Nancy E. Virtue
Associate Professor of French
Department of International Language and Culture Studies
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN 46805


  Ph.D. 1993 French, University of Wisconsin Madison
      Thesis: Representations of Rape in the Renaissance Novella
      Thesis Director: Ullrich Langer
  M.A. 1987 University of Wisconsin Madison
  B.A. 1983 Assumption College
      magna cum laude, double major in French and English


  Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
  1999-present Associate Professor of French
  Fall 2006 Interim Chair, Department of International Language and Culture Studies
  2005-2007 Director of International Studies
  1998-2005 Co-director of International Studies
  1993-1998 Assistant Professor of French
  Educational Testing Service
  1997-present Faculty Consultant to the Educational Testing Service's Advanced Placement French Reading Series
  University of Wisconsin Madison
  1991 Lecturer of French
  1985-1991 Teaching Assistant of French
  Lycée Polyvalent Rive Gauche, Toulouse France
  1988-1989 Poste d'assistant (French government teaching assistantship)


F111-F204 First- through Fourth-Semester French
F213 Second-Year French Composition
F305 Introduction to French Literature I
F317 French Language Skills I: Composition
F318 French Language Skills II: Conversation
F325 Oral French for Teachers
F326 Business French
F330 French-English Translation (online and face-to-face versions)
  F340 Contemporary French Culture
  F356 Introduction au cinéma français
F410 Medieval French Literature
F413 Renaissance French Literature
F442 French Poetry
F450 Women in French Literature
F460 French Fiction in Film
F463 French Civilization I : The French Revolution
  F474 Thème et Version
INTL I200 Introduction to International Studies
  INTL I208 International Cinema


Articles in Print :


“Singing from the Edges: Tété’s Brand of French Musical Métissage,French Review 82:6 (May 2009).

"Gender and Theology in Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron," Women in French Studies 12 (2004).

"Storytelling in Transition:Character Individuation in Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron," Romance Notes XLII:3 (Spring 2002).

"Rereading Rape in Two Versions of La fille du comte de Pontieu," Fifteenth Century Studies 27 (April 2002).

"Translation as Violation: A Reading of Pierre Boaistuau's Histoires tragiques," Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme XXII:3 (Summer 1998).

"Another Look at Medieval Rape Legislation," Mediaevalia 22:1 (Fall 1998).

"Le Sainct Esperit parlast par sa bouche: Marguerite de Navarre's Evangelical Revision of the Chastelaine de Vergi," Sixteenth Century Journal XXVII:3 (Fall 1997).

"Ce qui doit augmenter le cœur aux dames: Telling the Story of Rape in Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron," Romance Quarterly 44:2 (Spring 1997).

Translation in Print :

"'Si les signes vous fâchent...': Natural Inference and the Science of Signs in the Renaissance." By Marie-Luce Demonet. In South Central Review 10:2 (1993). Eds. Philippe Desan and Ullrich Langer.

  Publications related to Teaching:

Revisions for web-based exercises and online quizzes for the fourth edition of the 2nd-year textbook, Ouvertures: Cours intermédiaire de français (Wiley & Sons, 2005).


Workbook/Lab Manual Part I to accompany the first-year textbook, Débuts:An Introduction to French. Co-Authored with H. Jay Siskin, Ann Williams-Gascon, Elise Leahy, and Tom Field (McGraw-Hill, 2002).


Web-based Exercises to accompany Entretiens: Cours de conversation, an advanced conversation textbook published by Harcourt College Publishers, 2000. Url:


Web-based exercises and online quizzes for the second edition of the 2nd-year text, Ouvertures: Cours intermédiaire de français (Harcourt, 2000).



Leepoxy Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

    Mobile Teaching Environment Grant, granted by the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching IPFW.

PRF International Travel Grant

    Indiana University Overseas Conference Fund

IPFW Distance Learning Grant ($3700) to develop F474, an advanced online French-English translation class.


Nominated by students for the Continuing Studies Faculty Star Award 2005 for the online version of French F330, French-English Translation, Summer 2005.


PRF International Travel Grant .


IPFW Distance Learning Grant ($10,000) to develop two on-line French-English Translation classes.

  2003 PRF International Travel Grant .
  2002 PRF International Travel Grant .
  2001 Indiana University Bloomington International Enhancement Grant .

Elected to Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET).

    IPFW Summer Research Grant
  1997 Purdue Research Foundation Summer Faculty Grant


  2007 "Torture, the Pentagon and War Lessons: The Colonial Gaze in The Battle of Algiers"

“La guerre d’Algérie révélée: le cache-cache cinématographique de Michael Haneke dans le
film Caché” at the Congrès du Conseil international d’études francophones (CIEF), French
Guyana, on July 4, 2007.


“Le voile et la caméra: l’hégémonie européene exposée dans La bataille d’Alger.” Congrès du Conseil international d’études francophones (CIEF), Liège, Belgium, 19-26 June, 2004. 


“Jacques Demy’s Allegorical Treatment of Colonization in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg,” Congrès du Conseil international d’études francophones, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, May 26-June 2, 2002.


“Géburon’s Tired Soldier: The Price of Masculinity (Novella 65)” Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, IL, March 29-31, 2001.


“Narrative in Transition: The Generation Gap in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron,” Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Culture Studies, New Orleans, LA, November 18, 2000.


“Storytelling in Transition: Female Individuation in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron,” “Les Femmes écrivains de l’ancien régime,” University of Virginia Charlottesville, September 24-25,1999.

SERVICE (University)

  2005-07           Director IPFW International Studies Certificate Program.

Co-Director IPFW International Studies Certificate Program

  2000, 2005

Interim Overseas Study Director, IPFW