Anne E. Duggan

Anne E. Duggan

Professor of French

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 487 Manoogian

Curriculum vitae



Anne E. Duggan



Anne E. Duggan is Professor of French in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University. Working between the French early modern tale tradition and twentieth- and twenty-first century French fairy-tale film, her most recent books include the second revised edition of Salonnières, Furies, and Fairies: The Politics of Gender and Cultural Change in Absolutist France (2021), the edtied volume A Cultural History of Fairy Tales in the Long Eighteenth Century (2021), and the coedited and translated work, Women Writing Wonder: An Anthology of Subversive Nineteenth-Century British, French, and German Fairy Tales, with Julie Koehler, Shandi Wagner, and Adrion Dula (2021). With Cristina Bacchilega, Professor Duggan is co-editor of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies and she is series editor of The Donald Haase Series in Fairy-Tale Studies at Wayne State University Press.

Research in progress

I am currently working on two book projects tentatively title French Engagé Animation, or Tales of Social Justice.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Early Modern Studies

Early Modern Gender Studies

Fairy-Tale Studies

Fairy-Tale Film


Ph.D. in French Studies, University of Minnesota

Selected publications


Recent articles and book chapters

Non-academic publications


Currently teaching

  • FRE 2100: French through Film I (Fall 2021) Through the lens of four different films, students will gain increased competency in French and Francophone linguistic and cultural proficiency. The course focuses on interactive and communicative reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities as well as critical thinking skills. Each chapter is framed by one film, which lays the groundwork for the vocabulary and grammar to be covered. While grammar will be reviewed, the majority of class time will be focused on communicative activities and discussion of cultural texts such as literary excerpts, ads, film, essays, etc.
  • FRE/GER 2991: Understanding the Fairy Tale (Fall 2021) In this course students will gain an understanding of the history of four classic fairy tales: “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Rapunzel,” and tales from the Arabian Nights. We will read early manifestations of these tales, with a focus on French and German traditions, and think about the legacy of these writers and tales in contemporary fairy-tale cultures. For each tale type, we will spend two weeks reading variants of the tales, and the third week we will focus on different media adaptations, from Disney films and music videos to graphic novels and social media. We will consider questions of gender, sexuality, race, and class throughout the semester as they relate to classic fairy tales. We will take into account the important work women writers of tales played within this history. 
  • FRE 3300: Professional French through Literary and Filmic Texts (Winter 2022) Through the study of film (Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis and Deux jours, une nuit), television series (Dix pour cent), videos, and literature (Félicité de Genlis and Amélie Nothomb), students familiarize themselves with different professional contexts and sectors in the French-speaking world from the point of view of vocabulary, fundamental business and economic concepts, and different professional cultures and cultural practices.
  • FRE 4620/6620: Topics in Sociocultural Analysis: Gender and Sexuality in West and North Africa (Winter 2022) In this course students explore the intersections between colonialism, gender, and sexuality in North Africa (with a focus on Morocco) and West Africa (with a focus on Senegal and Ivory Coast) through the study of folkloric, literary, and filmic texts as well as feminist and queer testimonials. Authors, filmmakers, and theorists featured include Awa Thiam, Ousmane Sembène, Veronique Tadjo, Fatima Mernissa, Leila Slimani, and Abdellah Taïa.