Center for French and Francophone Studies
The CFFS is delighted to announce upcoming visits from leading scholars in French and Francophone Studies.
Our first guest in Fall 2023 will be Dr. Jacqueline Couti. Dr. Couti will discuss the motifs of déraison and rap(e)ture (aesthetic of rape and rapture) in the Martinican Raphaël Tardon’s short story “La Rédemption de Barbaroux” [“The Redemption of Barbaroux,” 1946] and novel Starkenfirst (1947), in order to demonstrate how this author undermines Western humanism and the colonial project. At the heart of this project stand power and pleasure. Considering this author's representations of women not only as colonial tropes but as appellations d’origine contrôlée (AOC) [“protected designations of origin”] of the imaginary allows us to see how these persistent tropes still cause exclusion and dissension and negatively affect the contemporary French Antilles.
Dr. Jacqueline Couti is the Laurence H. Favrot Professor of French Studies at Rice University. Her research and teaching interests delve into the transatlantic and transnational interconnections between cultural productions from continental France and its now former colonies. She is the author of Sex, Sea, and Self: Sexuality and Nationalism in French Caribbean Discourses 1924-1948 (Liverpool, 2021) and Dangerous Creole Liaisons (Liverpool, 2016), among many other publications.
Please join us for Professor Couti's lecture on Thursday, September 21 at 4:00 p.m. in French House 135.
Later in the semester, the CFFS is proud to welcome back to LSU Faith Beasley, Professor of French at Dartmouth College, a noted specialist of seventeenth-century French studies and feminism. Her most recent monograph, Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal: François Bernier, Marguerite de la Sablière and Enlightening Conversations in Seventeenth-Century France (Toronto, 2018), engages with important questions of cultural exchange between France and India during the Early Modern period. In addition to this work, Professor Beasley has long been a leading scholar of women’s writing in seventeenth-century France, including (among many others) editing the volume Options for Teaching Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Women Writers (MLA, 2011) and co-editing, with LSU Professor Kate Jensen, Approaches to Teaching the Princess of Clèves (MLA, 1998).
Please join us for Professor Beasley's talk on Thursday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m.. The location will be announced later in the semester.
Call for LSU CFFS Micro-Grant Proposals:
The CFFS Micro-Grant initiative invites members of the LSU community to convene small-scale intellectual or creative exchanges that illuminate the broad applicability of intellectual and artistic contributions from the French and Francophone world, broadly construed. All members of the LSU community – undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty – are invited to apply, although preference will be given to student and non-TT/early career faculty proposals. Successful proposals will be eligible to receive organizational support from the CFFS in the form of publicity and help securing on-campus spaces, as well as material support for honoraria and refreshments (up to $500). Whenever possible, Micro-Grant activities will be recorded and archived on the CFFS website for future reference. These grants will be administered on a rolling basis.
In Spring 2023, LSU junior Rhys Borders presented his original CFFS-sponsored research into the French-language repertoire of early Federal-period New Orleans. He presented at both the National Council on Undergraduate Research Conference in Eau Claire, WI, and at LSU as part of the Discover Day Undergraduate Research Conference.
Campus and Community Partners
The Caribbean Futures workshop and symposium gathered scholars, practitioners, and students at the LSU School of Architecture to investigate and imagine actionable ideas to meet the challenges of escalating inequality and accelerating climate change in greater Caribbean, including the Gulf Coast.