Masano Yamashita's current research is centered on accidents, chance and inequality in eighteenth-century France. Her research is more generally on the literature and culture of the French Enlightenment. Her work analyzes the relationship between clandestine modes of knowledge in the French tradition of materialist libertinism and the Enlightenment project of philosophizing as public service. She has published on Rousseau, Diderot, eighteenth-century affect theory, the relationship between rhetoric and democracy during the Revolutionary period, poverty and chance in Marivaux, and theatricality in the Ancien Régime.
Eighteenth-century literature and social thought, Enlightenment studies
FREN 4110 - French Special Topics
Topics vary each semester. Consult the online Schedule Planner for specific topics. See also FREN 4120.
FREN 4990 - Senior Seminar
Preparation of a 15-page research paper in French presented to two members of the department faculty and defended orally in class. Recommended prerequisite: at least one course numbered FREN 4100 or above and all third-year requirements and advisor consent.
FREN 5120 - French Special Topics
Different topics are offered and, in a number of cases, cross-listed with other departments. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics.
FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.