Kathryn St. Ours

Associate ProfessorFrench Transnational Studies

Kathryn St. Ours is Associate Professor of French Transnational Studies. She completed her doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures and is fully proficient In French, Spanish and Italian. At Goucher College, she offers a broad range of survey and thematic courses that are highly interdisciplinary. The active practice of yoga complements her teaching and scholarship, all of which require discipline, commitment to excellence, focus, and humility.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Hip-hop and the cancel culture debate


Authored Books

Where Science and Literature Meet: Inside the Earthy Writing of Jean-Loup Trassard. Oxford: Trueheart Press, 2014.

Le fantastique chez Roger Caillois. Birmingham: Summa Publications, Inc. 2001.

Recent Articles

“Lessons is Diversity from The Street. A Course in Francophone Hip-hop.” Teaching Diversity and Inclusion: Examples from a French-Speaking Classroom. London, Routledge, 2021.

How Mushy Are Mushers? A Study in (Narrative) Empathy .” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Volume 27, Issue 1, Winter 2020, pp. 27-45. (Editor’s Choice)  

“Empathie narrative et changement climatique dans Musher de Julien Gravelle. The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment and Culture in Canada 16.1 (2017): 1-5.

“Who’s Framing Whom? Surrealism and Science in the Films of Jean Painlevé.”

Framing Nature: Explorations in the Environmental Humanities. Amsterdam:Rodopi (2017).

“L’éthnologie écopsychologique de Jean-Loup Trassard.” Ecozon@ 6.2 (2015): 110-24.

“Le devenir-animal chez Jean-Loup Trassard.” Actes du Colloque Hybrides. Editons de l’Université de Dijon. (2011): 85-90.

“The time-image from Pasolini to Ciprì and Maresco.” RomanceNotes 51.2 (2011): 199-208.

“An eco-critical study of The Story of the Weeping Camel.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 18:2 (2011): 396-412.

Recent Book Reviews

Can Neuroscience Change Our Minds?, by Hilary and Steven Rose. British Society for Literature and Science (January 2017).

How Literature Plays with the Brain, by Paul Armstrong. British Society for Literature and Science (March 2016).

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Excellence in Teaching Award 2021

Crosby Grants 2013, 2019

Goucher College Summer Grant, 2015

Jessie Ball DuPont Seminar on Human Nature
National Humanities Center, 2008

Recent Conference Papers & Panel Participation

2017 “How mushy are mushers?” European Society for Literature, Art and Science, University of Basel, Switzerland

2017 “Le nationalisme bien tempéré de Fatou Diome.” NEMLA, Baltimore

2016 “Publicité et valeurs culturelles.”CLAC Conference, Drake University

2015 Where Physics and Metaphysics Meet: The Visionary Victor Hugo, University of Bern, Switzerland

2014 The surreal science of Jean Painlevé. NEMLA. Harrisburg

2013 Framing science in the documentaries of Jean Painlevé. The European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning. Tartu University Department of Semiotics, Estonia

2012 Pour une ethnopoétique écologique. Colloque Jean-Loup Trassard, Université de Pau, France

2011 Human/nonhuman animal intertwining in the works of JL Trassard. Reading Nature Conference, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

2011 Mirroring in Merleau-Ponty, Trassard and Rizzolatti. 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies, International Colloquium: Human-Animal/Human-Animal, University of San Francisco

Academic or Professional Associations

British Society for Literature and Science

Association of the Study of Literature and the Environment (US)

North Eastern Modern Language Association

European Society for Literature, Science and Art