Roland Racevskis received his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He is the author of Time and Ways of Knowing: Molière, Sévigné, Lafayette (Bucknell University Press, 2003) and Tragic Passages: Jean Racine's Art of the Threshold (Bucknell University Press, 2008). Racevskis's research interests include early-modern literature and cultural history with a focus on 17th-century French theater and prose. Additional interests include critical theory, modern narrative and ecocriticism. His teaching centers on French language, on Ancien Régime literature and culture, and on ecological approaches to fiction.
Recent and Forthcoming Articles:
"Etat présent du XVIIe siècle." Lead author with co-authors Russell Ganim, Nicholas Paige, Volker Schröder, Eric Turcat, and Ellen Welch. French Review 91.2 (December 2017): 13-34.
"Ecocriticism in the French Literary Classroom." In Ecocritical Approaches to Literature in French. Ed. Douglas Boudreau and Marnie Sullivan. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016. 21-39.
"Cyrano's Posthuman Moon: Comic Inversions and Animist Relations" Symposium 69.4 (2015): 214-27.
"Abundance and Waste in Scarron’s Le roman comique: Early Modern Environments and Terrocentric Identity" French Review 86.1 (October 2012): 124-35.
"The Place of the Nonhuman in Madame de Sévigné's Letters: Toward a Transnational Early Modern Ecocriticism" Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 19.1 (Winter 2012): 142-61.
"Cyrano's Posthuman Moon: Comic Inversions and Animist Relations" (forthcoming in Symposium)
Fall 2015 Course:
FREN:1007 (009:007), World, Nature and Ecology in French Philosophy and Fiction
This course, taught in English and approved for both the GE Interpretation of Literature requirement and the Sustainability Certificate, gives an overview of ecological concepts and themes in works by French authors, from Descartes to 2008 Nobel Prize winner J.M.G. Le Clézio. The course provides a survey of ecocriticism, starting with the work of William Rueckert, whose argument for literature as stored energy is visualized below.