Renee Gosson

Renee Gosson

David Morton & Leanne Freas Trout Professor of French & Francophone Studies
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About Renee Gosson

Professor Gosson was Associate Dean of Faculty (Arts & Humanities) in the College of Arts & Sciences and a past director of the French & Francophone Studies Program. She has served on FACT (Faculty Advisory Committee on Teaching) and participated in designing the vision for Bucknell's Teaching and Learning Center and the organization of the New Faculty Orientation. Professor Gosson also served a term on the Faculty Development Committee during which time she gained invaluable insights into what colleagues from all disciplines at Bucknell are doing in the classroom, in the lab, in the field, and in the library, during their teaching, summer, and sabbatical months.

Education Background

  • B.A. French and English, Linfield College
  • M.A. French Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D. French Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • Literature and culture of the French Caribbean
  • Commemorative gestures to remember the transatlantic slave trade, slavery, and their abolition in France and the French West Indies

Selected Publications


The Liminality of Amnesia: Commemorating the French Atlantic Slave Trade, Slavery, and Abolition. An analysis of the efforts and gaps of the French community to remember and to commemorate the transatlantic slave trade, slavery, and abolition since the 2001 passing of the Loi Taubira, rendering France the first European country to declare slavery a crime against humanity


In Progress:

"'Frénésie mémorielle' or 'Impossible réparation': Commemoration, Compensation, and the French Atlantic Slave Trade"

"Of Colonial Demons and Monkeys: Colorblind Republicanism, False Universalism, and a Threatened French National Identity"

In Print

"Histoire coloniale, mémoire culturelle : Politique de la commémoration en Martinique." Enjeux identitaires dans l'imaginaire francophone. Sélom K. Gbanou and Kanaté Dahouda (eds.). Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2012: 111-125.

"The Métisse sage in Suzanne Dracius's Rue Monte au Ciel." Métissages et marronnages dans l'œuvre de Suzanne Dracius. Yolande Helm (ed.). Paris: L'Harmattan, 2009. 93-112.

"What Lies Beneath? Cultural Excavation in Neocolonial Martinique" in Echoes from the Poisoned Well: Global Memories of Environmental Injustice. Sylvia Hood-Washington, Paul Rosier, and Heather Goodall (eds.). Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2006. 225-243.

Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture. Co-edited volume with Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey and George B. Handley. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005. Introduction pp. 1-30. || Read more:

"Landscape and Memory: Martinican Land-People-History." Co-produced film with Eric Faden. Distributed by Third World Newsreel. 30 mn. Aug. 2003. || See more:

"For What the Land Tells: An Ecocritical Approach to Patrick Chamoiseau's Chronicle of the Seven Sorrows." Callaloo 26.1 (2003): 219-234.

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