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Faculty Pages - Susan Pinette

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Director (On Sabbatical – Academic Year 2013-2014)
213 Little Hall, Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-3791
Email: susan.pinette AT


I am an Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Director of Franco American Studies at The University of Maine; I am currently the secretary for ACQS. I have two major areas of research.  The first examines early modern representations of Canada, with particular attention to the place of writing in ethnography, the importance of New France in European depictions of the Americas, and the role of gender in the experience of cultural difference. My second area examines contemporary Franco American literature, where I show its significance to the broader arenas of ethnic and American studies. I have published on Lahontan, Diderot, and Kerouac and am currently working on a book-length manuscript on Franco American fiction.


Recent publications

“‘La Langue est gardienne’: French language and Identity in Franco-American Literature,” Quebec Studies, 53 (2012)

“Diderot’s Dialogic Difference,” French Review: The Journal of the American Association of Teachers of French, 81.2 (2007).

“Teaching Franco-Americans of the Northeast,” French Review: The Journal of the American Association of Teachers of French, 80.6 (2007)

“‘Des dialogues curieux’: Knowledge Production in the Works of Lahontan,” Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History, 35.1 (2006).

“The Importance of the Literary: Lahontan’s Dialogues and Primitivist Thought,” Prose Studies, 28 (2006).

“Jack Kerouac : l’écriture et l’identité franco-américaine,” Francophonies d’Amériques, 17 (2004).

“Franco American Studies in the Footsteps of Robert Leblanc,” Quebec Studies, 33 (2002).


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Franco American Studies
5742 Little Hall, Room 213
Orono, Maine 04469-5742
Phone: (207) 581-3791 | Fax: (207) 581- 1832E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469