Professor Emeritus of French in the Dept. of Modern Languages at DePauw University, I taught French language and literature from fall 1985 through spring 2015. I also taught seminars in English on the history of science fiction and on French literature in translation.

Descriptions and sample syllabi from some of my upper-level French courses:

  • French Conversation & Phonetics
    This course emphasizes conversation practice, vocabulary expansion, and the study of phonetics to improve pronunciation and intonation. Class discussion, poetry readings, review of certain grammar points, and French composition are also included. Students can earn an "S" competency in this class by presenting an oral exposé (en français).

  • Business French
    This course is designed for those students interested in international business or who intend to work professionally in French-speaking countries. Particular attention is given to the many technical, cultural, and practical aspects of the francophone business world--from banking, the stock market, and advertising to writing a French CV and managing various kinds of business correspondence.

  • French Topics - La Chanson française
    First offered in the spring of 2004, this course examines the evolution of French popular music and songwriters from the post-Second World War era (Piaf, Trenet, et al.) to the present (Indochine, Zazie, et al.). Studied as a form of oral literature, the lyrics of these songs reflect both the values of their time as well as the timeless themes of love, death, prejudice, exoticism, patriotism, etc.

  • French Topics - Le Fantastique et la SF
    Taught for the first time in the fall of 2005, this course focuses on two of the most popular genres of speculative fiction in France: le "fantastique" (horror) and la science-fiction (SF). For the former, we study short stories by authors such as Gautier, Mérimée, and Maupassant; for the latter, we study novels by Verne, Rosny, Barjavel, and Boulle.
  • French Seminar - L'Amour et la Mort
    The most advanced course offered in French (and required of all senior French majors), the French Seminar's topic changes each year. Offered in the spring of 2002 and 2006, I focused on the dual themes of love and death in French literature from the Middle Ages to the 20th century in authors such as Marie de France, Ronsard, Racine, Prévost, Balzac, Cocteau, Beauvoir, and Duras. In 2008,

Science Fiction
Descriptions and syllabi from my courses on science fiction:

  • First-Year Seminar
    In this Frosh survey course, students examine representative SF stories from a variety of historical periods--from "space opera" and futuristic utopias to women-only worlds and cyberpunk. Short movie clips accompany most of the readings. Highly interdisciplinary and thematic in nature, this course focuses on topics such as global apocalypse, genetics and biotechnology, alien encounters, robots and cyborgs, computers, virtual reality, and time travel, among others.

  • Honor Scholar Seminar
    As a literature of speculation and "thought experiment," SF has a long tradition of raising fundamental questions about how we define ourselves, our reality, and our possible futures. Through a selection of readings from Jules Verne to post-cyberpunk, this course addresses a variety of recurring philosophical and social themes in SF--technology and human values, gender and identity, alienation and the "other," cybernetics and artificial intelligence, etc.--and how they reflect certain evolutionary currents in today's world and (perhaps) the world of tomorrow.

French Lit. course in English
Description and syllabus from my course on French literature:

  • French Lit. in Translation: Love and Death
    Adapted from my French course that focused on the same topic, this course examines the complex relationship between love and death (both literal and metaphorical) in several works of French literature from the Middle Ages to the present. All primary readings are in English translation, and the class is conducted exclusively in English. A few of the authors in this course include: Marie de France, Ronsard, Racine, Constant, Mérimée, Gautier, Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant, Cocteau, and de Beauvoir.