Marie-Pascale Pieretti

image1Professor of French, Chair of the French and Italian Department

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

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;

Deborah Hess

image2Professor of French

Education: Ph.D., French, minor in Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A., 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).

Contact: Embury Hall 202, Ext. 3339;

Muriel Placet-Kouassi

image3Assistant Professor of French

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

Education: Ph.D. in French, Louisiana State University

Research interests: Francophone literatures and cultures (West Africa). She has been part of the New York African Film Festival since 2003. Lived in Burkina Faso and Niger in past years.

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

Contact: Embury Hall 203, Ext. 3545;

Stefania Britt

image4Adjunct Instructor of French

Teaching: Elementary French

Education: Masters of Arts in French Literature, Rutgers University

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;