Kathryn Kleppinger

Kathryn Kleppinger

Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6935


Kathryn Kleppinger completed her PhD in the Joint program in French literature and French Studies at New York University in 2011 and received her Master’s Degree in French literature from Bryn Mawr College in 2004. Her teaching and research interests center around contemporary French and Francophone literature, in particular how writing from outside metropolitan France influences and shapes conceptions of the French literary canon. Her current book project, tentatively titled Why the Beur Novel? Authors and Journalists Interact to Construct a New French Voice studies the television and radio reception of novels written by the children of North African immigrants to France.


  • "New Ideas of France: The Reconceptualization of French History and Culture in Novels by Boualem Sansal and Alain Mabanckou.” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: Sites (forthcoming).
  • “Paris, an Afropean City: Urban Activism in Works by Alain Mabanckou and Léonora Miano.” Dominic Thomas and Nicki Hitchcott, eds. Francophone Afropean Literatures. Liverpool University Press (Forthcoming, publication date 2013).
  • “L'invention du roman beur: les premiers auteurs d’origine beure à la télévision,” in Intrangers, ed. Ilaria Vitali.  Academia Bruylant, 2011.
  • “What’s wrong with the littérature-monde manifesto?” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: Sites. 14.1 (January 2010): 77-84.
  • “Who, and what, is a Beur Author?” Postcolonial Studies: modes d’emploi. Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2012.

Office Hours

 Wed. 10:00-12:00pm and by appointment

Classes Taught

Fall 2014 Courses: FREN3100W.11, FREN3700.10