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Stephanie Schechner MA, PhD

Professor of French

  • PhD French literature 1997

    University of Wisconsin--Madison (WI)

  • MA French literature 1991

    University of Wisconsin--Madison (WI)

  • BA French and Interdisciplinary Studies 1990

    Amherst College (MA)

  • FREN 101 Elementary French I

  • FREN 303 Introduction to Francophone Culture and Civilization

  • FREN 310 Introduction to French and Francophone Short Stories

My research has focused broadly on French and Francophone women writers. I have explored representations of femininity, female sexuality, and the experimental writing styles of several authors. I have specialized on the French lesbian writer Mireille Best (1943–2005) and am currently working on the translation of her writings. 


In addition, I have published on these 19th- and 20th-century writers: Colette, Nathalie Sarraute, Rachilde, and Jovette Marchessault. I am also interested in issues related to pedagogy and the professional development of language instructors. I have given numerous conference presentations on these topics.

Selected Awards

  • College of Arts and Sciences Nominee, Outstanding Researcher, 2013

  • Student Life Leadership Award for Excellence in Advising, 2011

  • Faculty Development Grant, 2014

Selected Publications

  • Schechner, Stephanie. "La Lutte contre la normalisation: la representation de l'adolescence lesbienne dans les uvres de Jovette Marchessault et Mireille Best." De l'invisible au visible: l'imaginaire litteraire et artistique de Jovette Marchessault. Eds. Roseanna Dufault and Celita Lamar. Montreal: Les Editions de Remue-Menage, 2012. Print.

  • Schechner, Stephanie. "Shifting Stereotypes? The Representation of Lesbians in French Cinema 1985–2005." New Zealand French Studies (2012): 7–29. Web.

  • Schechner, Stephanie. "Words as Subjects: A Study of the Personification of Language in Three Texts by Nathalie Sarraute." Nottingham French Studies 47.1 (2008): 14–31. Web.

Modern Language Association (MLA), Women in French, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)