Jann Purdy

Jann Purdy

Assistant Professor, French



UC Box: A142

Office: CARN 101B


PhD in French, University of California, Berkley, CA in 1996.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Duke University, Durham NC in 1986.

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More about Jann

Jann enjoys teaching courses in French language, as well as in French and Francophone literatures throughout the ages. Her areas of specialization include twentieth-century French, autobiography, feminists studies and genre studies. She loves to eat well, so that passion brings on a whole host of hobbies, such as gardening, cooking, trying out new restaurants... and then exercising.

Conference Papers

“The Influence of Ethnography on Twentieth-century French Literature,” presented at the PAMLA conference, Riverside, CA, November 2006.

“The Shame of Autobiography: Annie Ernaux’s La Honte,” presented at the RMMLA conference, Boise, ID, October 2000.

“Self-sacrifice, possession, and other bi-‘zar’-eries: Leiris and participant observation,” MLA conference, San Francisco, December 1998 (Panel Chair: Dennis Hollier).

“Participant Observers, or the Cannibals of Autobiography and Ethnography,” French Department Colloquia Series, UC Berkeley, November 1997.

“Autobiographical Excavations and Ethnographic Recollections in French Literature,” Western Humanities Converence, Santa Barbara, October 1995.

Published Works

“Food and Character in Irène Nemirovski’s Suite francaise” in Cuisine and Symbolic Capital: Food in Film and Literature (ed. Cheleen Mahar). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Forthcoming 2010.

“Ethnographic Devices in Modern French Autobiography: Michel leiris and Annie Ernaux.” Pacific Coast Philology v.42 2007 : 24-36.

Review of the bi-lingual edition of Jacques Réda’s Europes in Pacific Coast Philology. Forthcoming.

Review of the English translation of Michel Toumier’s Miroir des idées in the Rocky Mountain MLA Review http://mmla.wsu.edu/ereview/54.1/reviews/purdy.asp.

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.


FREN 102 Introduction to French Language & Culture

FREN 265/365 French in Elementary School

FREN 385 Seminar in French: Love Literature