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Christa Jones

                                                   

   Assistant Professor of French

Dr. Jones holds a Ph.D. and a Master's in French Language & Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.A. in English and French Language and Literature from the Universität des Saarlandes. A francophoniste, her research focuses on postcolonial Francophone North African literatures, music, and cinema.  She is the author of the monograph Cave Culture in Maghrebi Literature: Imagining Self and Nation (2012) Her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the French Review, Expressions Maghrebines, Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Women's Studies Quarterly, Francofonia, Dalhousie French Studies, and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. She has also co-edited a special issue on Women from the Maghreb for the Francophone journal Dalhousie French Studies.  She is currently co-editing a book on fairy tales and working on a book-length monograph on North African cinema. From 2007-2008, she held a tenure-track position at the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she taught French and German. Dr. Jones has extensive work experience in the corporate world which she enjoys bringing to the classroom; she has worked as a financial news reporter for several newswire services, including Thomson-Reuters, AFP/AFX, and Market News in Geneva, Zurich and Frankfurt, providing real-time coverage of eurozone economics, European Central bank and Swiss National Bank monetary policies, as well as the Swiss stock market and SMI and SPI companies. She also worked as senior international content manager for jobpilot.de (now monster.de), and as a sports translations editor for Sportal.com in London, providing real-time coverage and match analyses for the official websites of football clubs Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain.

 
 
Educational Background

B.A., English and French Language and Literature,
Universität des Saarlandes, 1994.
 
M.A., French Language and Literature,
Washington University in St. Louis, 1996.
 
Ph.D., French Language and Literature,
Washington University in St. Louis, 2006.

Courses Regularly Taught
Business French
French Conversation
Advanced French Conversation
France Today
French Culture and Civilization
The Francophone Short Story
Il était une fois: French and Francophone Fairy Tales

 Current Research Interests

Contemporary Francophone North African writers, exile
literature, music as narrative, Francophone war narratives,
Maghrebi literature, music, and cinema; activism in literature
and music, postcolonial theory, the Arab Spring.
 
Representative Publications

Cave Culture in Maghrebi Literature: Imagining Self and Nation. Lanham:Lexington Books, 2012.

Single-author monograph published in Francophone Literature Series: "After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France.” Series editor: Dr. Valérie K. Orlando, Professor of French & Francophone Literatures and Cultures, University of Maryland.

"Raï and Politics Do Not Mix: Musical Resistance during the Algerian Civil War,” forthcoming in French Review 86.3 (February 2013). In press.

"Daring to love:Nadir Moknèche's Viva Ladjérie and Laïla Marrakchi's Marock,” French Review 86.1 (October 2012). 80-92.

"La représentation du corps dans le hammam fictionnel maghrébin.” Penser le corps au Maghreb. Ed. Monia Lachheb. Paris: Karthala/Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain, 2012. 123-36.

"Casanegra: Un film noir fracassant de Nour-Eddine Lakhmari,” forthcoming in Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: Sites. 16.1 (2012): 69-77.

"La Caverne algérienne chez Yamina Méchakra et Georges Buis: Lieu de résistance, de maternité out de combat,” Nouvelles Etudes Francophones 26.1 (Spring 2011): 135-149.

"The Satanic Saint in Maurice Pialat’s Sous le soleil de Satan.” Roman Catholicism in Fantastic Film. Ed. Regina Hansen. Jefferson: McFarland, 2011. 232-243.

"On Performative Encounters: The Portrayal of Literary Souks in North African Francophone Fiction.” Women's Studies Quarterly 38. 3-4 (Fall/ Winter 2010): 185-202.

"Alger – Paris: L'écriture de la vie face à la mort dans Le premier jour d'éternité et Paris plus loin que la France de Ghania Hammadou,”Francofonia 58 (spring 2010): 83-94.


Conference Presentations
 

"Au nom de la dignité: Emancipation des femmes dans Miel et Cendres de Nadia Fares,” chapter for edited collection to be published by the Association Francophone de Palerme, Sicily.

 

"Comedy and Religious Fundamentalism in Merzak Allouache's Bab el-Oued and Bab el-Oued City," PAMLA conference, October 19-21, Seattle University, Washington.

"Music in France: From Classical Music to Chanson, Rap, and Rock.” Special Session Chair at PAMLA conference, October 19-21, Seattle University, Washington.

"Women and War: Yamina Chouikh’s Rachida and Djamila Sahraoui’s Barakat!” Women in French conference (WIF), February 24-25, Arizona State University.

"Raï and Politics don’t mix – Musical Resistance during the Algerian Civil War,” Invited Talk at Kiger Hour, Timepiece, January 19, 2012, Utah State University.

"Revisiting Mothering in Transnational North African Film: Moufida Tlatli’s Les Silences du palais, Yasmina Kassari’s L’enfant endormi, and Mehdi Charef’s Daughter of Keltoum,” RMMLA, Scottsdale, October 6-8, 2011.

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Overview of Professional Experience

Taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and
Washington University, and the Alliance Francaise in
St. Louis.
Worked for companies in the UK, Germany and Switzerland,
including Thomson-Reuters, AFP, MNI, Monster and Sportal
 
Awards, Honors and Fellowships
 

· Center for Women and Gender travel grant ($500), Fall 2013 USU

· Researcher of the, 2011, LPSC, Utah State University
· GEM grant recipient ($4986), 2009, Utah State University
· Advisor of the Year, 2010, LPSC, Utah State University
· GEM grant recipient ($4986), 2009, Utah State University
· Outstanding Professor 2008, University of Nebraska
· Dissertation Fellowship, Washington University

 

 
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