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Smith, Eliza Faculty Member


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research overview

  • 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 1010 - Beginning French 1
    Primary Instructor - 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
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    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 3500 - French Current Events: Conversation and Composition
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    For students who have spent fewer than four months in a French-speaking environment. Focuses on presentations, debates, discussions, readings and written work.
  • FREN 3600 - Business French 1
    Primary Instructor - 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 4750 - Methods of Teaching French and Professional Orientation
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Presents current methodology and techniques for teaching foreign language for proficiency. Areas of study include ACTFL guidelines, National Standards, assessment, classroom activities, curriculum, and syllabus design.
  • FREN 4960 - High School French Teaching
    Primary Instructor - 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.
  • FREN 5770 - Methods of Teaching French as a Foreign Language
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Familiarizes students with current methodology and techniques in foreign language teaching.


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