Anna Rocca


Professional Details

Title Professor
Department World Languages and Cultures
Office Sullivan Building 118
Phone 978.542.7106
Email anna.rocca@salemstate.edu
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

FRE 101 Elementary French I
FRE 102 Elementary French II
FRE 354 Readings From French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean
FRE 402 Introduction to French Literature II
ITL 201 Intermediate Italian I
ITL 202 Intermediate Italian II
ITL 303 Italian Conversation
ITL 350 Advanced Italian Grammar
ITL 353 Readings in Italian
ITL 354 Italian Composition Through Film
ITL 380 Topics in Italian Literature
ITL 400 Italian Translation Seminar
ITL 450 Italian Experience
ITL 501 Senior Seminar With Thesis

Professional Biography

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. French & Francophone Studies, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • M. A. French/Italian, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
  • Laurea cum laude, Philosophy, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
  • M. A. International Careers, S.I.O.I., Italian Society of International Organizations, Rome, Italy.
  • Laurea cum laude, Political Sciences, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.

Professional Interests

Contemporary women writers of North Africa, autobiography, feminism and transnational feminist movements.

Responsibilities

SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Italian Language Program-Coordinator 
  • French Language Program-Co-coordinator
  • SITE-Future Teachers of Italian in the US Program-Director
  • Honor Society Phi Sigma Iota-French & Italian Coordinator
  • Italian Study Program Abroad, Sorrento, Italy-Coordinator
  • Italian Club-Advisor

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SERVICE—BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • 2018-2015 Women in French (WIF)-Regional Representative for New England and Eastern Canada
  • 2017-2016 Dante Alighieri Society, Cambridge-Cultural Committee Chair
  • 2016-2013 Northeast Modern Language Association of America (NeMLA)-French and Francophone Lang. & Lit. Director
  • 2018-2010 The Pirandello Lyceum Association-Board of Governors
  • 2018-2010 Prometheus Dance- Education Advisor

 

Selected Publications

EDITED BOOK

  • 2013-Women Taking Risks in Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives. Rocca, Anna and Kenneth Reeds, eds. Newcastle, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • 2011-Frictions et devenirs dans les écritures migrantes au féminin: Enracinements et renégociations. Rocca, Anna and Névine, El Nossery, eds. Éditions Universitaires Européennes. Sarrebruck, Germany.

BOOK CHAPTERS

2019

  • “Assia Djebar’s La Soif: Abortion and Crime.” Infanticide /Mothers Who Kill. Charlotte Beyer and Josephine Savarese, eds. Ontario, CA: Demeter Press.

2018

  • “Azza Filali et les interférences créatrices.” Hybridations et tensions narratives au Maghreb et en Afrique subsaharienne. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Edition.
  • “Héla Ammar: Art & Beyond.” Art and Healing after Genocide, Mass Violence and and Injustice: In Memory of Professor Chantal Kalisa. Rangira Béa Gallimore and Gerise Herndon, eds. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. 
  • “La spiritualité incarnée : Lalla Essaydi et les femmes du Maroc.” Perry, Catherine ed. Spiritualités musulmanes au féminin dans la littérature et les représentations visuelles. Paris: L’Harmattan.

2016   

  • “Nelly Arcan: Women’s Body and What is Left.” The Body in Francophone Literature. Historical, Thematic and Aesthetic Perspectives. El Hadji Malick Ndiaye and Moussa Sow, eds. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. 155-168.

ARTICLES IN PEER-REVIEWED SCHOLARLY JOURNALS

2020

  • “Adrienne Yabouza’s Co-épouses et co-veuves: Female Exemplary Stories of Hardship and Improbable Alliances.”2020 Women in French Studies Special Issue on Francophone Central African Women’s Writing.

2018

  • “Algeria: Sarah Haidar’s Reflections on Conflict.” Le Maghreb : entre conflit et consensus. Krzysztof Jarosz, Magdalena Malinowska and Magdalena Zrada-Cok, eds. Romanica Silesiana, no. 13, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland.

2016   

  • “Tunisia: Reflections upon Women’s Solidarity, Yesterday and Today.” Women in French Studies, vol. 24, 98-112.

