Dr. Darci L. Gardner

Language(s) taught



19th and 20th century France; literature and the visual arts; cognitive approaches to literature; aesthetics


PhD in French (2013), Stanford University
BA in Comparative Literature (2007), Vanderbilt University

Personal Bio

Darci Gardner specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature with interdisciplinary concentrations in art and cognitive science.

Her latest article (forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century French Studies) examines descriptions of landscapes and perceptual distortions in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. Her previous piece (Nineteenth-Century French Studies, vol. 46, no. 1 & 2) discusses the intertextual and interartistic dimensions of Marie Krysinska's poetry. Her other publications include an article on how and why Proust's labyrinthine sentences change the way we read (Poetics Today, vol. 37, no. 1) and an essay on the poetics of Yves Bonnefoy (Romance Notes, vol. 53, no. 1).
Since joining the faculty at Appalachian in 2014, she has designed a variety of new classes, including a General Education course on filmic adaptations, a short-term study abroad program in Paris, and a graduate seminar on foreign language pedagogy for French teachers. Most recently, she developed "Literature and Cognition" (FRE 5532). She also teaches Masterworks of French Literature, Literature and Film, Women Writers of French Expression, French Culture and Civilization, and language courses at all levels.

Previously, she taught as a Lecturer at Stanford, where she completed Oral Proficiency Interview training and became an ACTFL Certified Tester in French.

Title: Assistant Professor, French
Department: Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2928

Office address
Sanford Hall 517