Mary Jane Cowles joined the Kenyon faculty in 1989, after teaching both French and Spanish for a number of years at St. Mary's College of Maryland. In addition to courses in French language and culture, she has taught courses in her major area of expertise, nineteenth-century French literature. Other courses have focused on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, film, drama, and literary theory. Among her research interests are French Romanticism, French film, and psychoanalytic theory. In 2004-05, she served as on-site directory of the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France.
Nineteenth-century French literature and Romanticism, French film studies and film theory, psychoanalytic theory
1986 — Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton University
1978 — Master of Arts from Princeton University
1975 — Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College, Phi Beta Kappa
"Napoleon's Compass: The Third Term of History in Balzac'sLes Chouans," in Peripheries of Nineteenth-Century French Studies: Views from the Edge, ed. Timothy Raser, Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press, 2002.
"Speaking the (Absent) Mother: Corinne and la langue maternelle". Psychoanalytic Studies, Vol. 2, no. 4, 2000.