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Fine Arts 364
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2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Mary Poteau-Tralie

Mary Poteau-Tralie received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University. Dr. Poteau-Tralie’s research includes 19th century Realist/Naturalist prose fiction, specifically the short stories of Guy de Maupassant. More recently, she has presented papers and published articles and reviews on francophone literature, including works by Assia Djebar and Maryse Condé. Dr. Poteau-Tralie served as Chairperson of the Department from 2008 – 2012. In addition to courses in French language, literature, composition and translation, film, business and culture, Dr. Poteau-Tralie teaches in the Baccalaureate Honors Program. She is co-Director of the Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance and adviser for Rider’s chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society. She is also a member of Rider’s Film and Media Studies Committee.


  • Ph.D Romance Languages and Literatures, 1991
    Princeton University
  • B.A. French, 1985
    Temple University, Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Professor of French, Rider University (1991 to the present)
    • French Beginning and Intermediate courses (FRE I – IV)
    • Advanced French courses: French for Business and the Professions, French Composition and Translation, Introduction to French Literature, The Self in French Prose and Poetry, Mask and Reality in French Theater, Cultural Expression in French Film, The Supernatural and Horror in French Film and Fiction, French Independent Research Baccalaureate Honors Program: Great Ideas II
    • Independent Study Courses, Senior Honors Theses Director, BHP Honors Thesis Reader


  • Publications: Books, Articles
    • “Reframing Guy de Maupassant’s ‘Allouma’ through the Lens of Assia Djebar: Postcolonial Algeria Confronts Colonial France.” Dalhousie French Studies, (94) Spring 2011.
    • “Landscape, Identity, and Sexuality: Tituba as Candide in Maryse Condé’s Moi, Tituba, sorcière. . . Noire de Salem.” In Land and Landscape in Francographic Literature. Eds. Magali Compan and Kashia Pieprzak. London: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.
    • “Moving Beyond the Real: Maupassant’s Aborted Flight to Mars.” The French Review 2004 Feb; 77 (3): 538-47.
    • Voices of Authority: The Criminal Obsession in Guy de Maupassant’s Short Works. New York: Peter Lang Press, 1994.
  • Publications: Published Reviews
    • François, Anne M. Rewriting the Return to Africa. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 2011. Forthcoming: The French Review (2013)
    • Diop, Papa Samba. La poésie d’Aimé Césaire: propositions de lecture accompagnées d’un lexique de l’oeuvre. Paris: Champion, 2010. In French Review (86.2) December, 2012.
    • Connon, Daisy. Subjects Not-at-home: Forms of the Uncanny in the Contemporary French Novel—Emmanuel Carrère, Marie NDiaye, Eugène Savitzkaya. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. In French Review (85.4) March 2012.
    • Paban, Gabrielle de. Le Nègre et la créole, ou Mémoires d’Eulalie D***. Ed. Marshall C. Olds. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2008. In French Review (84.3) February 2011.
    • Simonet-Tenant, Françoise. Journal personnel et correspondance (1785-1939) ou les affinités électives. Louvain-La-Neuve: Academia Bruylant, 2009.
    • In Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly (33.3) Summer 2010.
    • Salvodon, Marjorie Attignol. Fictions of Childhood: The Roots of Identity in Contemporary French Narratives. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. French Review, (83.3) February 2010.
    • Popkin, Debra, ed. Francophone Women Coming of Age: Memoirs of Childhood and Adolescence from France, Africa, Quebec and the Caribbean. Cambridge UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
    • French Review (83.1) October 2009.
    • Simek, Nicole. Eating Well, Reading Well: Maryse Condé and the Ethics of Interpretation. Francopolyphonies 7. Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi, 2008. French Review (82.5) April 2009.
    • Reviewed first English translation of Balzac’s The Centenarian: Or, The Two Beringhelds, by Danièle Chatelain and George Slusser.
    • Nineteenth Century French Studies, Fall-Winter 2007-2008.
    • Guenther, Beatrice Martina. The Poetics of Death: The Short Prose of Kleist and Balzac. In Nineteenth Century French Studies 1997-1998 Fall-Winter; 26 (1-2), 222-224.
    • Giacchetti, Claudine. Maupassant: Espaces du roman. The South Atlantic Review May 1994.
  • Peer Reviewer
    Peer Reviewer of the following articles submitted for publication in scholarly journals:
    • “The Truth about Sex and Storytelling in Maupassant’s ‘Histoire vraie’” (PMLA, Publications of the Modern Language Association, 2005)
    • “Naturalism and (the) Beyond in ‘Le Horla’” (Excavatio, 2004)
    • “La Femme et la Patrie: Images of Marginalization and Victimization in War” (Excavatio, 2004)
    • Reviewer of 7th edition of Witt, Brown et al. The Humanities: Cultural Roots and Continuities, Volume 2. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
    • “The Self and the Other/the Other Self: Negotiating Alterity in Maupassant’s Fiction” (Excavatio, 2003)
    • “’Miss Harriet,’ ‘Idylle,’ et ‘L’Aveu’: La Structure interne de Guy de Maupassant d’Isaac Babel” (Excavatio, 2003)


