Suzanne C. Toczyski
Abridged Curriculum Vitæ

Professor of French
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Telephone: 707.664.4177
Fax: 707.664.2363
suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D., 1994, M.Phil., 1990, Yale University. Dissertation: On n'y agit qu'en parlant: Reading Corneille Through Speech Act Theory. Director: Jacques Guicharnaud. 315 pp.

B.A., 1987, summa cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo. Majors: French and mathematics; minor: teacher education.

COURSES TAUGHT AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

FR415: Special Topics in French Culture: Théâtre et société, fall 2000, 2002, spring 2005
FR411: French Literature (19th-20th c.), spring 1999
FR410: French Literature (Medieval - 18th c.), spring 2002, 2004
FR320: France Yesterday, fall 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005
FR301-302: Advanced Comprehension and Expression, 1998-2003
FR300: Introduction to Literary Analysis and Critical Writing, fall 2004
FR202: Oral French, spring 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005
FR201: Third-Semester French, fall 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005
FR102: Second-Semester French, spring 2000, 2002, 2004
FR101: First-Semester French, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004
FLIE314: Francophone Caribbean Literature in English, spring 2003
HUM200: Written and Oral Analysis, 1999-2001
UNIV102: Freshman Seminar, 1998-2001

PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE: LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, COMPOSITION

Associate Professor of French, Sonoma State University, 2002-2007
Assistant Professor of French, Sonoma State University, 1998-2002

Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Pacific Lutheran University, 1996-1998;
Lecturer, Pacific Lutheran University, 1994-1996.
Teaching Associate, University of Washington, 1994-1996.
Teaching Assistant, Yale University, 1989-1992.

PUBLICATIONS

1. Editor, French 17: An Annual Descriptive Bibliography of French Seventeenth-Century Studies, 2000-present, volumes 48-52; vol. 53 in progress. (Contributing Editor, 1997-2000) (on-going). Awarded the Prix Web17 in 2002.

2. "A Brief History ~ The Love Affair Between France and Chocolate." Chocolate French. TCB-Café Publishing, 2003. pp.16-25.

3. "Growing Up Polish-American in Buffalo." Autobiographical essay published in CollegeWritingOnline, Longman Publishers, 2003. http://www.collegewritingnet/.

4. Co-authored with Karen Brodsky. "Information Competence in the Freshman Seminar." Academic Exchange Quarterly (winter 2002): 46-51.

5. Co-authored with Christine Renaudin. "(Im)possible Translations of The Waves: The Necessity of a 'Bridge Called Art'." Virginia Woolf Bulletin, 11 (September 2002): 22-31.

6. "Corps sacré, discours souverain: le couple dans Les Femmes illustres" in Madeleine de Scudéry: Une femme de lettres au XVIIe siècle. Delphine Denis & Anne-Elisabeth Spica, eds. Artois: Artois Presses Université, 2002. 155-164.

7. "Performing Secrets in Celinte," Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature, 56 (2002): 177-195. Refereed.

8. "Teaching Phèdre: Desire and the Phenomenology of Action," Actes du 31e congrès de la North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, PFSCL/Biblio 17 (2000): 321-332.

9. "Feminine Theatricality: Woman and Her Masks," Women in French Studies 8 (2000): 15.

10. "Performative Tension: Parabolic Resistance in the Pensées of Blaise Pascal," Cahiers du dix-septième, VII.2 (2000): 141-148. Refereed.

11. "'The Memory of Naked Ages': Charles Baudelaire, Eugene O'Neill, and The Great God Brown." Eugene O'Neill Review, 23.1/2 (spring/fall 1999): 60-77. Refereed.

12. "Gilberte Pascal," "Jacqueline Pascal," "Port-Royal," "Préciosité," Feminist Encyclopedia of French Literature, ed. Eva Sartori, Greenwood Press, 1998.

13. "Two Sisters' Tears: Paralinguistic Protest in Horace," La Rochefoucauld, Mithridate, Frères et sœurs, Les Muses sœurs: Actes du 29e congrès de la North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, PFSCL/Biblio 17 (1998): 221-229. Refereed.

14. "Wolmar, metteur-en-scène," Rousseau on Arts and Politics: Autour de la Lettre à d'Alembert, ed. Melissa Butler, Pensée libre, 6 (1997): 91-99.

