Heidi Bostic
Dr. Heidi BosticMarquette University

Sensenbrenner Hall, 102

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3224

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of French

My research spans eighteenth-century French literature, contemporary feminist theory, narrative studies and higher education. All of my work is animated by basic questions: who are we and how ought we to live? My most recent publications focus on the power of interdisciplinary collaboration and how best to prepare students to thrive after graduation.

My teaching has included all levels of French language and culture as well as French literature, Business French, Francophone Cultures and topical courses like French Women Writers and Technology in Literature and Film. In addition, I have taught elementary Spanish as well as graduate courses (in English) on topics such as narrative identity and gender studies. As a Fulbright Scholar to Chile, I taught courses in Spanish on Women’s Literature and U.S. Culture and Society. More recently I have taught interdisciplinary courses including a section of the Marquette Core Curriculum culminating course on the Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice as well as Arts & Sciences Influentials, a course for juniors and seniors that features alumni speakers and focuses on professional formation and career discernment.


  • Purdue University, Ph.D. in Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, D.E.A. (Diplôme d’Études Approfondies) en Sciences du langage, avec mention très bien
  • Purdue University, M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • University of Nebraska Omaha, B.A. in French, summa cum laude 


  • Toward a Hope-Filled Future: Deans’ Reflections on Leadership and Transition” (with Annmarie Caño, Bonnie Gunzenhauser, Michelle Maldonado and Danielle Press) Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, September 28, 2022.
  • Deans New to Jesuit Education Find Their Way Together” (with Annmarie Caño, Bonnie Gunzenhauser, Michelle Maldonado and Danielle Press) Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, September 3, 2021.
  • Prepare Students (and Ourselves) for Meaningful Work,” The EvoLLLution, January 15, 2020.
  • Practicing Community: The Future of Liberal Learning” (with Diane E. Boyd), Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) News, “Perspectives,” October 2019.
  • “To Address the Anthropocene, Engage the Liberal Arts.” (with Meghan Howey) Anthropocene 18 (2017): 105–110.
  • “Greimas and Gender: Mere Recipe or Real Meal?,” Semiotica: Journal of the International Association of Semiotic Studies 219 (2017): 33–54.
  • The Business Case for Humanities Education” (with Ross Gittell), New Hampshire Business Review, September 29, 2017.
  • The Humanities Must Engage Global Grand Challenges,”The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 30, 2016.
  • “Chairing Stories” in Academic Leadership in Higher Education: From the Top Down and the Bottom Up. Ed. Robert J. Sternberg et al. Lanham, MD: Rowman-Littlefield, 2015. 233–238. 
  • “Friendship, Fainéantise, and Fraternal Correction in Graffigny’s Letters to Devaux 1752–53,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 26.3 (2014): 355–74.
  • “Graffigny’s Self, Graffigny’s Friend: Intimate Sharing in the Correspondance 1750–52,” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 42, ed. Lisa Cody. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013: 215–36.
  • “Literary Women, Reason, and the Fiction of Enlightenment,” The French Review 85:6(2012): 1024–38.
  • Guest Editor for “The Recent Work of Luce Irigaray,” special issue of L’Esprit créateur 52.3 (September 2012). Includes introductory essay, pp. 1–10.
  • “The Difference She Makes: Staging Gender Identity in Graffigny’s Phaza,Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 29.2 (2010): 291–309.
  • The Fiction of Enlightenment: Women of Reason in the French Eighteenth Century. Newark: The University of Delaware Press, 2010.
  • “Between Truth and Fiction: Telling the Stories of Eighteenth-Century Women,” Cahiers Isabelle de Charrière/Belle de Zuylen Papers 4 (2009): 45–65.
  • “Thinking Life as Relation: An Interview with Luce Irigaray” (with Stephen Pluháček), Conversations, ed. Luce Irigaray. London: Continuum, 2008. 1−19. Reprint, originally published 1996.
  • Translator of Jacques Fontanille, Sémiotique du discours, 2nd ed.  Limoges, France: Presses universitaires de Limoges, 2003, as The Semiotics of Discourse, series Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.
  • “Sexual Education as Enlightenment in Riccoboni’s Lettres de Mistriss Fanni Butlerd à Mylord Charles Alfred and Histoire du Marquis de Cressy,” Women in French Studies12 (2004): 32−44.
  • “‘Que faire pour être raisonnable?’: La Réunion du bon sens et de l’espritde Françoise de Graffigny,” SVEC: Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 12(2004): 337−44.
  • “Reading in Translation: Luce Irigaray’s The Way of Love,” Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy 49 (2003): 44–64.
  • “The Light of Reason in Graffigny’s Lettres d’une Péruvienne,” Dalhousie French Studies 63 (2003): 3–11.
  • “Luce Irigaray and Love,” Cultural Studies 16.5 (2002): 603–10.
  • Translator of Luce Irigaray, La voie de l’amouras The Way of Love (with Stephen Pluháček). London: Continuum, 2002.

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