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Lisa Algazi Marcus

Lisa Algazi Marcus

Professor of French 
Tel: 301-696-3476 
Office: Tatem, Room 211


  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.A., Stanford University
  • B.A., Hollins College

Courses taught

  • FREN 101
  • FREN 102 Beginning French
  • FREN 103 104 Intermediate French
  • FREN 230 French Phonetics and Pronunciation
  • FREN 208 Cultural Perspectives on Modern French Literature II
  • FREN 313 Gender and the Gaze in Modern French Literature
  • FREN 320 Francophone Women Writers
  • FREN 318 Advanced Composition and Translation
  • HNWS 312 WMST 512 Revisioning Motherhood in Modern Western Culture


I received my B.A. from Hollins College in 1986 and my Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1992, and I have been teaching at Hood since 1994. I've published articles in journals such as L'année stendhalienne and Nineteenth-Century French Studies and have contributed chapters to several collections of essays. My first book, Maternal Subjectivity in the Works of Stendhal, was published by the Edwin Mellen Press in 2001. Now I'm working on a book on representations of breastfeeding in nineteenth-century France.

I teach a variety of courses on French literature, language and culture, as well as interdisciplinary courses in English for the Honors Program. I am proud to have won the Mortar Board Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998. I also serve as a freshman advisor and the faculty advisor to the French House and to the Hood chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the French national honors society.

Research and teaching interests

My research focuses on representations of motherhood in nineteenth-century French literature. I began by examining the maternal figure in the works of Stendhal in my first book, and now I'm working on a book on representations of breastfeeding in nineteenth-century French culture and literature.

I enjoy teaching French language and literature courses as well as interdisciplinary honors courses, particularly my honors elective on motherhood as social institution in modern Western cultures (HNWS 312/WMST 512).


  • Maternal Subjectivity in the Works of Stendhal. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2001.