Sharon P. Johnson

Sharon P. Johnson

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies


317 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger St. 
Blacksburg, VA 24061




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  • 19th-century Literature
  • Painters Mary Cassatt and Paul Cezanne
  • Paris in the 19th-Century
  • Flaubert, Maupassant, Zola
  • Rape in 19th-century Penny Presses, French Jurisprudence and Medical Reports

Professional Activities

  • August 10 2016-August 10 2018: Director of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Modern Language Association


  • Ph. D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996



Awards and Honors

Recipient of the William E. Wine Teaching Award, spring 2011

Recipient of the Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, spring 2004

University Exemplary Department Award (collaborations between the French Program of FLL and Pamplin College of Business), fall 2003

Selected Publications


Boundaries of Acceptability: Flaubert, Maupassant, Cézanne, and Cassatt. New York: Peter Lang, 2000.


“Cultural Blindness and Ambiguity: Reading (for) and Writing about Rape.” French Cultural Studies.

“Permutations of Genre, Gender and Guilt: Rape Narratives in the Canards Sanglants of Nineteenth-Century France.” Genre(s)/Gender. Eds. Kornelia Slavova and Isabelle Boof-Vermesse. Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski UP,  2010.  299-317.

“The Cleansing of Les Halles: Discourses of Health and Disease in Zola’s Le Ventre de Paris.” Romance Quarterly 51.3 (2004): 226-240.

“The Toleration and Erotization of Rape: Interpreting Charles Perrault’s ’Le Petit Chaperon Rouge’ within Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century French Jurisprudence.” Women Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 32.3 (2003):  325-52.

Sponsored Research

Department of Education Title VI Grant, spring 2001, $390,000. Co-Writer with Dr. Richard Shryock. Co-PI with Drs. Richard Shryock and Robert Sumichrast