Educational Background

  • PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

My research focuses on fin-de-siecle Saphic literature. More specifically, I am interested in the first lesbian autobiographical fiction in Paris and the search for a means of expressing these experiences without mimicking the derogatory language used by the medical and literary figures of the time. My other main area of research interest is the relationship between early cinema and novels. I am exploring the idea that many of the theories and practices that would later be adopted in the cinema were already present, due to the influence of a progressively more visual culture, in the literature of the second half of the 19th century.

Teaching Specialties

My teaching specialties include French language and culture, as well as 19th- and 20th-century literature, cinema, and gender studies. As a language teacher, I enjoy engaging the students in an active, communicative manner, using culture, cinema, and texts to create a context in which to learn the language.

Selected Publications


"Ineffable Gomorrah: Reader Expectations of Lesbian Texts in Proust, Colette, and Vivien" (in progress).

"La dé-corporalisation de la femme dans les deux éditions d'Une Femme m'apparut..." ("The De-corporalization of Women in the Two Editions of Une Femme m'apparut...") Vivien en rebours. Paris: Éditions GayKitschCamp, 2009.


"Colette and Sexuality: When Domestic Animals Succumb to Their Bestial Instincts." 20th and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, University of San Francisco, March 30-April 2, 2011.

"Towards a Cinematic Theoretical Approach to Gender Reversal in Zola, Rachilde, and Colette." 36th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Yale University, Oct. 14-16, 2010.

"Ineffable Gomorrah: Proust, Colette, and Vivien." Proust and His Era / Proust et son époque, University of Illinois, April 8-10, 2010. "Colette's Claudine en ménage: Redefining Space through the Gaze?" 20th and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, University of Guelph, March 25-27, 2010.

"The Guarded Evolution of the Role of Courtesans: Liane de Pougy and Public Relations." 35th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Salt Lake City, Oct. 22-24, 2009.

"Perdu sous les masques : la mascarade trompeuse du saphisme chez Liane de Pougy." Colloque Rhétoriques du masque, University of Montreal, May 15-16, 2009.

"Exploring New Discourses: Sapphic Love in the Belle Époque." 20th and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, University of Minnesota, March 26-28, 2009.

"Colette's Claudine en ménage: Redefining lesbianism?" Rhetoric of the Other Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 28-30, 2008.

"Giving Voice to the Dispossessed: The Interplay of Words and Silence in Colette's Mes Apprentissages." Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, April 19-21, 2007.

"The Paradoxical Musicality of Louise Labé: Feminine Pastime, Feminist Purpose." Central Renaissance Conference, University of Missouri-Columbia, September 23-24, 2005.

"The Role of Lunete in Le Chevalier au lion (Yvain): Serving Men in the Form of Mirror, Spokesperson, and Daughter of Eve." Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference, University of Illinois at Springfield, September 23-24, 2005.


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