Faculty Profile

Linda Brindeau

Assistant Professor of French (2013)

Contact Information


Bosler Hall Room 112


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.


  • 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 116 Intermediate French
Intensive second-year study of French, with attention to grammar review, conversation, reading in a cultural context and some writing. Prerequisite: 104 or the equivalent.

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. This course fulfills the WID graduation requirement.

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. This course fulfills the Humanities (Division I B) distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.