News & Events
Recent lectures by Dr. Lise Gauvin
Dr. Lise Gauvin, Professor Emerita at the Université de Montréal, noted author of some eighteen books and member of the Académie des lettres du Québec and the Royal Society of Canada, visited the department as a guest speaker with the support of the Scholarship in the Arts fund.
Dr. Gauvin gave two public lectures, one on Wednesday, February 26th, "Édouard Glissant, les littératures francophones et la notion de littérature-monde", and one on Thursday, February 27th, "Aventuriers et sédentaires: de quelques mythes revisités", on the Quebec novel.
Book Launch of Dr. Anne Thareau's and Dr. Scott Jamieson's French Visitors to Newfoundland
On Thursday, February 13 at Queen's College, ISER Books organized a celebration of the launch of French,Visitors to Newfoundland: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Travel Writings, translated and edited by Dr. Scott Jamieson and Dr. Anne Thareau.
Recent publications and presentations by members of the Department of French and Spanish
Dr. Anne Graham has published two articles in 2013. One entitled, "French
Renaissance Tragedy and the Tragic Code", was published in Research on
Medieval and Renaissance Drama (v. 51, p. 17-25). Another article,
"Thésée ou le monstre tragique dans Phèdre de Racine", appeared in a
collected volume, Autour du Minotaure, published by the Presses
Universitaires Blaise Pascal (p. 277-291, 2013).
Dr. Maria A. Rodriguez has published a book this year with Dr. Elizabeth
Murphy, Faculty of Education, entitled Activity Theory perspectives on
technology in higher education, published by IGI Global.
Dr. James MacLean has published a 6-page review of Sergey Zanin, Société idéale et horizon d'utopie chez J.-J. Rousseau in the Winter 2014 issue of @nalyses: Revue de critique et de théorie littéraire.
Dr. Phillippe Basabose has published the following article:
« Discours du déni : de la vérisimilitude à la vérisimulation » in Faire
face au négationnisme du génocide des Tutsi, éd. Josias Semujanga & Jean-Luc
Galabert. Saint-Jean (France), mars 2013.
Dr. Basabose has also had published (Fall 2012) by Editions Lettropolis in France a 693-page book enitled Retour sur le colonialisme.
Dr. Neil B. Bishop, Professor, Department of French and Spanish, and the
well-known St. John's Francophone poet Annick Perrot-Bishop have published
a bilingual volume including four collections of poetry, two being Ms
Perrot-Bishop's originals and two Dr. Bishop's revised translations
thereof. The volume, Of Amber Waters Woven / Tissée d'eau et d'ambre, was
published in late 2012 by Ekstasis Editions of Victoria, B.C. The authors
thank the Canada Council for the Arts for its grant in support of the
Dr. Phillippe Basabose has given the following lectures:
1) Participation au « Débat : Négationnisme et manipulation politique », au
Lancement du livre Faire face au négationnisme du génocide des Tutsi,
Montréal, May 24, 2013.
2) « Génocide et phagocytage de la justice : cas de l’Itsembabatutsi »,
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. July 3-5, 2013.
Dr. James MacLean gave a lecture entitled "Virtue at the edge of Europe: Islam as a model for the West in the work of Guillaume Postel" at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, and another lecture entitled "Alain Badiou et la question de l'identité française" at the Annual Conference of the Association des Professeurs de Français des Universités et Collèges Canadiens, Victoria, British Columbia, June 2013.
Dr. Myriam Osorio has given a lecture entitled "Redefinir el centro, la periferia y la marginalidad: También la lluvia de Iciar Bollaín" at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, Victoria, British Columbia, June 3, 2013.
M.A./M.Ed. programme for French Teachers
A Master of Arts and Education (Teaching of Francophone Literatures and Cultures) degree has been developed and is now being offered conjointly by the Department of French and Spanish and the Faculty of Education. This new M.A./M.Ed., which is offered for part-time study through distance education courses, is designed specifically for practising teachers of French. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Education degree with a minimum "B" standing and at least two years of experience teaching French.