Levilson Reis, Professor of French, Modern Languages & Cultures

Lev Reis



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Lev C. Reis teaches the full range of the French language, francophone literature and culture curriculum, including music and film, with comparative interests in hispanophone and lusophone literature and culture. He is particularly interested in literature, art, cinema, and music as representations of interstitial identities, especially in the context of text and paratext; image and text; author and reader; the self and the other; the masculine and the feminine; the colonial and the postcolonial; the West and the Orient, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, for example. He remains intrigued, on the one hand, by how text, art, film, myth, and culture construct and, at the same time, deconstruct our sense of identity in psychic, social, cultural, or spatial terms, and, on the other, on how literature, art, and film mirror, tell, and retell the reality of what it means to exist in the in-between of diverse cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic contexts, informing us accordingly on how to negotiate our way through.

For more information about Dr. Reis, visit his Google site here.


  • Ph.D, Florida State University, 1999
  • M.A., Tulane University, 1991
  • B.A., University of South Florida, 1989
  • A.A.,Edison Community College, 1989

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

Besides teaching language and culture, Dr. Reis conducts research, teaches, and publishes on speaking and writing, literary and filmic narratology, paratextuality, manuscript and textual studies, medieval reception studies, (medieval) philology and codicology, literary-historical revisionism, psychoanalytical and feminist theory, gender theory, and queer theory. He is particularly interested in medieval linguistic, cultural, ethnic, and confessional frames of identity: exonyms, autonyms, and ethnonyms, Frankish, Byzantine, and Seljuk (Turkish) cross-cultural relations, constructions of power and culture: reconfigurations of translatio studii et imperii, relations between imperium (empire) and studium (culture and knowledge), medieval concept of clergie (clerical culture or knowledge), medievalisms: both medieval literature and culture and the nineteenth- and twentieth-century frameworks of analysis of medieval literature and culture, the crusades, medieval proto-colonialism and the modern “French” stripe of colonialism, the “other” in literature and art in medieval and modern contexts, and in modern French cinema, intermediality in political and cultural identification and in individual identity formation, the Mediterranean as a geo-political maritime landmark and as a category of analysis, medieval education and the liberal arts, paratextuality in medieval and modern literature, orientalism in medieval and modern literature, existentialism in modern French/francophone literature, cross-cultural and transcultural contact in medieval and modern literature and culture, text and image relationships in medieval and modern contexts, ekphrasis, photobiography, the selfie, gender and sex(uality), (trans)gender and transsexual identity.


Recent Publications:
  • Reis, L. C. (2019). Du “chief du monde” à l’“autre cap[itale]”: Medieval political and cultural capitals of the Mediterranean translatio. In C. Launchbury & M. McDonald (Eds.), Urban bridges, global capitals: Trans-Mediterranean francophonies. Forthcoming.
  • Reis, L. C. (2018). Goodbye, “temporary” transvestites – Hello, new girlfriend! Ozon's transgenre and transgender crossovers in Une nouvelle amie (2014). Studies in French Cinema, 20(1), published online ahead of print. [Link]
  • Reis, L. C. (2018). Nolwenn Leroy (1982–) [Nolwenn le Magueresse]: The globetrotting, multilingual, up-rooted Breton chansonnière. In M. Abecassis & M. Block (Eds.), An anthology of French and francophone singers from A to Z: “Singin’ in French” (pp. 403–406). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Reis, L. C. (2016). Speaking scenarios and L2 French composition. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 20(2), 5–13. Selected for Editor's choice, Summer 2016. [Link]
  • Reis, L. C. (2014). The cliché, the discourse, and desire of the other in Madame Bovary. The Explicator, 72(1), 57–60. [Link]
  • Reis, L. C. (2013a). An “other” scene, an “other” point of view: France's colonial family romance, Protée's postcolonial fantasy, and Claire Denis’ “screen” memories. Studies in European Cinema, 10(2/3), 119–131. [Link]
  • Reis, L. C. (2013). The medieval forms and meanings of François: The political and cultural vicissitudes of an ethnonym. French Studies Bulletin: A Quarterly Supplement, 34(3), 58–61. [Link]
  • Reis, L. C. (2013). The “other” medieval French Alexander: Arthurian orientalism, cross-cultural contact, and transcultural assimilation in Chrétien de Troyes's Cligés. Romanische Forschungen: Vierteljahrsschrift für romanische Sprachen und Literaturen/Quarterly for Romance Language and Literature, 125(3), 353–366. [Link]

Affiliations & Awards

Teaching Awards
  • Superior Instruction of Freshman Students, Fall 1999, The Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Superior Instruction of Freshman Students, Fall 1998, The Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Excellence of Instructional Design in the Electronic Environment, April 7, 1998, Program for Instructional Excellence, Florida State University, Tallahassee
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Distinguished Contributions to Excellence in University Teaching, April 7, 1998, The Program for Instructional Excellence, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Scholarly Awards
  • 1996-97 Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher/Scholar, April 15, 1997, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and Linguistics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1994–95
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in French, April 6, 1995, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and Linguistics, Florida State University, Tallahassee
  • Recognition of Superior Academic Achievement for 1987–88; October 21, 1988, Honors Convocation, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • The 1987 Talent Roster Certificate of Achievement for Distinguished Academic Performance at a Two-Year University; March 1987, The University Scholarship Service of the University Board
Honorary Induction
  • Phi Sigma Iota, The International Foreign Language Honor Society, April 14, 1993, University of South Florida, Tampa