June 5, 2017
It was officially announced during the 2017 Graduation ceremony that Ella Dermon would be the recipient of this year's Linda Wheat Grant for Graduate Study in France. After beginning M.A. studies in French at Middlebury College this summer, Ella will continue her studies in Paris next year towards completing her degree by June 2018. Félicitations, Ella!
May 18, 2017
The French Department awarded the Ruggles Wright Prize for the best performance on comprehensive exams to graduating senior Annie Blau for 2017.
May 4, 2017
After 30 years teaching at Sewanee, Dr. George Poe taught his last class on Wednesday, May 3rd. To bring some levity to this bittersweet occasion, the French & French Studies Department had a surprise waiting as he returned to his office. The room was festively decorated with balloons and cards from friends!
May 4, 2017
As the semester drew to a close, the French & French Studies Department held a celebratory dinner for its graduating majors and minors for 2017.
April 18, 2017
Join us for a spring apéritif on the porch for a game of pétanque in the garden or simply for the pleasure of good food and conversation.
April 12, 2017
Dr. Laurie Ramsey and advanced students of French, Anne Kirk and Eva Miller, presented their research on French and francophone topics at the 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference: "A Sense of Space and Place: Global and Local Perspectives," organized by the Mellon Globalization Forum April 6-8, 2017. Dr. Ramsey's talk was entitled, "Alsace: A Multilingual and Multicultural Space;" accompanied by Anne Kirk's talk, "French 'Laïcité': Republicanism and its Impact on the Franco-Maghrebi Identity" and Eva Miller's address, "An Unending Exodus: North African Jews in France."
April 12, 2017
Students met on the evening of April 6 at the French House for a night of games, such as Cards against Humanity, Le Loup Garou, Poker, and many others.
April 12, 2017
Kathryn Oliver Mills read the poems of her late husband for the Conference on Christianity and Literature at Covenant College this past week-end. She also gave a paper on the dynamic between poetry, place, faith, and doubt in the work of Wil Mills, Dick Davis, and Christian Wiman.
March 2, 2017
The students in Dr. Ramsey's French 301A class, Discovering Paris, have created an interactive map of Paris using "ThingLink", a site that allows the user to link almost anything (photos, videos, slide shows, etc) to a point on the screen. Read more to see their work
February 23, 2017
Professor Poe's review of Christian Carion et Laure Irrmann's "En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît" (Paris: Flammarion, 2015) recently appeared in the December 2016 issue of "The French Review", a publication of the AATF, American Association of Teachers of French.
November 4, 2016
Dr. Donald Rung went to the Society for Utopian Studies conference in St. Petersburg, Florida in October, 2016 and gave a paper entitled "'He Dragged Me Down to the Harbor': Jo Walton’s The Just City and Plato’s Republic."
October 28, 2016
International Karaoke Night featured group and solo acts with songs from 9 different languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish! We would like to thank the foreign language faculty, the Mellon Globalization Forum, the Center for Teaching, the E.L. Kellermann Language Resource Center, the Academic Technology Center, the Tiger Bay Pub, Sewanee Catering, and our judges: Linda Heck, Aaron Welch, and Jennifer Whitehead for making this event a success. Singers were judged based on voice quality, pronunciation, stage presence, and lyrical complexity. Read more to find out who won!
October 3, 2016
George Poe's most recent publication in the Sewanee Review, "A Tale of Two Books: Dark Times in the City of Light," appears in the current issue (Summer 2016, pp. 524-532). The essay-review weaves together a discussion of Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast", within the context of Paris's November 13, 2015 attack, with a brief review of Ronald Rosbottom's "When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light under German Occupation", 1940-1944 (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 2014).
September 2, 2016
Dr. Poe, along with seven Sewanee Students conducted an orientation tour of Paris on their first day in the country, visiting many key sites. The semester is off to a great start with students studying French grammar, history, and culture. You can follow their adventures on the group's blog
August 19, 2016
Dr. Mills spent a month in France this summer, working with rising senior major, Elara Sherman, on a collaborative research project "Enigmas on the Lyre", in which they read the work of 3 poets, including Wil Mills's, to look at how faith and doubt relate to and are expressed in poetry. While there, Dr. Mills used funds from a Mellon Globalization Forum grant to develop a course called “Mystery and Modern Life” (contemporary mysteries, both literary and popular, that explore national, existential, and social identities through the bifocal lens of immigration).
