Assistant Professor of French, Career Track
Webber has a PhD in French from the University of Washington. Her dissertation titled “Valéry, His Context and Legacy” analyzes Paul Valéry’s oeuvre in relation to his contemporary thinkers, such as Freud and Bergson, as well as his influence on French thinkers become prominent after WWII.
20-21st century French literature.
Work in Progress
Marie NDiaye. Winner (2009) of France’s most prestigious literary prize, ‘Prix Goncourt,’ NDiaye is little known in the US beyond the specialists. This study aims to analyze NDiaye’s fictional portrayal of the situation of French-born, non-white, or mixed-race, protagonists, especially women, in contemporary French society.
- “Dumont, Bataille, and the Materialist Sacred,” French Studies, Vol. 72, Issue 1, January 2018, 73–86.
- “Pure and Applied Consciousness in Valéry and Sartre,” French Studies, Vol. 68, No. 2, January 2014, 209 – 223.
- “Valéry and Houellebecq: The Death (or the Return) of the Subject,” Australian Journal of French Studies, Vol. 50, N. 3, 2013, 318-331.
- “Valéry’s Materialist Conception of Consciousness and Its Consequences,” Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research, Vol. CXII (Art, Literature, and Passions of the Skies), Spring 2012, 179-187.
- Galster, Ingrid. Sartre sous l’Occupation et après: Nouvelles mises au point. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2014. French Studies (2015) 69 (3): 412-413.
Office: Thompson 101G
Telephone: (509) 335-0397
- Beginning to advanced French language
- French 110 (French & Francophone Cinema)
- French 320 (La France contemporaine)
- French 350 (Introduction à la littérature française)
- French 410 (French Cinema in Translation)
- French 450 (Special Topics in French Literature)