Anna Rocca

Professional Details

Title Professor
Department World Languages and Cultures
Office Sullivan Building 118
Phone 978.542.7106
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

FRE 101 Elementary French I
FRE 102 Elementary French II
ITL 101 Elementary Italian I
ITL 201 Intermediate Italian I
ITL 202 Intermediate Italian II
ITL 303 Italian Conversation
ITL 353 Readings in Italian
ITL 381 Topics in Italian Culture
ITL 400 Italian Translation Seminar
ITL 450 Italian Experience
ITL 500 Directed Study in Italian
ITL 501 Senior Seminar With Thesis
WLC 501 Translation Studies Capstone Practicum

Professional Biography


  • 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 francophone women writers, diasporic female writers, autobiography, visual art, post-colonial feminism and transnational feminist movements.



  • 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


  • 2020-2015 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
  • 2020-2010 The Pirandello Lyceum Association-Board of Governors
  • 2018-2010 Prometheus Dance- Education Advisor

Selected Publications


  • 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.
  • 2005  - Assia Djebar. Le corps invisible: voir sans être vue.  Rocca, Anna. Paris: L’Harmattan.


  • ARTICLE - “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.
  • CHAPTER – “Fabienne Kanor: Reflective Anger and Irony upon Otherness.” Fabienne Kanor In Transgression. A Multivolume Anthology. Gladys M. Francis, ed. The University of Virginia Press.
  • CHAPTER - “Assia Djebar’s La Soif: Abortion and Crime.” Infanticide /Mothers Who Kill. Charlotte Beyer and Josephine Savarese, eds. Ontario, CA: Demeter Press.


  • (2020) CHAPTER - “Tunisia: Héla Ammar’s Tarz. An Affective and Imaginative Memory Upon Dispossession.”Newbury, Darren, Lorena Rizzo, & Kylie Thomas, eds. Women and Photography in Africa: Creative Practices and Feminist Challenges. London: Routledge. 249-268.
  • (2020) ARTICLE – “Héla Ammar’s À fleur de peau/Body Talks: From Anonymous to Familiar Bodies.” Galis, Polly, Maria Tomlinson, & Antonia Wimbush, eds. Special Issue: Challenging Normative Spaces and Gazes: The Body in 20th- and 21st-Century Francophone Culture. L’Ésprit Créateur, Vol. 60, no. 2 (Summer 2020): 83-98.
  • (2020) ARTICLE: “Dora Latiri’s Un amour de tn. Textual and Photographic Representations of Attachment in a Minimalistic Tunisia.” Esposito, Claudia ed. Special Issue : Image, Texte, Son: Esthétiques Transmédiales du Maghreb Contemporain. Expressions maghrébines. Vol. 19, nº 1, Summer 2020: 87-99.
  • (2019) CHAPTER: -“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.
  • (2019) CHAPTER: -“Héla Ammar: Art & Beyond.” Art from Trauma: Genocide and Healing Beyond Rwanda. Gallimore Rangira and Gerise Herndon, eds. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. 93-107.
  • (2019) CHAPTER: -“Azza Filali et les interférences créatrices.” Hybridations et tensions narratives au Maghreb et en Afrique subsaharienne. Delas, Daniel, Khalid Zekri, & Anne Begenat-Neuschäfer, eds. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Edition.
  • (2018) ARTICLE: -“Algeria: Sarah Haidar’s Reflections on Conflict.” Le Maghreb : entre conflit et consensus. Magdalena Zdrada-Cok and Magdalena Malinowska, eds. Romanica Silesiana, no. 2 (14), University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. 72-80.

Selected Presentations


  • (2021) Panel: “Les pratiques culturelles et artistiques du vivre-ensemble.” Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones (CIEF) Conference, Madeira, Portugal, June 7-13;
  • (2021) Panel: “Francophone Women Writers Embracing Eco-Feminism (WIF Session).” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Virtual Conference; March 11-14;
  • (2021) Roundtable: “Visual Africa: Francophone Women’s Aesthetic Representations of Africa (WIF Session).” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Virtual Conference; March 11-14;
  • (2020) Panel: “Contemporary Francophone Women Authors’ Representations of the Sacred-WIF Session.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Boston, MA; March 5-8;
  • (2020) Roundtable: “Francophone Women Writers Representing Africa in Children’s Literature (WIF Session).” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Boston, MA; March 5-8;
  • (2019) Panel: “Le cri de résistance.” MLA International Symposium, Universidad Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal; July 23-25;
  • (2019) Panel: “Résilience de femmes africaines.” 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium (20th and 21st CFFSIC), Oklahoma City, OK; March 14-16;
  • (2018) Panel: “Contemporary Francophone African Women Writers Making Their World.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA; April 12-15;
  • (2018) Panel: “Fabienne Kanor: The Female Body and Its Relentless Noises.” Women in French (WIF) Conference, Tallahassee, FL; February 8-10;
  • (2018) Panel: “Maternal Voices I: Voicing Trauma, Silencing Bonds.” Women in French (WIF) Conference, Tallahassee, FL; February 8-10;


  • (2021) “Fabienne Kanor: Ways of Inhabiting the World.” MLA International Symposium (MLA), University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland; June 17-19;
  • (2021) “La Louisiane de Fabienne Kanor.” Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones (CIEF) Conference, Madeira, Portugal, June 7-13;
  • (2021) “Tunisian Women of the Book.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Virtual Conference; March 11-14;
  • (2020) “Représentations identitaires de solidarité : Héla Ammar” Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones (CIEF) Conference, Gdansk, Poland, June 8-14. CANCELLED.
  • (2020) “From the Margins and Beyond Marginalization: African Women Writers and Children Literature.” Women in French (WIF) Conference, Iowa State University, IA; May 14-16. CANCELLED.
  • (2020) “Fatou Keita: Writing to Children.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Boston, MA; March 5-8;
  • (2019) “What Is the Function of a Contemporary Griotte-Writer in Exile? Adrienne Yabouza and La patience du baobab.” MLA International Symposium, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal; July 23-25;
  • (2019) Adrienne Yabouza: Learning and Teaching Survival Skills.” 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium (20th and 21st CFFSIC), Oklahoma City, OK; March 14-16; 
  • (2018) "Fabienne Kanor: Reflective Irony upon Otherness." South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) Conference, San Antonio, TX; October 11-14, 2018;
  • (2018)  “Nidhal Guiga: Daring to Imagine.” The Society for French Studies Conference, University of Cork, UK; July 2-4;
  • (2018)  “Female Contemporary Tunisian Playwrights.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA; April 12-15;
  • (2018)  “Fabienne Kanor: Women’s Black Bodies Noisy Wor(l)ds.” Women in French (WIF) Conference, Tallahassee, FL; February 8-10;

Personal Interests

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