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Theresa Varney Kennedy

Theresa Varney Kennedy

Associate Professor of French

One Bear Place #97392
Waco, TX 76798-7392
Office: Old Main 300A
Phone: (254) 710-4425

Fall 2014 office hours:
MWF 2:15-5:15, TR by appointment only

Ph.D. in Modern French Doctoral Studies, May 2007
University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation Director:  Dr. Hervé Thomas Campangne
Françoise Pascal’s ‘Agathonphile martyr, tragi-comédie’:  An Annotated Critical Edition

M.A. in French, May 2001
University of Maryland, College Park

State University College at Buffalo, Jan 1997-May 1998
Fulfilled requirements and coursework for Certificate of Qualification

Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, Sep 1996-Jan 1997
Study abroad through the State University at Oswego in Paris, France

B.A. in French, Jan 1997
State University at Buffalo, New York

B.A. in Music Performance, May 1996
State University at Buffalo, New York

Panorama of French Theater, Intermediate French, Survey of French Literature I, Conversational French, Introduction to French Literature>

Click here to view the course trailer for Dr. Kennedy's FRE 3315.


Refereed Publications:
Single-Authored Critical Edition
Kennedy, Theresa Varney. Françoise Pascal’s ‘Agathonphile martyr, tragi-comédie’:
      An annotated critical edition
. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, “Biblio 17,” 2008.
Published Refereed Articles and Book Chapter*            
Kennedy, Theresa Varney. “Gender performance in 17th-Century Dramatic
Dialogue: From the Salon to the Classroom.” Cahiers du Dix-Septième: An
Interdisciplinary Journal
15.1 (2013): 1–18.
Kennedy, Theresa Varney. “Madame de Maintenon’s Proverbes Inédits: Words to Live
By.” Women in French Studies Journal 18 (2010): 29-42.
Kennedy, Theresa Varney. “Metatheatricality and Subversion in the Comtesse de Murat’s
Voyage de Campagne.” Neophilologus 94.4 (2010): 557-567.
Kennedy, Theresa Varney. “Tragic Irony in Catherine Durand’s Comédies en proverbes.”
Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature
37 (2010): 117-128.
Refereed Articles Accepted and Forthcoming
Kennedy, Theresa Varney. “Staging the Impossible femme forte in Maintenon’s
Dramatic Conversations.” Women’s Voices: Critical Essays on Francophone
Women’s Theater
. Ed. Cecilia Beach and Joyce Johnston. Spec. issue of Women
in French Studies Journal
(Forthcoming 2014).
Kennedy, Theresa Varney. “‘No Exit’ in Racine’s ‘Phèdre’: The Making of the
      Anti-Hero.” The French Review (Forthcoming May or Oct 2014).
Kennedy, Theresa Varney. “A Mind of Her Own: La Princesse de Clèves and the
Making of the Female Hero in Seventeenth-Century Women’s Tragedy.” Papers on
French Seventeenth-CenturyLiterature
(Forthcoming Jun 2014).
Kennedy, Theresa Varney. “From mauvaise mère to bonne mère: The Making of
      Republican Mothers in Women’s Pedagogical Theater.” Dalhousie French
(Forthcoming Vol. 101 Winter 2012 [actual publication will be in 2014]).
Published Book Reviews
Enchanted Eloquence: Fairy Tales by Seventeenth-Century French Women Writers. Ed.
& Trans. by Lewis C. Seifert & Domna C. Stanton. Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 7 (2012): 338-39.
Théâtre de femmes de l'Ancien Régime: XVIIe siècle. Ed. by Aurore Evain, Perry
Gethner, and Henriette Goldwyn. Papers on French Seventeenth-Century
36.71 (2009): 300-03.
Book Reviews Accepted and Forthcoming
Welch, Ellen R. A Taste for the Foreign: Worldly Knowledge and Literary Pleasure in
Early Modern French Fiction. Cahiers du Dix-Septième: An Interdisciplinary Journal
(Forthcoming 2014).
Legault, Marianne. Female Intimacies in Seventeenth-Century French Literature. The
French Review
(Forthcoming Oct 2014).
Published Conference Proceeding
Kennedy, Theresa. “La Comédie et la Tragédie à la cour de La Bruyère.”
      Francographies: Actes du sixième Colloque: Création et Réalité d’Expression Française,N° Spécial 4Nouvelle Série (2002): 83-98.
Book Under Contract
Gethner, Perry & Kennedy, Theresa. Madame de Maintenon: Proverbes dramatiques.
Annotated critical edition under contract with Classiques Garnier for the collection “Bibliothèque du XVIIème siècle.” 

French early modern women writers and playwrights, 17th century theater, gender stereotyping, representation of female characters, opera, the female hero.

Methods of teaching literature, early modern texts, French theater, female writers.