Margot Miller

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French Language and Literature
Literary Criticism
Translation  Fiction  Creative Non-Fiction  Poetry

2001 – Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park

Dissertation Title: In Search of Shelter: A Psychological Reading of Paule Constant’s Fiction



Books :

Critical Analysis:

  • In Search of Shelter: Subjectivity and Spaces of Loss in the Fiction of Paule Constant , Lexington Books/Roman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, August 2003.

Parts of Books :

  • “Introduction” to Paule Constant’s Trading Secrets, trans. Betsy Wing, University of Nebraska Press (Fall 2001).
  • “Writing Home: Malika Mokeddem and Hélène Grimaud, Witnesses on the Journey in Search of Home” IN Gender and Displacement: “Home” in Contemporary Francophone Women’s Autobiography Edited by Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth, Newcastle, UK Cambridge Scholars Press 2008.


  • OUREGANO by Paule Constant, Lanham MD, Lexington Books, June 2005.
  • Nominated for PEN Translation Prize 2005, Nominated for Aldo and Jean Scaglione Prize for translation of a literary work (MLA) 2005. To order this book, click here.
  • Private Property (sequel to OUREGANO) University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming fall, 2011.
  • Gisèle Prassinos
  • “It’s Out of Modesty” (C’est par discretion) , BOGG, No. 73, 2006.
  • and in VOX # 3 April 2007. (PRINT with online archives)
  • “The Psyche” (La Psyché)
  • Snow (Neige)
  • The Moon is Cold (La lune a froid)
  • In Your Eyes There is the Ocean (Dans tes yeux il y a l’océan)
  • Who?
  • Finding Without Looking
  • The Eraser
  • Claude Pujade-Renaud
  • “Just One?” by (Vous êtes toute seule?) Chick Flicks Ezine, September 2006.

Scholarly Articles ONLINE

  • Handless Maidens: Grimm Tales in Contemporary Cinema, FRINGE November 2006
  • The Cost of Courage and the Price od Freedom: Harold O. Wilson’s “A Kiss for Gertrude.”

Scholarly Articles PRINT

  • “Writing Home: Malika Mokeddem and Hélène Grimaud” in Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth (eds.) Gender and Displacement: ‘Home’ in Contemporary Francophone Women’s Autobiography. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.
  • “Dead Metaphors of the Avant-Gard: the Case of Gisèle Prassinos” Interdisciplinary Humanities, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Fall 2005, 22.2 (14-21).
  • “Imagration: Malika Mokeddem and the Poetics of Mobility and Hope,” Hybrid Voices, Hybrid Texts: Women’s Writing at the Turn of the Millennium, ed. Gill Rye. Dalhousie French Studies, Fall/Winter 2004, 27-35.
  • “N’zid: Le travail du moi unifié” Le Maghreb littéraire, Vol 7.14 Dec 2003, 81-97.
  • “The Matropole: Anxiety and the Mother in Paule Constant’s Fiction,” The French Review, Vol 76: 1 October 2003, 102-111.
  • “Les Yeux d’Emma: Ensemble fendue ou indéchiffrable Ènigme?” Chimères (University of Kansas), Vol. XXVII, 2003, 77-85.
  • “Traversée de l’angoisse et poétique de l’espoir chez Malika Mokeddem,” Présence Francophone. No 58: 2002, 101-120.
  • “Reconstructing Reading: Resurrecting Cognitive Processes in the (Foreign) Language Classroom.” CAUCE: Revista de Filologia y su Didactica : Reading Beyond Text : Processes and Skills, Seville, Spain, no. 24, 2001, 185-206.

Book Reviews :

  • Poignant Relations , by James Smith Allen, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins U P, 2000, Women in French Studies, vol 9, 2001.
  • Un passé contraignant , by Michèe Bacholle, Amsterdam-Atlanta, Rodopi, 2000, Women in French Studies (vol 11, 2003).
  • Bestiaire du roman contemporain d’expression française, by Lucile Desblache, Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal, 2002, Women in French Studies (vol 11, 2003).
  • L’Autre Émoi : Écrits entre les terres 1979-2003. Binet, Marie-Jo. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2005. Women in French Studies (vol 14, forthcoming 2006)
  • Conference Report: New Women’s Writing in French, September 26th – September 28th, 2002, organized by Gill Rye and the Institute of Romance Studies at the University of London, with Miléna Santoro. Women in French Newsletter, Spring 2003.

A C A D E M I C  P R E S E N T A T I O N S and Session Chairs:


  • “Writing Home: Malika Mokeddem and Hélène Grimaud” NEMLA, March 2-3, 2007


  • “Dead Metaphors of the Avant Gard: the Case of Gisèle Prassionos” SCMLA, New Orleans, LA, October 30, 2004


  • Organizer and Chair: The Body in Space and the Inscription of Identity in Women’s Writing at the Twentieth Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Illinois, 27-30 March, 2003.
  • “Lilith ou les femmes prodigues chez Malika Mokeddem” Conseil International d’Études Francophones, New Orleans, June 17-22, 2003
  • “Interdites : Deux repésentations de Lilith chez Paule Constant” PAMLA, November 7-9, 2003.


  • “N’zid : Possibilité et responsabilité d’un moi unifié,” 6ième Colloque de la Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique, Fordham University, New York, N.Y., March 22, 2002
  • “Angoisse et espoir dans N’zid de Malika Mokeddem,” International Colloquium in 20th-21st century French Studies, Hartford, CT, April 4, 2002.
  • Chair: Patterns and Spaces in the French Novel. International Colloquium in 20th-21st Century French Studies, Hartford, CT, April 6, 2002.
  • “Of Nomadism and Narration,” New Women’s Writing in French, University of London, UK. Sept 27, 2002.


