Office Hours

Spring 2014

T R 4:00-5:15

 

Interests

  • * 18th Century French Literature and Philosophy
  • * 20th Century French Literature and Philosophy
  • * Travel Literature
  • * Study Abroad
 

Kate Fredericks

Visiting Assistant Professor of

French

Welles 209B
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
585-245-5247
frederic@geneseo.edu

Kathryn Hunter Fredericks has been a visiting faculty member at Geneseo since 2012. For full CV and more information on Prof. Fredericks' research, teaching, and service, please email her at: frederic@geneseo.edu.

Faculty Information

Education

  • Ph.D. French and Francophone Studies - University of Florida, 2012
  • M.A. French Language and Literature - SUNY Buffalo, 2004
  • B.A. French Language and Literature - Niagara University, 2002

Research Interests

Dr. Kate Hunter Fredericks' primary research is focused in eighteenth-century fiction. Specifically, she works on the French writer and philosopher François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, his contes philosophiques in particular. Her approach to eighteenth-century texts is through the analysis of social space to demonstrate the relevance of cultural geography to the Enlightenment. Dr. Fredericks' secondary research interests include post WWII literature and philosophy, notably the existentialist writings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • In Progress: "Visual and Philosophical Spaces in l'Encyclopédie"
  • In Press: Book Review through Dalhousie French Studies: Les Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire 143 Corpus des notes marginales 8 Rollin-Sommier. The Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, U.K., 2012.
  • Leaving Home: Geography in Voltaire's Philosophical Tales: Zadig, Micromégas, Candide, and l'Ingénu. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Florida, 2012.
  • Translation from French: "Bodies, Odors and Perfumes in Arab-Muslim Societies" Chapter 33 (pages 391-398). Published in: The Smell Culture Reader. Ed. Jim Drobnick. Berg Publishers, Oxford, U.K., 2006.
  • Translation from French: "Thick Sauce: Remarks on the Social Relations of the Songhay" Chapter 12 (pages 131-141). Published in: The Taste Culture Reader: Experiencing Food and Drink. Ed. Carolyn Korsmeyer. Berg Publishers, Oxford, U.K., 2005.

Affiliations

  • Member, Modern Language Association (MLA), 2002-Present
  • Member, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), 2006-Present
  • Member, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), 2012-Present
My Classes

Fren 201:
L/Intermediate French I

    Reviews the fundamentals of structure and continues to develop the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Oral and written exercises are included. Reading materials emphasize cultural and contemporary topics. Prerequisites: FREN 102 or its equivalent.

Fren 302:
Introduction to Literature

    An introduction to textual analysis based on representative literary texts from France and the francophone world. The course covers principles of literary criticism that are central to the analysis and discussion of narrative, poetry, and drama. Prerequisites: FREN 301.

Fren 316:
Advanced Grammar & Syntax

    Study of complex structures and related grammatical concepts. Prerequisites: FREN 301. Offered spring, odd years

FREN 320:
Workshop in French

    This course helps students acquire knowledge and develop skills necessary to conduct communicative lessons within French-language cultures. Students explore topics of interest to middle and high school students, review and practice grammatical structures necesary to conduct class in French and present two peer micro-each lessons. Content and skills required for success on the French CST and oral OPI provide a secondary focus of this course. Prerequisites: FREN 301. Restricted to Foreign Language Education majors. Offered every spring

FREN 355:
Fr Lit-ClassPeriod&Enlightnmnt

    Close reading of major works from the 17th and 18th centuries: theatre, prose, poetry, philosophy. Prerequisites: FREN 302. Offered spring, even years