Stella Vincenot-Dash

Undergraduate Discipline


MA, University Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, France. MA, MPhil, New York University. Area of specialization: francophone literature. Dissertation on democratic culture and political rituals in postemancipation French Caribbean. Research interests include 19th- and 20th-century francophone literature, colonization and immigration, contemporary France. SLC, 2014–

Current undergraduate courses

Intermediate French II: Journey There and Back Again: Travel, Displacement, and Migration in the Francophone World (19th to 20th Century)


This francophone literature course, conducted entirely in French, is designed for students who already grasp major aspects of French grammar and language but wish to develop their oral and writing skills. Rigorous preparation and regular class participation will be major elements of the course. Students are expected to be able to easily read complex texts and analyze them in literary and historical terms. The central focus of the course will be devoted to the study and discussion of travel, mobility, and immigration between French colonies in Africa, the Caribbean, North Africa, South Asia, and metropolitan France. These topics will be studied in writing across a range of literary genres and visual arts. The first part of the course will focus on French travelers’ and colonial settlers’ constructions of “elsewhere” and “otherness” in connection to gender and race. The course will then explore forced and voluntary displacement of colonial people to highlight different aspects of cultural encounters, problems of integration, and identity crises. Finally, the course will raise the question of exile and the return to the homeland. Readings will include texts by Honoré de Balzac, Maryse Condé, Marguerite Duras, Victor Hugo, Guy de Maupassant, Dany Lafèrière, Saint-John Perse, and Gisèle Pineau; films by Yamina Benguigui, Rachid Bouchareb, Djibril Diop Manbéty. The Intermediate I and II French courses are specially designed to help prepare students for studying in Paris with Sarah Lawrence College during their junior year.


Previous courses

Advanced Beginning French: From Language to Literature


This course is designed for students who have studied some French in the past but wish to review the fundamentals of French language and grammar before venturing into the study of complex literary texts in French. The course will be divided into two parts. The first semester will be exclusively centered on the intense, fast-paced, and thorough revision of the fundamentals of French grammar. Students will be encouraged to write multiple short essays and to participate in oral class activities and will be exposed to various kinds of documents in French (songs, movies, texts, etc.). The second semester of the course will continue this work on French language but with the introduction of literature and literary discussions. Conferences will be individual, allowing students to pursue their interests in any area of French and francophone literatures and cultures. In addition to conferences, a weekly conversation session with a French language assistant(e) is required. Attendance at the weekly French lunch table and French film screenings are both highly encouraged. Students who successfully complete a beginning- and an intermediate-level French course are eligible to study in Paris with Sarah Lawrence College during their junior year.