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Stephen H. Fleck, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of French since 2010
Professor for French at California State University Long Beach since 2004
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS-2009
Long Beach, CA 90840

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 served as president of the Society for Interdisciplinary Seventeenth-Century French Studies and hosted 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.

L’Ultime Molière: Vers un théâtre éclaté. Forthcoming from Biblio17-G. Narr, Tübingen, 2015.

Articles and Review Articles since 2008
“La comédie-ballet et les mondes fictionnels.” Article forthcoming in Acts of the Colloque NASSCFL/CIELAM 2013, Biblio 17, 2015.

“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.

Lectures since 2008

“La Vie, la Mort, et des Mortiers: Dimensions ludiques dans Le Malade imaginaire.” Invited lecture at Scripps College, 11 February 2015.

“La Comédie-ballet et les mondes fictionnels.” Conference paper delivered at the North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature/CIELAM (Université d’Aix-Marseille) meeting, Marseille, 7 June 2013.

“Teaching Molière: Performance Considerations.” Conference paper for the Society for Interdisciplinary Seventeenth-Century French Studies meeting at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 9 November 2012.

“Comic and Festive Dystopias: Dandin and Pourceaugnac in Performance.” Conference paper for the Society for Interdisciplinary Seventeenth-Century French Studies meeting at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, 6 November 2011.

Invited lecture on Mathieu Kassovitz’s film La Haine, California State University Los Angeles, 18 May 2011.

Wile E. Coyote, Acme, and the Development of Comic Paradox.” Conference paper for the 46th Annual Comparative Literature Conference, “The Comic Spirit in the Modern Age,” California State University Long Beach, 14 April 2011.

“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.


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.