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Roderick P. Cooke

Visiting Assistant Professor of French

Professional Biography

Professor Cooke received his Ph.D. in French from Columbia University in May, 2013. His dissertation, entitled “Aesthetics and Politics in the Dreyfus Affair,” examines the important role played by literary, as opposed to ideological, concerns during the Dreyfus Affair and explores a new dimension to the origin of the public intellectual.  His scholarly interests include: the 19th century French realist and naturalist novel; politics and literature; French literary responses to German philosophy; and popular culture, including TV drama, new media, and Belgian bande dessinée.

After teaching at Haverford College last year, Rod will be teaching courses here in French language, literature and culture.


B.A., 2003, University of Cambridge, U.K.; M.A., 2006;  M.Phil, 2009, Columbia University; Ph.D., 2013