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Nadia Harris

Associate Professor Emerita
Department of Language and Foreign Studies

  • Professor Harris holds a PhD in French Literature and Government from Georgetown University. This dual focus informs her research and the courses she has created. These include French Politics, Contemporary French Society, Algerian Colonization and Decolonization, as well as numerous courses on French and Francophone fiction and autobiography of the XXth and XXIst centuries.

    Professor Harris has published a book on Marguerite Yourcenar entitled Marguerite Yourcenar: vers la rive d'une Ithaque inteacute;rieure. (Anma Libri, 1994), as well as articles on French and Francophone literature and society. Most recently, she co-edited a critical anthology of short stories entitled Monstres et monstruosit dans la nouvelle francophone. (L’Instant-me, Forthcoming). Her current scholarly interests include Post-colonial and Cultural Studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Andreacutee Chedid entitled “Andreacutee Chedid: poeacutetique de la migrance”. Professor Harris serves on the board of The Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones and is Associate Editor of the refereed journal, Nouvelles Etudes Francophones.
  • Degrees

    PhD, French Literature and Government, Georgetown University
    MS, French Literature and Linguistics, Georgetown University
  • Languages Spoken:


    French, English, Turkish, Greek, Knowledge of Spanish and Italian
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Professor Harris’ current research focuses on representations of the body in French Caribbean Literature, as well as on identity issues in multicultural contexts.

Professional Presentations

       
  • Conference presentation: “Ecriture du corps dans “Passeport pour le paradis” de Myriam Warner-Vieyra”.  22e Congrès mondial du CIEF (Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones)  Bibliothèque francophone multimédia et Université de Limoges  Limoges, France, 29 June- 6 July 2008.
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  • Literature Seminar (invited Presenter): “Maupassant and Impressionism”.Seminar presented during the “Impressionists by the Sea” exhibition.  The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., December 7, 2007.  Co-sponsored by the French-American Cultural Foundation, and La Maison Française.
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  • Conference presentation:“Le Corps monstrueux dans quelques nouvelles francophones contemporaines”.  49th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association  Cleveland, Ohio, November 2007.
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  • Conference presentation: “La Géographie du désir dans l’œuvre d’Andrée Chedid”.  21e Congrès mondial du CIEF (Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones) French Guyana, July 2007.
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  • Conference presentation "Territoires de l'identité dans La Traversée de la mangrove" de Maryse Condé.  20e Congrès mondial du CIEF (Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones) Sinaïa, Romania, 25 June-2 July 2006.

Selected Publications

       
  • Monstres et monstruosité dans la nouvelle francophone. Textes réunis et présentés par Nadia Harris et Madeleine Cottenet Hage. Quebec:  Canada.  L’Instant-Même (Forthcoming). (Critical Anthology).
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  • Marguerite Yourcenar: vers la rive d'une Ithaque intérieure. Saratoga: CA: Stanford French and Italian Studies (Anma Libri), 1994.
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  •  “Les Clowns de La Cité fertile et de L’Enfant multiple. Portrait d’une écrivaine francophone”  Francophonie au pluriel. Actes du Colloque Francophonie au pluriel. Paris-Sorbonne, 17-20 mai 2001.  Textes réunis par Justin K. Bisanswa et Michel Tétu.  CIDEF-AFI. Volume XIII, numéro 2, 2003.
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  • “Andrée Chedid en chemin vers l’espace nu.” Koop, M.C. Widmann and Catherine R. Monfort, eds. French and Francophone Women, 16th-21st Centuries: Essays on Literature, Culture and Society with Bibliographical and Media Resources.  Women in French Studies. Special Issue.  (Spring 2002).

Work In Progress

       
  • Book Manuscript: “Andrée Chedid: poétique de la migrance” (“Andrée Chedid: the Poetics of Diaspora"].
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  • Article Manuscript:  "Representations of the body in French Caribbean Literature”.