Dr. Allan Curnew

Assistant Professor of French

Chair of the French Department

Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4217

Email: acurnew@redeemer.ca

Office: 127C

Department: French


Ph.D. (2010), French Literature, University of Western Ontario
Thesis Title: “Perte, perversion et paradoxes : le gaspillage dans le roman français de la Décadence.”

M.A. (2003), French Literature, University of Calgary
Thesis Title: “Le Don de l’amour : la figure de l’entremetteuse dans deux récits en prose du XIXe siècle.”

B.A. French and German Language and Literature & B.Ed. (1994), Secondary School Methods, Memorial University of Newfoundland


  • University French I (FRE-121)
  • University French II (FRE-122)
  • French Language Practice I (FRE-211)
  • French Literature and Society from the Middle Ages to the Revolution (FRE-351)
  • French Language Practice II (FRE-212)
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French Poetry (FRE-363)


Dr. Curnew came to Redeemer in 2011 and became Department Chair the following year. He particularly enjoys the opportunity he has here to teach a wide variety of courses with topics closely associated with his many and varied interests in the areas of French language and literature. In his current research project he is exploring the notion of Reformed Christian aesthetics/poetics as it may pertain to the French Decadent Novel of the late nineteenth century.

Research Interests

Recent Academic Activities

“The Master’s Piece: God’s Place in (Seemingly) Ungodly Art (?)”, Christian Association of
World Languages Conference, Houghton College, Houghton (NY), April, 2016.

“A Christian Perspective of Flipped Learning: What, Why, and How”, panel discussion, North American Christian Foreign Languages Association Conference, Biola University, Los Angeles (2015).

“Charlot s’amuse… : missel de la Décadence ? ”, Les Cahiers Naturalistes 85 (2011), 135-

“Le Symbolisme exotique de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam et de Gustave Moreau : deux tableaux comparés”, Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville (2010).

Thorel-Cailleteau, Sylvie. Splendeur de la médiocrité : une idée du roman. (Geneva: Droz,
2008). Nineteenth-Century French Studies 39.1 (2010-2011).