I’m Raquelle K. Bostow, and I am currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Fisk University and a Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt University in the Department of French & Italian.

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Writing is a part of my work life in many ways. As a researcher, I often write about the depiction of female bodies in francophone literature. At the moment, I’m transforming my dissertation into a book titled Medusian Apparitions: Sex and Sense in Contemporary Women’s Writing in French. In this project, I read novels from the late 20th and 21st centuries through the lens of Hélène Cixous’s writings on sexual difference and the Medusa. I claim that the female protagonists of each novel counter the male gaze with productive, feminist reclamations of the Medusa. So, in the end, this not-so-mythological woman figures as a tool for the radical, feminist realignment of old relationships between female bodies, danger, and death. I’m also fleshing out another book project on the topic of consumption in women’s writing of French expression.

I am often at work on both public-facing and academic articles that relate to my research interests: feminist theory, gender studies, and women’s writing in French, as well as critical food studies and animal studies.

As a teacher of French language and literature, I also write lesson plans and give students feedback on their language and writing skills.

Away from work, you will often find me reading, writing in my journal, and recording to-do lists and appointments in my beloved Hobonichi planner.

Here at SWW, I write about books that I love, the vagaries of the writing process, self care, and the digital humanities. I’m thrilled to be a part of the SWW community––find me on Twitter for more conversation!