Licence, Maîtrise, Université de Haute Bretagne (Rennes); Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
Professor of French
Specialist of theater, especially interested in new and revolutionary forms of theater.
Catherine Masson is a specialist of theater. Her approach to theater is not only literary and theoretical, but also practical—she has performed with professional actors, and designed decor and costumes. In her classes, students are introduced to techniques of acting and directing. She is also concerned with the influence of performance on spectators and has studied surrealists, 20th century playwrights, and contemporary writers. She has written on the role of the stage director as critic, analyst and rewriter. She created a montage on Jacques Prévert, Pour faire le portrait de Prévert, which has been performed in the US and in various European countries (1996, 2001). Since 2004 her play, George Sand - Gustave Flaubert, Echanges Epistolaires has been performed under her direction in France, Switzerland, Monaco, and the US; it was published in 2006. She directed a production of Huis clos by Jean-Paul Sartre that has been presented in Europe and the US. She is currently doing research on George Sand, Marguerite de Navarre and Olympe de Gouges as playwrights. Her book, L'Autobiographie et ses aspects théâtraux chez Michel Leiris, was published in 1995. She has done research on women playwrights at the Comédie-Française and has given presentations on the theater of Marguerite de Navarre, Olympe de Gouges and George Sand. She has written articles on twentieth-century theater, and more recently on George Sand's theater and on her adaptations of novels for the stage and of Shakespeare. She has written an article on the reception of George Sand’s work in the US from 1837 to 1876. She co-edited eight plays by Marguerite de Navarre for the first volume of an anthology, Théâtre de femmes de l’Ancien Régime (2006). She also co-edited the volume George Sand, une écriture experimentale (2006). Her edition of the play Cosima by George Sand was published in France by Le Jardin d’Essai in 2013. She is currently preparing a book, George Sand Dramaturge: Adaptation et Réécriture.