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Michele K. Langford Faculty Profile

Michele K. Langford

Emerita Professor of French Language and Literature
International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College


  • PhD, French, University of California Irvine, 1973
  • MA, French, University of California Irvine, 1970
  • BA, French, University of California Irvine, 1969, Summa Cum Laude


  • Participated on a 3 member panel for the 2nd International Research Conference, Cal Poly Pomona: Global Citizenship for the 21st Century, 2009
  • Presented a paper at the 21e Congrés Mondial of the Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones in Cayenne, French Guiana: Immigration maghrébine et dilemnes culturels., 2007
  • Compte rendu: Colloque sur le roman noir, Lecce, Italy, Studi Francesi, mai-aout., 1992
  • Compte rendu: Colloque Marguerite Yourcenar, Antwerpen, Belgigue, Textyle n.8, Novembre, 1991
  • Countours of the Fantastics, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1990
  • L 'Univers fantastique dans les contes de Jean Ray," Réalités Magiques, Le ragioni Critiche Annata XVII nn 63-66 gennaio-diciembre, 1998
  • La letteratura di Scienze Fiction Libera Universita Trapani Anno Vl-n.17 Novembre, 1 Semestre '88., 1987
  • Felix Labisse: 'A Fantastic Bestiary,' published in Reflections on the Fantastic, edited by Michael R. Collings, Greenwood Press, Wesport, CT., 1986
  • The Concept of Freedom in Surrealism, Existentialism, and Science Fiction, Extrapolation, Fall, 1985
  • Les Ménageries Intimes, Librairie A. G. Nizet, Paris, 1983
  • Chaired a section at the Science Fiction Research Association Conference: "Roger Zelzany's Work.", Kent, OH, 1985
  • Presented paper at the Science Fiction Research Association Conference: "The Concept of Freedom in Surrealism, Existentialism and Science Fiction," Rolla, MI, 1984
  • Presented paper at the Science Fiction Research Assocation Conference: "Jules Verne and the Notion of Power." Midland, MI., 1983
  • Have attended the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts and Literature every year since 1981 and I have given a paper and/or chaired a section each year.
  • "The Fool and the Poet," a reading of Bauldelaire's "La Beatrice," and Mallarme's "Le Pitre Chatié", 1981
  • "Fantastic Animals: The Structure of Dream in Supervielle's Poetry", 1982
  • Felix Labisse: "A Poetic Bestiary", 1983
  • "The Dark Zone of the Surrealist World.", 1984
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, multiple years
  • Who's Who Among College and University Professors, 1998, 1988
  • Honorary Member, Accademia Siculo-Normanna, Monreale, Italy
  • Diploma Honoris Causa, Monreale, Italy, 1997, 1997
  • Research Grant, Patent Research Fund, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1973, 1973
  • Regents Fellowship (4-Year), University of California, Irvine, 1969, 1969
  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • The Southern California Consortium on International Studies
  • Phi Delta Phi (National French Honorary)
  • Conseil international d' études francophones
  • The Modern Language Association


  • Belgian Literature
  • Foreign Language Acquisition
  • French and Belgian Cinema
  • Literature of the Fantastic
  • XVII Century French Literature


  • Courses:
  • French Cinema
  • French Communication
  • French Culture and Civilization
  • Contemporary French Culture
  • French Literature: Middle Ages to 18th Century
  • Francophone Studies
  • French Literature: 18th Century to Present
  • Contemporary French Literature
  • French Literature: Major Authors
  • French Stylistics
  • Directed Studies: Various Topics