Dr. Kara Rabbitt - Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Office: Atrium 260
Phone: (973) 720-2180
Department: Languages and Cultures
Position: Professor of French and Francophone Studies; Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Area Specialization: 19th-Century French Literature; Caribbean Literature; Francophone Studies; Cultural Studies; Poetics; Linguistic Analyses of Literature.
- Ph.D., French Literature and Linguistics: Cornell University, Department of Romance Studies, 1996.
- M.A., French Literature and Linguistics: Cornell University, Department of Romance Studies, 1992.
- B.A., Language Studies and Comparative Literature: University of California at Santa Cruz, 1988.
William Paterson Courses Taught
- English 229: Films and Literature
- French 110 and 111: Basic language and culture
- French 210 and 211: Intermediate language, culture, composition
- French 200: Introduction to French and Francophone Cultures and Literatures
- French 222: Stylistics and Advanced Composition
- French 331: The Modern Novel in French
- French 336: French Poetry
- French 337: Topics in Francophone Literatures
- French 380: Topics in Parisian Culture: “Paris Multiple”
- French 399: Fin de siècle Paris
- French 480: Senior Seminar in French and Francophone Studies
- Humanities Honors Seminar: Twentieth-Century and Its Discontents
- TBED 542: Social and Psychological Processes of the Multi-Cultural Experience
Refereed Journal Articles:
- “In Search of the Missing Mother: Suzanne Césaire, Martiniquaise.” Research in African Literatures, 44.1 (Spring 2013): 36-54.
- “Identity and Geography in Suzanne Césaire’s ‘Le Grand Camouflage.’” Research in African Literatures, 39.3 (Fall 2008): 121-31.
- “Suzanne Césaire and the Forging of a New Caribbean Literature.” The French Review, 79.3 (Feb. 2006): 538-48.
- “Reading and Otherness: The Interpretative Triangle in Baudelaire’s Petits poèmes en prose.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 33.3-4 (Spring/Summer 2005): 358-70.
- “L’enfant libertine: Pouvoir discursif et volonté narrative dans Lamiel de Stendhal.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 31.1-2 (Fall/Winter 2002-2003): 66-83.
- “Cultural Genealogies and Pre-Negritude Africanicity in Légitime défense.” SORAC Journal of African Studies 2.1 (Nov. 2002): 1-16.
- “Prose Poem, Anti-poème, Political Force: The Critical Function of Genre in Aimé Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal.” Romance Notes, 39.1 (1998): 35-46.
- “C.L.R. James’s Figuring of Toussaint Louverture: The Black Jacobins and the Literary Hero.” In C.L.R. James: His Intellectual Legacies. Ed. Selwyn Cudjoe and William Cain. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1994. 118-35.
- “Suzanne Césaire.” Website (in French) for “Ile-en-île” site on Francophone writers (www.lehman.cuny.edu/ile.en.ile); 2006.
- “Suzanne Césaire.” Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture. Oxford, UK: ABC-CLIO, 2008.
- “Légitime défense.” Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture. Oxford, UK: ABC-CLIO, 2008.
- “Tropiques.” Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture. Oxford, UK: ABC-CLIO, 2008.
- Introduction to and translation of Suzanne Césaire’s “Le Grand Camouflage.” New Mango Season 1.1 (2007): 27-36.
- “Charles Bally and Pragmatics.” Translation of text by Oswald Ducrot with Catherine Porter and Linda R. Waugh. Diacritics, 21.4 (1991): 3-19.
Recent Conference Presentations
- “Strengthening the Relationship with College of Education: Working Together to Serve Our Shared Students.” Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Montreal, Canada, November 2011.
- “Academic Advisement: Confronting the Challenges and Exploring Alternative Models.” Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Baltimore, MD, November 2009.
- “Revisioning History into Story: Suzanne Césaire cross-examines Lafcadio Hearn on the significance of the 1848 Martinique Slave Revolts,” Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, St. Georges, Grenada, May 2008.
- “Supporting Student Success through College-Level Advisement Initiatives,” co-presenter with Jean Fuller-Stanley, Associate Dean College of Science and Health, WPUNJ. The New Jersey State Conference of the National Academic Advisors Association, May 2008.
- “In Search of the Missing Mother: Reexamining the Significance of Suzanne Césaire for Martinican Studies,” Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, Hollywood, Florida, May 2006.
- “Living in the ‘Tout-Monde’: Lessons from Martinique,” 9th International Congress of the Society for Caribbean Research, Vienna, Austria, December 2005.
- “Consequences of a Collective Error: Suzanne Césaire on the Cultural Effects of Assimilation.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Cambridge, March 2005.
- “The Lingering Legacy of the Poètes maudits.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, St. Louis, October 2004.
- “‘À la lisière de cette savane de sel’: The Geography of Identity in Suzanne Césaire.’” Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 2004.
- “Reading into the Other: Desire, Lack, and the Interpretative Self in Baudelaire’s Petits poèmes en prose.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Ohio State University, October 2002.
- “A People of ‘Four Races and Dozens of Bloodlines’: The Critical Construction of Cultural Genealogies in Tropiques.” Transnational Cultures, Diasporas, and Immigrant Identities in France and the Francophone World, Texas Tech University, March 2002.
- “L’Arme Miraculeuse: Surrealism in the Hands of Suzanne Césaire.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Regional Conference, Hartford, March 2001.
- “Memory Made Text, Memory-Making Text: Post-Colonial Manifesto Discourse in French.” SUNY Binghamton Conference in Romance Languages and Linguistics, March 2001.
- “Diversity of Negritudes: Tropiques and Légitime Défense.” Society of Research in African Cultures, International Conference, Montclair University, April 2000.
- “Questionings of Classification: The Prose Poem ‘Genre’ as Model of Subversion.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, New York, April 2000.