Miléna Santoro


Associate Professor
President of the International Association of Quebec Studies (AIEQ, Association internationale d'études québécoises, 2015-2017); Chair, Francophone Literatures and Cultures Forum, Modern Languages Association (2017-2018); Councillor, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States Executive Council (2011-2015); Co-Editor for the International Journal for Canadian Studies (2014-2017); Editorial Board member for Quebec Studies (2010-).


Department of French
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A Canadian by birth, Professor Santoro studied at the University of Victoria, McGill University, the University of Burgundy and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris before completing her doctorate at Princeton in 1994.

Since arriving at Georgetown in 1996, Professor Santoro has pursued her interest in the literature and culture of Québec, and in women writers of the Francophone world, through courses she has created on "Contemporary French Canada," "Quebec Film and Society," "Quebec Film Classics," "Modern Francophone Women Novelists," "Urban Fiction of Montreal" and "Women's Wor(l)ds in the Modern Quebec Novel." Most of the course syllabi designed by Professor Santoro are available on Blackboard.

Professor Santoro actively publishes in her areas of specialization. She is currently working on two book projects. Her single-authored monograph, _Encountering the Other in Quebec Cinema since the 1960s_, is nearing completion. She also has a critical anthology, co-edited with Erick Langer, that has now been accepted by the University of Nebraska Press: _Hemispheric Sovereignties: Indigeneity in Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Canada_.

With Paula Ruth Gilbert, she co-edited _Transatlantic Passages: Literary and Cultural Relations between Quebec and Francophone Europe_ (McGill-Queen's UP, 2010). This book is an interdisciplinary, literary, critical, and creative anthology that explores cultural connections between Quebec and francophone Europe. A book launch for this volume was offered on November 3, 2010, by the Galérie d'art of the Centre culturel of the University of Sherbrooke (Quebec) in conjunction with the opening of an exhibit by artist Bonnie Baxter, one of whose works appears on the cover of _Transatlantic Passages_.

Professor Santoro's first book, entitled _Mothers of Invention: Feminist Authors and Experimental Fiction in France and Quebec_ (McGill-Queens UP, 2002), compares avant-garde aesthetics and experimental writing strategies in the novels of contemporary French and Québécois feminists. This work is in part the result of research conducted at the Ecole Normale and Paris VIII under the direction of Professor Hélène Cixous, with whom she completed a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies in Women's Studies in 1992.

In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Professor Santoro has directed several senior thesis projects, and served for many years as the coordinator for the Linguistic Competency Evaluations for Study Abroad for the French Department. She also served as Project Coordinator for the French Department's Curriculum Renewal Grant from 2006-2008. Most recently, she assisted in the development of the Film and Media Studies Minor, launched in the spring of 2011. She is also one of the core faculty in the FMST minor. Professor Santoro has also been an active participant in Georgetown College's Americas Initiative since 2007.

Professor Santoro has published articles, reviews and translations in The American Review of Canadian Studies (where she served for five years as Associate Editor), The International Journal of Canadian Studies (of which she has twice been co-editor), Women in French Studies (serving as Book Review Editor for four years), Quebec Studies, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, The French Review, Francographies, Etudes francophones, the Antigonish Review, and the International Poetry Review, among others. She has written chapters for the critical anthologies Women by Women (Fairleigh Dickinson, 1997), Doing Gender (2001), and Ut philosophia poesis: Etudes sur l'oeuvre de Jeanne Hyvrard (2001). At the Editions Galilée, her work on Hélène Cixous appears with the conference proceedings from "Hélène Cixous: croisées d'une oeuvre" held at Cérisy-la-Salle in June of 1998. Santoro's translation of and introduction to a full chapter of Michèle Sarde's _Histoire d'Eurydice pendant la remontée_ was included in _Daughters of Sarah: Anthology of Jewish Women Writing in French_ (Holmes and Meier, 2006).

Professor Santoro is a member of several professional associations, including the Association Internationale des études québécoises (she was elected to the Presidency in 2015), the Modern Language Association (she was elected to the Executive Committee for the Francophone Division for 2015-2019), the American Council for Québec Studies, the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (she served as its Secretary-Treasurer from 2003-2007, and was an elected Councillor for 2011-2015), Women in French, and the Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones. She is currently on the Editorial Board of Quebec Studies.


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  • PhD (1994) Princeton University, Romance Languages
  • MA (1990) Princeton University, Romance Languages
  • BA (1987) University of Victoria, Honours French


  • French (speak, read, write)