  • “Couper, coller, perdre: Chirurgie esthétique monstrueuse dans ‘Les Yeux d’Emma’ d’Antoine Chalvin” at Twentieth Century French Studies: Re-Cycling. University of California at Davis, March 29-April 1, 2001.
  • Graduate Student Roundtable: Sharing Resources for Scholarship, Teaching, and Advancement at Twentieth Century French Studies: Re-cycling. University of California at Davis, March 29-April 1, 2001. Invited Organizer and Chair.
  • “The Graduate Student Grapevine: Links for Student Resources” at Twentieth Century French Studies: Re-Cycling. University of California at Davis, March, 29-April 1, 2001.
  • “Retour du Détachement: Désespoir et Résistance dans L’Interdite de Malika Mokeddem” at Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones, Portland, Maine, 26 mai-2 juin, 2001.
  • “Reconstructing Reading Comprehension” at the Ninth Annual Conference: Image and Language, School of Language Studies, ANU Canberra, Australia, July 6-8, 2001.
  • “L’enfant et la folie” American Association of Teachers of French, Philadelphia, Pa. Oct. 5, 2001.
  • “La Matropole: Paule Constant’s Mothers and Daughters” at Association for Research on Mothering Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada, October 12-14, 2001.
  • Invited Moderator: Graduate Student Conference, School of Languages, University of Maryland College Park, November 3, 2001.


  • “Dissociation and Disconnection in Paule Constant’s Confidence pour Confidence, at the Conference on Women’s Writing in France in the 1990’s, January 21-22, 2000. University of London. Invited Paper.
  • “Being-In-Relationship is a Sheltering Space: The Root Metaphor for the Search for Identity in Paule Constant’s Novels of Girls and Women,” at the Twentieth Century French Literature Conference, University of Louisville, February 24-26, 2000.
  • “Looking for Shelter: The Search for Identity in Paule Constant’s Confidence pour Confidence,” at the Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Orlando, FL, March 2-3, 2000.
  • “Confidence pour Confidence, A Horneyan Reading,” at the Twentieth Annual Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati, May 11-13, 2000.
  • Invited Session chair: “Examinations of the Non-traditional” at the Twentieth Annual Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati, May 11-13, 2000.


  • “The Reproduction and Production of Identity and Writing in Maryse Condé’s ‘La châtaigne et le fruit à pain'” at the Eighteenth Annual Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati, May 7-9, 1998.


  • 2008 – present : Chesapeake College Continuing Education (French Women Writers)
  • 2005 – present : *Academy of Lifelong Learning, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels MD.
  • 2003 – 2005: Lecturer, School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.
  • 2002-2003 Catholic University of America
  • French 104 Adventures in Reading
  • French 203 Grammar, Conversation, Composition
  • French 204 Film, Conversation, Composition
  • 2002 Project Specialist, French Writing Center, Department of French and Italian, University of Maryland College Park. Individual tutorials with students re their writing projects.
  • 2001 (Fall) Hood College, Visiting Instructor (Sabbatical replacement)
  • French 101
  • French 207 Readings in French Civilization Middle Ages to 17th Century
  • French 320 Francophone Women Writers
  • 1999 -2001 Graduate Teaching Assistant: University of Maryland
  • 2001: French 241/Women’s Studies 241 Contemporary Women Writers  of French Expression in Translation, a CORE course at UMCP  (Literature & Diversity).
  • 2000: French 250/250H Readings in French, a CORE course at UMCP  (Literature).
  • 2000: French 211 Intermediate French Conversation
  • 1999: French 204 Review of Grammar and Composition
  • 1998-99 Lecturer in English: University of Nice, France, providing oral English correction and preparation for listening comprehension and oral proficiency exams.
  • 1993-96 Adjunct Professor – General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Sociology of Mental Health, Human Growth and Development, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD 21679


  • French and francophone women writers
  • Psychology and literature
  • The cognitive processes of reading space, images and transformation in texts
  • The centrality of the body in interpretation


  • 2006 Judge, Sixteenth Annual Poetry Contest, Friends of the Talbot County  Library.
  • 2003- 2005 Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative WOMEN IN FRENCH
  • 2003 – present : Reader – Undergraduate Essay Contest WIF
  • 2002- 2003 Faculty Advisor to the French Club at The Catholic University of
  • America; Language Teaching
  • Committee, CUA; Jury for the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, CUA


  • Women in French


  • MA 1996 French Language and Literature, University of Delaware
  • Maryland Standard Teaching Certificate 2 (French 7-12)
  • 1977 MA in Education, (Generic Counseling), George Washington University
  • 1991 Middlebury College
  • 1989-91 Salisbury University
  • BA 1972 Ohio State University (Social Sciences)


  • 2007- present fiction editor for The Delmarva Review
  • 1977-79 Counselor; families and individuals: Rockville Free Clinic, Rockville Md.
  • 1976-77 Counselor/Practicum: Counseling Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
  • 1974-75 Applicant Liaison Assistant and Staging Coordinator. Peace Corps, Washington DC.
  • 1972-74 Peace Corps Volunteer (TEFL), Maradi, Niger.

Other publications


  • Some Descendants of Robert Porter , Baltimore, Gateway Press, 1986.
  • More Descendents of Robert Porter (Amazon).


  • Collections available at BOOKS link, above.


  • Paintings, see LINK above.