  • To Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
    • Department Chairperson, 2008 – 2012
    • Department Coordinator of online language placement system
    • Faculty adviser of student foreign language Newsletter
    • Chair of Departmental Assessment Committee 2006 – 2012.
    • Organize Panels of Alumni Speakers for spring Foreign Language Careerfest.
    • Co-Director (with Dr. Margaret Schleissner) 1991-present of the Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance: Prepare and conduct workshops on foreign language pedagogy for teachers in area high schools, Mercer County Community College, and The College of New Jersey
    • Organize annual FLL Student Colloquium: Award Winning Student Writing and Achievement in Foreign Languages, held annually in the spring
    • Organize Department Fall Colloquia series
    • Prepare and present faculty promotion and tenure cases.
    • Faculty Advisor for the Cercle français/French Club (1991-2007):
    • Faculty Advisor, Pi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society. Select candidates and hold annual induction ceremony in the spring
    • Helped prepare the Department NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) Program Review for accreditation through the School of Education
    • Regularly attend seminars, workshops, and conferences to remain current in the field, including the Teach Europe Seminar at Rutgers World Languages Institute, ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages), New Jersey State Department of Education Teacher Preparation for World Languages Seminars, AATF (American Association of Teachers of French), and NEALLT (Northeast Association for Language Learning Technologies)
    • Faculty Advisor: French Consulate Centre International d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) Assistants d’anglais program. Advise students and help prepare applications.
    • Selection Committee for French, Spanish and Chinese faculty lines.
    • Represent the Department at Open Houses, Reunions, and Summer Orientations
    • Established the Roger Poteau Memorial Scholarship for $250.00 for Study Abroad given to one student each year to defray costs of excursions, museum trips, etc. while on a Study Abroad Program
    • Advisor for French majors and minors.
    • Prepare students’ applications to, and write recommendations for, Graduate Schools, Study Abroad, and Business/Professional job applications
    • Advisor for French Senior Honors Theses
    • Prepared PowerPoint Department presentations for Open Houses
    • Developing a Foreign Language Career, Job, Internship and Graduate School satellite office of Career Services in the Foreign Language Media Center (Fine Arts 309)
    • Organizer of Foreign Language Careerfest and Professional Alumni Panels
  • To College of Liberal Arts, Education and Sciences
    • Member: MALS (Masters in Liberal Arts and Sciences) Committee
    • Participant in BRIDGE (Bridging Research, Instruction, and Discipline-Grounded Epistemologies) through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning program. Presented results of my classroom inquiry project to faculty at Scholarship of Teaching and Learning meeting (spring ’06), and to the Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance (spring ’05)
    • Faculty Member of Film and Media Studies Committee
    • Member Honor Key Society
    • Conducted Freshman Seminars for CLAES
    • Attended Faculty Development Workshops
    • Participate in Open Houses and Summer Orientations
    • Pre-Tenure: Member of LASCAP 1993-1995; Participant PEW Grant for faculty Development 1994; Chair, Women’s Studies Paper Colloquium Committee 1995-1997
  • To Rider University
    • Co-Director of International Week Committee (1999-2007): Prepared extensive program for week of speakers, panels, foreign films, art exhibits, etc. held each spring semester. Helped the Rider University Lecture Series to select the Visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow for the week.
    • Recipient of Advisor Appreciation Award
    • Recognized by students as faculty member who “has had the most influence on their development and achievements at Rider” during Founder’s Day
    • Recipient of “Award of Student Appreciation” by Rider Support Services Program
    • Represented Rider University for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation survey on the effects of new electronic resources on American Higher Education
    • University Honors Council 1993-1994
  • Professional Memberships
    • MLA (Modern Language Association)
    • NEMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
    • ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
    • AATF (American Association of Teachers of French)
    • NEALLT (Northeast Association for Language Learning Technologies)
    • Princeton Club of Philadelphia
    • Phi Beta Kappa