BOOKS REVIEWS

2018

  • Eftihia Mihelakis. La virginité en question ou les jeunes filles sans âge. Montreal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2017. Women in French Studies,

  • Michèle Anne Schaal. Une troisième vague féministe: les femmes de lettres de la nouvelle génération. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2017. Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, vol. 42: Issue 2, Article 20. https://doi.org/10.4148/2334-4415.2018 

2017   

  • Amy L. Hubbell. Remembering French Algeria. Pieds-Noirs, Identity, Exile. Lincoln & London: U of Nebraska P, 2015. Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, vol. 41: Issue 2, Article 27. https://doi.org/10.4148/2334-4415.1946
  • Brigitte Weltman-Aron. Algerian Imprints. Ethical Space in the Works of Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous. New York: Columbia UP, 2015. Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, vol. 41: Issue 1, Article 9. http://dx.doi.org/10.4148/2334-4415.1910

 

Selected Presentations

SESSION PROPOSER, ORGANIZER & CHAIR

2018

  • “Contemporary Francophone African Women Writers Making Their World.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA; April 12-15;
  • “Fabienne Kanor: The Female Body and Its Relentless Noises.” Women in French (WIF) Conference, Tallahassee, FL; February 8-10;

2017

  • “Fabienne Kanor et tous ses autres.” Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones (CIEF) Conference, Martinique, June 26-July 2, 2017;
  • Workshop for Professional Development: On behalf of the General Consulate of Italy, Boston: “La Letteratura Italiana Contemporanea” [Contemporary Italian Literature] Northeastern University, Boston, MA. May 6;

2016

  • “Women Authors and Tunisia: Social, Artistic and Political Dialogues.” University of Exeter, Exeter, GB; June 13-14;   
  • “Afrique : Poétiques fluides dans l’écriture engagée.” Women in French (WIF) Conference, Gettysburg, PA; June 9-11;
  • “Africa: From Migration to Homecoming.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Hartford, CT; March 17-20;
  • Panel: “Maghreb and Modernity.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Hartford, CT; March 17-20;
  • Workshop for Professional Development: On behalf of the General Consulate of Italy, Boston: “Educazione all’Interculturalità” [Education to Multiculturalism] Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane (C.A.S.I.T.), Wakefield, MA. December 10;

PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES

2018

  • "Fabienne Kanor: Reflective Irony upon Otherness." South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) Conference, San Antonio, TX; October 11-14, 2018;
  • “Nidhal Guiga: Daring to Imagine.” The Society for French Studies Conference, University of Cork, UK; July 2-4;
  • “Female Contemporary Tunisian Playwrights.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA; April 12-15;
  • “Fabienne Kanor: Women’s Black Bodies Noisy Wor(l)ds.” Women in French (WIF) Conference, Tallahassee, FL; February 8-10;

2017

  • “Photographs Beyond Ruins: Women and Photography in Africa.” Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, Senate Room, Senate House, London, GB; July 14, 2017;
  • “Fabienne Kanor et les miroirs de l’altérité dans Je ne suis pas un homme qui pleure.” Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones (CIEF) Conference, Martinique, June 26-July 2, 2017;
  • “Assia Djebar: The Pleasure of Discerning.” Pleasure and the Pleasurable in Global African Studies, The Department of African Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 13-15;
  • “Dora Latiri’s Un amour de tn: Emotions as Remnants of a Marginalized Tunisia.” 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium (20th and 21st CFFSIC), Indiana U at Bloomington, IN, April 6-8;

2016   

  • “Prisons Within, Prisons Without.” University of Exeter, Exeter, GB; June 13-14;
  • “Sarah Haidar’s Virgules en trombe: The Unsettling Disturbance of Raw and Uncompromised Writing.” Women in French (WIF) Conference, Gettysburg, PA; June 9-11
  • “Azza Filali: Vulnerability and Disorientation in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Tunisia.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Hartford, CT; March 17-20;

2015    

  • “Tunisia: Representations of Women’s Solidarity, Yesterday and Today.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Toronto, CA, April 30-May 3;

 

Personal Interests

 Dogs, Yoga, Contemporary Art, Dance, Outdoor Activities, Music!