15. "Ce dont l'esprit est capable: Beauty and Truth in Madeleine de Scudéry's Les Femmes illustres," L'esprit en France au XVIIe siècle, ed. François Lagarde, Actes d'Austin, PFSCL/Biblio 17 (1997): 197-205. Refereed.

16. "Chimène, or the Scandal of the Feminine Word," Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature, 43 (1995): 505-523. Refereed.

17. Translation of Christian Jouhaud, "Richelieu, or 'Baroque' Power in Action," Yale French Studies 80 (1991): 183-201.

BOOK REVIEWS

1. Gilles Declercq & Michèle Rossellini, eds. Jean Racine, 1699-1999. Actues du Colloque Ile-de-France ~ La Ferté-Milon, 25-30 mai 1999 (Paris: PUF, 2003). Forthcoming in PFSCL.

2. Janet Letts, Legendary Lives in La Princesse de Clèves. (Charlottesville: Rookwood Press, 1998), Cahiers du dix-septième. Forthcoming.

3. Abby Zanger, Scenes from the Marriage of Louis XIV: Nuptial Fictions and the Making of Absolutist Power. (Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1997), Cahiers du dix-septième. VIII.2, 117-119.

4. John D. Lyons, The Tragedy of Origins: Pierre Corneille and Historical Perspective (Stanford: Stanford UP, 1996), Cahiers du dix-septième, VIII.2, 121-122.

5. Edric Caldicott & Derval Conroy, eds. Racine: The Power and the Pleasure. (Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2001), Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature. PFSCL XXIX, 57 (2002): 523-526.

6. Roméo Arbour, Les Femmes et les métiers du livre (1600-1650). (Chicago/Paris: Garamond Press & Didier Erudition, 1997), Cahiers du dix-septième VIII.1 (2001): 191-193.

7. Germain Poirier, Corneille, témoin de son temps. II: Le Cid (1636). Préface de Jean-Pierre Chauveau. Paris-Seattle-Tübingen, PFSCL/Biblio 17, 1994. Cahiers du dix-septième VII.2 (2000): 277-280.

8. Mary Jo Muratore, Mimesis and Metatextuality in the French Neo-Classical Text (Geneva: Droz, 1994), Cahiers du dix-septième siècle, VII.1 (1997): 259-261.

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS

1. "Libation Exploration: Caribbean Cocktails, or, What Jean-Baptiste Labat's Recipes Reveal about the Colonial Space in Fin-de-siècle Martinique." Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies / Société d'Etudes Pluridisciplinaires du XVIIe siècle, Bowdoin College, Maine, October 2005.

2. "Navigating the Seas of Alterity: Jean-Baptiste Labat's Voyage aux Iles." Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies / Société d'Etudes Pluridisciplinaires du XVIIe siècle, William & Mary College, Williamsburg, October 2004.

3. "En préparation à l'examen AP: L'Enfant noir de Camara Laye." California Language Teachers Association, April 2004, Monterey Bay, California. http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/claye.html

4. With Christine Renaudin. "Les voies du miroir sorcier: la créolité et son ombre dans Les chemins de Loco-Miroir." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Missoula, Montana, October 2003.

5. With Christine Renaudin. "En préparation à l'examen AP: L'Enfant noir de Camara Laye." American Association of Teachers of French, Martinique, July 2003. http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/claye.html

6. "Mégare, que dis-tu de cette violence?" Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies / Société d'Etudes Pluridisciplinaires du XVIIe siècle, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2002.

7. With Christine Renaudin. "Possible or Impossible Translations of The Waves: The Necessity of a 'Bridge Called Art'." Virginia Woolf Conference, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, June 2002.

8. "Corps sacré, discours souverain: le couple dans Les Femmes illustres." Colloque Scudéry, Paris, July 2001.

9. "When She Hides: Celinte Removed from the Social Space," La femme au dix-septième siècle, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2000.

10. "L'interdit and l'entredit: The Complex Functioning of Curiosity in Celinte," Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies / Société d'Etudes Pluridisciplinaires du XVIIe siècle, 1999.

11. "Teaching Phèdre: Desire and the Phenomenology of Action." North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, Santa Barbara, California, 1999.

