French Studies in and for the 21st Century

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French Studies in and for the 21st Century


July 7th, 2011



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French Studies in and for the 21st Century draws together a range of key scholars to examine the current state of French Studies in the UK, taking account of the variety of factors which have made the discipline what it is. The book looks ahead to the place of French Studies in a world that is increasingly interdisciplinary, and where student demands, new technologies and transnational education are changing the ways in which we learn, teach, research and assess. Required reading for all UK French Studies scholars, the book will also be an essential text for the French Studies community worldwide as it grapples with current demands and plans for the future.

this is an exceedingly helpful volume for thinking about the perplexities, but also the potential, of the current moment in the field of French studies.
Michael Lucey, French Studies, vol 67, no 1

Author Information

Attaché for Higher Education at the French Embassy in the UK and Visiting Fellow Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Michael Worton is Vice-Provost and Fielden Professor of French Language and Literature, at University College London.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Notes on Contributors9
Foreword by Baroness Jean Coussins20
Foreword by His Excellency Bernard Emié22
Part I: Contextualisations24
1 Introduction26
2 A Short History of French Studies in the UK35
Part II: Research and Public Engagement Strategies48
3 The exception anglo-saxonne? Diversity and Viability of French Studies in the UK50
4 Why French Studies Matters: Disciplinary Identity and Public Understanding60
5 Learning from France: The Public Impact of French Scholars in the UK since the Second World War81
Part III: The Place of Women and Gender in French Studies96
6 Gender and the French Language: The longue durée of French Studies in the UK98
7 Contemporary Women's Writing in French: Future Perspectives in Formal and Informal Research Networks109
8 French Studies and Discourses of Sexuality118
Part IV: The Place of Literature128
9 Integrated Learning: Teaching Literature in French130
10 Oxford, Theatre and Quarrels141
11 Defining (or Redefining) Priorities in the Curriculum when the Good Times have Flown152
Part V: The Place of Linguistics in French Studies Today162
12 French Linguistics Research and Teaching in UK and Irish HE Institutions164
13 The Rise of Translation178
Part VI: Theatre, Cinema and Popular Culture192
14 Teaching and Research in French Cinema194
15 Popular Culture, the Final Frontier: How Far Should We Boldly Go?207
Part VII: Area Studies, Postcolonial Studies and War and Culture Studies218
16 An Area Studies Approach in European and Global Contexts: French Studies in Portsmouth220
17 French Studies and the Postcolonial: The Demise or the Rebirth of the French Department?230
18 The Development of War and Culture Studies in the UK: From French Studies, Beyond, and Back Again243
Part VIII: Adventures in Language Teaching256
19 French Studies at the Open University: Pointers to the Future258
20 Opportunities and Challenges of Technologically Enhanced Programmes: Online and Blended Learning at King's College London270
21 French Studies and Employability at Home and Abroad: General Reflections on a Case Study285
22 Sartre in Middlesex, De Beauvoir in Oxford: The Contribution of the ASMCF to the Study of France295
23 Culturetheque: A New Tool for French Culture311
Appendices. Addresses to the Future of French Studies Conference314
Appendix 1. Opening Speech. A Vast and Dynamic Field of Research and Teaching316
Appendix 2. A View from France319