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Associate Professor - French Modern Languages & Literatures jfrengs2@unl.edu

Julia L. Frengs, Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, Modern French Studies 2013) specializes in literatures of French expression from outside of France. She focuses principally on women’s writing, representations of the body, indigenous emancipatory discourse, and environmental engagement in the literatures of New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Her monograph, Corporeal Archipelagos: Writing the Body in Francophone Oceanian Women's Literature, was published in January 2018 by Lexington Books. Dr. Frengs also enjoys teaching courses on the literatures and cultures of the French-speaking Caribbean, Africa, the Indian Ocean, and Canada. She has taught courses in French language and French and francophone cultures at Quest University Canada, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Frengs joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in August, 2016. She is also an affiliate faculty member of Women's and Gender Studies and Global Studies at UNL.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Literatures of French expression from the Pacific, Indian, and Caribbean Oceans
  • African and Canadian literatures of French expression
  • French literature, language, film, and culture
  • Women’s literature
  • Literatures of the environment/the environmental humanities
  • The body and body art in Oceanic literatures


Professional Association Memberships

  • Modern Language Association
  • Women in French
  • Conseil International d’Études Francophones
  • Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques
  • Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
  • American Association of Teachers of French

Curriculum Vitae