Department of Modern &
Classical Languages

University of Houston
613 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3006
Phone: 713-743-8350
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Jean Michel Lanskin

Jean-Michel Lanskin
Instructional Assistant Professor

607 Agnes Arnold Hall

Phone: (713) 743-3007

Teaching | Research Interest | Selected Publications

Jean-Michel Lanskin is Instructional Assistant Professor of French. Before teaching at the University of Houston, he taught at Duquesne University and the University of Saint Thomas. He was guest professor at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, in 1999-2000. He studied Drama at the Paris Conservatory for the performing arts, and received a degree in Law from the University of Paris (II). He received his M.A. from the University of Houston and his doctorate from Rice University.


Dr. Lanskin has taught courses on French Literature (Middle Ages, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th Centuries), Culture and Civilization, Business French and French Cinema.

Research Interests

Dr. Lanskin published a book on Emile Zola's Nana in Paris and several articles in Europe and the USA. Dr. Lanskin wrote also for the theatre and one of his plays, Le Chèque en blanc de Marguerite, was performed at Rice University by Faculty members and Graduate Students of Rice University and the University of Houston. Dr. Lanskin has organized tours in Europe: Historical Pipe Organs of Paris, Gothic Cathedrals of Northern France, Romanesque Churches of Auvergne and Burgundy, Pipe Organs of England, Pipe Organs of Alsace and Germany. Presently, Dr. Lanskin is doing research on 18th C. French History, Fine Arts and Decorative Arts.

Selected Publications


  • Le "scénario sans amour" d'une fille de joie, analyse transactionnelle de Nana, Paris, Minard - Archives des Lettres Modernes, 1996


  • “Antoine Vitez Re-staging Molière for the 1978 Avignon Festival”, Contemporary Theater Studies, Vol. 6, Part 1, 13-24, Harwood Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1997.
  • "Ecrits modernes et cris anciens: Clément Lépidis, Pierre Magnan et Yann Queffélec". The French Novel from Lafayette to Desvignes. Knoxville, TN: New Paradigm Press, 1995. 129-37.
  • "Cocottes à la ville et colombes aux champs: dichotomie spatiale dans La Dame aux camélias et Nana, ou l'écologie de deux demi-mondaines". French Literature Series 22 (1995): 105-18.
  • "D'une affaire criminelle à une aventure mythique: La Maison assassinée de Pierre Magnan". Orbis Litterarum 1995: 43-50.
  • "Molière's Dom Juan: A Character Under the Influence of a 'No Love' Life-Script", Proceedings of the Western Pennsylvania Symposium on World Literature. Greensburg, PA :Eadmer Press 1992. 211-15.
  • "Le cycle de l'aventure mythique dans Germinal". Cahiers Internationaux de Symbolisme 1983: 87-93. (This article is mentioned by Patrick Brady in "A Decade of Zola Studies", L'Esprit Créateur, Vol. XXV, No. 4, 1985)
  • "Ruy Blas: héros romantique ou amant courtois?" Studies in Medievalism, vol. II, No. 2, Spring 1983: 27-33.