Dr. Rachel Ritterbusch joined the Modern
Languages faculty at Shepherd University in 2004 after teaching French and
German for several years in the St. Louis area. Dr. Ritterbusch received
her M.A. from University of Munich in 1993 where she studied not only
French but German and Spanish as well. However, a great deal of her
learning took place outside the classroom in the various student jobs she
held, ranging from cashier at Burger King to translator/secretary with
international patent attorneys. After returning to the U.S., Dr. Ritterbusch pursued doctoral studies in French at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, where she wrote her dissertation on Marguerite Duras, a
prominent 20th-century French woman author.
areas of specialization include 19th- and 20th-century
French literature, French and Francophone culture, and film studies.
Her work focusing on French filmmaker Anne Fontaine includes “Anne
Fontaine and Contemporary Women’s Cinema in France” appeared in The
Rocky Mountain Review 62.2 (2008) and “Shifting Gender(ed) Desire in
Anne Fontaine’s Nathalie…” was published in Situating the
Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema (2008). She is
also passionate about the art of teaching and recently edited a volume
of essays entitled Practical Approaches to Teaching Film (2009).
For fun, Dr. Ritterbusch likes to read, cook, garden, and explore the
Appalachian mountain region.