Welcome, and thank you for visiting my online teaching portfolio. I am a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at Wellesley College. I am a nineteenth-century French literature specialist, with research and teaching interests that also branch into the cultural history and history of Art of the period. I received my Ph.D. from Brown University with a dissertation entitled L’école de la maladresse: de J.J. Rousseau à J.J. Grandville, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles. This dissertation traces a history of clumsiness in the modern period. My most recent research focuses on children’s books and civility manuals of the nineteenth century; I also work more broadly on the novel in relation to the history of politeness during the period.
This e-portfolio is designed to present my teaching practice — it includes a teaching philosophy statement, teaching materials, sample syllabi, as well as evaluations of my teaching performance by both students and faculty supervisors at Bryn Mawr College -- where I was a Visiting Assistant Professor last year --, Gettysburg College, and Brown University, where I received my PhD in May of 2011.
At Wellesley College, I teach a section of the French Language, Literature and Culture class in the Fall, using the textbook Réseau. In the Spring, I will teach an advanced course on XIXth-century Literature -- a list of courses can be found in the Syllabi section of this website. At Bryn Mawr College, I taught an intensive beginner class, an Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis course, and a class on French Cinema called Intouchables? Misfits and Outsiders in French Cinema (see syllabus). I also taught a class on childhood in XXth-century French and Francophone Literature and films (see syllabus here).
At Gettysburg College two years ago, I taught classes that ranged from Basic French to intermediate and advanced levels (students evaluations for all of my Fall 2011 classes are now available on this website). I also taught a Practice in communication class which focused on French Cinema, as well as my French National Heroes course, which looks at the emergence of national heroes in France in the XIXth century (see syllabus and course description). I had taught this class at Brown as an advanced language class, and modified the syllabus in order for it to fit Gettysburg College's requirements for literature and culture classes. Since this position was the first opportunity for me to create my syllabi for intermediate and beginners classes, I designed two semester-long creative projects for both levels. My Basic French students designed several pages of a "roman-photo" throughout the semester, and with their permission I have posted a few of their comics on this website. For the intermediate level students, I created a "Blog" activity that was also ongoing throughout the semester, and that allowed students to both create and develop their own blog and to look at and respond to others'. Both projects are described in the Sample assignment section of this website.
As the recipient of a research fellowship at the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown, I spent my last year of graduate school working on various research projects, including two articles that were published in the journals Dix-Neuf (Spring 2012) and Nineteenth-Century French Studies (Fall 2012). My dissertation project, L'école de la maladresse, questions the shifting values of clumsiness in modern France. From issues of civility and good manners to philosophical questionings about the sauvage’s physical agility, novelists, pedagogues and philosophers alike have questioned clumsiness long before Psychoanalysis.
Broadly speaking, my research interests include the history of civility and manners, as well as renderings of the “bon sauvage” in Philosophy and Literature. A chapter of my dissertation looks at questions of pedagogy, education, and children’s literature ; this research has inspired me to create a course on childhood that includes both literary texts and classic films on, about, or for children (see the syllabi section of this portfolio). For more information on my research, a description of my dissertation work and of my current projects can be found on the Brown Cogut Center for the Humanities Graduate Fellows webpage as well as on the Brown University French Studies Department site.
I like to consider my research as a ground in which new teaching interests are bound to grow; I find that the reverse is also true, and that class discussions and students' remarks have often made me look at my research in a new way.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or if you would like to look at more material. I look forward to hearing from you!
The print that I have partly reproduced above is an illustration of Vingt mille lieues sous les mers entitled "Une fenêtre ouverte sur ces abîmes inexplorés." (Paris: Librairie générale française, 1990, 165). It seemed both a good phrase and a good image to represent how I conceive my teaching practice.