Jeanner-Sarah de Larquier

Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier

Assistant Professor, French


UC Box: A142

Office: WorLL 104


PhD Romance Languages and Literature, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH in 2003.

Graduate Certificate in Woman's Studies in 2002.

Spanish Language Summer Program, Queretaro, Mexico in 2000.

Master of Arts in French, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH in 1999.

Licence d'anglasis (Bachelor of Arts in English), Universite de Metz, France in 1996.

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About Professor de Larquier

Dr. Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier was born and grew up in Metz, Lorraine, France and spent her summers near Bordeaux, and other holidays in Normandy, visiting with family. At age 20 she left France to spend a year in Epsom, Surrey, England, where she continued her studies and served in a local high school as a language assistant. She loved her study-abroad experience so much that she went on to spend five years as a French language teaching assistant at the University of Cincinnati. During those years she completed a Doctoral Degree in French and Francophone Literatures with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She also keeps a fond memory of the teaching seminars she took under the supervision of Dr. Judith Muyskens, a renowned expert in the field of French language pedagogy. Dr. de Larquier first taught four years as Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University before moving to Pacific University. At Pacific, she is very appreciative of teaching smaller classes as there is time for each student to become fluent when they major in French. Dr. de Larquier is now a dual-citizen and is thus passionate about discussing cultural differences and world perspectives with her students in class as well as during office hours and numerous French Club excursions. Dr. de Larquier’s research and publications focus on French and Francophone literature written by women. Recently, she edited a volume on French author Marie Nimier for Dalhousie French Studies. Dr. de Larquier and her partner have a young daughter who is working on becoming bilingual.

Areas of Research & Specialization

Currently she is responsible for teaching contemporary French and Francophone literature and culture, and french language and phonetics. My research interests include: french language and phonetics, contemporary French and Francophone literature and culture, Sub-Saharan literature, Women's literature, Feminist and gender studies, Gay and Lesbian studies, autobiographical narratives and film.

Hobbies & Other Interests

  • Tennis
  • Cross-country and downhill skiing
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Gardening
  • Traveling
  • Trying new foods

My Favorite Recipe for Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Ingredients (for 6):

60 gr sugar (1/3 cup; 2.12 oz)

7 yokes

70 cl fluid whipping cream

(23.66 oz)

150 gr dark chocolate

brown sugar



Preheat the oven to 340 F

Melt chocolate in double boiler (“bain Marie”); let cool a bit

Beat the yokes with the sugar in a bowl until the mixture whitens, but do not let it foam

Continue beating, first adding the melted chocolate, then the cream

Pour the mixture in the crème Brûlée bowls, filling them only ¾ of the way

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes (may vary from oven to oven)

Check before removing: they should be set on the edges and shaky in the middle


Cool down for at least 2 hours


Right before serving, heat the crème brûlée iron

Add pinches of brown sugar evenly over the entire surface

Gently burn brown sugar with iron

(Eat right away as brown sugar will soften if you let it sit)


Published Works

“From Fanon’s Alienating Masks to Sartre’s Retour en Afrique: The Evolution of Autobiography in Ken Bugul’s Le Baobab fou and De l’Autre Côté du Regard,” Emergent Perspectives on Ken Bugul: From Alternative Choices to Oppositional Practices. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2009.

“Interview with Ken Bugul,” Emergent Perspectives on Ken Bugul: From Alternative Choices to Oppositional Practices. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2009.

“Sexe, texte et contexte: ‘Jeu’ de ‘je’ dans La Nouvelle Pornographie de Marie Nimier,” Women in French Studies 14 (Dec. 2007).

“Les Clés du projet humaniste dans Douceurs du Bercail d’Aminata Sow Fall,” Critical Essays on Aminata Sow Fall. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2007.

“La Nouvelle Pornographie de Marie Nimier: De la question maudite aux mots dits,” Cincinnati Romance Review 25.2 (May 2006): 328-42.

Présentation. Numéro Spécial Marie Nimier. By de Larquier. Spec. issue of Cincinnati Romance Review 25.2 (May 2006): 197-201.

“Reading ‘Pré-histoire de Ken’ in Ken Bugul’s Le Baobab fou,” Women in French Studies 13 (Mar. 2006): 98-109.

“Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy: (He)art-to-Heart for a Humanistic Squint,” SORAC: Journal of African Studies 3 (Fall 2005): 82-93.

“Beckett’s Molloy: Inscribing Molloy in a Metalanguage Story,” French Forum 29.3 (2005): 43-55.

“Entretien avec Marie Nimier.” French Review 78.2 (2004): 340-53. (Marie Nimier’s novel La Reine du Silence received the Prix Médicis in 2004).

“Pour un humanisme du compromis dans Un Chant écarlate de Mariama Bâ.” French Review 77.6 (2004): 1092-102.

“Espaces hiérarchiques dans La Répudiation et FIS de la haine de Rachid Boudjedra,” Cincinnati Romance Review 22 (2003): 88-95.

Personal Affiliations

African Literature Association (ALA)

Women in French (WIF)

American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)

Conseil International d'Études Francophones (CIÉF)

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Alliance francaise de Portland

Honor & Awards

2004-2007 Modern Language Association, Bibliography Fellowship Award.

2005 Alternative Assignment Award, CMU.

2001 Finalist, among the best three essays, Women in French Studies Essay Contest.

1996 Competitive graduate exchange student position award, Université de Metz, France to the University of Cincinnati.

1996 Teaching Assistantship Award, Rosebery School, Epsom, Surrey, U.K.

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 201 Intermediate French

FREN 308 France Today

FREN 408 France Today