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Catherine Slawy-Sutton


Ph.D., M.A. Indiana University
M.A., B.A. University of Nice


Born in Angoulême, France and raised in Dakar, Senegal, I hold a Masters degree in English from the University of Nice, France and a Ph.d in French from Indiana University, Bloomington.

At Davidson, I teach all levels of language and literature, from French 101 to Senior Major Seminar.  I particularly enjoy teaching my Introduction to Literature course "Childhood and Youth," and my higher-level courses, "North Africa in Novel and Film," "Maghreb: Francophone Authors," "Asia in Novel and Film" and "Vietnam: Francophone Authors." My research informs my teaching: I am interested in studying and teaching writers considered marginal in their own times or contexts. While my primary research interest has been Colette, I have also written on the genre of women's autobiography, the contemporary French novel, literature or film by francophone authors from the Maghreb and Vietnam, and on the meaning of having been raised in Africa during the last few years of colonization. My current work focuses on Franco-Algerian writer Karima Berger.

I have served as newsletter editor for Women in French, as Review Editor for The French Review, as Resident Director on the Davidson-in-France program, and as Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies.


FRE 101 Elementary French I
FRE 102 Elementary French II
FRE 201 Intermediate French
FRE 223 Introduction to Literature: Childhood and Youth
FRE 322 Maghreb in Novel and Film
FRE 327 Asia in Novel and Film
FRE 362 North Africa: Francophone Authors
FRE 367 Vietnam: Francophone Authors