Faculty Profile

Linda Brindeau

Assistant Professor of French (2013)

Contact Information

brindeal@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 112
717.254.8039

Bio

Linda Brindeau specializes in the literature of the Caribbean and the Maghreb with a focus on Haiti and Algeria. She has published on the literary significance of Franco-Algerian migrations in postcolonial France. Her current research explores the representation of natural, political, and social disasters in contemporary Haitian fiction.

Education

  • B.A., Universit√© du Maine-France, 2000
  • M.A., University of Arkansas, 2003
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

FREN 236 Intro to Cultural Analysis
An introduction to the practice of reading and writing about French and francophone themes in an analytical and contextualized way. This course considers how cultural production conveys ideologies, values and norms expressed in both historical and contemporary contexts. Normally offered as writing-intensive. Prerequisite: 230.

FREN 236 Intro to Cultural Analysis
An introduction to the practice of reading and writing about French and francophone themes in an analytical and contextualized way. This course considers how cultural production conveys ideologies, values and norms expressed in both historical and contemporary contexts. Normally offered as writing-intensive. Prerequisite: 230.

FREN 246 Intro to Francophone Cultures
This course explores the relationship between literature and Francophone cultures (Vietnam, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa). Topics include: "Négritude," the negro-African identity, "cultural métissage," the status of women, the dialogue between tradition and modernity, independence, and post-colonial disillusionment. Historical overview of the international context of Francophonie will be examined through short stories, novels, poems, critical essays, feature and documentary films. Prerequisite: 236.

Spring 2016

FREN 236 Intro to Cultural Analysis
An introduction to the practice of reading and writing about French and francophone themes in an analytical and contextualized way. This course considers how cultural production conveys ideologies, values and norms expressed in both historical and contemporary contexts. Normally offered as writing-intensive. Prerequisite: 230.

LALC 300 The Haitian Diaspora
Cross-listed with AFST 320-03 and FREN 364-01. In this course, students will read and analyze novels by Haitian diasporic writers living in Canada, the United States, and France. Each text will be interpreted in the context of exile. Students will examine the different political and economic reasons forcing writers into exile, and how the writers’ relocation shaped and modified their literary expression. Students will gain a better understanding of the intricate intellectual and cultural connections writers have to the homeland. They will also reflect upon the definition of the term “diaspora” as well as question notions of assimilation, resistance, and negotiation that are characteristics of all diasporas.

AFST 320 The Haitian Diaspora
Cross-listed with FREN 364-01 and LALC 300-02. In this course, students will read and analyze novels by Haitian diasporic writers living in Canada, the United States, and France. Each text will be interpreted in the context of exile. Students will examine the different political and economic reasons forcing writers into exile, and how the writers’ relocation shaped and modified their literary expression. Students will gain a better understanding of the intricate intellectual and cultural connections writers have to the homeland. They will also reflect upon the definition of the term “diaspora” as well as question notions of assimilation, resistance, and negotiation that are characteristics of all diasporas.

FREN 364 The Haitian Diaspora
Cross-listed with AFST 320-03 and LALC 300-02. In this course, students will read and analyze novels by Haitian diasporic writers living in Canada, the United States, and France. Each text will be interpreted in the context of exile. Students will examine the different political and economic reasons forcing writers into exile, and how the writers’ relocation shaped and modified their literary expression. Students will gain a better understanding of the intricate intellectual and cultural connections writers have to the homeland. They will also reflect upon the definition of the term “diaspora” as well as question notions of assimilation, resistance, and negotiation that are characteristics of all diasporas.

FREN 500 Independent Study