Claire-Marie Brisson

Doctoral Student

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  • Master of Arts (French), Wayne State University – Detroit, MI – 2016
    Essay: « L’idéologie fasciste et l’esthétique de l’image sous l’Occupation en France »
  • Bachelor of Arts – French and Secondary Education with Minors in Political Science and German – The University of Michigan-Dearborn – 2013

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century literature, art, and film
  • The Occupation, Résistants et collaborateurs, the Shoah
  • Fascist aesthetics and Neoclassicism
  • Aestheticization of the body as a political space
  • Symbolism, Palimpsests, and Semiotic analysis
  • Postwar Testimony and Transmission
  • Creation under Occupation – Theatre, film, art, and music
  • Social transformations - WWII Québec to present day
  • Intersections between France and Germany

Honors and Awards


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar – Avignon, France - Summer 2014 – La Théâtralité et la réalité dans le théâtre français moderne, under the direction of Dr. Mary Ann Frese Witt, North Carolina State University
  • Candace Beutell Gardner Endowed Scholarship – Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan

Recognition of Excellence in French Studies and Education

August 2014

  • The Honor Scholar Award – French Studies – The University of Michigan Dearborn, April 2013
  • Michigan Difference Makers – The University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2012
  • Leadership Detroit – University Partners Leadership Award – Detroit, Michigan, June 2012

Conferences and Talks

  • The 58th Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Saint Louis, Missouri
    “Immaculate Bodies:Fascist Aesthetic Dominance in Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia.”
    To be given November 2016
  • Louisiana State University – Violence and Resistance in the French and Francophone World
    10th Annual Graduate Student Association Conference
    “Fashioning a Collective Perception: Decoding Fascist Aesthetics in Occupied France.”
    March 2016
  • TED Talk – TEDx Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan
    Talk Title: “Life as a Polyglot”
    April 2015
  • National Endowment for the Humanities – Seminar on Theatricality and Reality in Modern French Theatre – Avignon, France
  • Talk Title: “The Semiotics of Propaganda and its Influence on Occupied French Theatre.”
    July 2014