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Jessie Dixon

Associate Professor & Chair of Modern Languages (Spanish)

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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2 East South Street

Galesburg, MN 61401-4999


"My research focuses on General Linguistics, notably on the construction of my mother tongue; the Ewe language (a language spoken in Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria). I am also interested in the translation of literary works from English into French."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401


"My thesis focuses on three women writers (Maïssa Bey, Malika Mokeddem, and Leïla Marouane). My dissertation studies fictional narratives by women who have emerged in the Algerian context of the 1980s and 1990s and who struggle against the violence and patriarchy inherent in traditional Algerian society. I analyze the thematic, stylistic, and rhetorical strategies in three novels: N'zid, Surtout ne te retourne pas and La Jeune fille et la mère. Through close readings of the texts, I focus on how these writers combat the collective and ancestral silencing of women by transforming through textual violence an identity inherited from colonial and patriarchal discourses in order to construct a new subjectivity that escapes traditional structures. I also show how these novelists express their opposition to the fundamentalists' views to escape from the reactionary attitudes of fanatics and those who advocate an uncompromising stance towards women."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401


"My research focuses on the impact of the tale in 18th century French literature. I analyze its structure, its themes to unravel how such a 'minor' genre became a 'major' literary vehicle during this era. I examine particularly how a handful of authors used the tale as an experimental literary format not only to spread knowledge, to anchor (or criticize) the Enlightenment ideals but also to reform what Jacques Ranciere calls the 'parole efficace', creating a new approach to literary aesthetics at the end of the Ancien Regime. I am also studying how literary genres are intertwined during the 18th century, especially the link between theatre, the novel, and the tale."

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