Dr. Denis M. Provencher is Professor of French and Francophone studies in the Department of French and Italian and affiliate faculty in Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies, the Institute for LGBT Studies, Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. He served as Head of Department from 2016 until 2021. He earned his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in French Civilization from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998. Before joining the University of Arizona in 2016, Dr. Provencher worked at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse (1998-2005) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (2005-2016) where he directed the MA program in Intercultural Communication. His main interests include French civilization and cultural studies, language, gender and sexuality, migration and diaspora studies, conversation and discourse analysis, intercultural pragmatics and critical intercultural communication.
Dr. Provencher is the author of Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France (Ashgate/Routledge, 2007) and Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations, (Liverpool UP, 2017). Queer Maghrebi French won the 2017 Ruth Benedict Book Prize, Honorable Mention, from the Association of Queer Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. With Dr. Siham Bouamer, he has co-edited the volume Abdellah Taïa's Queer Migrations: Non-Places, Affect, and Temporalities (Lexington Books, 2021). He is currently preparing a new co-edited volume with Dr. Siham Bouamer and Dr. Ryan Schroth on Queer Realms of Memory, building on the work of Pierre Nora. Dr. Provencher is also conducting fieldwork in Ottawa and Montréal, Canada for a new monograph on Queer Québec Diaspora. He will be on leave in spring 2022 to pursue this work as part of the Chaire Moblité Francophone Program at L’Université d’Ottawa and will be working at the Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française.
Dr. Provencher is the editor-in-chief of the journal Contemporary French Civilization (CFC), the new sister journal CFC Intersections, and co-editor of the book series Studies in Modern and Contemporary France, which are published by Liverpool. Dr. Provencher has guest co-edited special issues of several journals including the Journal of Homosexuality and Québec Studies. He also currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Language and Sexuality.
RECENT COURSES TAUGHT
French Cultural History: Mythologies et Lieux de mémoire
Les écrans de l'intégration: Screening Integration in France
Dimensions of Globalization: States, Societies, and Institutions
Dimensions of Globalization: Language, Literature, and Culture
The French Novel and Society
The Field of Intercultural Communication: A Critical Introduction
Intercultural Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis
Intercultural Paris: Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Citizenship in the City
Gay Paris: Culture, Society, and Urban Sexuality
Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations, Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures Series (Liverpool University Press, 2017).
Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France (Ashgate Publishing, 2007).
Abdellah Taïa's Queer Migrations: Non-Places, Affect, and Temporalities. Co-editor, Siham Bouamer. Lexington Books, 2021. Series, After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France.
SPECIAL ISSUES OF JOURNALS
“Contemporary French Civilizations.” Special Double Issue of Contemporary French Civilization 45.3-4 (2020). Co-editors, Nicoleta Bazgan and Alain-Philippe Durand.
“Queer Québec III.” Special Double Issue of Contemporary French Civilization 43.3-4 (2018). Co-editor, Charles R. Batson.
“Contemporary French Civilization at 40.” Special Double Issue of Contemporary French Civilization 41.3-4 (2016). Co-editors, Sue Harris and Nicoleta Bazgan.
“Queer Québec II.” Special dossier of Québec Studies 61 Fall/Winter (2016). Co-editor, Charles R. Batson.
“Queer Québec.” Special dossier of Québec Studies 60 Fall/Winter (2015). Co-editor, Charles R. Batson.
“Maghrebi-French Sexualities.” Special Issue of Modern & Contemporary France 21.2 (2013). Co-editor, Dora Carpenter-Latiri.
“Language Matters.” Special Double Issue of The Journal of Homosexuality 58 Vols 6-7 (2011). Co-editor, William L. Leap.
“France, 1940-44: The Ambiguous Legacy.” Special Issue of Contemporary French Civilization 31. 2 (Summer/Fall 2007). Co-editor, Andrew Sobanet.
“Introduction: Contemporary French Civilizations.” Contemporary French Civilization 45.3 & 45.4 (2020), 263-269. Co-authors, Nicoleta Bazgan and Alain-Philippe Durand
"2Fik's Deal with the Devil: A Queer and Transfilial Remix of Henri Julien's 'La chasse-galerie' (1906) at Montréal's Festival TransAmérique (2016)." Contemporary French Civilization, 43.3 & 43.4 (2018): 487-495.
“Introduction: Queer (Again and Again) in Québec.” Contemporary French Civilization 43.3 & 43.4 (2018): 321-324. Co-author, Charles R. Batson.
“Introduction: Contemporary French Civilization at 40.” Contemporary French Civilization 41.3 & 41.4 (2016): 359-363. Co-authors, Sue Harris and Nicoleta Bazgan.
“Queer (Again) in Québec.” Québec Studies 61 Spring/Summer (2016): 111-113. Co-author, Charles R. Batson.
“Farid’s Impossible “Je”: Unequal Access to Flexible Language in the Queer Maghrebi French Diaspora.” Journal of Language and Sexuality 5.1 (2016): 113-139.
