Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier, PhD

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World Languages Center 104 (Forest Grove)

Courses Taught

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 opportunities 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. 

FREN 201/202 | Intermediate French

FREN 304/404 French & Francophone Theater

FREN 308/408| France Today

FREN 309/409 French Popular Culture

FREN 311/411 French Composition & Conversation

FREN 312 | French Pronunciation/Intonation

Areas of Research & Specialization

Currently, I enjoy teaching a rotation of all of the above courses listed and more! My research interests include: French Films, contemporary French and Francophone literature and culture, autobiographical narratives, women's literature, feminist and gender studies, and gay & lesbian studies.

About Professor de Larquier

I was born and grew up in Metz, Lorraine, France, and spent my summers in Charente-Maritime. I continue to spend a good portion of my summers in France, visiting with family in Rouen, Paris, Royan, Lyon, and Metz. At age 20, I left France to spend a year in Epsom, Surrey, England, where I continued my studies and served in a local high school as a language assistant. I loved the study abroad experience so much that I went on to spend five years as a French language teaching assistant at the University of Cincinnati. During those years, I completed a doctoral degree in French and Francophone literatures with a graduate certificate in women’s studies. I keep a fond memory of the teaching seminars I took under the supervision of Dr. Judith Muyskens, a renowned expert in the field of French language pedagogy. I first taught four years as an assistant professor at Central Michigan University before moving to Pacific University in 2007. At Pacific, I am very appreciative of teaching smaller classes as there is time for each student to become fluent when he or she majors in French. I am now a dual citizen and thus, am passionate about discussing cultural differences and world perspectives with my students and French language teaching assistant, in class as well as during office hours and numerous French Club excursions. My research and publications focus on French and Francophone literature written by women. During my recent sabbatical, I wrote an article and conducted an interview with French author Marie Nimier for the French Editions Passage(s) and wrote an article for The French Review , titled "Film Adaptations of Thérèse et Isabelle and Le bleu est une couleur chaude: Is It Time to Shift Our Gaze?" My wife and I have three young children, Eloïse, Lucie, and Maxime who are growing up bilingual and having great fun developing their language skills every day.


PhD Romance languages and literature, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati in 2003

Graduate certificate in woman's studies in 2002

Spanish language summer program, Querétaro, Mexico, in 2000

Master of arts in French, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati in 1999

Licence d'anglais (bachelor of arts in English), Université de Metz, France, in 1996

Honor & Awards

2014 | Women's Caucus Award for Best Feminist Essay Given at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Convention.

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, England

Personal Affiliations

American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)

Women in French (WIF)

African Literature Association (ALA)

Conseil International d'Études Francophones (CIÉF)

Alliance française de Portland

Published Works

“Film Adaptations of Thérèse et Isabelle and Le bleu est une couleur chaude: Is It Time to Shift Our Gaze?,” French Review 90.1 (2016).


“Fiction et espace autobiographique chez Marie Nimier: de Sirène aux Inséparables,” Dalhousie French Studies 97 (Winter 2011):89-101.


“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," Special 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

Hobbies & Other Interests


Cross-country and downhill skiing






Cooking/Trying new foods

My Favorite Recipe for Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Ingredients (for 6):
60 gr sugar (1/3 cup; 2.12 oz)
7 yolks
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.