Professor of French/Advisor
What I Do At SSU
In addition to teaching all levels of French language, culture, history and literature at Sonoma State University, I teach a General Education class on the francophone literatures of the Caribbean. I am also advisor to the French Club, as well as being a long-standing member of the Global Studies Steering Committee and chair of the Academic Advising Subcommittee. One of my favorite yearly activities, however, is my service as a Reader at Commencement every May. I also publish the local Bay Area Francophile List, a weekly bulletin of activities – from music to theater to cinema to art, and more – taking place in and around the Bay Area.
Ph.D. & M.Phil., French Literature, Yale University
B.A., French and mathematics, State University of New York at Buffalo
Suzanne Toczyski was editor of French 17: An Annual Descriptive Bibliography of French Seventeenth-Century Studies from 2000 to 2008, having served as a contributing editor from 1997 to 2000. Her own research includes work on French seventeenth-century theater (Pierre Corneille, Jean Racine), women’s writing (Madeleine de Scudéry, Jacqueline Pascal, Gilberte Pascal), moralists (Blaise Pascal), and the travel narratives of the French missionary Jean-Baptiste Labat, with a focus on food and culture. She has also published articles on contemporary Caribbean novels by Gisèle Pineau and Patrick Chamoiseau. Her current project is a book-length study of the representation of women in St. Francis de Sales' Treatise on the Love of God, published in 1616. Dr. Toczyski has also made brief forays into works by Lilas Desquiron, Virginia Woolf, Camara Laye, Eugene O’Neill, Charles Baudelaire, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Choderlos de Laclos. She received the Sonoma State Teaching Excellence Award in 2006, and has served as one of two SSU representatives to the CSU World Languages Council since 1998, acting as Secretary-Treasurer of that organization from 2002 to 2019..