Laura Loth | Assistant Professor
Office: 103B Palmer Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3587 | Email:


Laura Loth joined the faculty of the Modern Languages Department at Rhodes College in 2009 and specializes in contemporary Francophone literature, particularly Maghrebi (North African) and Caribbean literatures. Her other areas of interest and expertise are 19th-century colonial studies, gender studies, visual studies, and immigration literature. She is currently revising an article entitled “French (Cross) Dressing: Women Writing and Travelling in Algeria after Isabelle Eberhardt,” in which many of these interests intersect.

Following a study abroad experience in Martinique in which the ground began to tremble, Prof. Loth has begun incorporating environmental and ecocritical questions into her work on the North African and Caribbean novels, with a specific interest in natural disasters. Francophone authors create a literature that emerges from the devastating geographic and geologic specificities that define these territories, reflecting on modes of cultural production that defy these same limitations and resist French political and cultural models of power and domination.  Professor Loth’s new course, “Women Writers of the Francophone Caribbean,” will explore some of these environmental, cultural, and political issues.

Many of Prof. Loth’s courses are cross-listed in the Gender and Sexuality Studies, African American Studies, and Film Studies programs. She serves as the faculty liaison to the Club C.A.F.E, Rhodes’s dynamic French club, and was recently invited to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Minnesota on a month-long study abroad program to Morocco in May 2011. In her free time, she delights in the many wonders Memphis offers her ears and taste buds.


Dr. Loth received her B.A. with high honors in French Studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her dissertation, entitled “Moving Pictures: Gender, Vision, and Narrative from Colonial Algeria to Contemporary France,” was awarded with distinction.


French 201    Intermediate French
French 301    Advanced French Composition
French 322    From Napoleon to Sarkozy: French Civilization from the 19th to 21st Century
French 334   What is French Cinema?
French 141    Women Writers of the Francophone Caribbean

Selected Publications

“Journeying Identities: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Travel Writing in French Colonial Algeria.” Symposium, Summer 2009

“Epigraph-Effect/Eberhardt-Effect: The Death of Legend in Malika Mokeddem’s Le siècle des sauterelles. Expressions maghrébines, Summer 2005


“Natural Catastrophes and Caribbean Community in two Novellas by Maryse Condé and Gisèle Pineau,” presented at the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, FSU, Tallahassee, FL, 2010

“Shaken to the Core: Earthquakes, Ruptures, and Reconciliation in Nina Bouraoui’s Le jour du séïsme and Maïssa Bey’s Surtout ne te retourne pas,” presented at the fourth international conference of Women in French (WIF), Ft. Worth, Texas, 2008

“Chasms and Borders: Seismic Identity in Three Franco-Algerian Novels,” presented at the annual symposium of the Cultural Crossings/Humanities Consortium of Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, 2007

“Unraveling Meaning: Théophile Gautier’s Mummies in Roman de la Momie and the Exposition Universelle of 1867,” presented at the annual conference of Nineteenth Century French Studies (NCFS), Indiana University, Bloomington, 2006