I'm an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA and hold a Ph.D. in French from Yale University. My research explores questions of French regional and national identity, minority regional languages and cultures in contemporary France, and the artistic, aesthetic, and political dimensions of radiophonic expression, radio broadcasting, and podcasting. My current project, "Sounding Breton: Regional Voices and the Remaking of French Literature," explores how expressions of Breton culture and identity during the late twentieth-century, as a case study of minority, regional cultures in France, sought to challenge relationships between French literature and the modern nation-state. I've published articles on the influence of Aimé Césaire and the poetics of Négritude on Breton poet Paol Keineg and the transatlantic literary correspondence between Breton author Youenn Gwernig and Jack Kerouac. My most recent forthcoming article explores feminist discourses of motherhood in French language podcasting. A radio and podcast enthusiast, I am in the process of launching a podcast of my own about the process of writing and publishing a first academic book, entitled "Mind over manuscript." In an effort to stay up-to-date with research in Sound Studies, I have recently started a virtual reading group entitled "Francophone Sound Studies" that I host on a monthly basis. I'm interested in all topics and books related to French and Francophone Studies, Sound Studies, and Postcolonial Francophone Studies. Hosting the Francophone Sound Studies reading group has motivated me to become a host on the New Books Network podcast of which I am an avid listener!
Annie deSaussure holds a Ph.D. in French from Yale University and is an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Languages and Literary Studies at Lafayette College.