Marie-Anne Visoi

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Carr Hall 313, St Michael's College


Fields of Study


Marie-Anne Visoi is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at St. Michael’ College, University of Toronto. She has developed and taught courses on French Cultural Studies, Advanced French and Second Language Education, The Western Tradition, The 20th Century French Novel. Her pedagogical research has extended into the integration of culture in the second language curriculum and the development of oral and written proficiency through multimodal assessment and experiential learning. Her scholarly research interests also include textual criticism relating to world literature, reader-response theories and cultural studies. She is the author of "Transgression, Stylistic Variation and Narrative Discourse in the Twentieth Century Novel", Cambridge Scholars Publishing; “A Thematic Approach to French Cultural Studies: Love, Sex and Desire in French Literature and Cinema”, Universal Publishers; “Reading Nara’s Diary in “Generic Instability and Identity in the Contemporary Novel”, Cambridge Scholars Publishing; “Parody in the Postmodernist Novel: Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore”, Modern Language Studies.

Pedagogical Research

  • Achievement and motivation through blended teaching and multimodal learning in French
  • Curriculum and instruction: cognitive development, reading, writing and cultural immersion
  • Assessment and evaluation in second language teaching (FSL and ESL): diversity issues, access and equity

Other Research Interests

  • French Cultural Studies
  • Literary Theory: narratology and reader-response criticism
  • Stylistics
  • Twentieth Century Novel
  • Canadian Novel
  • Film



"Blended and Online Teaching in the Humanities: Pedagogical Tools for Design and Implementation ", Cambridge Scholars Press, April 2019, 189 pages

“Transgression, Stylistic Variation and Narrative Discourse in the Twentieth Century Novel”, Cambridge Scholars’ Press, February 2014, 140 pages

“A Thematic Approach to French Cultural Studies”, Universal Publishers, 2012, 106 pages


“Strategies for Ensuring Quality Learning in Advanced French: an Action-Research Project on Blended Learning”, Journal of Teaching and Education, December 2016, 06(01):137–144

 “Developing Second Language Proficiency through Communicative Teaching, E-Learning and Experiential Programs”, Journal of Teaching and Education, December 2012, 1(6): 371-378

“Méthodes et pratiques pour une évaluation efficace de la communication orale”, Le français dans le monde, Revue de la Fédération internationale des professeurs de français, 2012, 12 pages

“Contextualized Foreign Language Instruction: Effective Classroom Strategies: Blackboard-Based Virtual Learning”, International Journal for Academic Disciplines, October 2010, 11 pages

“Reading Nara’s Diary or the Deluding Strategies of the Implied Author in The Rift by V.Y. Mudimbe”, Cambridge Scholars, February, 2010, 16 pages

“Ovid and Calvino”; Genre 25, Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and the Arts, Long Beach, California, 2006, 22 pages

“Parody in the Postmodernist Novel: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler…,” Modern Languages Studies 27.3/4 (Fall 1997): 159-173

“Ana Balakian.  The Snowflake on the Belfry : Dogma and Disquietude in the Critical arena.” in Literary research No. 25: Spring-Summer, 1996: 19-21

Literary Encyclopedia Chapters

“Assia Djebar, Biography”, The Literary Encyclopedia, 2009, 3 pages; updates and revisions, 2015   

 “Les enfants du nouveau monde, Assia Djebar”, The Literary Encyclopedia,

“Marguerite Duras, ‘The Lover’, The Literary Encyclopedia, 2011, 7 pages

All Publications



PhD in Comparative Literature, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, 1996
MA in Comparative Literature, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, 1994

Administrative Service

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, 2018-2020
Study Abroad and Liaison Coordinator, 2002-2012