Colette Windish has graduate degrees from France and the United States, in both English and French, and enjoys sharing her multicultural insights with members of the campus community. Her scholarship spans 19th-century French poetry, French cultural studies and French to English translations. She is currently working on issues of memory and identity in contemporary France, looking in particular at how recent portrayals of the Vichy era in literature and the visual arts reflect tensions in the vision of a modern French identity. Dr. Windish’s free time is spent traveling around the world (she has been to every continent, except South America and Antarctica) and learning new languages.
“Échos et miroirs : fragmentation du sujet ou tautologie?”, Revue Verlaine (December 2015).
“Une voie hors du silence : Verlaine entre sacré et profane”, Revue Verlaine (December 2014).
Book review of Verlaine, Paul, Romances sans paroles, ed. Steve Murphy (Paris: Champion, 2012), Nineteenth-Century French Studies (Fall-Winter 2013-2014)
Translator from French to English of four articles, published in South Central Review (Fall 2012)
- “The Return of the Undead: The Body Politic in Le colonel Chabert”
- “Flirting with the young lady: Albéric Cahuet’s Au jardin des vierges (In the Garden of Maidens)”
- “The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: Reflections on a Hidden Motif in Literature”
- “Naked, but Hairy: Women and Misogyny in Fin de Siècle Representations”
“Du roman du terroir au feuilleton de l’été : vers un nouvel imaginaire français?”, CF&FS: Sites (Spring 2007)
“Arsène Lupin : une certaine idée de la France?”, French Cultural Studies (June 2001)
“Si Vichy m'était conté... : du Chagrin et la pitié à Un village français." / "Once Upon a Time in Vichy France...: from The Sorrow and the Pity to Un Village Français” , bilingual talk for the Alliance française de Mobile, October 2, 2016.
“Haunting Memories: Crafting a Modern French Identity in the Shadows of Vichy” , The Holocaust in Memory and History Symposium, University of South Alabama , September 7, 2016.
“Incarcération volontaire? Prisons physiques et poétiques chez Verlaine”, 19th-Century French Studies Conference, San Juan, PR, October 16-18, 2014.
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Hélène Berr: History, Memory and French Identity”, lecture given at Spring Hill College to inaugurate the Hélène Berr Exhibit at the College, April 2, 2014.
“Skeletons in the Closet: Revisiting the Vel’ d’Hiv’ Roundup”, SAMLA Conference in Atlanta, GA, November 8-10, 2013.
“Hide-and-seek in the Haunted house of History: Cultural Representations of World War II in French Fiction and Film”, Altmayer Endowed Chair Lecture, Spring Hill College, March 21, 2013.
“Échos et miroirs: fragmentation du sujet ou tautologie?” 19th-Century French Studies Conference in Raleigh, NC, October 11-14, 2012.
“Du “dérèglement de tous les sens à Sagesse : la quête verlainienne d’un nouvel ordre poétique”, 19th-Century French Studies Conference in Philadelphia, PA, October 27-29, 2011.
“Théorie ou pratique? L’étrange cas de Paul Verlaine”, 19th-Century French Studies Conference in New Haven, CT, October 14-16, 2010.