Assistant Professor of French
Office: (269) 387-3430
517 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5424
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
B.A. in French Language and Literature, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1980
MA in Comparative Literature, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1983
Ph.D. in French Language and Literature, Michigan State University, 2007
Vivan Steemers, Assistant Professor of French, joined the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University in the fall of 2008. Her research interests include Francophone sub-Saharan Literature and its reception, Postcolonial Theory as well as Translation Theory. Her book Le (néo)colonialisme littéraire: quatre romans africains face à l'institution littéraire parisienne (1950-1970) was published in 2012 (Karthala, Paris). Her articles on Francophone African Literature and Translation have appeared in journals such as Research in African Literatures and Présence Francophone. She has also contributed a chapter, "Reading and Teaching in Translation", to Teaching Literature of Today's Middle East (editor Allen Webb, Routledge, 2011).
Vivan Steemers teaches all levels of French language, French and Francophone literature and culture, business French, translation and translation theory.