Professor of French Studies, Director of Landscape Studies Program
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Ann Leone earned her A.B. in French from Smith and her Ph.D. in French literature from Brown University. In the French department, Leone teaches first- and second-year French language and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French literature. She also teaches the basis for the comparative literature major, Smith's "great books" course, General Literature.
Leone is particularly interested in the history of landscape and has published essays on the functions of gardens and other landscapes in French, Russian, British and American literature. She teaches several comparative literature courses related to this research: The Garden: Paradise or Battleground?; Bitter Homes and Gardens; Literary Ecology; a First Year Seminar entitled Reading, Writing, and Placemaking: Landscape Studies; and a French literature course, Dream Places and Nightmare Spaces.