I have been teaching since my undergraduate days. While at Bowdoin, I received a grant from the Ford Foundation to serve as an undergraduate teaching assistant. In France, I served as an assistante d'anglais in a French lycée, and while in Paris with a French government scholarship, I taught English for students at the École normale de Sèvres. As a graduate student, I taught French language courses at Princeton and was a preceptor for a large, team-taught lecture course in comparative literature. I have taught in both college and university settings.
What I love about teaching at a small liberal arts college is the range of courses I have been able to offer over the course of my career. In addition to courses in French language and French/Francophone literatures and cultures, I have taught in Women and Gender Studies and in the International Studies program. I have also taught a number of first-year seminars, as well as courses in our Foundations program (one with a service learning component). My teaching reflects my interests in the French Enlightenment, Quebec, and Victor Hugo, as well as a broader interest in storytelling, folk tales, and fairy tales.
I have served in various administrative roles at the college - department chair, chair of Women's Studies, and Director of International Studies. I am currently Director of International Studies.
I graduated from Bowdoin College (1977) summa cum laude with a degree in Romance Languages. I spent my junior year studying abroad in Paris. I received my MA (1980) and PhD (1984) from Princeton University , where I was awarded a bourse du gouvernement français for a year's study at the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris. While completing my doctoral dissertation, I accepted a visiting appointment at Tulane University in New Orleans. I taught at Tulane for four years before coming to Franklin & Marshall College in 1986.
My research interests are eclectic. Since leaving graduate school, I have published journal articles, essays, and translations on a variety of topics including Enlightenment authors (Rousseau and Diderot), French feminism and literary theory (Cixous, Bakhtin), and a collection of original translations on music and esthetics in 18th-century France. My most recent publications include articles on nineteenth-century Quebec and also on Victor Hugo. My most recent article, forthcoming in Quebec Studies, is entitled "Love, Loss, and the Sacred in Maria Chapdelaine."
"Love, Loss, and the Sacred in Maria Chapdelaine. Forthcoming in Quebec Studies.
“Restoring the Sacred in Les Misérables.” The Journal of Religion and Literature 40.2 (Summer 2008), pp. 1-24.