Department of World Languages and Cultures

Ruth A. Hottell

Ruth A. Hottell
Professor of French

Field House 2400 F

(419) 530-4651


Ph.D. Interdisciplinary French Studies. University of Illinois. 1987.

M.A. French Literature. University of Louisville. 1981. With Distinction.

B.A. French, Minor in Theater. Western Kentucky University. 1974. Cum Laude.


Currently finishing a manuscript on Agnès Varda’s cinema (prospectus and one chapter available upon request).

French Speaking Women Filmmakers. A guide. With Janis Pallister. Madison:Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2005.

Francophone Women Documentarians. With Janis Pallister. New York: Peter Lang Press, 2005.


“Evelyne Accad: Traveling through mutation and mutilation of the Other.” To appear in Cheryl Toman, Evelyne Accad, a Retrospective. Summa Publications.

“Le 28e Festival International de Films de Femmes.” To appear in French Review, “Simone Veil.” To appear in An Encyclopedia of Jewish Women.

“Short Fiction Films by Francophone Women Directors.” With Janis L. Pallister. French Review 79.6 (May 2006): 1310-50.

“Le 27e Festival International de Films de Femmes. French Review 79.4 (March 2006): 848-51.

“The Cinema of Claire Denis: Post-colonial Configurations.” Women in French Special Issue 2006: 220-36.

“Soigner les blessures: le monde d’Evelyne Accad.” Le Monde littéraire et critique d’Evelyne Accad. Deirdre Heistad, ed. Paris: L’Harmattan. 2004.

"Le 25e Festival International de films de femmes." French Review 72.2: 395-98.

"Le 24e Festival International de Cinéma Méditerranéen": French Review 77.1: 170-71.

"Reviewing the Feminine: Catherine Breillat's Romance." Esprit créateur 42.3 (Fall 2002): 70-80

"Le 23e Festival International de films de femmes." French Review 75.3 (February 2002): 617-21

"Le 22e Festival International de films de femmes." French Review 7.4 (March 2001): 823-25

"Flying through Southern France: Sans toit ni loi by Agnès Varda." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 28. 6 (December 1999): 671-92.

"Including Ourselves: The Role of Female Spectators in Le Bonheur and L'Une Chante l'autre pas by Agnès Varda," in Cinema Journal 38 (Winter 1999): 52-71.

"APoetics of Pain: Evelyne Accad's Critical and Fictional World." World Literature Today 71.3 (1997): 511-16.

"Chanter son pays" La Rue Cases-Nègres d'Euzhan Palcy," in Elles écrivent des Antilles (Haïti, Guadeloupe, Martinique). Suzanne Rinne and Joëlle Vitiello eds. Paris: L'Harmattan, 1997. 375-81.

"The Pedantic Eye/I: Feminist Theory and Pedagogy." Feminist Teacher: Collaborative Theories. Albany: SUNY Press: 1997. 269-81. (Co-authored with Jamie Barlowe).

"The Diabolic Dialogic: Les Diaboliques by Henri-Georges Clouzot." Literature/Film Quarterly 24.3 (1996): 255-60.

"The Delusory Dénouement and other Narrative Strategies in Maupassant's Fantastic Tales." Romanic Review. November 1994. 573-86.

"The Time of Ecofeminism," in Carolyn Merchant, ed. Key Concepts in Critical Theory: Ecology. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1994. 174-97.

"Encounter with Rui Norueira and Bertrand Tavernier." in Reflections in a Male Eye: John Huston and the American Experience. David Desser and Gaylyn Studlar, editors. Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993. 207-37.

"Blinding the Other: La Morte amoureuse," in Misogyny in Literature: An Essay Collection. Katherine Anne Ackley, ed. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1992. 183-201.


Alan Williams. Republic of Images. A History of French Film. Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. vol. 47.1-2 (1993). 117-19.

Sandy Flitterman-Lewis. To Desire Differently. Feminism and the French Cinema. Discourse. Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. 15.3 (Spring 1993): 185-88.

Marguerite Duras. Green Eyes, Film Quarterly. vol. 45.4 (Summer 1992) 45-46.


Cinécriture et écriture féminines
French Film
French and Francophone Cultural Studies
Feminist Film Theory
Literary Theory
Modern French Literature



French Cinema


Study Abroad

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