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Courtney Sullivan

Courtney Sullivan

Professor Modern Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
Morgan Hall
Rm 350E
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Loyola University New Orleans, Bachelor of Arts
University of Texas at Austin, Master of Arts
University of Texas at Austin, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

Lecturer in English, Paris XIII (1999-2000)

Assistant Instructor of French, University of Texas at Austin (2001-2003)

Lecturer of French, Washburn University (2003-2005)

Assistant Professor of French, Washburn University (2005-2010)

Associate Professor of French, Washburn University (2010-2014)


  • FR 102 A, Beginning French II
  • FR 202 A, Intermediate French II
  • FR 290 XA, Study Abroad French Spkg Cntry
  • FR 312 A, French Composition
  • FR 390 XA, Study Abroad French Spkg Cntry
  • FR 400 A, Senior Thesis
Scholarly Interests/Activities

I am currently working on a book about Creole courtesans in French literature and film.

Career Accomplishments

Sweet sabbaticals to study and travel in Paris, Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, Martinique, Guadeloupe, La Réunion, Mauritius, French Polynesia, Montreal and Quebec.

Publications: Book Chapters

(with Kerry Wynn) "Pushing Boundaries: A Feminist Interdisciplinary Approach to Team-Teaching French and American Women's Lives during World War II," Rethinking the French Classroom New Approaches to Teaching Contemporary French and Francophone Women, 1st Edition. Edited by E. Nicole Meyer, Joyce Johnston. (New York: Routledge, 2018).

Publications: Books

The Evolution of the French Courtesan Novel: From de Chabrillan to Colette (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Publications: Articles

“From Screen to Stage: Mutantes’s Sex-Positive Influence on King Kong Théorie.” Contemporary French Civilization, vol. 46, no. 1, 2021, pp. 49–74.

"The Case for the Courtesan Novel Sub-Genre: Counter-Discourse and Intertextuality in Chabrillan, de la Bigne, and Pougy," Women in French Studies (2013): 9-26.

“‘Cautériser la plaie:’ The Lorette As Social Ill in the Goncourts and Eugène Sue,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies 37 (Numbers 3-4, Spring-Summer 2009): 247-261.

“‘Cautériser la plaie:’ The Lorette As Social Ill in the Goncourts and Eugène Sue,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies 37 (Numbers 3-4, Spring-Summer 2009): 247-261. Rpt. in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau and Laure Goldstein Katsaros. Vol 247. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 103-110.

“‘Pour nous, rien que la raillerie et l’insulte:’ The Courtesan Writes Back in the Autobiography of Céleste Mogador,” Women in French Studies (Special Issue, 2005): 194-204.

Publications: Book Reviews

Creole Drama: Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans, by Juliane Braun, Nineteenth-Century French Studies 49, (Numbers 1 – 2, Fall-Winter 2020-2021): 

Écrire le mariage en France au XIXe siècle. Edited by Stéphane Gougelmann and Anne Verjus. Nineteenth-Century French Studies 47 (Numbers 3 – 4, Spring-Summer 2019)

Courtesan and Countess: The Lost and Found Memoirs of the French Consul’s Wife. By Céleste de Chabrillan. Edited and translated by Jana Verhoeven, Alan Willey, and Jeanne Allen, Nineteenth-Century French Studies 45 (Numbers 1 – 2, Fall-Winter 2016-2017)

International Bohemia: Scenes of Nineteenth-Century Life, by Daniel Cottom, Nineteenth-Century French Studies 42, (Numbers 3 – 4, Spring-Summer 2014):

Le Roman d’Alexandre Dumas Père ou la réinvention du merveilleux, by Julie Anselmini, Nineteenth-Century French Studies (Fall-Winter, 2011-2012): 182-184

My Beloved Toto: Letters from Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugo 1833-1828, by Juliette Drouet. Edited and Annotated by Evelyn Blewer; Trans. and Introd., by Vicotria Tietze Larson, Women in French Studies(2006): 158-159.

Memoirs of a Courtesan in Nineteenth-Century Paris, by Céleste Mogador; translated and with an introduction by Monique Fleury Nagem, Women in French Studies (2002): 254-256.

Filles, lorettes et courtisanes, by Alexandre Dumas, Nineteenth-Century French Studies (Fall-Winter, 2001): 195-197.

Figures of Ill Repute: Representing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France, by Charles Bernheimer, Nineteenth-Century French Studies (Spring-Summer, 1999): 416-418.


Certificate of Teaching and Learning 2016-2017

Certificate of Teaching and Learning 2017-2018

Certificate of Teaching and Learning 2022-2023

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