Bethany Ladimer holds a doctorate from Columbia University. Her teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first century (French) literature, women's writing, the literature of World War II, and the literature of Québec. Her research is in the areas of twentieth- and twenty-first century prose; women's studies; aging and creativity, literature of Québec.

She is the author of Colette, Beauvoir, Duras: Age and Women Writers (University Press of Florida, 2000). See below for her more recent publications.




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FREN 0205 - Toward Liberated Expression      

Toward Liberated Expression
A course designed to increase and perfect the ability to express oneself in spoken and written French. Emphasis on precision, variety, and vocabulary acquisition. Sections limited to 15 students. (FREN 0203 or placement) This requirement for the major and the minor may be satisfied by placement at a higher level. 3 hrs. lect./disc.


Fall 2010

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FREN 0210 - Identity in French Literature      

Identity in French Literature
Exploration of differing views of the self, society, and the world in major works of French poetry, drama, and prose. This course is designed to develop students' ability to read and critique literature in French, as a transition from FREN 0205 to more advanced literature courses. (FREN 0205 or by placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.


Fall 2010

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FREN 0500 - Independent Projects      

Independent Project
Qualified students may be permitted to undertake a special project in reading and research under the direction of a member of the department. Students should seek an advisor and submit a proposal to the department well in advance of registration for the term in which the work is to be undertaken. (Approval required;See requirements above.)

Fall 2010

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FREN 0700 - Senior Honors Essay      

Senior Honors Essay
(Approval required).

Fall 2010

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Recent Publications


Ladimer book

"Wartime Writings, or the Imaginary Lover of Marguerite Duras," Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, volume 33.1 Winter 2009.

"Lectures à travers la Manche: Colette et Virginia Woolf," Cahiers Colettte, n°27, 2005.

"Marguerite Duras," Encyclopedia of Women's Autobiography. Greenwood Press, 2004.

"Cracking the Codes: Social Class and Gender in Annie Ernaux," Chimères, Spring 2000.