Lydia Belateche

Dr. Belatèche received her Ph.D. in French Literature from Yale University in 1993, with a minor in Art History. Her B.A. in French is from Vassar College. She has taught French language and literature courses at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), Hamline University (St. Paul), the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and at Mississippi State University. Her experiences teaching K-12 include teaching 6th-grade French at the Breck School and teaching English at the Lycée Fénelon in Paris. She has served as Co-Coordinator of the College in the Schools (CIS) Program for French since 1999. Between 2007 and 2012, she served as president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). She has taught an interdisciplinary course for adults at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), and has published several articles on art exhibits stateside and abroad. She has also taught a course on theatre through the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Her favorite field trips for students at the U include special exhibits at the MIA and French ballets at Northrop Auditorium. She is a regular columnist for "Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord" (MN-AATF) and a book reviewer of creative works for "The French Review."

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: French Literature, Minor: History of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1993.
  • M. Phil.: French Literature, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1988.
  • M.A.: French Literature, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1986.
  • B.A.: French, Honors: General, Departmental , Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1984.
  • Sweet Briar Junior Year Abroad: Paris, France, 1982-83.


  • 19th- & 20th-century French literature and thought
  • art history
  • philosophical approaches to literature
  • linguistic approaches to literature
Courses Taught
  • French 3650: Topics in French/Francophone Cultures: French Authors Explore the Human Experience (summer, 2020)
  • French 3101W--Methods in French Studies (Intro to Lit)
  • French 3016: Advanced Composition and Communication (designer of course, 2017-18)
  • French 3015: Advanced Grammar and Communication (designer of course, 2017)
  • French 1004 (Intermediate French II)
  • French 1003 (Intermediate French I)
  • French 1022 (Intensive 1st-year French)
  • Introduction to the French Novel (U of M quarter system)
  • Stylistics through Translation (U of M quarter system)
  • Introduction to French Literature: 1600-1800, 1800-1900 & 1900-present (Ann Arbor)
  • Introduction to 20th-century French Literature (Ann Arbor)
  • French Novel and Short Story of the 19th century (M.A. level; MSU)
  • French Drama of the 19th Century (M.A. level; MSU)
  • Business French (MSU)
  • Intermediate Honors French (MSU)
  • Translation and American Literature : khâgne level (Lycée Fénelon, Paris)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Senior Lecturer: U of M (Twin Cities) , 2005 - present
  • Lecturer: U of M (Twin Cities) , 1997 - 2004
  • Advisor for Study Abroad: French Minors (U of M) , 2013 - 2015
  • Visiting Lecturer: Hamline University (St. Paul) , 2011 - 2012
  • Middle School Instructor: Breck School , 1997 - 1998
  • Assistant Professor : Mississippi State University , 1994 - 1997
  • Director/Instructor : Study Abroad at Université Laval (Québec): 3-week & 6-week programs , 1995 - 1996 (summers)
  • Visiting Lecturer: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor , 1991 - 1994
  • Assistante d'anglais (TAPIF): Lycée Fénelon (Paris) , 1988 - 1989
  • Acting Instructor: Yale University , 1987-88 - 1989-90
  • Intern/Teaching Assistant: French Department, Vassar College , 1983 - 1984
  • English Language Teaching Assistant: Institut d'Anglais, Charles V (Paris) , 1982 - 1983


