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Dr. Sarah E. Mosher
Associate Professor of French
Affiliated Faculty, Women and Gender Studies
Curator, UND Art Collections
Ph.D. French and Francophone Studies, The University of Arizona
M.A. French, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002
B.A. Modern Languages (French and Spanish) and Business Administration (Marketing), Pacific University, 1998
Certificats de Langue Française, La Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1995-1996
In August of 2008 Dr. Mosher received her doctorate from the University of Arizona and joined the University of North Dakota faculty as an assistant professor of French. A generalist in French literature from the medieval period to the present day, Dr. Mosher specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century autobiographical texts and films produced primarily by women artists from France, Northern Africa, and the Caribbean. By investigating female-authored, autobiographical art, her work explores the relationship between gender, colonization, human rights violations, and social justice, as articulated within the artistic spaces of both page and screen. Current and past research projects focus on the texts and/or films produced by Yamina Benguigui, Assia Djebar, Maryse Condé, Marjane Satrapi, and Simone de Beauvoir. As a result of her special emphasis on gender, Dr. Mosher will begin a special part-time appointment in the Women and Gender Studies program in the fall of 2017.
Beyond her work and studies in the United States, Dr. Mosher has lived in France, Switzerland, and Ukraine for nearly four years, including a year plus one summer of study at the Sorbonne in Paris. From 1999-2001 she taught as an English lecturer at the Université Lumière Lyon II in Lyon, France. In the summer of 2003 she was invited to join the Dartmouth Institute of French Cultural Studies in Hanover, New Hampshire for an intensive, six-week historical study of French “Culture and the Law.” As a result of this research, she developed a new course entitled “Famous Trials, Law, and Justice in World Literature and Film.” This course was recently offered as part of the new Languages 380 curriculum during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Dr. Mosher has offered courses that focus on the autobiographical narratives of the French-Speaking Arab world, Caribbean women's writing, immigration in France, global human rights, and colonial/postcolonial literature and film. In addition, she regularly teaches French 340 “Business French” and the departmental Global Gateways (Languages 380) and Global Connections (Languages 480) courses. She is currently developing a new course content for the fall of 2017 for Languages 480 entitled “Representations of Medicine, Health, and the Body in World Literature, Film, and Graphic Art.”
In the fall of 2013 she joined the UND Art Collections team as a cross-cultural curator to produce the French exhibit entitled “Selected Works by Honoré Daumier 1808-1879.” Since then she has co-curated “Honoré Daumier: Encore! The Quest for Freedom of Expression through Political and Social Commentary,” “UND in Grand Forks: Emergence of an Artful Relationship,” and “Museful Treasures: Selected Artworks from Antiquity to the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.”
Dr. Mosher grew up in Portland, Oregon where she began riding and showing Arabian horses at the age of 11. In addition to her love of horses, she practices yoga daily and also enjoys Pilates, and Zumba.
Atlas littéraire du Québec, edited by Bernard Andres et al, forthcoming in 2017. (contributor)
Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight, Oxford UP, 2016. (contributor and consultant)
"The Sound Of Broken Memory: Assia Djebar's The Nuba of the Women of Mount Chenoua." In Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance. Peter Hulme and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (eds.) Routledge: New York: 2014: 47-62.
"Entretien avec Yamina Benguigui. Retour sur Mémoires d'immigrés: l'héritage maghrébin." Women in French Studies 21 (2013): 94-102.
"(Auto)Biographical Victories: An Analysis of the Culinary and the Literary in Maryse Condé's Victoire, les saveurs et les mots." Journal of Haitian Studies 18(2): (2012): 150-166.
"Maryse Condé's Heremakhonon as Fictitious Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction."Journal of Haitian Studies 16(1): (2010): 144-156.