Faculty and professional interests
Francophone African literature, 19th century French literature, linguistics
17th century French literature, Third Republic, Dreyfus Affair, France under the German Occupation, Issues of urban planning and gentrification in Paris, French Cinema (réalisme poétique), French national identity
Francophone literature (Maghreb), post-colonial Algeria, cultural identity and diaspora
French civilization from the Middle Ages to today; Francophone literatures from the 20th and 21st centuries; The Enlightenment: politics, culture, socioeconomics, arts and literatures; The history of the tale in France; The history and impact of France in Europe since the Renaissance
The program in French reflects Knox’s approach to foreign language study by emphasizing language as a gateway to another culture, another mode of thought and expression. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a full program of courses both for pursuing a French major or for complementing a major in another area with the study of French. After establishing a foundation in basic language skills, French majors can pursue the study of French literature and culture in depth. The program in French began offering in Fall 1997 intensive introductory courses through the Quick-Start language program (see course descriptions below).
Students interested in overseas study are strongly encouraged to participate in Knox’s program in Besançon, France.
The departmental curriculum contributes to the College's Key Competency Requirements as follows:
Departmental Learning Goals
Students completing a major in French will: