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Sage Goellner

Assistant Professor

Liberal Arts and Applied Studies


BA University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA University of Michigan
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sage Goellner is an assistant professor of French and Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directs French programs for the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies. She grew up in northern Wisconsin and earned her PhD at the UW-Madison. In the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies, she works with non-traditional students and lifelong learners in continuing adult classes and online courses, teaching a variety of French language, culture, and literature classes. As a part of her outreach efforts, she is also editor-in-chief of France Synergies, a worldwide educational resource for teachers of French. She is also a faculty affiliate with the Department of French and Italian.

Dr. Goellner has lived and studied in several Francophone regions, including Ile-de-France (Paris), Haute-Corse (Ajaccio), Provence (Avignon), Auvergne (Le Puy-en-Velay), and Quebec (Montreal and Quebec City). She has also guided educational travel trips to Aquitaine, Burgundy, and Quebec.

Her area of research focuses on the relation between France and the Maghreb, and she is completing a book about literary representations of the French colonization of Algeria. She is an active member of Women in French (WIF), the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), and the Modern Language Association (MLA). She is interested in 19-century French colonial literature, travel literature, and women’s writing.

When not working, Professor Goellner enjoys all things French, and also gardening, yoga, ballet, and spending time with her family.

Selected courses taught

Adult evening courses
French 1, 2, and 3
France and its Others
Introduction to French Film
France and Its Wars
Hidden Paris

Online courses
Intermediate French Literature and Culture
Introduction to French Civilization
French for Reading Knowledge
French and Francophone Women Writers

Advanced Placement Summer Institutes
Using Film in the French Classroom
Cultures of Montreal
Algeria and France

Undergraduate courses
Introduction to French and Francophone Literature
Le voyage dans la littérature francophone
Intermediate French Grammar

Graduate courses
L’Orientalisme revisité
Introduction to Literary Theory
L’Orient au féminin

Selected publications

“’Oui, tu t’en vas…:’
Suspension Points in Isabelle Eberhardt’s Yasmina.
Women in French Studies. Voyages de Femmes. Ed. Catherine Montfort and Christine Probes. Forthcoming 2017.

“Algeria’s Ghosts: Fromentin’s Haunted Algerian Journeys.” Odysseys: Travel Narratives in French. Ed. Jeanne Garane. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2016. Pp. 109-121.

“Algeria in France: Colette’s “Le Manteau de spahi.” The French Review 85.3 (February 2012): 483-488.

“Assia Djebar and Eugène Fromentin’s Haoua: Cultural Betrayal and Intertextual Transformation.” Equinoxes Graduate Journal of French and Francophone Studies. Winter, 2004.

“Embodiments of Hysteria: Emile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin.Genre: Journal of Comparative Literature. Vol 19 (1998): 29-38.

Public outreach

The Joy of French.” University of the Air, Wisconsin Public Radio.

Why You Should Learn A New Language.” The Joy Cardin Show. Wisconsin Public Radio.

Toward an Understanding of the Context(s) of Charlie Hebdo.”
University Round-table discussion: “Charlie Hebdo, Satire, and Freedom of Expression.”
You Know More French Than You Think You Do.” UW-Madison Continuing Studies.

Why French Matters.” The French House, UW-Madison.

"Portraits of Continuing Studies French Students.” UW-Madison Department of French and Italian.