- Associate Teaching Professor, French and Gender Studies
- Bachelor's in European Cultures (specialization in French), University of Luxembourg
- M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
- Ph.D., State Univeristy of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Jacob's research focus around the figure of the dandy and dandyism during the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th century and how it impacted our contemporary conceptions of modernity, aesthetics and masculinities through the lens of fetishism. In that light, his interests lie in the role of fetishization and affect in popular culture, the construction and performativity of sociocultural identities (mainly male identities), and the construction of cultural myths and fairy tales.
His current book project offers to explore the "Dandy Effect", the more intimate mechanism of dandyism, throughout different cultures and different medias during the last couple of centuries.
- European fin-de-siècle
- Modern and postmodern masculinities
- Performance of sociocultural identities
- Fetishization and Affectation
“L’écriture affective proustienne comme ancrage”, in Ces lieux qui nous affectent, edited by Denis Martouzet and Georges-Henry Laffont. Editions Hermann, 2021.
“Cherchez la femme: Fetishization of the Woman in Lovesick”, Cinema Invites Other Gazes, edited by Luciana Silveira and Dago Schelin, Prismas, 2016.
“Meme-ing Jay Gatsby or Dandyism à l’Américaine: Cultural Declination of The Great Gatsby”, Cinephile, 15.1, 2021.
“Le Dom Juan de Molière, qui a lancé la première pierre ?” [Molière’s Dom Juan, Who Cast The First Stone?], Acta Iassyensia Comparationis, 15 (1/2015): Héros et Antihéros/Heroes and Antiheroes, 2015. (Open Access, http://www.literaturacomparata.ro/Site_Acta/Old/acta15/02.AIC_15_Jacob.pdf)
“Pélagie-la-Charrette or The Claim of the Earth”, The Context Journal of Language, Literature, Cultural Studies Volume 1, Issue 3, Magnus Publishing, India, 2014.
Fragile Masculinities in The Nightmanager: How ‘The Worst Man in the World’ Brings out the Best”, in War, Espionage and Masculinities in the British Novel, edited by Susan Austin, Vernon Press, 2021.
“Close Queer Encounters: Cracking Bond’s heteronormative masculinity in the Daniel Craig Era”, in Resisting James Bond: Power, Privilege, and Social (In)Justice in the Daniel Craig Era, edited by Lisa Funnell and Christoph Lindner.
“L’Être dandy aurevillien, l’art décadent de prendre au dépourvu son spectateur”, in La revue des lettres modernes, edited by Pascale Auraix-Jonchière, Gallimard, 2021/2022.
“Smell you Later!: The post-Modern Dandy in Das Parfum,” 2022 Hawaii University International Conferences on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, Honolulu, HI, January 5-7, 2022.
“Masc 4 Masc: Cognitive Dissonance between Identity and Pride on Grindr,” 93th South Atlantic Modern Languages (SAMLA), Atlanta, Georgia, November 4-6, 2021.
“The screen as fetishized eye: digital flâneries in the 21st century as spatial suspension of disbelief,” 93th South Atlantic Modern Languages (SAMLA), Atlanta, Georgia, November 4-6, 2021.
“The Sins of the Father: Generational Abuse and Masculine Ideals Distortion in Taxidermia (2006),” in “Representations of Violence in Literature, Culture and Arts”, Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, Turkey, October 20-22, 2021.
“Strike A Pose: Becoming (In) Public Places as Identity Appropriation,” 2021 Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts (SCLA), Austin, Texas, October 14-16, 2021.
“Se (re)faire une beauté : crise des identités sexuelles masculines dans la diaspora du désir des corps queers,” in “Subversions des désirs et des plaisirs : sexualités consenties ?”, 88e Congrès ACFAS, Sherbrooke, Québec, 7-8 May, 2021.
“Entre trouble et création: héritage dandy du genre comme philosophie anti-doxale,” 19th Annual Conference, of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom, March 22-24, 2021.
“The Dandy Effect: Rearticulating Dandyism in the scope of gender performance,” 42nd Annual Virtual Conference, Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, March 11-13, 2021.
“Under the Lights of Stardom: Todrick Hall’s Performative Paradox in Representing Multi-minority groups in the USA,” in “Gender, Sexual and Racial Dynamics in the Americas”, Institute of the Americas Conference, North-East Group, Gustave Eiffel University, Paris, France, January 13-15, 2021.
“Male Identities in Crisis: Queer Visibility in Global Spaces,” in “Mapping Gender” – London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, December 5-6, 2020.
“Fragile Masculinities in The Night Manager: how the ‘Worst Man in the World’ brings Out the Best,” 50th Annual NeMLA Convention, Washington, DC, USA, March 21–24, 2019.
“The Aesthetic Freak: Dandyism as Sociocultural Anti-Doxa,” Annual American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Meeting, Washington, DC, USA, March 7-10, 2019.
“’Pour la France! Pour ma famille!’: Haunting War Legacies in Rouaud’s Champs d’honneur,” in “Armistice and Aftermath” – World War One & the Copper Country Symposium, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA, October 28–29, 2018
“Man in (his) Space: Articulation and Visibility in Crisis,” Institute for American Universities – “Culture at our Borders”, Barcelona, Spain, July 5–6, 2018“L’écriture affective proustienne comme ancre locatif,” Centre Culturel International de Cerisy Colloque 201
Level I A French Language & Culture
Level I B French Language & Culture
Transitional Level I French Language & Culture
Level II A French Language & Culture
Level II B French Language & Culture
Level II C French Composition & Conversation
Level III Topics in French and Francophone Literature and Culture: Feminism and Patriarchy across genres
Topics in World Cinema: Asking Big Questions in French and Francophone Film
Independent Study: “Otherness in French and Francophone Culture”
Studies in the Novel– “Interpersonal Relationships in the Franco–German Novel”
Communicating Across Cultures
Introduction to Diversity Studies
Gender and Culture – “Transforming Masculinities”
Topics in Diversity Studies – “Engineering the Gaze”
Critical Perspectives on Globalization
Topics in World Cinema: Asking Difficult Questions in European Film
Level I B German Language & Culture