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Theresa Varney Kennedy

Associate Professor of French


One Bear Place #97392
Waco, TX 76798-7392
Office: Old Main 373
Phone: (254) 710-4425

Spring 2017 office hours:
MWF 2:30-4:30 and by appointment.


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:

Critical Editions
Maintenon, Madame de. Proverbes dramatiques. Eds. Perry Gethner and Theresa Varney Kennedy. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014.

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 Chapters
Kennedy, Theresa Varney. “From mauvaise mère to bonne mère: The Making of Republican Mothers in Women’s Pedagogical Theater.” Dalhousie French Studies 102 (Summer 2014): 81–90.

Kennedy, Theresa Varney. “‘No Exit’ in Racine’s ‘Phèdre’: The Making of the Anti-Hero.” The French Review 88.1 (2014): 165–178.

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-Century Literature XLI, No. 81 (2014): 365–378.

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 5 (2014): 62–75.

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. “Female Playwrights and their filles rebelles in 17th-century France.” Rebelles et criminelles chez les écrivaines d’expression française. Ed. Colette Trout and Frédérique Chevillot. Atlanta/Amsterdam: Rodopi, “Faux Titre,” (2013): 45-61.

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 XXXVII, No. 72 (2010): 117-128.

Refereed Articles Accepted and Forthcoming
Kennedy, Theresa. “From Stage to Cloister: Madame de Maintenon’s Classroom Drama.” Guilty Pleasures: Theater, Piety and Morality in 17th-Century France. Ed. Joseph Harris and Julia Prest. Yale French Studies (Forthcoming Aug 2016).

Published Book Reviews
Legault, Marianne. Female Intimacies in Seventeenth-Century French Literature. The French Review 88.1 (2014): 234-35.

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 Literature 36.71 (2009): 300-03.

Book Reviews Accepted and Forthcoming
Madame de Souza, Eugénie et Mathilde, ou Mémoires de la famille du Comte de Revel. Edited by Kirsty Carpenter. New Zealand Journal of French Studies (Forthcoming 2015).

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 2015).

Redalié, Yann. “‘Working with one’s Hands’: One Model, Many Applications.” Paul and the Heritage of Israel: Paul’s Claim upon Israel’s Legacy in Luke-Acts in the Light of the Pauline Letters. Ed. D. Marguerat, D. P. Moessner, M. Parsons and M. Wolter. Trans. Michael D. Thomas, Alexandre Thiltges, and Theresa Varney Kennedy. Vol. 2. New York: T & T Clark, 2012.

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, No. Spécial 4 Nouvelle Série (2002): 83-98.
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.