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Kathryn Hunter Fredericks

Assistant Professor of French
Welles 212A

Kathryn Hunter Fredericks has been a faculty member at Geneseo since 2012.

Office Hours - Spring 2021

Tuesday & Thursday 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Welles 212A

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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.


  • East Vice President, Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, Five-Year Term (2017-2022)

  • Member, Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA), 2015-Present

  • Member, American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), 2014-Present

  • Member, Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS), 2014-Present

  • Member, Southeastern Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS), 2012-Present

  • Member, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), 2012-Present

  • Member, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), 2006-Present

  • Member, Modern Language Association (MLA), 2002-Present


  • Fredericks, Kathryn. "Voltaire and Sociability in the Philosophical Tale: Writing Space in Candide, or Optimism." Interculturality 20 (2020): 12-20.

  • Fredericks, Kathryn. "Situating the Text: The Place of the Voltairian Philosophical Tale." Language Association Journal 68 (2) (2019): 23-35.

  • Fredericks, Kathryn. "Geography in Voltaire's Les Questions sur l'Encyclopédie."
    L’Érudit franco-espagnol
    (LEF-E) 13 (2019): 3-13.

  • Fredericks, Kathryn. "Visual and Philosophical Spaces in l'Encyclopédie." Dalhousie French Studies 107 (11) (2015): 67-76.

  • Fredericks, Kathryn, Volume Academic Advisor. “Jean le Rond d’Alembert 1717-1783.” Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800: Critical Discussion of the Works of Fifteenth-, Sixteenth-, Seventeenth-, and Eighteenth-Century Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Philosophers, and Other Creative Writers 263 (2017): 1-111.

  • Fredericks, Kathryn. "L'Ingénu". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 June 2015?[, accessed 13 September 2016.]

  • 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 of Les Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire 143. Corpus des notes marginales 8 Rollin-Sommier. The Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, U.K., 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

More About Me

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.


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


  • 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.