Rebecca Raitses


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My story begins at Evergreen where, as a student, I enjoyed the freedom to work on an organic farm in Burgundy and spend a month in Paris researching artist squats. These and other adventures in France thoroughly whetted my appetite for travel and language and inspired me to pursue graduate studies in French. I went back to Paris during my master's and studied for a semester at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, where I began the practice of spending long days at the library.  

My dissertation, Heritage Repair: Revisiting Familial and Collective Histories in Filiation Narratives, explores investigative hybrid memoirs by 2nd and 3rd generation French writers. I’ve published a profile on filmmaker Tony Gatlif, included in The art of directing : a concise dictionary of France's film directors (2023), an article in The European Journal of Life Writing: (A Harki History Lesson: Dalila Kerchouche’s Filiation Narrative Mon père, ce harki) and (a review in French). 


Ph.D., French, City University of New York, 2022; M.Phil., French, City University of New York, 2019; M.A., French Literature, Hunter College, 2014; B.A., The Evergreen State College, 2009.

Teaching Style

My classes are for everyone. I’m committed to implementing pedagogical practices most conducive to learning for all and to creating safe spaces to take risks with language. My classes adopt an experiential approach to language, emphasizing authentic communication. 

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