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Department Chair : French and Arabic
Susan Ireland is Orville and Mary Patterson Routt Professor of Literature. She grew up in England, and taught in France for eight years before coming to the United States in 1982. She has a B.A. in French and Latin from the University of Bristol (England), a "maîtrise" in Applied Linguistics from the University of Paris, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in French Literature from the University of Colorado. Her research interests include contemporary French fiction, Quebec women writers, the Algerian novel, and the literature of immigration in France and Quebec. She has published articles in these areas and has edited Immigrant Narratives in Contemporary France and Textualizing the Immigrant Experience in Contemporary Quebec with Patrice Proulx. She is also an editor of The Feminist Encyclopedia of French Literature. At the upper level, she teaches Introduction to French Literature of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (French 313) and offers seminars on contemporary authors from all areas of the French-speaking world, especially North Africa, Quebec, France, Lebanon, and Vietnam. She has also served as Academic Director of the University of Colorado program in Bordeaux.