Hi, I am Natacha Pawa a second-year French Ph.D. student at the Graduate Center, B.A in English/ French Literatures with a minor in linguistics from the University of Buea (Cameroon), a Master in French literature, and a D.E.A in French Literature both from the University of Yaoundé I.
I am currently – starting from Fall 2017- an Adjunct Lecturer of French at Hunter College and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Brooklyn College – from last Fall. I previously taught French core courses respectively at St John’s University and Queens borough Community College. In my teaching, I am dedicated to bringing to my students of varied academic disciplines a new approach to university core foreign language courses, which are most often viewed by them as a loss of time.
My academic interests are broad and varied, My master thesis was on The Images of Africa in The Color Purple of Alice Walker and La Rose de sable of Montherlant, and my D.E.A used Freudian psychoanalytic approaches to examine the psychoses(agoraphobia, schizophrenia, madness, etc.) in The Bluest Eye of Toni Morrison, Le Baiser au lépreux of Francois Mauriac and Kamouraska of Anne Hébert. For my forthcoming Ph.D. dissertation, I went through a specialization Ph.D. course in the Clinical Psychology Department at City College. I intend to continue working with the psychoanalytical approaches (Freudian and contemporary American schools) on the issues of memory, trauma, self and identity in selected works of some twentieth and twenty-first-century French and francophone authors (I prefer to keep them secret for now!)
My Great Hobby is singing , I am an active member of Souls in Harmony (don’t google it; it’s one of my parish choir and its fame is still in process!).