Karen Manna

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of French

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Karen Manna


Office Hours

Fall 2022: M,W 2:30-3:30pm; T,Th 11:00am-12:00pm


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Eighteenth-Century French Literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender Studies 
  • M.A., Bryn Mawr College. French Literature 
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University. French / International Business 


Areas of Research 

  • Gender Studies in French Culture and Literature 
  • French Enlightenment Philosophy 
  • Masculinity in French History and Literature 
  • Germaine de Staël and early Romanticism 



  • The French Revolution 
  • French Masculinities in Culture and Literature 
  • The History of French Feminism (in English) 
  • Elementary French I & II 
  • Intermediate French I & II 
  • Advanced French 
  • Introduction to French Literature I & II 


Recent Publications 

Reappropriating Honnêteté: Madame de Staël's comte d'Erfeuil and National Character in  

Post-Revolutionary France”. Women in French Studies. Ed. Juliette Rogers. Vol 27. 2019. 

"Acting Honnête: Masculinity, Effeminacy, and the Ethos of Social Virtue". Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. Eds. Marine Ganofsky and James Fowler. 2019  

Review of Manning the Margins: Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-Century France. Lewis C. Seifert. Modern Language Notes 124:4, September 2009. pp. 1014-18. 

Review of Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment. Natania Meeker. Modern Language Notes 123:4, September 2008, pp. 968-71. 

En Avant. "Online component". Andersen. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.  


Professional experience 

Associate Professor of French, University of Central Oklahoma (2021) 

Coordinator: Elementary French I and II, Intermediate French I and II (2015 – 2021) 

Coordinator: Elementary and Intermediate Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Italian, Turkish I, II (2018-2021) 

Visiting Assistant Professor of French. The College of Idaho. (2014) 

Affiliate Assistant Professor of French. Loyola University of Maryland. (2013)