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Fischer, Sara



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  • I analyze how trauma is represented in contemporary French and Francophone novels. I read novels with female protagonists who are engaged in narratives of self, and consider how ongoing, collective and normalized trauma influences identity.


  • Contemporary French and Francophone Literature, Trauma Studies, Haitian Literature


courses taught

  • FREN 1010 - Beginning French 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    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 2022 / Spring 2023
    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 1750 - French Colonialism: North Africa and the Middle East
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Offers a general introduction to French and Francophone literature and visual arts (painting, photography, film) from the nineteenth century to the present depicting cultures and societies of the Middle East and North Africa. In English with English translations of French texts. Approved for GT-AH2.
  • FREN 2120 - Second-Year French Grammar Review and Reading 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Completes the film-based study of intermediate grammar begun in FREN 2110. Continued reading in French literature and culture, with considerable practice in writing and speaking French. Fulfills the Graduate School language requirement for the Ph.D.
  • FREN 3010 - French Phonetics and Pronunciation
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Improves students' ability to pronounce French correctly. Coursework involves the International Phonetic Alphabet, understanding the differences between pairs of sounds, and recognizing the relationship between spelling and pronunciation. Required of all FREN majors.

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