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Meet the Faculty

Maryann B. Tebben

Maryann B. Tebben
Emily Fisher Faculty Fellow
Division: Languages and Literature
Appointment: 2000

Liebowitz 205



BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Notre Dame;
PhD, University of Southern California. Intensive summer program at Università per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy;
Yearlong study abroad program at Université Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers, France.

Professional History:

Previously taught at Syracuse University and SUNY-Oswego.

Areas of Interest:

French language and literature (general) • Food studies • Renaissance and 17th-century French literature • Renaissance Italian literature • Women writers • Conversation as a literary genre

Research Interests/Professional Service

  • Dr. Tebben's dissertation, "Wordy Women: Conversation and Power in the Age of Louis XIV" traces the rise and fall of the 17th century French salonnière and female author.
  • She is also fluent in Italian, and has presented numerous conference papers on French and Italian literature of the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Dr. Tebben has recently focused on food history in her research, presenting papers on French and Italian food in its literary context. In 2006 she attended a symposium on food studies at the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France sponsored by the European Institute for the History and Culture of Food. She regularly teaches a course in French on French food culture.

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

  • “French fries et identité française: la frite et les fries en tant qu’objets littéraires et culturels” in La Pomme de Terre de la Renaissance au XXIe siècle, Presses Universitaires de Rennes/Presses Universitaires François Rabelais de Tours, 2011.
  • “French Food Texts and National Identity: Consommé, Cheese Soufflé, Francité” in You Are What You Eat: Literary Probes into the Palate, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.
  • “‘French’ Fries: France’s Culinary Identity from Brillat-Savarin to Barthes,” Convivium Artium, February 2006.
  • “Writing the Ineffable: Du Bellay’s Olive,” French Review 78:3 (February 2005).
  • “A Transgressive ‘Female’ Space: Moderata Fonte’s Il merito delle donne,” NEMLA Italian Studies, Volume XXV (2001), published September 2004.
  • “Speaking of Women: Molière and Conversation at the Court of Louis XIV,” Modern Language Studies Volume 29.2 (Fall 1999), published Fall 2000.

Grants and Awards

  • Named Emily Fisher Faculty Fellow, 2011.

Other Activities:

  • Project: to oversee the inaugural year of programming for the Liebowitz Center for International Studies.
  • Faculty organizer of the annual summer study program in Tours, France