Gayle Levy

Gayle Levy
Associate Professor
Humanities and Social Sciences

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Languages and Literatures: French


Prof. Levy specializes in 19th- and 20th-Century French literature and culture. She particularly enjoys teaching interdisciplinary courses that integrate literature, film, art, history, and theater. She published a monograph on poetry, Refiguring the Muse, (Peter Lang, 1999) and a book-length translation, A Student and Resistance Fighter in the French Alps During World War II (Les Passionnés des bouquins, 2017). She is currently working on a set of letters written by an imprisoned Resistance fighter to her 13-year-old daughter. Prof Levy’s essays, book reviews and translations have appeared in numerous publications including Modern French Literary Studies in the Classroom : Pedagogical Strategies (MLA Publications, 2004), Renée Vivien à rebours : études pour un centenaire (Orizons/ L’Harmattan, 2009), and Les Lieux de mémoire (Chicago UP, 2008, 2010). She was awarded the Palmes Académiques by the French Minister of Education in 2012.

Since 2003 Prof. Levy has been director of the UMKC Honors Program. In that capacity she oversees the faculty and staff, the courses, co-curricular activities, and living/learning community for a 500-person program. She loves teaching and mentoring and is inspired by her smart and engaged students!