12. "Performing Secrets in Madeleine de Scudéry's Célinte," South Central Modern Language Association, 1998.

13. "What's on Her Mind? Beauty and Truth in Madeleine de Scudéry's Les Femmes illustres," Invited Lecture, Women's Studies Program, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, 1998.

14. "Two Sisters' Tears: Paralinguistic Protest in Horace," North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, 1997.

15. "Dangerous Theatricality: The Arena of Sacrifice in Les Liaisons dangereuses," Northwestern Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, 1996.

16. "Cette illustre femme: Madeleine de Scudéry Rewrites History," The Sixteenth Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996.

17. "Ce dont l'esprit est capable: Beauty and Truth in Madeleine de Scudéry's Les Femmes illustres," North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, University of Texas-Austin, Austin, Texas,1996.

18. "Wolmar, metteur en scène," North American Association for the Study of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Wabash College, Indiana, 1995.

19. "Performative Tension: Parabolic Resistance in the Pensées of Blaise Pascal," American Comparative Literature Association Conference, University of Georgia-Athens, Athens, Georgia, 1995.

20. "Chimène, or the Scandal of the Feminine Word: The Case of Pierre Corneille's Le Cid." Invited Lecture, Department of Romance Languages, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1994.

OTHER PRESENTATIONS & PAPERS

1. With Chef Arturo Guzman. "Chocolate French." Presentation for the Campus Author Series. April 2005.

2. With Paul Draper. "The Whole University Educating the Whole Student." White paper describing a proposal for a new Freshman Year Experience in the General Education Program at Sonoma State University. December 2004. http://www.sonoma.edu/ge_initiative/pdf/thewholeuniversitypdf.pdf

3. "Perspective," KQED 88.5, April 2004. Honorarium donated back to KQED. http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R404240837

4. With Christine Renaudin. "From Concours to Language Festival: Creating the Community Necessary for Articulation." California Language Teacher Association, Sacramento, April 2003.

5. With Christine Renaudin. "Preparing Traditional-Aged Freshmen for a Liberal Arts & Sciences Education," white paper for the annual faculty retreat, January 2003. http://www.sonoma.edu/senate/apc/freshmen.html

6. With Karen Brodsky. "Freshmen and the Library." Teaching &, November 2002.

7. With Karen Brodsky, "Information Competence in the Freshman Interest Group," First-Year Experience Western Conference, San Francisco, January 2002, and First-Year Experience National Conference, Orlando, February 2002.

8. With Lorraine Morales, "The Educational Mentoring Teams of Sonoma State University," First-Year Experience Conference, San Francisco, January 2000.

GRANTS

1. "Information Competence in the Freshman Interest Group." CSU Chancellor's Information Competence Initiative, 2001-2002.

2. RSCAP Summer Fellowship, SSU, 2000.

AWARDS

Arts & Humanities Nominee, Excellence in Education Award, fall 2004
SSU Ambassadors Distinguished Faculty, December 2000

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Assistant to the Curator, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, June-August, 1988-1991.

CONSULTANT EXPERIENCE

  • Consultant / Reader for foolsfury Theater Company. 2003-2004.
  • Reviewer, Horizons, Third Edition, for Thomson Learning. Remunerated.

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

  • Member of the Executive Committee, North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, 2004-present.
  • California State University Foreign Language Council Secretary/Treasurer, 2002-present
  • SSU Representative to the California State University Foreign Language Council, 1998- present.
  • Chair, California State University Foreign Language Council Election Committee, 2005.
  • Session chair, "Teaching the Seventeenth Century," Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies / Société d'Etudes Pluridisciplinaires du XVIIe siècle, Maine, fall 2005.
  • California State University Foreign Language Council Election Committee, 2000-2002.
  • Respondent, "Port-Royal et la littérature," NASSCFL, Arizona State University, 2001.
  • Session chair, "Théâtralité féminine: la femme et ses masques," Modern Language Association, Chicago, 1999.
  • Session chair, "Paratextes et seuils," Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies / Société d'Etudes Pluridisciplinaires du XVIIe siècle, University of Kentucky-Lexington, 1999.
  • Respondent, "Cuisine et gastronomie," Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies / Société d'Etudes Pluridisciplinaires du XVIIe siècle Conference, Chapman University, 1998.
  • Board member, Regional Executive Board of the American Association of Teachers of French, 1995-1997.
  • Session Chair, "Performance and the Performative in Seventeenth-Century French Theater," Modern Language Association, San Diego, 1994.
  • Respondent, "La Veuve," Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies / Société d'Etudes Pluridisciplinaires du XVIIe siècle Conference, Tulane University, 1994.
  • Editorial Board, Yale French Studies, 1991-1992.

