Dr. Roderick Cooke specializes in modern French literature and culture. A national of France and the UK, his research draws on interdisciplinary perspectives in history, philosophy and politics. His publications discuss authors such as Zola, Flaubert, Céline, Baudelaire, Maupassant and Perec. His current book manuscript takes a new approach to writers' engagement in the Dreyfus Affair, arguing that their earlier aesthetic ideas were an important source for their political discourse during the crisis. He has taught literature, film and language at all levels of the curriculum, and is looking forward to bringing that experience to Villanova.