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Deborah Lee-Ferrand

Visiting Instructor of French Studies

Office: Washington Hall 318
Phone: (757) 221-4149
Email: [[deleeferrand]]

Deborah Lee-Ferrand, Visiting Assistant Professor of French Studies, received her Ph.D. in French Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation titled “Acquired Tastes: Food as Relation and Memory in Franco-African Women’s Literature” investigates the parallels between food and literary productions that are particularly dominant in the role that France has played in the construction of both sub-Saharan and Caribbean culinary and literary art when it comes to recognition and prestige. She also earned a M.A in French Studies at the University of Minnesota as well as a “Maitrise” in English Studies from the Université Montpellier III, Paul Valéry in France.

She most recently worked as a Graduate Instructor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, after spending a year at William & Mary as the tutor of the French House. Her research and teaching interests revolve around twentieth and twenty-first century francophone literatures and cultures, food studies, gender and sexuality, cinema as well as medieval literature. At William and Mary, her teaching ranges from language classes to courses on writing, French and Francophone identity, food studies, culture, literature and cinema.

Her last article entitled “Enracinement et déracinement gustatifs dans Le baobab fou de Ken Bugul » was published in Nouvelles Études Francophones