Olivia Choplin received her PhD in French Literature with a Minor in Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University in 2009 and joined Elon's faculty that same year. Her teaching and research interests include foreign language pedagogy, French theater (from the farces of the Middle Ages to the post-dramatic theater of contemporary France), psychoanalytic theory, contemporary Québécois literature, and literature of the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora. She loves bringing theater into the foreign language classroom. Her favorite city in France is Nantes, where she taught and studied for three years after her undergraduate studies and met her husband. Some of her favorite aspects of French and Francophone culture include smelly cheese, crêpes, bilingual puns and play with words, and the belief that governments have a responsibility to support and cultivate the arts.
Ph.D. in French Literature (Minor in Psychoanalytic Studies), Emory University 2009.
Dissertation: “Staging the Psyche: Representing the “Other Scene” in the Theater of Michel Tremblay, Marie NDiaye, and Wajdi Mouawad”
Diplôme d’Études Approfondies in Identités Linguistiques, Images Nationales et Transferts Culturels. Université de Nantes, 2003.
Thesis : « Silence : Le mot, le concept, et la mise en scène dans le théâtre de Tennessee Williams et de Michel Tremblay »
Maîtrise de Lettres Modernes, Université de Nantes, 2002
Thesis : « Du Refus global au réalisme magique :« PLACE A LA MAGIE ! » dans les Chroniques du Plateau-Mont-Royal de Michel Tremblay », mention très bien
B.A. in French and English, summa cum laude, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, 2000.