Professor, Teaches French and Comparative Literature and
Culture, and is Program Director. A graduate student from Columbia
University and the University of Paris, she received her Doctorate
and Post-Doctoral Accreditation to Direct Research in 2000. Her
research specialty is in 20th/21st Century French and Comparative
Literature, Poetry, and Film studies.
Professor Mairesse specializes in late 19th and 20th Century
French Literature, Poetry, and History of Modern Thought. She is
the author of Figures de Valery, published by L'Harmattan,
2000. She has written numerous articles on Poetry and Criticism.
She is the Director of the newly created USF Institute Paul Valery
for Poetry and the Visual Arts in the Department of Modern and
Classical Languages at USF.
Professor Mairesse teaches French Language and Literature courses;
Special Topics Seminars; French and Francophone Cinema;
Paris-Berlin: Connexions and Contrasts Between France and Germany
at the Turn of the 20th Century.
Chair, Comparative Literature and Culture
Figures de Valéry, Paris, l'Harmattan, 2000. She has
published extensively on 19th/20th century French poetry and art
(Mallarmé, Valéry, Degas, Duchamp); On contemporary French women
poets, playwrights, and novelists (Rouzeau, Quintane, Detambel,
Salvayre, Olmi, Sekiguchi). She co-authored several publications on
Paul Valéry and Mallarmé; Co-edited the proceedings of several
poetry conferences including "Other Words" publication of the SF
International Poetry festival. Her current research focuses on
Human-Animal. She is co-organizer of the 20th/21st Century French
and Francophone International Colloquium to be held in San
Francisco in 2011.
She is co-editor of a special issue of l'Esprit
Créateur titled "Facing the Animal" to be published in Fall