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Mai, Joseph H.

Mai, Joseph H.

Associate Professor of French

Office: 509 Strode
Phone: 864-656-3241

French and Francophone Cinema, World Cinema, Film and Philosophy

Ph.D., Yale University

Joseph Mai has been at Clemson since 2004. His primary research interests are French film, philosophy and film theory, and literature. Prof. Mai has published the first monograph on the work of the Dardenne Brothers, and is currently writing a monograph on the Marseille filmmaker, Robert Guédiguian. He is also working on a study of representations of animals and nature in French thought, film, and literature. Professor Mai teaches all levels of French, including courses on film, poetry, and contemporary civilization.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010. Reviewed in: H-France Review, Film-Philosophy, Sight and Sound, The French Review, Modern & Contemporary France, Choice

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Traces of Animals: Writing Human and Animal Lives in Olivia Rosenthal’s Où vont les rennes après noël ?” Forthcoming in Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature (2016)

“Infinity and Home: Exploring Conscience and Action in Les misérables.” Approaches to Teaching Victor Hugo’s Les misérables.” Ed. Ginsberg, Michal and Stevens, Bradley. MLA press. Forthcoming.

“The Ideal of Ararat: Friendship, Politics, and National Origins in Robert Guédiguian’s Le voyage en Arménie.” in Gott, Michael and Herzog, Todd ed. East, West, and Centre: Reframing post-European Cinema Since 1989. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.

“‘Humanity’s True Moral Test’: Shame, Idyll, and Animal Vulnerability in Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” Studies in the Novel, vol. 46.1 (2014), 100-116.

The Dardennes’s Lorna's Silence: Form, viewer, and Levinas' ethical alternative, New Review of Television and Film Studies, vol. 9.4 (2011), 435-453.

Corps-Caméra: The Evocation of Touch in the Dardennes' La promesse (1996), Esprit Créateur 47.3 (2007), 133-144.

New(er) stories: Narrative and de-figuration in Robert Bresson's Mouchette (1967), Studies in French Cinema 7.1 (2007), 31-42.