April 15, 2016
Professors in the French Dept contributed to "'Why All the Fuss about the Body?': An Interdisciplinary Conference on Local and Global/ized Bodies". As part of a panel on Bodies as Machine, Dr. Don Rung delivered a talk entitled, “Reconstruction/Reincarnation: Navigating the Posthuman World of Charles Stross’s Accelerando”. Dr. Aymeric Glacet moderated a panel on "The Dead Body", and Dr. Kathryn Mills' talk, “The Body: Sacred or Profane?” was part of the panel, "Body, Sex, Gender".
March 31, 2016
French major Elara Sherman has just been awarded a student/faculty Collaborative Research grant to do work with Professor Kathryn Mills this summer. They’ll be exploring “Enigmas on the Lyre: the possibilities and limitations of poetry for expressing the ineffable.” Congratulations, Elara!
February 10, 2016
Kathryn Oliver Mills' article about her late husband, “The Stable Doubt of Wil Mills,” has just appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of The Hopkins Review. This piece is the product of her work selecting and editing Wil’s Selected Poems (University of Evansville Press, 2013). Measure Press will publish his last two manuscripts, "Arriving on Time" and "The World That Isn’t There", in early 2017.
January 22, 2016
À vos marques, prêts, twittez ! Pour une deuxième année consécutive, le Centre de la francophonie des Amériques a le plaisir d'organiser, en collaboration avec Richelieu International, le Concours de twittérature des Amériques.
November 16, 2015
After the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13th, the students and faculty attending Sewanee's Semester in Paris program, as well as other Sewanee students studying in Paris, have all been accounted for and are safe this morning. George Poe, who is in Paris directing the program, alerted students' families as soon as the safety of each student could be confirmed. Poe and program partner Academic Programs Abroad will continue to monitor the situation to determine next steps. As more is known, the campus community will be updated. Please keep George, Sylviane, our students, and their fellow Parisians' in your thoughts. Read more to find a detailed accounting of these events from the perspective of our faculty and students.
November 15, 2015
On November 6, 2015, Professor Laurie Ramsey won the Jacqueline Elliott Award for Service to Higher Education. The Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association presents this distinction annually to a foreign language educator at the post-secondary level for outstanding service to the profession. The award is named in honor of the Association’s founder and French professor, Jacqueline Elliott, the first recipient of the honor and professor at the University of Tennessee. Previous winners include Professor of German Emeritus Jim Davidheiser, who initiated Ramsey’s nomination and was present at the banquet. Several Sewanee colleagues and former students wrote letters of support for Ramsey’s nomination
November 15, 2015
At the most recent meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, Sewanee's own Dr. Laurie Ramsey honored fellow French professor, Bob Peckham of UT-Martin with an award from the French government, which was accompanied by a musical tribute.
September 30, 2015
Every year, a student from France comes to spend the year as head resident at the French House. They teach the 4th hour of French 203 each week and organize events at the French House in addition to taking a full load of classes. This year, Florent Rethore from Nantes is the head resident.
September 30, 2015
Dr. Poe and a group of Sewanee students are in Paris for the Fall, 2015 semester. You can see pictures and get weekly updates on their new blog.
September 8, 2015
Dr. George Poe and a group of seven students have arrived safely in Paris and are busy seeing the sites and attending cultural events, while undertaking an intensive French language review, within the context of Professor Poe's FREN 322 course, in anticipation of the content courses about to begin. One exercise being featured is the visit to Parisian museums and the writing up of reactions to favorite works seen — for example, at the Musée Marmottan–Monet, the Musée Picasso, and the Musée Rodin soon to be visited. Students have also been settling in with their host families and getting to know their respective Parisian neighborhoods for the semester.
July 2, 2015
Kathryn Oliver Mills just completed her 4th year of grading the ETS French Advanced Placement exam for high-school students in Cincinnati, Ohio---10 days of seeing what our incoming students are learning in high-school, and of comparing notes with other teachers of French at the high-school and University level.
June 19, 2015
Dr. Bill Engel and Dr. George Poe both presented at MTSU's symposium on "Poe and Place" or "SymPOEsium on Place".
April 9, 2015
In an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Sewanee Women's Center, and thanks to the hard work and organizational skills of Davante Jennings, Kathryn Oliver Mills welcomed an old friend from Oxford University to the Sewanee campus. Janet Dench is the executive director for the Canadian Council on Refugees (CCR). The CCR is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees in Canada and around the world. On Tuesday, April 7, Janet talked with Sewanee students and faculty about her work with the Canadian government and refugees in the particular contexts of domestic and gender based violence, sexual orientation discrimination, and women's issues. http://ccrweb.ca/en/convocation-address-regis-college
February 27, 2015
Visit the French Department's blog to see the submissions of Dr. Ramsey's French Conversation Students. Her students introduce themselves, contribute celebrity gossip, take us on a tour of a French or Francophone city, and speak about their environmental concerns.
