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Marianne Legault

Dr. Marianne Legault
Associate Professor, French
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS338, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250.807.9381
F: 250.807.8543
E: marianne.legault@ubc.ca

Teaching | Research | Publications

Dr. Marianne Legault was born and raised in Montreal. She completed her PhD in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia in 2004. She currently teaches seventeenth and eighteenth century French literature in the Department of Critical Studies. Her research areas include women's literary production in seventeenth and eighteenth century France, as well as novels, fairy tales, and drama.

Dr. Legault announces the publication of her new book, Female Intimacies in Seventeenth-Century French Literature. Ashgate, Aldershot, U.K.;Burlington, USA. 2012. 270 pages.

Teaching Interests

Courses Taught Winter 2015

September 2015: FREN 421 001: For Adults Only: Fairy Tales in 17th & 18th Century France
January 2016: FREN 461 001: 17th & 18th-Century French Comedy

My specialty courses at UBC's Okanagan campus:

  • FREN360: Selected Topics in French Literature I. TheBody in French Literature from1400-1799
  • FREN421: French Classical Fairy Tales
  • FREN439: Epistolary Style: When Women Speak
  • FREN444: Advanced French: Professional Oral Performance
  • FREN446: Advanced French: Creative Oral Performance
  • FREN460: 17th-Century French Tragedy
  • FREN461: 17th and 18th Century French Comedy

In addition to teaching these specialty courses, my teaching interests are fairly broad.When I teach upper level oral courses for instance,I very much enjoy introducing students to the works of Québécois authors, particularly those of Michel Tremblay, Nicole Brossard and Anne Hébert. In oral practice courses, I also like to use a variety of current affairs' texts from France and Québec at all levels to engage students in social debates. It provides them with an increased global and cultural perspective while they learn to improve their French pronunciation and vocabulary.

I like using a variety of tools to encourage learning. In my upper level drama courses for instance, I encourage students to perform part of the play(s) they are studying; it bring them closer to the text and gives the man increased appreciation for the complexities of the plot. In literature courses, I use examples of architectures and visual arts to explain different literary aesthetics before approaching the text. This helps students understand what constitutes a work of Baroque or Neo-classical aesthetics, whether it be a painting or a novel.

I have always loved teaching, but most of all what I enjoy about my work are the students themselves. They provide me every day with insight, wisdom, and an abundance of inspiration.


Literary Studies and Practices
Intercultural Studies and Practices
Researcher of the Month January 2011

Her current research examines female homoerotism in the literature of Early Modern France. Having received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant, she is presently examining cultural constructions of the lesbian in the literature and paintings of Early Modern France.

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Main Research Interests:

  • Feminist literary theory

Publications & Conferences

Refereed Articles

“De-Sexing the Lesbian: Isaac de Benserade’s Narrative Quest,” in Developments in the Histories of Sexualities: In Search of the Normal, 1600-1800. Ed. Chris Mounsey. Lewisburg: Buknell University Press: 2013. 71-90.

Malhonnêtes Femmes? Women Performing Same-Sex Friendship in 17th-century France.” Peer-reviewed proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Québec City, November 2008. Eds. Donna F. Ryan and April G. Shelford. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan University Library. (October 2009), 36, 37-51.

"Iphis & Iante : traumatisme de l’incomplétude lesbienne au Grand Siècle". Dalhousie French Studies. (December 2007) 81, 83-93.


Female Intimacies in Seventeenth-Century French Literature. Ashgate, Aldershot, U.K.; Burlington, USA. 2012. 270 pages.

Narrations déviantes : L’intimité entre femmes dans l’imaginaire français du dix-septième siècle. Québec, Canada: Presses de l'Université Laval, 2008. 234 pages.

Amour, passion, volupté, tragédie: Le Sentiment amoureux dans la littérature française du Moyen Âge au XXème. Eds. Annye Castonguay, Jean-François Kosta-Théfaine and Marianne Legault. Paris: Séguier, 2007. 268 pages.


“Jacques Duval's Medical Discourse: Addressing or Undressing the Tribade?” Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, October 2010, Montreal, Canada.

“Non Monsieur, There Are No Queers Here: 400 Years of French Resistance,” International Conference Queer People V: The Uses of the History of Sexuality, July 2010, Cambridge, UK.

''When Women Whisper to One Another: the Threat of Intimate Female Conversation in Les Précieuses Ridicules,'' International Conference Renaissance Society of America, April 2010, Venice, Italy.

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Referreed Article 2013

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French 461 students perform seventeenth-century comedy, Les Précieuses ridicules and scenes from Le Mariage de Figaro
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French 461 students