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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).

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

The idealism of Ararat: Armenia in the films of Robert Guédiguian, in East/West: European Cinema since 1989. Forthcoming.

Shame, Humanity, and Living with Animals in Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Studies in the Novel, vol. 46.1 (2014).

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.