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Marie-Pascale Pieretti

CHAIR OF FRENCH AND ITALIAN, PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE FRENCH PROGRAM

Education: PhD in Comparative Literature – New York University, Maîtrise and Licence – Université de Lille III, France.

Teaching: Advanced Conversation and Composition (current events, media, stylistics), 17th- and 18th-century Literature, 20th and 21st-century theater, Women’s literature survey, Children and Youth Literature.

Research interests: Women’s writings of the early modern period in Europe; Translation practices and textual strategies of 18th-century and 19th-century French women writers; Youth and Children Literature; Pedagogy.

Publications: Her publications include articles on women translators, women in the academies and female epistolary writers in 18th-century France, and on pedagogy (experiential learning).

Contact: Embury Hall 208, Ext. 3506; mpierett@drew.edu

Muriel Placet-Kouassi

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FRENCH

Education: PhD in French, Louisiana State University

Teaching: French language (at all levels), advanced courses on 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literatures, films and cultures.

Research interests: Francophone literatures and cultures (West Africa). She was part of the New York African Film Festival from 2002 to 2013. Lived in Burkina Faso and in Niger in past years

Publications: French Berlitz Essential (2nd Edition, Berlitz Publishing, 2009), a self-study course textbook.

Contact: Embury Hall 202, Ext. 3545; mplacetk@drew.edu

Stefania Britt

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR OF FRENCH

Education: Masters of Arts in French Literature, Rutgers University

Teaching: Elementary French, Intermediate French

Research interests: Literature from the 12th to the 20th century, cinema, and Francophone literature (particular interest in the works of André Gide, Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre)

Contact: Embury Hall 201, Ext. 8455; sbritt@drew.edu

John McFaul

 

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR OF FRENCH

Education: MA, French Language and Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara; BA, French Language and Literature/College of Letters, Wesleyan University

Teaching: Elementary French, Intermediate French

Interests: Second language acquisition, 18th century Enlightenment and 20th century French/Francophone literature

Contact: Embury Hall 207; jmcfaul@drew.edu

Deborah Hess

PROFESSOR EMERITA

Education: PhD, French, minor in Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA, French, University of Chicago

Teaching: Introduction to French Literature and Culture, Poetry-writing seminars (followed by the publication of original student poetry in Mélanges, the French Department poetry journal), The French Novel since World War II, Caribbean Francophone literature, North African Francophone literature

Research Interests: The study of the relation between language and its cultural context; the development of a cultural approach to literary studies; Caribbean Francophone literature; North African Francophone literature and society; West African literature

Publications: Her publications include numerous articles and the following books: Maryse Condé : Mythe, parabole et complexité. Critiques Littéraires Series. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2011; Palimpsestes dans la poésie: Roubaud, du Bouchet, etc… Études Littéraires Series. Paris: Éditions L’Harmattan, 2011; La poétique de renversement chez Maryse Condé, Massa Makan Diabaté et Édouard Glissant. Paris: Éditions L’Harmattan, 2006; Politics and Literature: The Case of Maurice Blanchot (1999);Complexity in Maurice Blanchot’s Fiction: Relations between Science and Literature (1999); and Tournants: Conversation en Culture, Prentice-Hall (1993). (Conversation textbook which presents French conversation through discussion of contemporary French culture and society).

Contactdhess@drew.edu