|Jacqueline Pound '08
Major: French with Chemistry Minor
Current Work and Impact of French Major: My French major has become more important to me than I ever could have imagined when I graduated. I declared a French major sophomore year because it was fun and because I wanted to study abroad in Paris – I expected to attend dental school within a year or two of graduation. My senior year I started to have second thoughts, and I applied for the Dartmouth ENS exchange so I could spend a year post-grad in Lyon teaching, traveling, and figuring out what I wanted to do after that. I loved my time in Lyon, I loved teaching (which I already knew from being a drill instructor and tutor at Dartmouth), and I wanted to further the research I’d begun in my senior thesis with Professor Wine. With the help of many Dartmouth professors, I applied to graduate programs in French and decided on the PhD program in Romance Studies at Duke University. My research interests include 17th century French theater, 18th century theater criticism and reception, and ordinary language philosophy. What started as an enthusiastic interest in Racine and Moliere during my “Introduction to Neoclassical French Literature” course has turned into a lifelong passion and career.
Last Updated: 4/20/11