BA in French, magna cum laude with departmental honors, University of Oregon, 2004
Study Abroad at the Université de Poitiers, 2003-2004
Dissertation Topic: Daniel’s dissertation examines representations of the relationship between imposture, fiction and belief in the texts of five early modern authors—Cyrano de Bergerac, Foigny, Madame d’Aulnoy, Tyssot de Patot and Montesquieu—in a timeframe extending from the baroque age to the early Enlightenment. The project’s working title is “Tales of Imposture: Exposing Belief in Fiction from Cyrano to Montesquieu.”
Research Interests: 17th and 18th-century French literature, science fiction, utopian studies, the fantastic, libertinage, (neo)baroque aesthetics in early modern and contemporary culture, fairy tales and their adaptations, folklore and fable in the francophone world.
Publications: “A Neo-Baroque Tale of Jesuits in Space: Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow (1996)”. Image [&] Narrative. 13.2 (2012). Under review for publication May 2012.
Conference Papers: “Astronomy, Prophecy and Imposture in Tyssot de Patot’s Voyages et avantures de Jaques Massé.” To be presented at the 43rd American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, March 22, 2011.
“Arctic Archives and the Fiction of History in Tyssot de Patot’s Voyage de Groenland [Amsterdam, 1720].” Presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, State College, PA, Oct 21, 2011.
Teaching Experience: Before teaching FR 207, FR 107 and FR 101 at Princeton University, Daniel taught French at the University of Oregon and at Chemeketa Community College, where he also offered English classes to native speakers of Spanish. He also served as an Assistant de langue vivante, providing English classes at the Institut universitaire de formation des maîtres in Metz, France.