachelor’s in Religious Studies from Allegheny College, and then obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder under the direction of Dr. Christopher Braider, a world-famous scholar in the field of Baroque studies and theory.
His first book, Loyola’s Greater Narrative, analyses the impact of Jesuit education on several canonical writers, such as Cervantes, Gracián, Voltaire and the Marquis de Sade. His second book, El hijo de Hernández, is a novel in which characters compare their traumatic experience from the perspective of critical theory. He has also recently co-edited a volume along with Dr. Michael J. Horswell titled Baroque Projections and published by Juan de la Cuesta. Dr. Conrod has published more than 20 articles and book chapters in university presses such as Oxford, Minnesota, Delaware, and UPenn. For the past ten years, Dr. Conrod has co-edited Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies, an academic publication he founded. He is also the vice-president of the Early Modern Image and Text Society (EMIT), an academic research group affiliated with the Renaissance Society of America and reuniting scholars working on the connections between the visual culture and literature.
With a secondary area of expertise, Dr. Conrod has also offered several courses dealing with recent Spanish and French films portraying social and sexual conflicts. He also directs the Madrid_Creacción study-abroad program, a project-based course in the Spanish capital offered every summer for undergraduate and graduate students, in which students work as a team on a film project.



“El error hecho Almodóvar: Morbo, crisis y nuevas posibilidades sexuales en Los amantes pasajeros (2013).” Sexualidades Periféricas. Madrid: Fundamentos, 2016.

“The Jesuit Differential: the Relativity of Truth and Lies in the Theatre of Pierre Corneille and Pedro Calderón de la Barca.” Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies, Vol. 11, 2016.

"The Greatest Collector: Ribadeneira's Hagiography of Ignatius Loyola as Struggle Against Dispersion." Hispanic Review. Volume 81, 1 (2013): 1-16. Web. http://bit.ly/1MmUujL

"Imaginary Itineraries to the Catholic South: From Voltaire's Iberian Desolation to Sade's Inverted Rosary.” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. Volume 19 (2012): 277-294. Print.

"From the Roman Baroque to the Indian Jungle: Francis Xavier's Letters from Goa, or the Construction of a God." Laberinto:An Electronic Journal of Early Modern Hispanic Literatures and Culture. Volume 6 (2012): 84-114. Web. http://bit.ly/1Oog9GR

"Castrating the Body of Police: Snapshots of an Impotent Institution in Almodóvar’s Early Films." Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Volume 21, 1 (Spring 2012): 104-121. Web. http://bit.ly/1JgZjKE

"Face-to-face with the Dying Priest: Dialogue between a Libertine and a Pope in Histoire de Juliette." Literature and Theology. Volume 24, 4 (December 2010): 331-344. Web. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frq043

"La creación de un marco del adentro en los Desengaños Amorosos de María de Zayas." Compostella Aurea. Volume 7 (2011): 165-170. Print.

"Exilios en Sentido Inverso: España como espacio fronterizo en Exils de Tony Gatlif (2005)." Quaderns de Filología. Volume 12 (2007): 195-209. Print.

"Producción y Regeneración en Le Bonheur est dans le Pré de Etienne Chatiliez (1995)." Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies. Volume 1 (2005): 110-124. Web. http://bit.ly/1Lx4B6l

"Cómo nacen los monstros: el Mundo en Loyola, Cervantes y Gracián." Armas y Letras. Volume 49 (2005): 17-35. Print.

"Babel contra el Panóptico: una confrontación con Madrid en Doña Perfecta de Galdós." Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies. Volume 2 (Fall 2004): 61-81. Print.

Cover of Loyola's Greater Narrative Sole-Authored Books

Loyola's Greater Narrative: The Architecture of the Spiritual Exercises in Golden Age and Enlightenment Literature. American University Series: Romance Languages and Literatures, Volume 229. Peter Lang: New York, 2008. Print. http://bit.ly/1HLAjsC

Edited Volumes

  Baroque Projections: Images and Texts in Dialogue with the Early Modern Hispanic World. With Michael J. Horswell, Ed.. Newark, Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2015. 

  Beyond Hate: Representations of the Parisian Banlieue in Recent French Film and Literature. Special Issue: Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies, 7 (2012). 161 pages. http://bit.ly/1CWS3SL

Book Chapters

"The Romantic Historian under Charles X: Evaluating Jesuit Restoration in Charles Laumier's Resume de l'Histoire des Jesuites.Jesuit Survival and Restorian. Ed. Jonathan Wright. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Print. http://bit.ly/1OooOsK

"The Spiritual Exercises and Literature." Brill's Companion to Ignatius Loyola. Ed. Robert A. Maryks. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 266-281. Print. http://bit.ly/1gQbxyP

"Meditating Hell: An Image of Satan from Loyola's Spiritual Exercises." Death: The Case of the Hispanic Early Modern World. Eds. John Beusterien and Constance Cortez. Minneapolis, MN: U of Minnesota P, 2010. 89-105. Print. http://bit.ly/1HUFG6s

"La Roma Española y sus resonancias jesuitas en dos Novelas Ejemplares." Novelas ejemplares: las grietas de las ejemplaridad. Ed. Julio Baena. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2008. 251-264. Print. http://amzn.to/1MbphO7

"Working the Narration around the Hidden Confessions of the New Adam: The Case of Robinson Crusoe and the Purifying Novel." Cultures of Confessions. Eds. Sylvie Mathé and Gilles Teullié. Aix-en-Provence: Presses Universitaires de Provence, 2006. 260-268. Print.

Book Reviews

Barnard, Mary, and Frederick de Armas, Eds. Objects of Culture in Imperial Spain. Toronto: U. of Toronto P. (2013). Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. Volume 14, 2 (June 2013): 218-219. Web. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14636204.2013.868247

Carreño-Rodríguez, Antonio. Alegorías del poder: crisis imperial y comedia nueva (1598-1659). Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2009. Hispanic Review. Volume 79, 2 (Spring 2011): 327-330. Web. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41289915

Taylor, Scott. K. Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain. New Haven: Yale U. P., 2008. Hispania. Volume 92, 3 (Fall 2009): 508-509. Web. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40648398

De Armas, Frederick. Quixotic Frescoes: The Italian Renaissance in Cervantes. Toronto: U. of Toronto P., 2007. Revista de Estrudios Hispánicos. Volume 42, 1. (Spring 2008): 185-186. Print.

Reference Volumes

"Voltaire and the Bible." Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2015.

"Marquis de Sade: Justine." Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Vol. 263. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit: Gale, 2013. 281-345. http://bit.ly/1KmG3g0

"Marquis de Sade: Juliette." Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Vol. 271. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit: Gale, 2013. 235-341. http://bit.ly/1KmG3g0

Published Fiction Cover

Novel: El hijo de Hernández. Madrid, Spain: Ediciones Antigona, 2012. 95 pages. Print.

Short Story: "Les vrais juifs." The World's Muse: A Journal of Creative Writing in World Languages. Volume 5, 2 (Fall 2007): 2-8. Print.

Essay: "Paroles de déracinés." Cher Pays de mon Enfance. Paris: Radio France Editions, 2005. 112-113. Print.

Courses Currently Being Taught

Introduction to Comparative Literature
Sade and Sadism
Paris: Maps and Margins
Baroque: A Comparative Approach
French Theories from the 1960s/1970s

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