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Smith, Eliza Instructor


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  • Eliza specializes in nineteenth-century French literature with a focus on cultural studies, gender studies,linguistic anthropology, and sociolinguistics. Her work on French argot relies heavily on linguistic concepts such as enregisterment, entextualization, indexicality, and iconization. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, Literary Slumming: Argot and the Criminal Classes in the Nineteenth Century, which is a comprehensive study of argot and its speakers in modern French literary culture. Her book looks at the ways in which upper-class writers, lexicographers, and literary critics participated in a kind of second degree “slumming” through the appropriation and manipulation of criminal and popular culture in written texts, and reveals the ways in which the practice of literary slumming constitutes a larger sociolinguistic trend.


  • Argot, slang, urban culture, eighteenth-century French literature, nineteenth-century French literature, twentieth-century French literature, sociolinguistics, crime fiction, history of crime and punishment, popular literature, French cinema, women and gender studies, queer studies and theory, applied linguistics



courses taught

  • FREN 3600 Business French 1 (Spring 2019)
  • FREN 4960 High School French Teaching (Spring 2019)
  • FREN 1010 Beginning French 1 (Fall 2018)
  • FREN 1020 Beginning French 2 (Fall 2018)
  • FREN 4750 Methods of Teaching French and Professional Orientation (Fall 2018)
  • FREN 4960 High School French Teaching (Fall 2018)
  • FREN 5770 Methods of Teaching French as a Foreign Language (Fall 2018)
  • FREN 1010 Beginning French 1 (Spring 2018)
  • FREN 3500 French Current Events: Conversation and Composition (Spring 2018)
  • FREN 3600 Business French 1 (Spring 2018)
  • FREN 4960 High School French Teaching (Spring 2018)


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