Faculty Profile

Ian MacDonald

Assistant Professor of French (2006)

Contact Information

macdonai@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 117
717.245.1756

Bio

His research interests include community-based performance, improvisation, and the socially and politically engaged theatre of contemporary France. Most recently he has presented conference papers on the theatre of Hélène Cixous and the Théâtre du Soleil, and on strategies for social action in the theatre of Armand Gatti.

Education

  • B.A., Mount Allison University, 1993
  • M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1996
  • Ph.D., 2004

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

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 WR graduation requirement.

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 WR graduation requirement.

FREN 362 French Theatre: Page to Stage
In this course we will explore the relationship between French theatrical texts - often studied in isolation as dramatic literature - and performances of the texts on stage and on screen. Through the reading of exemplary theatrical texts from the Middle Ages through 21st centuries, written accounts of performances, and the analysis of filmed stage performances from the 20th and 21st centuries, we will develop an understanding of the evolution of performance conventions, and the performance challenges posed by certain canonical texts. We will read theoretical materials to help understand and analyze the complex connection between texts and performances, and study critical articles and reviews focused on the issues raised by interpreting the written word for the stage. In addition to analytical and critical writing assignments and oral presentations, a portion of each class session will be devoted to working with plays in performance. At the end of the semester, the students in the course will present a public performance for the Dickinson and Carlisle communities.

FREN 500 Independent Study

Spring 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 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.