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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.