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Kirsten Kane

Ph.D. Student

At UNC since 2017
Advised by Professor Hassan Melehy
Dey Hall 115


B.S. French Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York, NY

M.A. French and Francophone Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

Thesis: A Poetics of Classical Song in Quebec (Directed by Professor Hassan Melehy)

About Kirsten

A native of Yukon Territory, Canada, Kirsten works with the literary and cultural connections between France, Québec, and the Caribbean. Her current research interests center on the intersection of religion and empire within transatlantic French literature of the sixteenth century. Secondary academic interests include French Canadian poets and vocal composers, the intersection of poetics and art song, postcolonial literature of the Caribbean, Renaissance political theory, autobiography and cinema. As an undergraduate, she received the Martha Rezler prize, the CUNY Baccalaureate Alumni Fund Award, and the Chair’s Award in French from the Department of Romance Languages at Hunter College. At UNC, she enjoys being Mentorship Chair as a member of the Graduate Romance Association.


“Berlioz and Balzac: Monstrosity, the Idée fixe, and the Underworld in the Symphonie fantastique and Ferragus.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, November 2, 2019.

“Wonder and Porosity: Literary Encounters with American Indigeneity in Chateaubriand’s Atala and René.” Nineteenth Century Studies Association, March 7, 2019.

“Confessional Mode as a Means Towards Proto-Feminist Utopia in Riccoboni’s Lettres de milady Juliette Catesby.” Carolina Conference on Romance Studies, April 5, 2018.

Typical Courses Taught

FREN 101 - Elementary French I

FREN 102 - Elementary French II