Meet the Faculty
Maryann B. Tebben
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.
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.
- “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.
- 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