“We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us. We are stardust in the highest exalted way.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson
Kathryn St. Ours
Associate ProfessorFrench Studies
Kathryn St. Ours is Associate Professor of French 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.
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.
“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
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