February 20, 2015
The Sewanee Semester in Paris applies place-based learning abroad, using the City of Light as a rich field laboratory, thereby enabling on-site examination of that which can only be approached textually and via images and film on this side of the Atlantic.
November 24, 2014
George Poe has published "The Hadley Years in Paris", which is an essay-review of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume 2: 1923-1925, edited by Sandra Spanier, Albert J. Defazio III, and Robert W. Trogdon and published by Cambridge University Press, 2013. "The Sewanee Review", Fall 2014 (vol. 122, no. 4, pp. 675-80).
September 30, 2014
DeAndré Espree-Conaway (C'13) delivered a post-Watson slide presentation on his travels of last year; his talk, entitled "Taking Down Tongues," took place in Gailor Auditorium on Friday afternoon, August 29. The basic question that DeAndré tried to raise during his non-stop travels throughout South Asia and the South Pacific Islands--he was especially interested in the dialects spoken in la Nouvelle-Calédonie and on the islands of la Poynésie française--was whether language documentation helps in the struggle to hold onto dying tongues. The Department was proud to have our old French major (C'13) back in Gailor, lecturing to a large and interested audience!
September 18, 2014
Tracy Rucker (C'94) has won the American Association of Teachers of French's national Dorthy S. Ludwig Excellence in teaching Award for Secondary Education.
September 8, 2014
According to a study published in the "Wall Street Journal" and conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, among liberal arts graduates, the highest paying entry-level salaries are paid to students with foreign language and literature degrees. The average starting salary for foreign language degree holders in 2014 was $46,900/year.
April 23, 2014
Dr. Kathryn Mills earned a Mellon Globalization Forum course development grant for her French 417 course called "Pulp Fiction: the Roman Policier in the 19th and 20th centuries."
April 17, 2014
Each year, Southern Teachers Agency helps hundreds of teachers find jobs at outstanding college preparatory schools throughout the South—nearly 600 schools in 16 states from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania. STA has already received French vacancy listings from schools for the 2014-15 academic year, and anticipate many more in the coming months! These jobs range from teaching French to elementary students through AP French Literature and Language courses. Certification is not required by private schools for many French jobs.
April 7, 2014
In March, Dr. Segrest gave a paper on early modern ethnography entitled "Girolamo Benzoni, Urbain Chauveton and Indigenous Representations in the Histoire nouvelle du nouveau monde (1579)" at the Renaissance Society of America conference in New York.
March 24, 2014
Dr. Andre Benhaïm, Dr. Aymeric Glacet, and Dr. Éric Trudel have collaborated on the essay entitled, "Machine Zéro: Point de Fusion" which appears in the journal, "Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Vol 17, Issue 4"
March 24, 2014
George Poe has published "Dust of Words", which is a review of «Beginning and End of the Snow: Début et Fin de la Neige», by Yves Bonnefoy, watercolors by Farhad Ostovani, translated and presented by Emily Grosholz. «The Sewanee Review» Winter 2014 (vol. 122, no. 1, pp. 157-61).
November 4, 2013
This year's "Fête de l'Encyclopédie" was celebrated, by Professor Poe's FREN 405 (Eighteenth-Century France) class, at the University Archives on Tuesday, October 1, 2013; inasmuch as Sewanee's archives house a complete set of Diderot and D'Alembert's 1781 Lausanne & Berne edition of l'Encyclopédie, the old tomes are quite worth seeing, touching, and examining together as a class.... They are indeed worth a "fête"!
October 15, 2013
The Department of French and French Studies’ mission is to examine the language, literature, history, culture, and society of France and of other Francophone countries. This summer, we will be in Papeete, capital of French Polynesia, and in the Marquesas Islands.
September 10, 2013
Kathryn Oliver Mills presented the life, faith, and poetry of Wil Mills over tea at the Inklings Conference in Oxford, England, at St. Hilda's College. Brown Patterson, professor emeritus of history at Sewanee, was also in attendance. The conference was organized by Hal Poe, cousin of George Poe.
May 7, 2013
George Poe has published "A Joyful Meeting of Playful Poets", which is a review of "The Bestiary, or Procession of Orpheus", by Guillaume Apollinaire, with accompanying woodcuts by Raoul Dufy, translated and presented by X. J. Kennedy. "The Sewanee Review" Spring 2013: xxxvii-xl.
