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
FREN 1010 - Beginning French 1
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
For students with no previous knowledge of French. Presents basic grammar and most commonly used French vocabulary. Introduces students to Francophone culture. Degree credit not granted for this course and FREN 1050.
FREN 1020 - Beginning French 2
Continuation of FREN 1010. Completes the presentation of most basic structures and French vocabulary. Degree credit not granted for this course and FREN 1050.
FREN 3600 - Business French 1
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Gives students the tools needed to function in a French-speaking work environment. A culminating project involves creating a business in a francophone country.
FREN 4960 - High School French Teaching
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Offered as part of the supervised student teaching in a secondary school required for state licensure to teach French. These hours do not count toward student hours in the major nor in the maximum departmental hours allowed. Pass/fail only.