Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

Keynote Speaker

2022 Convention: Sarah Gendron


Below is a brief bio on Sarah Gendron, the Keynote Speaker for the 2022 MMLA Convention. Details regarding the title and content of her address will be forthcoming. 

Sarah Gendron is Professor of French and Cultural Studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Gendron is the author of Reading Repetition in the Work of Samuel Beckett, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze (2008) and The Co-Opting of Education by Extremist Factions: Professing Hate (2020). She has also authored several literary translations--one by Simone de Beauvoir and completed with Sylvie le Bon de Beauvoir, and the other a Goncourt-winning novel by Frédéric Brun--and numerous scholarly articles focusing on cultural propaganda, genocide, and gender studies. Gendron is currently conducting research for two book projects. Sponsored by a Fulbright Research Fellowship and a three-year Way Klingler Fellowship, the first book examines gender-based violence in conflict settings and the laws in place to prevent it. The second study explores the role of Irish women as political activists and paramilitary combatants in the fight for an Independent Ireland.  




2021 Convention: Anna Kornbluh 

Let's Stay Together: Mediations Amid Immediacy


2019 Convention: Dr. Jerrold E Hogle

The Gothic and the Dopplegänger: A Symbiotic Relationship


2018 Convention: Karen Piper

Truth and lies in the Land of Trolls


2017 Convention: Dr. Kristen Iversen

A New Palette: Art as Activism in a Volatile World


2016 Convention: Dr. José Limón

American Women Writers, Border States, and Republics


2015 Convention: Dr. Laura Mandell 

What Counts as Scholarship? The Impact of Digital Publicity on Research



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