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Helen Harrison, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Interim Chair, World Languages & International Studies

Office: Holmes Hall 311-A
Phone: (443) 885-1979

Ph.D. in French and Romance Philology (Columbia University)
M.Phil. in French and Romance Philology (Columbia University)
M.A. in French and Romance Philology (Columbia University)
B.A. in French and in German (University of Virginia)

I am the interim chair of the department, and an instructor in French and German. I am also the advisor for the French Club and for Alpha Mu Gamma (Kappa Mu Chapter), an honor society for excellent students in all languages. I work with other colleagues in the Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies program and help to coordinate our M.A. program in International Studies.

Teaching and Research Interests
My teaching interests include all levels of French language, literature and civilization and elementary and intermediate German. My primary research interest is seventeenth-century French theatre, both comedy and tragedy.

Recent Courses Taught
FREN 101 Elementary French I
FREN 102 Elementary French II
FREN 203 Intermediate French I
FREN 204 Intermediate French II
FREN 311 Advanced French Composition and Conversation I
GERM 101 Elementary German I
GERM 102 Elementary German II

Selected Publications
"Rewriting Oedipus: Corneille and Tragic Perfection." EMF 8 (2008): 1671-184
"Myths and Metaphors of Food in Oyono's Une vie de boy." The French Review. April, 2001.
"Slaying Sovereigns: Tyrannicide in Thomas Corneille's La Mort de l'empereur Commode." Romance Notes. 40.3 (2000): 287-294.
Pistoles/Paroles: Money and Language in Seventeenth-Century French Comedy. EMF monograph series. Charlottesville: Rookwood Press, 1996.