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Gabriela Gonzalez

Kate Jensen

Associate Professor
Department of French Studies

What was your previous position and where?

Before coming to LSU, I was a teaching assistant at Columbia University in New York City, where I did my graduate work.

What brought you to LSU?

A great campus interview and an excellent job offer brought me here.

What is your research interest?

I have several research interests. I write and teach about 17th- and 18th-century French literature and culture. I also write and teach about feminist theory, epistolary narratives and mother-daughter relations. I have just written a book that will be published next year on five famous French women's portrayals of mother-daughter relations from the 17th to the early 20th centuries.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I hope to continue to do research and to publish, to be a dynamic teacher and an active citizen of the university, participating especially in my home unit, French Studies, and in Women's and Gender Studies, of which I am an founding member. I am currently the undergraduate advisor for Women's and Gender Studies.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

I certainly enjoy my students. I also enjoy teaching French in Louisiana, which has such a rich Francophone history and culture. I greatly enjoy being part of the Women's and Gender Studies program because I have been able to meet and work with students and faculty from many different disciplines who share common interests concerning women's and gender issues.

What are your major accomplishments?

I hope that I help my students, both undergraduate and graduate, become good critical thinkers through the careful work I require them to do on their analytical writing skills. I have published numerous articles in my research areas. My book, "Writing Love: Letters, Women, and the Novel in France, 1695-1776," was published in 1995 by Southern Illinois University Press. I co-edited, with Faith E. Beasley, "Approaches to Teaching Lafayette's The Princess of Clèves," published by the Modern Language Association Press in 1998. I received an ATLAS fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year to continue work on my book, "Uneasy Possessions: The Mother-Daughter Dilemma in France, 1671-1928," which will be published by the University of Delaware Press in 2011.

 




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