French Graduate Studies
Graduate study in French includes course work in all the major periods and areas, including the Francophone literatures of Quebec, the Caribbean and the Maghreb. This structure provides the breadth needed for interdisciplinary work and required of today’s teachers. Students may also take courses in the different languages and literatures offered by our faculty and are encouraged to investigate interdisciplinary relations from a comparatist perspective. They often participate in such programs as Caribbean Literary Studies Program, and the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas. All our students receive excellent training in the latest methodologies in second language acquisition.
The faculty has particularly strong research interests in postcolonial studies, performance studies, gender and queer studies, philosophy and esthetics, and comparative literature. Current research topics include “insularity” in the French and Spanish Caribbean, gendered spaces in the seventeenth century, colonialism and medieval studies, women’s theater in Québec, ethics and aesthetics, homotextualities in modern and contemporary literature, postcolonial and multicultural issues in contemporary France, and the commedia dell’arte.
In regional terms, the program provides excellent support for Caribbean studies and comparative Franco-Hispanic studies. Indeed, a bilingual track in Spanish or another language can be an important asset in today’s highly competitive job market.
Students beginning dissertation research have access to various international centers of scholarship, including among others, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Université de Paris (III, IV, VII, X), University of Tunis-La Manouba, Center for the Study of Rhetoric at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and Center for Mediterranean Studies at the University of Bari (Italy).
Current students are developing a range of innovative dissertation projects, including: the imaginative roles of French Guyana in colonial and postcolonial fiction, the shared literary anthropologies of Haiti and Brazil, the role of photography in the work of Marcel Proust, and the representation of genocide.
Recent alumni hold appointments at Long Island University, California State University at Fullerton, and the University of Puerto Rico.
Minimally, students complete at least one three-credit course in each of the traditionally defined areas of literary history, as well as introductory courses in theories of literary interpretation and foreign language teaching. The seminars themselves, however, are not traditional surveys but rather innovative explorations of current theoretical and interdisciplinary work in their respective fields. The recent course titles and descriptions listed below give some idea of the range of the curriculum.
FRE611 Topics In French Medieval Literature
MLL612 Topics in French Renaissance Literature
FRE613 Topics in 17th Century French Literature
FRE614 Topics in 18th Century French Literature
FRE615 Topics in 19th Century French Literature
FRE616 Topics in 20th - 21st Century French Literature
FRE604 Antillaises en Mouvement(s): La question du genre dans la litterature antillaise du XX siecle
FRE621 Special Stopics in French Studies
FRE675 Topics in Francophone Studies
FRE691 Writing Practicum
FRE692 Directed Readings
FRE730 Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation
FRE740 Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation
FRE750 Research in Residence
Additional courses may be required, depending on students’ backgrounds; students who have previously completed graduate course work may petition for a waiver of some course areas. In general, students have ample opportunity to elect additional courses according to their particular areas of interest. Recent elective offerings include:
MLL601 Intro to Second Language Teaching: Theory and Practice
MLL603 Topics in Critical Studies of Language (no longer called 'Adv Topics in SLA')
MLL604 Sociocultural Theory and Language Development
MLL611 Introduction to Literary Theory
MLL614 Readings in Literary Theory
MLL612 Topics in Early Modern Comparative Literature
MLL621 Special Topics in Literature
MLL626 Topics in Comparative Literature
MLL693 Teaching Practicum
Courses for Reading Knowledge
FRE625 Elementary French for Graduate Research
ITA625 Italian for Graduate Research
POR625 Portuguese for Graduate Research
POR635 Portuguese Language Skills for Graduate Studies