“Feeling, Doing, Acting, Seeing, Being Queer in Québec: Michel Marc Bouchard, Rodrigue Jean, and the Queer Québec Colloquium,” Québec Studies, 60 Fall/Winter (2015): 3-22. Co-author, Charles R. Batson.
“Stepping Back from Queer Theory: Ethnography, Language, and Sexuality in French Cultural Studies.” French Cultural Studies 25.3/4 (2014): 408-417.
“Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed’s Performance of Universal French Citizenship and Good Muslim Brotherhood.” French Cultural Studies 24.3 (2013): 279-292.
“Introduction: Maghrebi-French Sexualities.” Modern & Contemporary France 21.2 (2013): 139-146.
“Coming out à l’orientale: Maghrebi-French Performances of Gender, Sexuality, and Religion.” The Journal of Homosexuality 58: 6-7 (2011): 812-833.
“Language Matters: An Introduction.” The Journal of Homosexuality 58: 6-7 (2011): 709-718. Co-author, William L. Leap.
“‘I Dislike Politicians and Homosexuals’: Language and Homophobia in Contemporary France.” Gender and Language 4.2 (2010): 287-321.
“Tracing Sexual Citizenship and Queerness in Drôle de Félix (2000) and Tarik el hob (2003).” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies (SITES) 12.1 (2008): 51-61.
“Maghrebi-French Sexual Citizens: In and Out on the Big Screen.” Cineaste: America’s Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema. Special supplement on “Beur is Beautiful: Contemporary French-Maghrebi Cinema,” Guest Edited by Carrie Tarr, Volume XXXIII, No. 1 (Winter 2007): 47-51.
“France 1940-44: The Ambiguous Legacy: Introduction.” Contemporary French Civilization 31.2 (2007): 1-7. Co-author, Andrew Sobanet.
“Mapping Gay Paris: Language, Space and Sexuality in the Marais.” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies (SITES) 11.1 (2007): 37-46.
“The Nation According to Lavisse: Teaching Masculinity and Male Citizenship in Third-Republic France.” French Cultural Studies 18.1 (2007): 31-57. Co-author, Luke L. Eilderts.
“The Next Gene(t)ration: ‘Authenticity’ and (Homo) Sexual Citizenship in Contemporary French Gay Culture.” Contemporary French Civilization 26.2 (2002): 335-346.
“Vague English Creole: (Gay English) Cooperative Discourse in the French Gay Press.” Contemporary French Civilization 26.1 (2002): 86-110.
“The Linguistic Representation of Femininity and Masculinity in Jean Genet’s Notre-Dame des Fleurs.” French Cultural Studies 12.1 (2001): 43-58. Co-author, Barbara E. Bullock.
“Transnational approaches to language and sexuality.” Transnational French Studies. Eds. Charles Forsdick and Claire Launchbury. Liverpool University Press. Forthcoming.
“Abdellah Taïa’s transflilial myth making and realms of memory.” Abdellah Taïa’s Queer Migrations: Non-Places, Affect, and Temporalities. Eds. Denis M. Provencher and Siham Bouamer. Lexington Books. Series After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France. Under contract.
“Diasporic Sexual Citizenship: Queer Language, (Im)Possible Subjects, and Transfiliation.” The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality. Eds. Kira Hall and Edward R. Barrett. Oxford University Press, 2020. Co-author, David Peterson.
“Trans/filiations épistémologiques: Ecrire la famille, la révolution et un nouveau Marocdans ‘Lettre à ma famille’ et ‘Le chaouche’” [Epistemological Trans/filiations: Writing the family, revolution and a new Morocco in ‘Letter to my family’ and ‘The civil servant’]. Abdellah Taïa. Poétique et politique du désir engagé/Abdellah Taïa. Poetics and Politics of Engaged Desire. Eds. Ralph Heyndels and Amine Zidouh. Editions Passage, 2020: 229-243.
"'Je suis terroriste, pédé et le fils de Marilyn Monroe': Cinematic Stars, Strife, and Transfiliation in Abdellah Taïa's Infidèles (2012)." Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness and Exile. Ed. Valerie Orlando and Pam Pears. Lexington Books, 2018: 153-166.
“Sami Bouajila: les mille et un visages du Français beur,” Les écrans de l’intégration, Eds. Sylvie Dumerlat et Vinay Swamy, Paris: Presses universitaires de Vincennes, 2015: 245-263. Co-author, Murray Pratt. [translation: originally appeared in Screening Integration: Recasting Maghrebi Immigration in Contemporary France, University of Nebraska Press, 2011: 194-210].
“(Re)Casting Sami Bouajila: An Ambiguous Model of Integration, Belonging, and Citizenship.” Screening Integration: Recasting Maghrebi Immigration in Contemporary France. Eds. Sylvie Durmelat and Vinay Swamy. University of Nebraska Press, 2011: 194-210. Co-author, Murray Pratt.
