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Ph.D. Student in French

Advised by Professor Jessica Tanner

marthaml@live.unc.edu | Dey 215

At UNC Since 2014


Education

  • M.A., Linguistics. Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela. 2010. Thesis: “Language and modality through perception of melody” directed by Dr. Elsa Mora Gallardo.
  • B.A., Modern Languages. Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela. 2002

Bio

Martha’s research interests go from Linguistics to Literature. Coming from a background in Linguistics and Foreign Language Acquisition, her Master’s thesis focused on the acquisition of prosodic elements in French as a foreign language. Fascinated by autobiographical narratives by women, she has studied the work of authors like Amélie Nothomb, Nelly Arcan and Martine Delvaux. Martha’s current research centers on graphic memoirs by francophone women. Her dissertation, “Drawing Community: Embodying the Collective in Francophone Graphic Memoirs”, explores the ways in which female graphic artists use their pictorial embodiment in autobiographical texts to build a sense of community that embraces difference, instead of rejecting it.

While at UNC, Martha served as Co-President of the Graduate Romance Association (2018-2019). She also co-organized the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies (2017), the Francophone Speaker Series (2017-2019) and the Tournées Film Festival (2015).

Invited Lectures

  • Moreno, M. (May 2020). A brief survey of graphic memoirs by francophone women. Lecture given to the “Women and Gender in Comics” class at North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC.
  • Moreno, M. (December 2013). The transgression of the fairy tale in Shrek: a morphological and semiotic study. Lecture given at Mars Hill University. Mars Hill, NC.

Conference Presentations

  • Moreno, M. (August 2018). When graphic memoirs go meta: the case of francophone female artists. Paper presented at the 1st Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society. Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  • Moreno, M. (April 2017). La parenthèseby Élodie Durand: the graphic novel as a translation of corporeal suffering into art. Paper presented at the 2017 International Colloquium on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Studies. Bloomington, IN.
  • Moreno, M. (April 2017). La parenthèseby Élodie Durand: Collective Autopathography and the Reconstruction of Memory. Paper presented at the RNNCORE (Nordic Network for Comics Research Conference) Conference. Ghent, Belgium.
  • Moreno, M. (November 2016). Mélody de Sylvie Rancourt : de la vente de son corps à la vente de son récit. Paper presented at the ACQS (American Council for Québec Studies) Conference. Portland, ME.
  • Moreno, M. (March 2016). La liberté comme consigne: Broderies, une autobiographie féminine collective. Paper presented at the NEMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Conference. Hartford, CT.
  • Moreno, M. (March 2016). Métaphysique des tubes d’Amélie Nothomb: Japan as a feast to the senses. Paper presented at the CCRS (“Carolina Conference on Romance Studies”). Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Moreno, M. (November 2015). La construction et la chute d’une réputation : le cas de la Marquise de Merteuil dans Les Liaisons Dangereuses de Laclos et Dangerous Liaisons de Stephen Frears. Paper presented at the SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) Conference. Durham, NC.
  • Moreno, M. (April 2015). Histoire personnelle, histoire nationale. Le trauma et les manipulations de mémoire dans Persepolis de Marjane Satrapi. Paper presented at the CCRL (Carolina Conference of Romance Languages). Chapel Hill, NC.

Publications

Courses Taught

As Instructor of Record, in collaboration:

  • FREN 101: Elementary French I
  • FREN 102: Elementary French II
  • FREN 105: French for High Beginners
  • FREN 203: Intermediate French I
  • FREN 204: Intermediate French II

Course Coordinator:

  • FREN 203: Intermediate French I (Spring 2018)

Instructor of Record, taught independently:

  • FREN 401, Beginning Accelerated French

Graduate Research Consultant:

  • FREN 376: Identity and Nationhood in Québécois Literature