Office Hours

Fall 2015

  • TR 10:00–11:15
    and by appointment


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

Kate Fredericks

Assistant Professor of


Welles 3E
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Kathryn Hunter Fredericks has been a 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

  • Submitted: "Visual and Philosophical Spaces in l'Encyclopédie"
  • In Progress: "Geography in Voltaire's Les Questions sur l'Encyclopédie"
  • Fredericks, Kathryn. "L'Ingénu". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 June 2015; last revised . [, accessed 15 June 2015.]
  • 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.
  • 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, American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), 2014-Present
  • Member, Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS), 2014-Present
  • Member, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), 2012-Present
  • Member, Southeastern Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS), 2012-Present
  • Member, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), 2006-Present
  • Member, Modern Language Association (MLA), 2002-Present
Fall 2015 Classes

FREN 101:
Elementary French I

    Introduces the structure and sound of the target language. Develops the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Culture-based readings and collateral laboratory assignments.
    This course is designed for the student who has never studied the language before. In general, students who have a one-year high school equivalency may repeat this course, but for no credit. Offered every fall
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FREN 301:
Written Communication

    This course offers practice in expository writing with emphasis on clarity, structure and idiomatic expression, focusing on a variety of topical and practical issues. Students are introduced to pract
    ical applications and provided a review of selected grammar topics. Prerequisites: FREN 202 or 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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