“One in Ten: Teaching Tolerance for (Class) Difference, Ambiguity, and Queerness in the Intercultural Classroom.” Resilience: Queer Professors from the Working Class. Eds. Richard Johnson III and Kenneth Oldfield. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008: 63-81.
“Sealed with a Kiss: Heteronormative Narrative Strategies in NBC’s Will & Grace.” The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed. Eds. Mary M. Dalton and Laura R. Linder. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005. 177-189.
“Vague English Creole: (Gay English) Cooperative Discourse in the French Gay Press.” Speaking in Queer Tongues: Globalization and Gay Language. Eds. William L. Leap and Thomas Boellstorff. Urban and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004. 23-45. [reprint: originally appeared in Contemporary French Civilization 26.1 (2002)].
“Press.” French Popular Culture: An Introduction. Ed. Hugh Dauncey. Oxford: Oxford University Press and Arnold Publishing, 2003. 34-47.
“Queer Studies in France.” Contemporary French Civilization 27.2 (2003): 406-416.
"Denis Provencher on his book, Queer Maghrebi French." CaMP Anthropology, August 24, 2020, https://campanthropology.org/2020/08/24/denis-provencher-queer-maghrebi-french/.
“Queer Maghrebi French.” New Books in French Studies, January 4, 2019, https://newbooksnetwork.com/denis-provencher-queer-maghrebi-french-language-temporalities-transfiliations-liverpool-up-2017/.
“Lavender Language, The Queer Way to Speak.” Out Magazine, August (2016), http://www.out.com/out-exclusives/2016/8/17/lavender-linguistics-queer-way-speak.
“Interview with Eric Fassin: Au-delà du mariage.” H-France Salon, 7.1, #2, (2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEeypNumYaE.
"Denis Provencher: Sealed with a Kiss: Heternormative Narrative Strategies in NBC's Will & Grace." The Sitcom Reader: A Companion Website. https://vimeo.com/161096672
“Denis Provencher aux sources du queer à la française.” Têtu News Nov. (2009): 38.
“De bons citoyens: Entretien avec Denis M. Provencher.” Monstre Dec.(2009): 82-85.
“Entretien avec Henry Rousso: Un regard actuel sur l’importance de la Shoah en France.” Contemporary French Civilization 31.2 (2007): 289-307.
Manuel d’exercice pour accompaner A la française: Correct French for English Speakers. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000. Co-authored with Marie Gontier Geno.
Awondo, Patrick. Le sexe et ses doubles: (Homo)sexualités en postcolonie. H-France, forthcoming.
Perreau, Bruno. Queer Theory: The French Response. EuropeNow: A Journal of Research & Art (July/August 2017), published by the Council for European Studies (CES). http://www.europenowjournal.org/2017/07/05/queer-theory-the-french-response-by-bruno-perreau/
Lehman, Peter. Running Scared: Masculinity and the Representation of the Male Body. In Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television. 29.2 (2009): 260-262.
Silverstein, Paul A. Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race and Nation. In Contemporary French Civilization 33.1 (2009): 241-44.
Boulé, Jean-Pierre. Sartre, Self-Formation and Masculinities. In SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism 37.2 (2008): 132-137.
Laurence, Jonathan and Vaisse, Justin. Integrating Islam: Political and Religious Challenges in Contemporary France. In Contemporary French Civilization 32.1 (2008): 223-226.
Becker, Ron. Gay TV and Straight America. In Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television 27.3 (2007): 451-453.
Surkis, Judith. Sexing the Citizen: Morality and Masculinity in France, 1870-1920. In Nineteenth Century French Studies 35.3 (2007): 34-35.
Schehr, Lawrence R. French Gay Modernism. In Substance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism 36.1 (2007): 178-183.
McCaffrey, Enda. The Gay Republic: Sexuality, Citizenship and Subversion in France. In Contemporary French Civilization 31.1 (2007): 229-233.
Abecassis, Jack I. Albert Cohen: Dissonant Voices. In Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal ofJewish Studies Vol. 24.4 (2006): 160-162.
Redhead, Steve. Paul Virilio: Theorist for an Accelerated Culture. In The French Review 79.4 (2006): 63-64.
Lebovics, Herman. Bringing the Empire Back Home: France in the Global Age. In Contemporary French Civilization 30.1 (2006): 181-84.
Schehr, Lawrence R. Figures of Alterity: French Realism and Its Others. In SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism 33.3 (2004): 183-188.
Stivale, Charles J. Disenchanting Les Bons Temps: Identity and Authenticity in Cajun Music and Dance. In The French Review 77.5 (2004): 1048-49.
Caron, David. AIDS in French Culture: Social Ills, Literary Cures. In The French Review 76.4 (2003): 843-44.
Alfonsi, Laurence. L’Aventure américaine de l’oeuvre de François Truffaut. In The French Review, 75.2 (2001): 409-410.
Morel, Gaël. A toute vitesse. In The French Review 74.6 (2001): 1256-57.