Laurence Clerfeuille Associate Professor of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature: French



Ph.D. University of Southern California
M.A. University of Southern California
M.A. Tulane University
Maitrise in English, Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux, France

Areas of Expertise:

French language, Haitian Literature, Caribbean Literature from Martinique and Guadeloupe, Francophone Literatures and Cultures, Immigration, Beur, North and West African Literatures, 19th and 20th Century French Literature, French History, Civilization and Politics, Women Writers

Courses I Teach:

French language
Voices of Resistance
French grammar and composition

Recent News

Laurence Clerfeuille, associate professor of classical and modern land literature: French, became a U.S. citizen this fall during a ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. Presiding were the Honorable William K., Sessions III, U.S. District Court judge, and Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State, at the event that saw new citizens sworn in from Bhutan, Canada, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Greece, India, Iraq, Mexico, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia and Sudan; Laurence is a native of France and now a dual citizen. She also organized a Senegalese film festival over fall semester relating to a trip she co-led to Senegal; in past years she has organized Quebec and French film festivals on campus. She also accompanied the Saint Michael’s College French Club on its annual trek to the province of Québec in November.
(posted February 2020)

Laurence Clerfeuille of the French faculty arranged for a campus visit April 24 by renowned Haitian writer Kettly Mars, who came from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she lives. Mars gave a lecture on “Writing under Lock: Haitian Literature in the Post-Dictatorial Era,” which was mainly about Haitian literature after the Duvalier dictatorship and the challenges faced by Haitian writers today. Joseph Ferdinand, Saint Michael’s emeritus professor of French, also came from Florida where he now resides to get a chance to meet Mars.
(posted June 2019)

Laurence Clerfeuille, associate professor of classical and modern languages and Literature: French, and Peter Vantine, director, First-Year Seminar Program and chair and associate professor of classical and modern languages and literature: French, this year again organized The Tournees French Film Festival on campus during the Fall Semester 2018
(posted January 2019)

Laurence Clerfeuille, associate professor of classical and modern languages & literature/ French modern languages/French, and Moise St. Louis, associate dean of students and director of multicultural student services, led 16 students to Montreal with the French Club for a two-day trip on October 5 and 6
(posted January 2019)

Laurence Clerfeuille, associate professor of modern languages/French, helped lead a group of 8 students spending 3 weeks in Quebec City with a Saint Michael’s College Academic Study Trip (May 13-June 2) to study French language and Quebecois culture – including a unique two-hour long walking tour of Québec City in French to hear about Quebec’s Black History, led by the rapper Webster, who earlier in the year had visited her classes. In early April she also led a French Club trip to Montreal.
(posted June 2018)

Laurence Clerfeuille, assistant professor of modern languages, has learned her article, “Les masques noirs de Cunégonde: relecture fanonienne des nouvelles de Fatou Diome sur l’immigration dans La Préférence Nationale,” was accepted for publication in Mélanges francophones, Issue 8: “Dialogues francophones” [forthcoming]. At the April 2013 conference of Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique, in New York City, she delivered a paper, “Création d’une mémoire féminine chez Evelyne Trouillot, Jessica Fièvre et Barbara Bastien.” At the Haitian Studies Association Conference in Jamaica, NY, in November 2012 she presented the papers “Entre raison et déraison: représentations de New-York dans “Allô!… New-York” and “Which One?”, deux nouvelles d’Evelyne Trouillot.” She also has received two recent grants, including: Tournées French Film Festival Grant from the French Embassy in the U.S. for the screening of five French Films at Saint Michael’s in December 2012; and a Library Acquisition Grant (by the Quebec government) for the purchase of books and DVDs from Quebec for Saint Michael’s library (December 2012). Laurence presented the film Biguine at the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region with an introduction to Martinique writer Patrick Chamoiseau’s Créolité movement in May 2013. In June 2013 she also did volunteer work in Senegal for three weeks at Waranka, a school project where she gave French reading classes to primary school children and literacy classes to adults and started newsletters in French and English in Guinaw Rail, Senegal. On the Saint Michael’s campus in March 2013, she was co-organizer, with Peter Vantine, assistant professor of modern languages, of the Tournées French Film Festival. Each of the five films was presented by speakers from the French Club, Religious Studies Department, the Center for Women and Gender, and a Burlington High School Teacher. She also was organizer of a lecture by Haitian Writer Evelyne Trouillot in November 2012.