  • Co-Coordinator: College in the Schools for French (CIS), 1999 - to present
  • President: MN-AATF (American Association of Teachers of French), 2007 - 2012
  • World Languages Day Instructor (for high-school students): Class: "Les Délices de France: Learn to Eat (and Speak) like the French", 2012 (summer) - 2013, 2014
  • Outside Advocacy Expert: Dept. of World Languages & Cultures, Normandale Community College, 2014
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Dept. of French & Francophone Studies, Macalester College, 2013
  • Broadway Confidential Speaker for the Hennepin Theatre Trust (Minneapolis): "Les Misérables: Art and Literature of Revolutionary France", December 5, 2011
  • Instructor/Art Project Creator: Art Masterpiece/Art Adventure Program (sponsored by MIA), for Edina Public Schools (elementary level), 2006 - 2012
  • Judge: À Vous La Parole (French Contest) , 1999 - 2009
  • Instructor at Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA): "Naturalism and Impressionism: Zola, Manet, and the Salon des Refusés" (mini-course for adults), winter, 1998
  • Book Reviews (Creative Works): Belateche, Lydia, AATF, The French Review, 89.3, 90.4, 91.3, 91.4, 92.2, 92.3, 92.4, 93.1, 93.2, 93.3, 93.4; 94.1 & 94.2 (forthcoming) Authors: Julia Kristeva, Elie Treese, François Matton, Hédi Bouraoui, René Frégni, Salim Bachi, Faïza Guène, Thomas Clavel, Véronique Bizot, Claude-Emmanuelle Yance, Hugo Boris, 2016-present . Download· Image
  • Columnist: Belateche, Lydia, Françoise Denis, ed., MN-AATF, "Paris vue d'ici: Recent Books on the City of Lights", Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, Authors: Alice Kaplan, Lauren Collins, Eleanor Brown, Kristin Louise Duncombe, Elaine Sciolino, Ronald C. Rosbottom, Joan DeJean, Graham Robb, Eloisa James & Krista Halverson (ed.), 2012-present. Link
  • Far from Remote: Zooming with Advanced Students of French at the U: Belateche, Lydia, Reposted on LC and FRIT websites (Nov. 2020), MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 41 6-9, 2020 (summer, fall) . LinkDownload
  • Art on the Go; "A Weakness for French Prints" at the MIA: Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 40.2 11-18, 2020 (winter). LinkDownload
  • Teaching 'la laïcité' with Faïza Ambah's 'Mariam' (2015): Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 36.3 6-8, 2016 (summer). LinkDownload· Image
  • Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art: A Bonanza for Museum Patrons Around the World: Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 36.2 19-23, 2015-16 (winter). Link
  • Mme Solo-Taylor: Advocate and Educator in St. Paul (Hommage): Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 36.2 32-34, 2015-16 (winter). Link
  • Un Zoo à l'américaine: Le Nouveau Zoo de Vincennes à Paris: Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 35.3 17-19, 2015 (summer). Link
  • Vivent les affiches! 'Paris 1900, la Ville spectacle' au Petit Palais: Belateche, Lydia, MN AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 35.1 7-12, 2014 (fall). Link
  • Plus qu'un thriller: 'Sous la ville rouge' par René Frégni (2013): Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 35.1 3-4, 2014 (fall). Link
  • 'Les Misérables' (2012): From Stage to Screen: Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 33.2 15-17, 2012-13 (winter). Download
  • Ma rencontre avec Tony Sandler: Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 33.1 14-15, 2012 (fall). Download
  • In Search of Paris in the Twin Cities: Belateche, Lydia, Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures, Hamline U., Multilingual Monitor, 2012. Download
  • Le Rapport Père-Fille chez René Frégni: 'La Fiancée des Corbeaux' (2011): Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 32.1 3-5, 2011 (fall). Download
  • Ma rencontre avec la 'garce' de la prairie: Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 31.1 5-7, 2010 (fall). LinkImage
  • La Visite au Louvre: Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Étoile du Nord, 30.2 12-13, 2009-10 (winter). Link
  • Le Rapport Mère-Fils chez René Frégni: 'Elle danse dans le noir' (1998): Belateche, Lydia, MN-AATF, Reflets de l'Etoile du Nord, 30.1 15-16, 2009 (fall). Download· Image
  • Not Lost in Translation: French in the New World (The Life of Language): Belateche, Lydia, FRIT, Verve , 3 3, 2008 (fall). Download
  • "French Connections: the U and College in the Schools": Belateche, Lydia, U of M CLA Website (K-12 outreach programs), fall, 2008. Download
  • Speaking Inside and Outside of the Bourgeois Salon: Belateche, Lydia, Anna Gural-Migdal, ed., Peter Lang, L'écriture du féminin chez Zola et dans la fiction naturaliste (Writing the Feminine in Zola and Naturalist Fiction), 285-301, 2003. LinkImage
  • Global French at the Fin-de-siècle: Belateche, Lydia, FRIT, U of M, Culture Shock , 4.3 1+, 1999 (Dec.). Download
  • Book Reviews: Belateche, Lydia, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 24.3-4, 25.3-4, 27.3-4 Authors: Henri Mitterand, Colette Becker, Alain Pagès, Wendelin Guentner, 1996, 1997, 1999. Download· Image
  • Gossip and the Call for Silence in the Frères Goncourt: Belateche, Lydia, AIZEN, Excavatio, 9 10-19, 1997. Link
  • Speaking Inside and Outside of the Bourgeois Salon: Belateche, Lydia, AIZEN, Excavatio, 6-7 152-65, 1995. Link
  • Housing for the Humanities (Letter to the Editor): Belateche, Lydia, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 17 B3-4, 1995. LinkDownload
  • Special Topic on the Job Market (forum): Belateche, Lydia, MLA, Profession , 102-03, 1995. LinkDownload
  • Temp Prof: Practicing the Profession off the Tenure Track: Belateche, Lydia, MLA, Profession , 64-66, 1994. LinkDownload· Image
  • Letter to the Editor (The Job Market): Belateche, Lydia, MLA, Profession, 93:3 3, 1993. LinkDownload
  • 2019 & 2020 Thank a Teacher Award, Center for Educational Innovation, University of Minnesota, TC
  • Academic Innovation Grant for Technology (LATIS), 2018 - ongoing (Antidote)
  • Academic Innovation Grant for Technology (LATIS), 2017 - to present (pilot)
  • Grant Recipient, PACE Project (LC and FRIT), 2016 (FR 3015/16) - listening activities
  • Grant Recipient, PACE Project (LC and FRIT), fall, 2016 (FR 3015) - curriculum
  • Humanities & Arts Research Grant, MSU, 1997
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of the Month, Golden Key National Honor Society, MSU, 1996 (Dec.)
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Yale U, 1990 - 1991
  • University Fellowship, Yale U, 1985 - 1989