Charles J. Stivale

Charles J. Stivale

Distinguished Professor


313-577-6243 (fax)

361 Manoogian

Curriculum Vitae


Charles J. Stivale

Born in Bloomfield, NJ, in 1949, Charles J. Stivale completed his college education at Knox College (BA), then spent two years in Paris at the Université de Paris (Sorbonne-Paris IV) where he earned two M.A. degrees (including a maîtrise). He completed doctoral work in French studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Besides having directed two year-long foreign study programs in France (Knox College, Besançon, 1976-77; CIEE, Rennes, 1981-82), he has held positions at Western Michigan University, Franklin and Marshall College, and Tulane University. He came to Wayne State University in 1990, served as chair of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures (1996-2002) and as interim chair of the Dept. of Art and Art History (2003-2004). He was elected to the Academy of Scholars in 2000 and served as President in 2003-2004. He was awarded Distinguished Professor rank in 2005 by the WSU Board of Governors. In 2018-19, he completed his teaching career and retired in 2019.

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Nineteenth Century French Studies,Contemporary French Culture, Deleuze & Guattari Studies


My research interests include 19th-century French novels, contemporary critical theory and cultural studies, and writings of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • BA: Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 1971. MA: Sorbonne-Paris IV, 1973; maitrise: Sorbonne-Paris IV, 1974. Ph.D.: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1981.

Awards and Grants

  • 1983 ACLS Travel Fellowship; 1987 Mellon Summer Research Grant, Tulane University;
    1991, 1992, 1993 WSU International Travel Grants;

    1991,1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996: WSU Small Research Grants;

    1992, summer WSU University Research Grant;

    1993, summer WSU Educational Development Grant;

    1993-1994 WSU Career Development Chair;

    1994, summer WSU Humanities Center Fellowship;

    1995, winter WSU Humanities Center Fellowship;

    1995, winter WSU Publication Subvention Support;

    1999: 1998 Choice (American Library Association) Outstanding Academic Book (The Two-Fold Thought of Deleuze and Guattari);

    1999 Wayne State University Board of Governor’s Faculty Recognition Award (The Two-Fold Thought of Deleuze and Guattari);

    2000 Wayne State University Academy of Scholars (induction, October 2000);

    2000-2002 WSU Humanities Center Fellowship for Working Group in the Humanities and Arts (“Digital Cultures”);

    2000-2002 Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship (two-year term);

    2002-2005 WSU Humanities Center Fellowship for Working Group in the Humanities and Arts (“The Fold – Theory and Practice”);

    2003 WSU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award;

    2003-2004 President, Academy of Scholars, Wayne State University;

    2004 Wayne State University Board of Governor’s Faculty Recognition Award (Disenchanting Les Bons Temps: Identity and Authenticity in Cajun Music and Dance);

    2004-2005 WSU Humanities Center Fellowship for Innovative Projects in the Humanities and Arts (“Diasporic Avant Gardes”);

    2005-present Board of Governors Appointment to Distinguished Professor rank;

    2006-2008 WSU Humanities Center Resident Scholar;

    2009 Wayne State University Board of Governor’s Faculty Recognition Award (Gilles Deleuze’s ABCs: The Folds of Friendship);

    2010-2012 WSU Humanities Center Resident Scholar

Selected Publications

Scholarly Books, Articles, Chapters & Translations Published
Gilles Deleuze’s ABC’s: The Folds of Friendship. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Co-editor (with Gayle Zachmann) of special issue of South Central Review, “Cultural Production in Nineteenth-Century French Studies: Homage to Larry Schehr” 29.3 (Fall 2012).

“Of Dignity and Ridicule: Virility from Mosca to Muffat”. South Central Review, “Cultural Production in Nineteenth-Century France: Homage to Lawrence R. Schehr” 29.3 (Fall 2012): 36-46.

Translation: Subtitles in English for Gilles Deleuze from A to Z (Zone1 DVD production of L’Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze, 8-hour video interview), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press and Semiotext(e) (2012).

“Flux de Vitalité, Flux de Pouvoir: La Science à l'œuvre.” In Masculinités en Révolution, de Rousseau à Balzac, eds. Jean-Marie Roulin and Daniel Maira. St. Etienne, France: Publications de l’ Université de Saint-Etienne, 2013. 97-114.

“Etre aux aguets: Deleuze, Creation and Territorialization”. In The Animal Catalyst: Towards Ahuman Theory. Ed. Patricia MacCormack. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2014. 69-80.

Co-Translation: Revised edition of Gilles Deleuze. Logic of Sense. Trans. Constantin V. Boundas, Mark Lester and Charles J. Stivale, London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

“One or Several Ralphs: Multiplicity and Masculinity in Sand’s Indiana.” In Approaches to Teaching George Sand’s Indiana. Eds. David A. Powell and Pratima Prasad. New York: MLA Publications, 2016. 109-117.

“Hannibal ‘aux aguets’: On the Lookout for New Rencontres.” In Deleuze and the  Animal. Eds. Patricia MacCormack and Colin Gardner. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 197-227.







Courses taught

The Contemporary French (FRE 2720): Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018
Advanced Composition (FRE 5100): Winter 2016

Undergraduate & Graduate:
Contemporary French Society and Institutions (FRE 6470): Fall 2016
Nineteenth-Century French Novel (FRE 6810): Fall 2017

Graduate Courses:
French Seminar in Nineteenth-Century French Literature (FRE 8740), Fall 2015

Contemporary French Society and Instituions (FRE 8410), Fall 2018

Incremental Coursework

  • Not applicable.