Professional Bio

  • Ph.D., French & Spanish Literature, University of Michigan, 1971

  • M.A., French Literature, University of Michigan, 1966

  • A.B., French major & History and Political Science minors, University of Michigan, 1965

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Contemporary French Women Writers
French Theater


“‘Autofiction + X = ?’: Chloé Delaume’s Experimental Self-Representations” in Gill Rye and Amaleena Damlé ,eds,  A Decade of Women’s Writing in France: Trends and Horizons 2000-2010. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013.
“‘Juste une petite mise en scène de la problématique’: Citational Construction of an Autofictional Voice in Chloé Delaume’s Éden matin midi et soir.  Women in French Studies, 2014. 

« Traumatic Shape-shifting in Marie Ndiaye’s Trois Femmes Puissantes » in El-Nossery, Névine and Amy Hubbell, eds, Représentations de l’indicible dans le monde francophone/Representations of the Unspeakable in the Francophone World. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.

“Repetition with a Difference: Returning a Voice to the Little Mermaid in Marie Nimier’s Sirène and La Reine du Silence.” Dalhousie French Studies (forthcoming).

La réécriture du mythe de Médée dans les romans de Marie NDiaye. Otago French Notes. Numéro hors série, 2010.

Eugene Ionesco Revisited. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996.

The French Theater of the Absurd. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991.