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Suzanne Toczyski – French, Caribbean authors, fiction


Professor Suzanne Toczyski

Suzanne Toczyski, Professor of French, recently published an article on a 1995 novel by French Caribbean author Gisèle Pineau entitled, “Voyage-cyclone: Souvenirs d’Éliette dans L’Espérance-macadam de Gisèle Pineau” (Nouvelles Etudes Francophones: Revue du Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones 27.2, fall 2012, pages 6-16). She has another article on a Caribbean author forthcoming in L’Erudit franco-espagnol entitled, “O manioc-roi!: Community, Commensality, and Communion in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Solibo Magnifique.”

Most recently, returning to her beloved seventeenth century, Toczyski prepared a 25-page manuscript for the fall 2014 Salesian Scholars Seminar entitled, “Blessed the Breasts at Which You Nursed: Mother-Child Intimacy in Francis de Sales’ Treatise on the Love of God.” She plans to continue work on Francis de Sales for the foreseeable future, and will submit this article for publication after minor post-seminar revisions. Her most recent book reviews have appeared in Women in French Studies and The French Review on books treating topics as disparate as worldly knowledge and literary pleasure in the seventeenth century; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; and contemporary francohpone fiction.

In addition, she continues to publish the weekly Bay Area Francophile List, a calendar of francophilic events in the greater Bay area to French-speaking members of the Sonoma State community, as well as to members of the local community, the Bay Area, and faculty and students at over ten other California university and community college campuses.


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