April 23, 2013
An article by Dr. Aymeric Glacet, "Entre Georges et Claude: Place des Géorgiques dans l'oeuvre de Claude Simon" appears in "Cahiers Claude Simon" edited by the Association des Lecteurs de Claude Simon was published by Presses Universitaire de Perpignan in 2013.
April 22, 2013
The Selected Poems of Wilmer Mills is a collection of the very best poetry written by an exceptional poetic talent who died much too young. Carefully chosen and edited by his wife Kathryn Mills, Selected Poems is a celebration of Wil s thoughtful, deeply-felt, and powerful poetry.
April 15, 2013
One hundred years from his birth, the life of Albert Camus is studied by André Benhaïm and Dr. Aymeric Glacet in their most recent book, "Albert Camus au Quotidien", published by Septentrion University Press in France.
February 6, 2013
Dr. Poe's latest review article has just appeared in the in the "Arts and Letters" section of the current Winter 2013 issue of The Sewanee Review entitled "Americans in Nazi-Occupied France" (vol. 121, no. 1, pp. 167-71). Professor Poe will also have a review appearing in the upcoming Spring 2013 issue of The Sewanee Review.
February 4, 2013
Southern Teachers Agency has already received French vacancy listings from schools for the 2013-14 academic year, and we anticipate many more in the coming months! The types of French teaching jobs STA receives range from teaching French to elementary students through AP French Literature and Language courses. Occasionally, the jobs will call for an ability to teach an additional foreign language as well.
December 13, 2012
Dr. Ramsey's students have been studying French music and art as well as current environmental issues. Visit "Actualités et opinions", a blog comprised entirely of student-created French language content to see their contributions. http://arthur.sewanee.edu/languagelab/french/
December 5, 2012
The peak hiring season for private and independent schools is about to begin! This is a great opportunity for French majors or minors to share their love of French language and culture. Learn more about the Southern Teachers Agency
September 26, 2012
George Poe's earlier article entitled "The Post-Revolutionary France of Claudel's Trilogy," on French playwright Paul Claudel's three plays (L'Otage, Le Pain dur, and Le Père humilié), was selected for reprint as one of eight critical essays on Claudel for Gale/Cengage's Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism reference volume; May 2012. A copy of the volume is shelved at duPont Library (LC code: PN771.G27, vol. 268).
September 26, 2012
George Poe published a review in this summer's Sewanee Review (vol. 120, no. 3, pp. xli-xliv) of David McCullough's recent book "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris". Professor Poe will also have a review article appearing in the "Arts and Letters" section of the upcoming winter issue of The Sewanee Review.
May 28, 2012
Dr. Ramsey's French 313 Contemporary Language and Usage students have been hard at work this past semester writing articles for a current events blog called, "Les Actualités à Sewanee". Their articles deal with food, politics, sports, the environment, and celebrities. You will be impressed with their mastery of the language and will hopefully find the topics interesting.
May 28, 2012
Southern Teachers Agency still has quite a few French vacancy listings from schools for the 2012-13 school year. These jobs range from teaching French to elementary students through AP French Literature and Language courses. Occasionally, the jobs will call for an ability to teach an additional foreign language as well. Certification is not required by private schools for many French jobs. See the job listings at http://www.southernteachers.com/Internal/CurrentJobs/Default.aspx?PrimarySubject=+French.
April 11, 2012
In Formal Revolution in the Work of Baudelaire and Flaubert, Kathryn Oliver Mills argues that despite the enduring celebrity of Baudelaire and Flaubert, their significance to modern art has been miscast and misunderstood. To date, literary criticism has paid insufficient attention to these authors' literary form and their socio-cultural context. To purchase from Barnes and Noble or Amazon, please read more.
December 12, 2011
Southern Teachers Agency has begun to receive French vacancy listings from schools for the 2012-13 school year. These jobs range from teaching French to elementary students through AP French Literature and Language courses. Occasionally, the jobs will call for an ability to teach an additional foreign language as well. STA is the oldest teacher-placement service in America. We receive job listings from hundreds of PK-12 private schools around the South. Schools come to STA because they recognize the value of STA's help in recruiting & screening talented candidates. Certification is not required by private schools for many French jobs.
