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An expert in Francophone cultures and literatures, Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière regularly lectures on the subject at conferences and speaking engagements all over the world. Her first appearance came in 1988 when she gave a lecture on literary criticism in women’s writing in Québec for the conference Literatures of French Expression: Creation, Research, and Critical Theories, held at York University, Canada. That same year, Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière also spoke on social change in conjunction with women’s writing for the National Women’s Studies Association conference at the University of Minnesota. In 1998, she traveled to the Netherlands to give comparative analysis on contemporary theater in Louisiana at the University of Groningen. Two years later, Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière was invited at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C., to speak about the works of French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière often gives lectures through the CIEF-sponsored events in France, the French Antilles, Tunisia, Canada, and the United States. Most recently, she gave a speech on sociolinguistic stigma and literary emergence in North American French vernacular at Colby College, Maine, as part of the Women in the Spotlight: The Common Good event in May.  Additionally, she appeared at the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for French and Francophone Studies in India to discuss the works of Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio and Amal Sewtohul as part of its International Conference on Voyages, découvertes, rencontres dans l'aire Océan Indien.Outside of her public appearances, Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière also provides regular contributions to a number of professional publications. Her works have appeared in such books as the New Encyclopedia of Africa, The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature, and the Dictionnaire littéraire des femmes de langue francaise, as well as the academic journals Québec Studies, Présence Francophone, the French Review, the International Journal of Francophone Studies, Europe among others. She served as editor of two special issues of Nouvelles Études Francophones, one on French Nobel Prize laureate JMG Le Clézio and the other on the cultures and literatures of the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière edited the book Cultural Identities in Canadian Literature, and currently serves on the editorial boards for Québec Studies and Nouvelles Études Francophones. Her most recent works include two essays set to appear in the forthcoming Dictionnaire des écritures migrantes en France depuis 1981, published by the Universität Innsbruck in Austria. When not writing or giving speaking engagements, Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière teaches as a Professor of French and Francophone Studies for Colby College and as a Faculty Associate for the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine. Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière holds both a Licence d’Enseignement and a Maîtrise from the Université d'Angers, France, and a Doctorat in Francophone Cultures and Literatures from the Université Paris-Sorbonne. Dr. Bénédicte Mauguière also holds affiliations with a number of groups, including the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures, the American Comparative Literature Association, the Modern Language Association, the American Council for Québec Studies, and the American Association of Teachers of French.

Work experience

Aug 2009Present

Professor of French & Francophone Studies

Colby College



Université Paris IV-Sorbonne