Office Hours

Spring 2015

  • TR 6:45–8:00
    and by appointment


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

Kate Fredericks

Visiting Assistant Professor of


Welles 209B
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

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:

Faculty Information


  • 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 Progress: "Geography in Voltaire's Les Questions sur l'Encyclopédie"
  • Book Review through Medievally Speaking, the web-based section of Studies in Medievalism. Medievalist Enlightenment: From Charles Perrault to Jean-Jacques Rousseau by Alicia C. Montoya. D.S. Brewer, Cambridge, 2013.
  • 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.


  • 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
Spring 2015 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.
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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 a
    nd discussion of narrative, poetry, and drama. Prerequisites: FREN 301.
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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 scho
    ol 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
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