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Elizabeth Smith Rousselle:

Elizabeth Smith Rousselle is Professor of Spanish and French in the department of languages.  She began teaching at Xavier in the fall of 1998, just after receiving her Ph.D. in nineteenth-century Spanish literature from Tulane University.  She obtained her M.A. in French Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her B.A. in French and psychology from Smith College.  She participated in Teach for America as a high school teacher of Spanish and French in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

In the department of languages, Dr. Rousselle teaches Spanish language and literature courses and French language and conversation courses.  Her language courses utilize the communicative approach and incorporate authentic materials and group work.  She encourages her language students to reinforce their language skills by attending all classes, completing all homework, and exposing themselves to Spanish on the Internet, radio, and TV.  Her literature courses stress hard work and practice as well, with frequent reading and writing assignments which complement active class participation.  Dr. Rousselle is also part of the women’s studies faculty at Xavier, and she teaches courses on Spanish and Spanish American women writers as well as Afro-Francophone women writers.

Dr. Rousselle worked as faculty in residence at Xavier’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching for the academic years 2006-2007, 2008-2009, and 2010-2011.  She assisted the director in organizing pedagogical workshops, working with new faculty, leading the FaCTS (Faculty Communities of Teaching Scholars) initiative for globalization of the Xavier curriculum, conducting mid course reviews for faculty, and researching grant opportunities for faculty development.  She continues to assist with mid-course reviews and to participate in CAT book groups and workshops. 

Dr. Rousselle’s research interests include nineteenth-century Spanish and French literature and psychoanalytic and feminist interpretations of modern Spanish and Latin American literature.  She has published articles in Hispanic Journal, Crítica Hispánica, Letras Peninsulares, Psy Art, Confluencia, L’Érudit franco-espagnol, and Hispanófila and has presented papers at literature and women’s studies conferences around the country.  Dr. Rousselle’s book Gender and Modernity in Spanish Literature: 1789-1920 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) deals with major male and female Spanish writers’ reactions to modern phenomena such as Spain’s waning power, the changing roles of women, scientific advancements, the transformation of the Don Juan figure, and the discourses of hysteria and mysticism.  She is currently finishing an anthology of Spanish women writers from Islamic Spain to the present with Dr. Erika M. Sutherland of Muhlenberg College. (Con)textos femeninos: Antología de escritoras españolas targets advanced undergraduate Spanish majors by tracing socio-historic contexts and including vocabulary footnotes and author biographies along with prose, poetry, and drama of over 140 Spanish women writers from the ninth century to the twenty-first century.  

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