Patricia DeRocher
Affiliated with Division - Core

Patricia DeRocher began her college career in Music Therapy, ready to save the world with her optimism and guitar (which, in retrospect, she played quite badly)! After her first year of college she realized that music was her passion, not her career path. After recognizing she had many more questions on life than she had answers to, she rerouted and became an English Literature major at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. During her first semester there she registered for a women's literature class that made her fall in love not only with the stylistics of contemporary women's writings, but also the art of teaching. She decided that day to become a professor and the rest is history.

Professor DeRocher taught at a wide range of colleges and universities in departments of English Literature, Gender/Women's Studies, Environmental Studies, and Cultural Studies before coming to Champlain. Her approach to teaching was especially influenced by working with refugee and immigrant families at the King Street Youth Center in Burlington, Vermont, in addition to her time as a student at a community college. These experiences made her very aware of issues such as institutional access, social privilege, and multiple types of intelligence, all of which collectively influence her inclusive, social justice focus to education.

In fact, her first day teaching in the college classroom came just after Hurricane Katrina struck. She seized the opportunity to highlight how media spins current events to sell cultural ideas to viewing audiences, and she's been tying in rhetoric and pop culture to her classes ever since! Her manuscript in progress, Truth Telling Through Tale Telling: Translating Worlds with Feminist Polyvocal Testimonios engages with how women writers and activists utilize first-person plural forms of life writing to rhetorically connect with their reading audiences to raise consciousness of contemporary global issues.

In addition to her love of all things relating to language, Professor DeRocher is an enthusiastic traveler, music lover, and yogi. She recently completed her 200-hour yoga teaching training at the Govardhan Ecovillage just outside of Mumbai, India, and she happily bikes, hikes, and kayaks with her wife and son any chance she gets.

Recent Works

"Flower Songs and Moon Monologues: Pluralizing Desire in Mayotte Capécia's I am a Martinican Woman." One Love? Examining Contemporary Caribbean Literature and Cultures. Ed. Irline Francois. Oxford University Press (Forthcoming).

Book Manuscript. Truth Telling Through Tale Telling: Translating Worlds with Feminist Polyvocal Testimonios. Decolonizing Feminisms Series, University of Washington Press. (Under Review).

Book Review. "El Secreto Abierto: Charting Cariglobal Economies of (Queer) Desire." Rev. of The Queer Caribbean Speaks: Interviews with Writers, Artists, and Activists and Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination. SX Salon: 21 (2016).

"A Politics of Hope: Letters, Dance, and Dreams." Meditations on a Dream: Intersecting Artistic Excellence and Social Justice, an anthology of essays, reflections, and responses from a creative process (Ananya Dance Theatre Company). Seattle: University of Washington Press. Coauthored with Simi Kang and Richa Nagar. (Forthcoming).

"Testimonio and Its Travelers: Feminist Deployments of a Genre in Action." Pushing the Boundaries of Latin American Testimony: Meta-morphoses and Migrations. Eds. Louise Detwiler and Janis Breckenridge. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 37-54.

"The Destabilization of Masculinity in V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr. Biswas and The Mimic Men." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 42:3 (2009): 109-126. Coauthored with Steph Ceraso.

Areas of Expertise

Women's Life Writing; Rhetoric, Audience, and Address; Corporeality and Body Studies; Intersectionality; Feminist Pedagogy; Transnational Feminist Thought; Graphic Novels; Contemporary Global Literature