Caroline Ferraris-Besso

Associate Professor




Campus Box 0411


McKnight Hall
Room 11
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


PhD Cornell University, 2012
MA Cornell University, 2008
MA Université Savoie-Mont Blanc, 2004

Academic Focus

Nineteenth and twentieth-century French literature; Postcolonial studies; Polynesian studies; Visual culture


My work is concerned with the ways in which literature and art have been used as tools to shape racial, social, and sexual minorities in the French Colonial Empire. It has appeared in, among others, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, MLN, Nottingham French Studies and Dix-Neuf, Journal of the Society of Dix-neuviémistes.*  My current book-length project is tentatively entitled Postcarding the Other: Polynesia and the Nineteenth-Century French Imagination.

* If you are interested in a copy of any of my papers but do not have institutional access to them, please feel free to email me for a copy.

For an up-to-date list of publications, visit: ORCID or Google Scholar


At Gettysburg College, I teach beginning through upper-level French language courses, as well as topic courses focusing on nineteenth-century through twenty-first culture, society, and literature. I also occasionally teach in the First-Year Seminar Program. My course, "You’re Not Yelping: From the Critique of Judgment to Consumer Rating Culture" (FYS 189-4),  has been hailed as "a class that will change the way you think."

Courses Taught