ACADEMIC SERVICE -- SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Coordinator, Arts & Humanities Research & Creative Works Forum, 2004-present.
  • Department RTP Committees for both tenure-track and lecturer faculty, 2003-present.
  • Global Studies Steering Committee, 2002-present.
  • University Contact, Chamson (Chambolle-Sonoma) Alliance, 2002-present.
  • French Club Advisor, 2000-present.
  • University Scholarship Committee, 1998-present (both academic year and summer reading).
  • Faculty participant in Project Censored, 1998-present.
  • Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, 2003-2006.
  • Reader at Commencement, May 2006.
  • Reader at Commencement, May 2005.
  • Faculty participant in International Program interviews, 2005, 2006.
  • German Search Committee Chair, 2004-2005.
  • Spanish Search Committee Member, 2004-2005.
  • GE Initiative Task Force, 2004-2005.
  • Arts & Humanities GE Subcommittee Chair, 2004-2005.
  • Academic Affairs Strategic Planning Committee, 2004-2005.
  • Event Coordinator for slide lecture by Dr. Sahar Amer, "Behind the Veil: French Desire & the Middle East,"
    September 13, 2004.
  • Reader at Commencement, May 2004.
  • GE Planning Task Force, 2002-2003.
  • Academic Technology Planning Task Force, 2002-2003.
  • University Supervisor for 4 student teachers, 2002-2003.
  • With Darius Spearman, Event Coordinator, "A Tribute to Hip Hop" by Henri-Pierre Koubaka, Novembeer 2003.
  • Information Competence in the Freshman Seminar, Training Workshop, Chancellor's Office, spring 2003.
  • Participant, Well-Educated Teacher Retreat, School of Education, fall 2002.
  • Interim Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, fall 2002.
  • New Student Convocation Planning Committee, 2002.
  • EMT Training Workshop Coordinator, spring 2002.
  • Freshman Interest Group Steering Committee, 2001-2002.
  • SOAR Advisor, 2000-2002.
  • Faculty participant in International Program, Peer Mentor & Summer O Leader interviews, 2000-2002.
  • Freshman Seminar Curriculum Committee (chair), 1999-2002.
  • International House Planning Committee, 1999-2001.
  • Departmental Proficiency Exam Committee, 1998-2000

COMMUNITY SERVICE since 1998

  • Publication of the weekly Bay Area Francophile List (http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/BAFLHomepage.shtml) providing a calendar of francophilic events in the greater Bay area to French-speaking members of the Sonoma State community, as well as to members of the local community and faculty and students at over ten other California university and community college campuses, 1998-present. Over 10,000 readers to date.
  • Animatrice, Mill Valley Fluent French Speakers, a monthly meeting of the francophones of Marin County, 2003-present.
  • Lector, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1998-present.
  • Coordinator, publicist, monitor & judge, Concours national de l'Alliance Française, spring 2005
  • With Christine Renaudin."L'Enfant noir de Camara Laye." Invited lecture for the Alliance Française de Berkeley, February 2005.
  • With Christine Renaudin, coordinator, Concours de diction française. Yearly French contest held at Sonoma State University. In 2002, the Concours became part of a larger, annual Language Festival at SSU. 1999-2004.
  • Monthly contributor to Le Californien, a publication of Le Journal Français, 2002.
  • Liaison, Summer Internships, International Cooperative Education, 2001-2003.
  • Judge, Jack London Award for Educational Excellence, spring 2000.
  • "Madeleine de Scudéry et la condition des femmes au XVIIe siècle" Invited lecture before the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, June 1999.
  • "Cuisine et gastronomie au XVIIe siècle." Invited lecture before the Marin-Sonoma French Camp, March 1999.

     

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