Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department
Nina Tanti

Nina Tanti

Department: Modern Languages
Title: Lecturer

Office: Kenna 112-G
Phone: 408-554-5177


Biographical Information

Nina Tanti graduated with a B.A. in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982.   From 1979 to 1981 she was a student at the Université de Poitiers, France, where she completed the Diplome Supérieur d'Etudes Françaises (3e degree).   In 1996 Ms. Tanti received her M.A. in French from San José State University.   Her thesis is a study of the animals and animal imagery in the poetry of Léopold Sédar Senghor:  Le Bestiaire dans la poésie de Léopold Sédar Senghor (1996).  In 2004 she earned an M.A. in English from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State, where she was the winner of the Mara Steffey Award for outstanding graduate achievement in the study of literature.

Madame Tanti lived in France for over 10 years with her French husband and two children.  She returned with her family to the United States in 1993, and has been teaching French at SCU since 1996.  She is newsletter editor for the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the Alliance Française.

Madame Tanti has a passion for books and reading and is involved in several book clubs and reading groups, including a French book club (le Groupe de lecture) which she started at SCU.   She also loves nature, working in her California native plant garden, and hiking in the mountains of California.  


Courses Taught
  • Elementary French 1, 2, 3
  • Intermediate French 21, 22
  • Advanced French 100


Research Interests
  • Children and Youth Literature; Fairy tales
  • 20th century French and Francophone Literature; literary theory.
  • Poetry and folktales from Francophone Africa.
  • Translation Studies


Selected Publications
  • Two poems by Victoire Lasséni Duboze (Gabon) in translation: “Africa of My Ancestors,” and “Life in the Village.”  Women in French Studies 14 (2006): 129-130.
  • (In progress) English translation of Contes du pays des Moose, by Alain-Joseph Sissao (Burkina Faso).  Paris: Editions Kathala UNESCO, 2002.


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