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Women's and Gender Studies Program

Women's and Gender Studies Program

Patrice Proulx


Peter Kiewit Professor of French
Contemporary literature by francophone women writers; feminist theory
Ph.D. Cornell University, 1991



My research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century French and francophone women writers, feminist theory and francophone film. I am especially interested in exploring literary themes related to history, memory, and storytelling. I am an editor of The Feminist Encyclopedia of French Literature (1999), a reference work containing approximately 700 entries on writers, literary periods, themes and genres, and critical perspectives related to the role of women in the literature of France. I also co-edited Immigrant Narratives in Contemporary France (2001) and Textualizing the Immigrant Experience in Contemporary Quebec (2004) with Susan Ireland of Grinnell College. My articles have appeared in such journals as the French Review, Québec Studies, and L’Esprit Créateur, as well as in a number of edited collections.

I have created several new courses at UNO that focus on women writers and filmmakers or issues related to Women’s and Gender Studies. These courses include “Francophone Women Writers: Exiles, Madwomen, and Witches in Contemporary French Literature” and “Francophone Film and Literature: Africa, the Caribbean, and Quebec.”

In the service arena, I served on the Women’s & Gender Studies Executive Committee for many years and currently serve as a member of the Editorial Board for Women in French Studies, an international journal.