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Dr. John Boitano

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of World Languages and Culture
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of World Languages and Cultures, Department of Peace Studies
Office Location: DeMille Hall 121
Office Hours: TR 1-3:30pm
Phone: (714) 997-6797
University of Vermont, Bachelor of Arts
Middlebury College, Master of Arts
Columbia University in the City of New York, Master of Philosophy
Columbia University in the City of New York, Ph.D.


Dr. John F. Boitano is an associate professor of French in the Department of Languages at Chapman University.  He earned his Ph.D. in French and Romance Philology at Columbia University, and an M.A. at The Middlebury College French School in Paris.  Dr. Boitano was awarded the Whiting Dissertation Fellowship in 1990-1991.  He was elected President of the Society For Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies in 1998.  In 2001, he received the North American Society For Seventeenth-Century French Literature's Outstanding Teaching Award for the first of two CD-ROM's he authored on the city of Paris.  He has served as the book review editor for Cahiers du Dixseptième: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  He is now the general editor of Cahiers.  In 2002, Biblio 17 published his book titled "The Polemics of Libertine Conversion in Pascal's Pensées: A Dialectics of Rational and Occult Libertine Beliefs."  He has authored sever articles on the Pascal's Pensées, the work of Gabriel Naudé and other seventeenth-century French authors.

Courses Taught at Chapman:

  • FREN 101 - ElementaryFrench I
  • FREN 102 - Elementary French II
  • FREN 102 - Elementary French II
  • FREN 341 - Literary & Cinematographic Images of the French Past: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry.
  • FREN 342 - French Feminist Writers
  • FREN 343 - Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • FREN 345 - French Conversation I
  • FREN 346 - French Conversation II
  • FREN 347 - Business French
  • FREN 348 - Francophone Literature of the World
  • FREN 349 - French Theater Across the Ages
  • FREN 350 - French Poetry Across the Ages
  • FREN 351 - French Writers of the Holocaust
  • FREN 352 - French Writes of the Nouveau Roman (New Novel)
  • FREN 375 - French Literature
  • FREN 378 - French Civilization
  • FREN 499 - Individual Study

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

“An Historical Analysis of the Actual Seventeenth-Century Libertine Reader of Pascal’s Pensées.” pp. 290-301 IN: Schoenberg, Thomas J. (ed. and preface); Trudeau, Lawrence J. (ed. and preface) "Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800": Volume 142. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale; 2008. xiii, 344 pp.