Carolyn Shread

  • Senior Lecturer in French
Carolyn Shread

Carolyn Shread is committed to interrogating the canon to make space for marginalized voices and to decolonizing the curriculum through the inclusion of texts from throughout the Francophone world. Her language classes integrate digital practices, combining a focus on grammatical rigor with creative self-expression in French.

Shread’s research approaches the language and literature of the French speaking world primarily through the lens of translation studies. In 2012, her article "On Becoming in Translation: Articulating Feminisms in the Translation of Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s Les Rapaces" won a national research award, the Florence Howe Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship. She has published ten books in translation, including five by contemporary French philosopher Catherine Malabou, as well as several articles on the intersection of Malabou’s signature concept plasticity and translation.

Shread participates actively in the Five College community as co-chair of the Faculty Seminar on Literary Translation and co-chair for the French Studies Faculty Seminar. She works closely with the Haitian publishing house LEGS EDITION and is on the editorial board of the journal Legs et littérature.

Areas of Expertise

Language teaching, twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone literature and culture, translation studies, women and gender studies

Education

  • Ph.D., M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M.A., Sussex University
  • B.A., St. Anne's College, Oxford

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Recent Campus News

Mount Holyoke students and faculty, through the Five College Consortium, have access to limitless opportunities.

Who is translating and which text they choose are political decisions, says Carolyn Shread, a lecturer in the French department at Mount Holyoke.

Shread, a translation expert at Mount Holyoke, was an invited speaker at an international conference on the field, held in Paris this fall.

Recent Publications

Rancière, J. (Spring 2022). Does Communist Art Exist? Trans. Matthew Scully, Nell Wasserstrom, and Carolyn Shread. Critical Inquiry, 48(3), 459-474. https://doi.org/10.1086/718619

Forthcoming translation from the French of Catherine Malabou's Pleasure Erased: The Clitoris Unthought is the recipient of a 2022 French Voices award.

Shread, C.  (2021) Response by Shread to “Representing experiential knowledge”, Translation Studies, 14(1), 104-108, DOI: 10.1080/14781700.2020.1850333

Recent Awards

Forthcoming translation from the French of Catherine Malabou's Pleasure Erased: The Clitoris Unthought is the recipient of a 2022 French Voices award.

Recent Honors

Gave a guest lecture, “The Pleasure of Translating Catherine Malabou”, at Séminaire Climas Intersections, Université de Bordeaux Montaigne, France, on 22 October 2021

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