Susan C. Dixon
Visiting Assistant Professor of French
Doctorat, D.E.A., Maîtrise: Université Paris VIII (Vincennes à Saint-Denis)
202 Marts Hall
Teaching and Research Interests
Francophone and French literatures of “Indochina”; Vietnamese diasporic literature and film; French colonial culture and history; cultural studies; bilingualism; foreign language and writing pedagogies.
“’In the Shadow of Angkor’: A Protectorate of Nostalgia in George Groslier’s Novels.” Forthcoming, Siksācakr: The Journal of Cambodia Research, 2011.
"'Faudrait-il le dire à vous, Etranger?': Enjeux intertextuels dans Vingt ans de Nguyên Duc Giang." International Journal of Francophone Studies 7.3 (2004): 169-185.
Panel Organizer, "Enseigner l’Indochine francophone : expériences et pédagogies." Congrès mondial, Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones, Aix-en-Provence, France, May-June 2011.
"Imagining the End of Indochina: French and Vietnamese Fictions." “Fins d’empire”, French Colonial Historical Society Annual Meeting, Université Paris 8—Vincennes à Saint Denis, June 2010.
"Between East and West: Catherine Deneuve in Indochine.” “East Meets West,” James Madison University Conference on Global Issues, March 2010.
“Historical Fictions of French Women in Indochina,” “Re(Writing) History: Text as Monument to Memory, Annual Carolina Conference of Romance Literatures, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, March 2009.
About Professor Dixon
As a graduate of a liberal arts college, I could not imagine myself lecturing in front of hundreds of unknown students. So after defending my doctorate in French and Comparative Literature at Université Paris VIII, I accepted a position at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and then taught at Washington & Lee University for four years. I do everything that I can to share my love of the French language with my students and to inspire them to live in another country—not necessarily for a decade, as I did—but long enough to become more than just another tourist. In addition to language, I particularly enjoy bringing my research on French Indochina and France’s overseas empire into the classroom, encouraging students to examine how France’s imperial past has left an indelible mark on its present culture. I’m active in several professional associations that support my research and teaching interests, particularly the Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones, the American Association of Teachers of French, and the French Colonial Historical Society. My other interests often enter the classroom as well: European cinema, food and ecology, music, history, politics, and cooking.