December 7, 2011
Kathryn Mills will use the sabbatical year afforded by the Appalachian College Association grant to organize and archive the papers of her late husband, Wilmer Mills, in order to safeguard Wil's legacy to poetry. Only 41 when he passed away last summer after a short battle with liver cancer,Wilmer Mills, C’92, T’05, had already established himself as one of his generation's foremost poets. In addition to organization, Kathryn Mills’ work will involve sending out individual unpublished poems to journals, editing Wil’s third book, and writing on certain themes that evolved in his poetry.
November 15, 2011
Dr. Aymeric Glacet has been invited to speak at Princeton University on November 17th, 2011 in 103 Scheide-Caldwell House at 4:30 p.m. The title of his lecture is "Ecrire au nom de l'insulte: Butor et autres noms d'oiseaux".
September 15, 2011
Kathryn Oliver Mills' book, Formal Revolution in the Work of Baudelaire and Flaubert, is forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press.
August 19, 2011
The Southern Teachers Agency, the oldest teacher-placement service in America, currently has several French vacancies listed by schools for the 2011-12 school year. These jobs range from teaching French to elementary students through AP French Literature and Language courses. For most PK-12 French positions, a bachelor's degree with a major in French (or at the very least a minor) is essential, but teacher certification is not. Visit them at http://www.southernteachers.com
March 21, 2011
An article by Dr. Glacet entitled "Comme un coup de pied dans une fourmilière," in French Studies in Southern Africa, Etudes françaises en Afrique australe, Revue No 40 - 2010. This article examines, in The African and Onitsha, the African chilhood of J.M.G. Le Clezio, his confrontation with his father, and, through the metaphor of the termite, his condemnation of colonialism.
November 18, 2010
An article by Dr. Aymeric Glacet entitled "Et si la page blanche était un mythe," Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2010. Ce manuel éclaire Les Gommes et La Jalousie en fonction de leurs configurations narratologiques, dans un contexte de vives polémiques. Au-delà des décennies d’histoire littéraire et d’interprétations superposées, les auteurs y proposent des lectures contemporaines qui aideront les étudiants (au programme de l’Agrégation), et plus largement les lecteurs, à se construire diverses visions des textes.
November 8, 2010
According to a recent Bloomberg Survey, French is the second most useful language to be successful in business. Foreign languages were ranked according to the number of speakers, number of countries where it is the official language, along with the population of those countries, financial power, educational and literacy rates, and related measures. Second only to Chinese, French is spoken by 68 million people and is the official language of 27 countries. This means that a major or minor in French would be a perfect accompaniment to an Economics major for those students seeking an edge over the competition for increasingly scarce jobs in business.
October 16, 2010
Amory Walker, a 2010 graduate of the college who majored in Biology, was accepted into the Teaching Assistant Program in France. This program is a joint initiative of the French Ministry of Education, the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) and the Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Since the fall of 2010, Amory has been teaching in the town of Talange in the Nancy-Metz school district, in the Northeast of France.
September 10, 2010
An article by Dr. Aymeric Glacet entitled "Ah! Quel terrible cinq heures du soir... ou des boites dans l'oeuvre de Claude Simon" in The Romanic Review, Volume 100, May 2009.
September 6, 2010
Kathryn Oliver Mills' review of Craig Hill's "The Complete Fables of Lafontaine" (Arcade, 2008) just appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of The Sewanee Review.
August 18, 2010
Kathryn Oliver Mills' article "Painting Modern Life: Baudelaire and Crime Fiction" has just come out in the most recent, late-appearing edition of of Nineteenth Century Studies (2008/Vol.22).
April 14, 2010
George Poe has published five book reviews over the past year and a half, three in "The French Review", one in "Contemporary French Civilization", and one in the current edition of "The Sewanee Review", with another scheduled to appear in the upcoming spring edition of "The Sewanee Review" wherein Professor Poe critiques Frederic Spotts's recent book entitled "The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation" (Yale Univ. Press, 2008)
April 2, 2010
During the summer of 2009, Kathryn Oliver Mills was selected to participate as a National Humanities Center fellow in a seminar on "Les Fleurs du Mal" led by the distinguished critic Jonathan Culler. She was asked to be on the organizing board for a continuation of that seminar summer of 2010 at the Bandy Center at Vanderbilt.
March 26, 2010
On November 18th, 2009, André; Benhaïm, scholar of 20th-century French and Francophone literature and culture at Princeton addressed an overflowing crowd at Gailor Auditorium. His lecture, entitled "Marcel Proust Superstar. The Making of a French Idol (From Boulevard Haussmann to Hollywood Boulevard)" discussed Marcel Proust's influence on popular culture.