Faculty Profile

Benjamin Ngong

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies (2007)

Contact Information

ngongb@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 110
717.245.1738

Bio

His research and teaching interests include 20th-century French novel, Francophone African and Caribbean literatures, cultures, and film, colonial and postcolonial studies. His published and forthcoming articles focus on the relationship of power to social and political violence as portrayed in African and Caribbean literature and film.

Education

  • Licence ès-Lettres Modernes, Université de Yaoundé, 1988
  • Maitrise ès Lettres Modernes
  • D.E.A., Littératures française et comparée, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens (France), 1991
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2007

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

FREN 104 Elementary French
Complete first-year course. Intensive study of the fundamentals of French grammar, with special attention given to pronunciation and oral expression. Cultural readings in the context of language acquisition.101 or the equivalent.

FREN 104 Elementary French
Complete first-year course. Intensive study of the fundamentals of French grammar, with special attention given to pronunciation and oral expression. Cultural readings in the context of language acquisition.101 or the equivalent.

FREN 362 Franco Novel of Afr Diasp
This course examines the movement between Africa and France, the dream destination for many Sub-Saharan Francophone Africans who have made their way to France, either as students or workers throughout the 20th Century. The course invites reflection on transnational movements from the perspective of Francophone African authors and filmmakers, whose works are supplemented by readings documenting relevant social and historical phenomena such as the “Tirailleurs Sénégalais,” “Sapeurs,” and “Sans-papiers.” Students read across the spectrum of French immigration literature, relevant historical, sociological, or critical texts and review films, both documentary and fiction.

Spring 2016

FREN 201 Intermediate French
Intensive second-year study of French, with attention to grammar review, conversation, reading in a cultural context and some writing. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

FREN 201 Intermediate French
Intensive second-year study of French, with attention to grammar review, conversation, reading in a cultural context and some writing. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

AFST 220 Intro to Francophone Cultures
Cross-listed with FREN 246-01.

FREN 246 Intro to Francophone Cultures
Cross-listed with AFST 220-06.

FREN 500 Independent Study

Summer 2016

FREN 220 La ville rose est-elle verte?
An intensive language and civilization course designed to increase oral proficiency, improve written expression, and develop cross-cultural observation skills through immersion in the Toulouse region. Social and cultural phenomena will be studied through interaction with French families, directed observation at a variety of sites, participation in class activities, and tutorials. The exclusive use of French during the five and one-half week immersion is expected of all students. Designed as content-based and writing intensive, the course emphasizes the teaching of language through a unified subject matter. This approach allows students to benefit from maximum exposure to the French language while they build their content knowledge of the French-speaking world through the study of a specific topic. Students will develop a study-abroad portfolio. Prerequisite: 116 or its equivalent. Offered only in summer at the Dickinson Study Center in Toulouse. This course meets the equivalent of FREN 230 (on-campus gateway to the major) and can count towards the major or minor in French.