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UMFK professor attends conference in Florida

May 27, 2005


University of Maine at Fort Kent assistant professor of French, Katherine Harrington, recently attended the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium in Gainsville, Florida.

The conference was hosted by the France-Florida Research Institute and University of Florida's department of romance languages and literatures, French section.

The theme of the colloquium was based on verbal, visual, virtual new canons for the 21st Century French literary writer.

Harrington presented her paper entitled, "Mapping out the Postmodern Self: The Use of Collage and the Internet in the Autofictional Writing of Régine Robin."

Her work examines Régine Robin, a writer of Polish-Jew origin, who was uprooted from Paris to Montreal. Robin writes about the discontinuities of life and her quest for identity through her unique writing technique of collage and the use of the web.

Harrington's says Robin prefers writing "fragment" rather than writing in a linear, chronological fashion to "piece together" her identity, in a way that creates a destabilizing effect for the reader.

Harrington has been involved in providing a stimulating environment for communication and discussion in her French courses, by exposing students to literary works and situating the texts in a socio-historical context.

She joined UMFK as assistant professor of French in September of 2004. In addition to her holding a master's degree in French, she successfully completed her dissertation and recently received her PhD in French studies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Prior to taking the position, Harrington has created and taught beginner and intermediate language courses for adult education while she was an instructor in the department of French studies at Brown University.

She also taught English grammar and writing while at Université Lumière Lyon 2 in Lyon, France where she was responsible for a wide-range of English classes.

Harrington plans to attend conferences this summer, at Colby College hosted by the Kennebec Valley Franco-American Heritage Society and the Congres annuel de l'Association francophone pour le savoir at the Université de Quebec à Chicoutimi.