Jann Purdy

Assistant Professor of French Studies

Email: purd6219@pacificu.edu

Phone: 503-352-1564

Office Location: CARN 101B

Office Hours: MW 10:30 - 11:30am, or by appointment



Ph.D. French, University of California, Berkley,         December 1996

B.A. Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1986


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.


“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).



“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.


Current Teaching Schedule, Spring 2011:

FREN 102-01 Intro French Lang & Culture MWF 1:00 - 2:05 PM MAR 106
FREN 265/365-01 French in Elementary School TBA TBA TBA
FREN 385-01 Seminar in French: Love Literature MWF 9:15 - 10:20 AM MAR 207