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Nicole Buffard, PhD.
Professor of French

Contact Information:
Mariposa Hall 2031
(916) 278-5757

Office Hours:
Spring semester:
Tuesday & Wednesday from 9:55am to 10:50am
Thursday from 12:00pm to 1:05pm
-or- by appointment

Courses in 2013 -2014:

Fall 2013:
French 1A:         M through TH 11-11:50am (Mariposa Hall, MRP 2030)
French 2A/2B:   M/W 1:30-3:20pm (Library 4021)
French 100:
      TU/TH 1:30-2:45pm (MRP 2032)

Spring 2014:     
French 1A:         M through TH 11-11:50am (Mariposa Hall, MRP 2030)
French 1B:         M through TH 9-9:50am (Mariposa Hall, MRP 2005)
French 2A/2B:   TU/TH 1:30-3:20pm (Mariposa Hall, MRP 2032)


Nicole Buffard joined the Foreign Language Department at CSUS in the fall of 2002, after having taught at Oakland University, Michigan, for 14 years.

She teaches the following classes in the French program:

  • Beginning language classes (FRE 1A & 1B)
  • The second year combined class (2A/2B)
  • Phonetics and pronunciation (FRE 100)
  • Advanced grammar (FRE 101),
  • Translation (FRE 104A & 104B)
  • Writing (FRE 103)
  • Literature (FRE 110, FRE 111 & FRE 170)

She first published on French iconoclast Boris Vian, but for many years now has been writing on Francophone women writers.

She has written articles and papers on Algerian novelists Maïssa Bey and Malika Mokeddem; French writers of immigrant descent Nina Bouraoui, Tassadit Imache & Farida Belghoul; Quebecois author Anne Hébert; and Caribbean writer Mayotte Capecia. (Curriculum Vitae)

Her focus is on their use of metaphors and the political dimension of their writing.

Nicole Buffard is an avid reader of American contemporary writers as well, and is particularly interested in first novels.




Last updated: 01/23/2014