Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier

Assistant Professor of French Studies


Phone: 503-352-2113     

Office location: WorLL 104

Office hours: MWF 1:30-2:30, and by appointment


About Professor de Larquier

I chose Pacific because I was looking for a smaller university that facilitated greater interaction with my students and more freedom in the variety of classes I taught. Because foreign languages particularly lend themselves to student participation and interaction, the atmosphere at Pacific was exactly what I was looking for. I like to think of my classroom as a lively francophone stage, and I love to see that stage expand to the French Conversation Hours (Table), French Club, and Soirées françaises activities.




2003: Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literature, University of Cincinnati (UC).

Dissertation title: “From Narrative Strategies to a Humanism of Plurality: Polyphonic Resistance to (Neo)colonial Discourses in African Women’s Works.”


2002: Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies


2000: Spanish Language Summer Program in Querétaro, Mexico.


1999: MA in French, UC.


1998: Goethe-Institut: “Zertificat Deutsch als Fremdsprache.”


1996: Licence d’anglais (BA in English), Université de Metz, France. 



Research Interests

  • 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
  • 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)




“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.


Professional Affiliations


Honors, Awards, and Distinctions


Modern Language Association (MLA) Bibliography Fellowship Award, 2004-2007.


Alternative Assignment Award, CMU, 2005.


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


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


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


Courses I Teach


Current Teaching Schedule, Spring 2011:

FREN 201-01 Intermediate French MWF 1:00 - 2:05 PM CARN 205
FREN 202-01 Intermediate French MWF 1:00 - 2:05 PM CARN 205
FREN 308-01 France Today MWF 11:45 - 12:50 PM CARN 205
FREN 408-01 France Today MWF 11:45 - 12:50 PM CARN 205