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Kathryn Chaffee

Ph.D. Student

E-mail: kchaffee@ucla.edu Office: Royce Hall B12 Fields of interest: Contemporary French Film and Literature; Critical Theory; Early Modern Philosophy

Kathryn Chaffee’s research and teaching interests encompass a variety of topics related to 20th and 21st century French literature and cinema, Early Modern philosophy, and French critical thought. Her current work includes a project on desire and gazing in the films of Abdellatif Kechiche and research on the connection between reason and emotion in Descartes’ Discours de la méthode.


  • Ph.D. French and Francophone Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, expected 2020
  • Experimental Critical Theory Certificate, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017
  • M.A. French Studies, University of New Mexico, 2015
  • B.A. French Studies, Wagner College, 2010

Courses commonly taught

  • Elementary French 2 and 3
  • Hybrid French 4

Selected Publications

  • Chaffee, K. “Adèle as Subject in Pursuit and Object Pursued: Narrative Structure in Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color” in Revue CELAAN: Regards sur les films d’Abdellatif Kechiche, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Spring 2016)