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Comparative Literature and Languages

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 Christine Duvergé, Senior Lecturer in French

Office: HMNSS 2409

Christine Duvergé

MA, Michigan State University. 1995. French.
Ph.D, University of Arizona. 2003. French.

Christine Duvergé was born and raised in Mauritius. In 1988 she came to the United-States on a track and field scholarship. During her career as an athlete she competed internationally and was Big Ten Champion several times. After her undergraduate she decided to take her studies to the next level. She completed a Masters and a doctorate in French literature. Still an avid runner, she is also an ardent writer. At the University of California, Riverside she is Senior Lecturer in French. Her area of research is 17th Century French literature and culture, and Francophone literatures (Sub Saharan, Caribbean, Indian Ocean). She wrote her dissertation on Madame de Maintenon (the Sun King's secret wife) and Saint-Cyr, an all-girl school that she founded for the poor noble girls. Christine Duvergé has published and given talks on her area of specialty. She loves teaching and considers herself a mentor. She also writes fiction and personal essays. Her first novel, Camp Agonie, was launched on October 3rd, 2014. Her second novel L’Essoufflée came out in July 2017. She is at work on a third manuscript.

You can join her on her personal webpage:

To purchase her novels:'essoufflee



Camp Agonie. Pamplemousses Éditions, 2014.

L’Essoufflée. Pamplemousses Éditions, 2017.

Les Vestiges de Bel Air (working title and forthcoming)


"Saint-Cyr (2000): A Cinematic Approach to Teaching 17th Century French History and Culture." The French Review, December 2007.

"Écrivaines insulaires de Maurice." Women In French, Spring 2007. 

Personal Essays:

"Les Marchands de chimères." hAppi Magazine, December 2016.

"La Détenue.” Essentielle Magazine, April 2017.

Forthcoming in 2018:

"Le Temple de Sam."

"Les Vaches, Gertrude et le sucre."

Short stories:

"Vénus, Goliath et Coralie." Collection Maurice, December 2016.


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