Annette Sampon-Nicolas

Annette Sampon-Nicolas

Annette Sampon-Nicolas, Elisabeth Lineberger Ramberg Professor of Modern Languages 2015-2018; Professor of French; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison; has been at Hollins since 1985. Her areas of specialization are 20th-century French and francophone literature and contemporary poetry. Her other interests include the relationship between literature and the visual arts, French for international business, and international studies. She has developed interdisciplinary courses on the francophone world, the theme of water, nature, and the environment; the history of French gastronomy; and French children’s literature. She has published articles on 20th-century poetry, ethical business practices, and the history of French gastronomy. Sampon-Nicolas is currently working on a study of the relationships between landscapes, cultures, and identities in the works of post-colonial francophone writers. After interviewing François Cheng, the first Asian-French member of l’Académie française, she published Not Man Apart: The Dialogue between Nature and Art in François Cheng’s Le Dit de Tian-yi. Inspired by her work on Cheng, she has since developed a new course on Franco-Asian writers, artists, and filmmakers. She has published the following books: Francis Ponge : La Poétique du Figural Monograph. (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. 1988) and Educating for International Expertise: perspectives on Cross-Cultural Competence and French for Business. Gilles Bousquet and Annette Sampon-Nicolas, editors, (Dubuque: Kendall-Hunt Publishers, Inc. February, 2003)

Courses Taught

  • French Children’s Literature
  • Nature and the Environment
  • Franco-Asian Cultural Encounters
  • French for International Business
  • The Francophone World
  • The Gourmet Culture of France

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Dissertation: Francis Ponge: La Poétique du Figural
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Universidade de Lisboa-Portugal, Calouste-Gulbenkian Fellowship
  • Université de Lille, France Diplôme Supérieur de Français
  • Athénée Royale de Spa, Belgium

Publications & Articles

  • “L’Identité écologique ouvre la porte à l’interculturel : Désert de J.M.G. Le Clézio » Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 2015
  • "Not Man apart: The Dialogue between Nature and Art in François Cheng’s Le Dit de Tianyi," Romance Notes, (2010), Vol. 50 Issue 2
  • "Le Français Commercial: pour un commerce éthique et équitable, ” in Dialogues et Cultures. Paris: FIPF Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de français, 2005
  • "Food for Thought: A Taste of French Gastronomical History," Vicki Galloway and Bettina Cothran, eds. Language and Culture Out of Bounds: Discipline-Blurred Perspectives on the Foreign Language Classroom. AATSP Professional Development Series Handbook. Mason OH: Thomson, 2006
  • Francis Ponge : La Poétique du Figural, Monograph. (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1988

Accomplishments

Sampon-Nicolas’ areas of specialization are 20th-century French and francophone literature and contemporary poetry. Her other interests include the relationship between literature and the visual arts, French for international business, and international studies. She has developed interdisciplinary courses on the francophone world, the theme of water, nature, and the environment; the history of French gastronomy; and French children’s literature. She has published articles on 20th-century poetry, ethical business practices, and the history of French gastronomy. Sampon-Nicolas is currently working on a study of the relationships between landscapes, cultures, and identities in the works of post-colonial francophone writers. After interviewing François Cheng, the first Asian-French member of l’Académie française, she published Not Man Apart: The Dialogue between Nature and Art in François Cheng’s Le Dit de Tian -yi. Inspired by her work on Cheng, she has since developed a new course on Franco-Asian writers, artists, and filmmakers.

Annette Sampon-Nicolas has been named Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques) by France’s Ministry of National Education for her exceptional record of teaching, publication, and promotion of French culture through a multitude of activities. The award was originally established in 1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte to honor eminent members of the University of Paris. Today, nominees are presented to the Prime Minister of France, who, if she or he is in agreement, issues an official proclamation designating recipients.

Elisabeth Lineberger Ramberg Chair in Modern Languages, 2007-2010, 2015-2018

Research Interests

In addition to contemporary French poetry and prose, she is particularly interested in issues relating to nature, the environment, sustainability, food, ecological identity, and environmental education. She explores issues concerning influence of immigration on France’s cuisine and culture; French and E.U. agro-food policies; food security, gleaning, pacts against food waste; organic and local foods in schools.