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Ph.D. Student in French

Advised by Professor Emeritus Dominique Fisher

ahoverst@email.unc.edu | Dey 219


Education

P.hd., French and Francophone Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018

M.A., French and Francophone Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
B.A., French & Global Studies, University of the Pacific, Stockton CA, 2010

Bio

Anna is a fifth-year doctoral candidate working on a dissertation entitled “Adapting Violence and Resistance: Women’s Voices in Assia Djebar and Atiq Rahimi’s Fiction and Film.” Long interested in war stories and spaces of conflict, her dissertation examines women’s resistance to violence in a wartime setting. Her research interests include gender and sexuality studies, film theory, global feminisms, and adaptation studies.

Anna teaches a wide range of courses at Carolina, including beginning and intermediate level language courses, a Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) recitation, and FREN 260: Literature in the French-speaking World. She has also guest lectured in film courses, and presented her research at a number of conferences, including a presentation at the Colloque International des Études Françaises et Francophones des XXème et XXIème siècles in 2016 ( “Walking in the City: Borders, Barriers, and Spectatorship in Atiq Rahimi’s Syngué Sabour”), the Northeast MLA Conference in 2017 (“Subversive Humor and Critical Reception of Nadine Labaki’s Et maintenant on va où?”), and most recently, at the 2017 ACSUS Conference on Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s Incendies ( “Duplicitous Identity: Incendies and a Duality of Personhood”).

Anna spent one academic year in Montpellier with the Département d’études anglophones at the Université Montpellier III – Paul Valéry, where she was happy to teach English language courses and take the tram to the beach. Upon her return to Chapel Hill, she has been happy to organize UNC’s Tournées French Film Festival and serve as RA and Graduate Assistant on UNC’s Summer in Paris study abroad program.

Conferences

  • “Duplicitous Identity:  Incendies and a Duality of Personhood.” Biennial Conference of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States, Las Vegas, NV, October 2017.
  • “Subversive Humor and Critical Reception of Nadine Labaki’s Et maintenant on va où?” Northeast MLA Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2017.
  •  “From 0 to Reading in 60 Days: Effective Reading Strategies for Adult Foreign Language Learners.” HUIC for Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education, Honolulu, HI, January 2017.
  •  “Walking in the City: Borders, Barriers, and Spectatorship in Atiq Rahimi’s Syngué Sabour.” Colloque International des Études Françaises et Francophones des XXème et XXIème siècles, March 2016.
  • “The Boundaries of Individual and Collective Consciousness in Selected Works of Hélène Cixous.” South Atlantic MLA Conference, Durham, NC, November, 2015.
  •  “The (De)Construction of Idyllic Space: Conflict and Identity in Hélène Cixous’ Un vrai jardin.” At War: Spaces of Conflict Colloquium, UNC-Chapel Hill, April 2015.
  • “Re-framing the Transgressive: Common Harlotry and the Critical Reception of Louise Labé’s Œuvres Complètes in the 18th and 19th Centuries.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, Chapel Hill, March 2015.
  • “Spectatorship and the Witnessing of Sexual Violence in Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies.” University of Pennsylvania French and Italian Graduate Conference, Philadelphia, March 2014.
  • “From Maternal to Modern in text and image: the 1927 Postcard Campaign of La Ligue d’action féminine pour le suffrage.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, Chapel Hill, March 2014.
  • “Moudifa Tlatli’s Les Silences du Palais.” Guest Lecture, FREN 505: Francophone African Cinema, UNC-CH, April 2013.
  • “Complicating Viewership of Sexual Violence.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, Chapel Hill, March 2013.

Courses

As Instructor of Record, in collaboration:

FREN 101: Elementary French I
FREN 102: Elementary French II
FREN 105: French for High Beginners
FREN 203: Intermediate French I
FREN 204: Intermediate French II

As Instructor of Record, taught independently:

FREN 401: Beginning Advanced French
FREN 260: Literature in the French Speaking World

As LAC recitation leader:

GLBL 210: Global Issues + FREN 308: LAC Recitation

To see Anna’s Curriculum Vitae, click here.