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Stephen H. Fleck, Ph.D.

Professor of French
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Fax: 562-985-4259 | Office: AS-325

Research and Professional Interests

My research work has nearly all concerned Early Modern France, especially the seventeenth century, its antecedents and later repercussions in French culture and history, especially concerning theater and specifically comic and/or musical theater. I have worked to integrate these research interests with teaching, from survey courses to graduate seminars. I try to seek out connections between esthetics and social and historical currents from Early Modern to the modern era from around the mid-nineteenth century. Music, art and film are also central to my concerns. In 2013 I am serving as president of the Society for Interdisciplinary Seventeenth-Century French Studies and hosting their 32nd annual meeting jointly with UCLA, the William Andrews Clark Library, and CSULB, 8-10 November 2013.


1993 University of California, Davis, Ph.D., French Literature
Dissertation: Molière’s Comedy-Ballets: A Dramatic and Musical Analysis.
Advisor: Dr. Claude Abraham.

1986 Sonoma State University, B.A., Music

1971 University of Michigan, B.A., Linguistics

Instruction and related activities

Professor for French at California State University Long Beach since 2004. I have taught the Self and Society Capstone course, Seventeenth Century, Renaissance, and Comic Traditions literature seminars, French Linguistics, French Cinema, introductory literature surveys, advanced grammar and composition, second year language and advanced conversation.


Music, Dance, and Laughter: Comic Creation in Molière’s Comedy-Ballets. PFSCL-Biblio 17 (88), Tübingen, Germany, 1995.

Articles since 2006
“Speaking Folly to Power: Molière’s Moebius Saraband.” Article forthcoming in Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature (2015).

“Molière’s Revolutionary Dramaturgy.” Article in Stratos E. Constantinidis, ed., Text & Presentation 2008. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland, 2009. 31-44.

“Farce, Parody, and Cliché in Late Molière.” Article in Russell Ganim & Tom Clark, eds., Origines, Actes du 39e congrès annuel de la North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature, 10-11. Mai 2007. Biblio 17 180. Tübingen: G. Narr, 2009. 67-77.

“From Personnages to Personæ: On the Evolution of Molière’s Late Dramaturgy.” Article in Le Nouveau Moliériste (Glasgow), Vol. VII (2008): 59-81.

“Modernité de la Comédie-Ballet.” Article in William Brooks & Rainer Zaiser, eds., Theatre, Fiction, and Poetry in the French Long Seventeenth Century/Le Théâtre, le roman, et la poésie à l’âge classique. Oxford, New York, Frankfurt, Bern: Peter Lang, 2007. 97-110.

“Représentation et spectacle dans les comédies-ballets : De la représentation du monde à la création du spectacle total.” Article in Rainer Zaiser, ed., L’âge de la représentation: L’art du spectacle au XVIIe siècle (Actes du IXe Colloque du Centre International de Rencontres sur le XVIIe siècle, Kiel, 16-18 mars 2006). Tübingen: G. Narr, 2007. 195-206.

“The Mirror and the Looking-Glass: Vraisemblance and Invraisemblances in Later Molière.” Article in Buford Norman, ed., Formes et formations au dix-septième siècle. Actes du 37e congrès annuel de la North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 14-16 avril 2005. Tübingen, G. Narr, 2006. 273-282.

Lectures since 2006

“Ecrire l’invraisemblable : inventions du dernier Molière.” Conference paper at the SE-17 2010 Annual Conference, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, 16 Oct., 2010.

“Reflections in a Golden Space: The Pleasures of Spectacle in Later Molière.” Invited lecture at the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of South Carolina, 31 March, 2010.

“Of Chamberpots and Chairs, or why Argan has to get up and dance in Molière- Charpentier’s Le Malade imaginaire.” Invited talk for the Sonoma State University Theater and Foreign Language Departments, 24 March, 2010.

“Collaborative Authorship in Molière/Lully/Charpentier/Beauchamp Comedy-Ballets.” Conference paper at the 18th Annual Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Symposium, University of Miami, Coral Gables, 19 February, 2010.

“Speaking Folly to Power: Comedy-Ballet and its Context. Conference paper delivered at the Society for Seventeenth Century French Studies annual meeting, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 13 September 2008.

“Will the Real Molière Please Stand Up?” Conference paper delivered the Comparative Drama Association meeting at Loyola Marymount University, 29 March 2008.

“Farce, Parody, and Cliché in Late Molière.” Conference paper delivered at the North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature meeting, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 12 May 2007.

“Song of Folly, Dance of Cliché: Molière’s Lyric Premodern Absurdity.” Invited talk at UC Davis Department of French and Italian, 15 February 2007.

“Modernité de la Comédie-Ballet,” conference paper delivered at the first-ever trinational meeting of the NASSCFL, Society for Seventeenth-Century French Studies, and the Société des Études Dix-septiémistes. Saint Catherines College, Oxford University, 28 June 2006.

“Représentation et spectacle dans les comédies-ballets,” conference paper delivered at the Centre International de Rencontres sur le XVIIe siècle (CIR-17), University of Kiel, Germany, 17 March 2006.


Pipiktu and Fièvres, two volumes of the bande dessinée series Djinn, originally written by Jean Dufaux and published by Dargaud, Brussels, 2007-8. Translations forthcoming from Red Cat Tales, Los Angeles, 2015.

Awards since 2006

CSULB research awards (SCAC/RSCA) granted in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Service since 2006

Served on University Study Abroad Subcommittee of the International Education Committee
Served on College of Liberal Arts Scholarly and Creative Activities committee
Served on Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literature Retention, Tenure, Promotion Committee, Scholarship Committee, Departmental Advisory Committee