Associate Professor of French and Department Chair
Kelsey Haskett received her Hon. B.A. in French from the University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada, where she grew up. After a year in Montreal with Youth With a Mission, she moved to Quebec City where she obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Literature from Laval University. In Quebec City, she was a resident and leader of a home for young women in the inner city for ten years, in conjunction with her church, the Carrefour Chrétien Evangélique. After teaching French at St. Stephen’s University in New Brunswick for three years, she came to Trinity Western University in 1989 to set up the French program. Over the years, she has developed and taught most of the French courses, including courses in language acquisition, conversation, grammar, composition, French civilization, and French and Quebec literature (currently her main focus). Besides designing the program, which consists of two streams leading to a minor or concentration in French, she has also supervised the development of almost all of the other language courses in the department, becoming chair of the newly created Modern Language Department in January 2003. This became the Department of World Languages and Cultures in April 2014. She teaches French Civilization on a regular basis in the summer program of the Jacques Lefèvere Institute, in Normandy, France.
Her areas of research are French women’s literature and 20th century French literature. She co-edited, with Holly Faith Nelson, French Women Authors: the Significance of the Spiritual (1400-2000), which was published by the University of Delaware Press in 2013. This collection of articles, to which she contributed two chapters, focuses on the spiritual thought and writing of French women authors over the centuries.In 2011, she published Dans le miroir des mots: identité féminine et relations familiales dans l’œuvre romanesque de Marguerite Duras, a major study of Duras’ novels, with Summa Publications (Birmingham, AL). She also contributed a chapter on language study to the book entitled Christian Worldview and the Academic Disciplines, edited by Deane Downey and Stanley Porter (McMaster Divinity College Press, 2009). She is Vice-President of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association, of which she has been an active member since 1992, and has published several articles in their Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, as well as an article in Intégrité: A Faith and Learning Journal, published by Missouri Baptist University. She is a member of the Société Internationale Marguerite Duras and of the Association Marguerite Duras in France, in which she is actively involved, including presenting a paper. She has presented a number of papers to the North American Christian Language Association, as well as presenting at other conferences. She enjoys spending summers in France, doing research and writing, meeting friends and colleagues, and exploring France’s rich culture.