Professor of French, Department Chair of French



Office: 451 College Avenue #7


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."


Recent publications:

"Love, Loss, and the Sacred in Maria Chapdelaine."  Quebec Studies 54.  (Fall 2012/Winter 2013), pp. 31-46.

 “Restoring the Sacred in Les Misérables.” The Journal of Religion and Literature 40.2 (Summer 2008), pp. 1-24.

“Le Chronotope au féminin : Temps, espace, et transcendance dans Les Anciens Canadiens et Angéline de Montbrun.” Canadian Literature 195 (Winter 2007), pp. 103-117.

“Narrative, Memory, and Identity in François-Xavier Garneau’s Histoire du Canada.” Quebec Studies 34 (Fall 2002/Winter 2003), pp. 31-46.

“Temps et Espace chez Patrice Lacombe: Une lecture bakhtinienne de La Terre paternelle.” La Revue de l'Université de Moncton 34, no 1-2 (2003), pp. 129-52.


Selected conference presentations:

“Le Chronotope au féminin : Les Anciens Canadiens et Angéline de Montbrun.” Annual meeting of the American Council on Quebec Studies. Quebec City, November 2004.

“ ‘ … et le Canada vivra’ : Le Pays (ré)écrit dans Angéline de Montbrun.” Annual meeting of the Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones : Portland, Maine, May 2001.

“ ‘Quelque chose de l’exil’: François-Xavier Garneau’s Voyage en Angleterre et en France.” American Council on Quebec Studies. Montreal, October 2000.

"French Canada in History and Story:  Tocqueville's Voyage en Amérique."  Colloquium on "France:  History and Story."  University of Birmingham (UK), July 1999.