Welcome to the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultural Studies where you can discover new worlds and their languages, cultures and literatures. Our department is known for its team of dynamic and dedicated teachers, many of whom have been recipients of USSU Teaching Excellence Awards. Within the department, we offer second-language study in French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic, and courses in the cultures and literatures of these languages as well as in Comparative Literature. Our close and active collaboration with STM College widens our French and Spanish course offerings and also allows students to study Ukrainian through STM. Students may also benefit from various study-abroad opportunities offered by the department and can complement their degree requirements and further enhance their language fluency by studying French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese in the countries and environments where they are spoken.
Students interested in majoring in second-language study may opt for undergraduate degrees in French or Modern Languages. In French, we offer the full range of undergraduate programs (3 yr. B.A., 4 yr. B.A., Honours B.A., Double Honours B.A., French Minor, and French Language Recognition). Students who already hold an Honours, 4 yr. or equivalent undergraduate degree in French may also pursue their studies further at the graduate level through our French M.A. program. We strongly recommend that undergraduate students who are interested in Graduate Studies opt for the Honours B.A. Please consult the web site for information on graduate studies. Students thinking of teaching French at the elementary and high school levels as well as in French Immersion should seriously consider completing a 4 yr. French B.A. prior to starting their degree in Education.
The department also offers an interdisciplinary 3 yr. and 4 yr. B.A. in Modern Languages. These programs provide students with the opportunity of combining study in one or more of our languages with other areas of study such as Comparative Literature, for example. Students may choose French or Spanish as their primary language of study and complement this focus with study in any of the other languages taught in our department or other languages offered in the College of Arts and Science. Students majoring in other disciplines who would like to complement their area of specialization with study in languages may also opt for a Minor in French or Spanish or may obtain Language Recognition in any of these two languages.
Commitment to Teaching
Our Department has a strong commitment to teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is proud of its award-winning team of teachers, most of whom have either been recipients of the USSU Teaching Excellence Award or have been nominated for it numerous times. Our faculty members routinely receive excellent student evaluations and are frequently cited for demonstrating a genuine concern and interest in the academic success of their students. Our professors have a reputation for fostering a strong and personable sense of academic community and belonging through small senior classes. They are known for walking the extra mile in order to ensure that their students are exposed to the full scope of intellectually rewarding facets of academic life. Faculty prepare students for participation in local, national and international scholarly conferences and organize academic, cultural and language student activities beyond the classroom such as conferences showcasing invited speakers and student research, theatrical productions, community theater outings, student talent and variety shows, potluck dinners, language retreats, discussion groups, film nights or international dance events. Additional cultural activities are organized by language student groups such as Le Cercle français.
Our faculty members are committed to providing the most comprehensive education possible in the languages we teach and their associated cultural and literary areas of study. We are equally engaged in working with students to promote student language-related extra-curricular activities both within the university and beyond it in the wider local languages communities.
Our faculty members are active in research areas as diverse as:
- 17th century French literature with focus on theatre
- 20th century French and French Canadian novel and theatre
- Maghreb post-colonial literature and culture
- Postmodern and post-colonial literature and culture
- Contemporary French and Francophone cinema
- French, Quebec and Western Canadian Francophone women writers
- Translation studies & theory
- Literary translation
- Language policy
- Creative writing
- Women’s and Gender Studies
- Queer Studies
- 20th century peninsular Spanish culture with focus on theatre, poetry and film
- Central American Literature
- Contemporary French and Latin American narrative
- Hispanic Canadian literature
- Comparative literature
- Cultural Studies
- Ukrainian language and culture
French Faculty Areas of Research Specialization
- Dr. H. Biahé Manfouo: Translation studies; Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Pragmatics; Language Policy; Postcolianism, Literary Heteroglosia
- Dr. R. Chareyron: gender and sexuality in French cinema; the representation of disability in French cinema; the representation of youth in contemporary French and Francophone cinema; film genre
- Dr. M.-D. Clarke: child narratives; 20th century women writers of France and Quebec; Quebec theatre and poetry; the theatre of Western Canada
- Dr. H. da Silva: 20th century novels of France and Quebec; Women authors and gender studies; literature and philosophy of socio-political and intellectual revolutions of 20th Century France and Quebec, and 18th Century France; contemporary literary theory; cinema
- Dr. Tania Duclos: Romans français du 19e siècle (Balzac, Sand, Gautier);Intertextualité et intratextualité; Représentations de la femme de lettres; Projet Balzac et le monde anglophone
- Dr. S. Spriet: contemporary literary criticism; French theatre of the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries; mise-en-scène and theatrical staging; women’s studies
- Dr. A.-M. Wheeler: translation studies; translation theory; literary theory; contemporary literary criticism; women writers; cinema
- Dr. Julio Torres: Central American literature; Hispanic Canadian literature; testimonial literature; contemporary Peruvian narrative; Bryce Echenique; Creative Writing
- Dr. Alison Smith
- Dr. Nadya Foty-Oneschuk: Ukrainian language; Ukrainian folklore and ethnography; Ukrainian Canadian culture
News from our Department!
Our faculty members are engaged in exciting and innovative research at a national and international level. Take a closer look at their current and most recent work!
Dr. Romain Chareyron
2022: Trans Identities in the French Media: Representation, Visibility, Recognition. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 196pp.
2022: "Scratching the Surface: For a reappraisal of Violence in Contemporary French Cinema", The Palgrave Handbook of Violence in Film and the Media. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan, pp.229-257.
2022: “Introduction. Trans Identities in the French Media”, Trans Identities in the French Media: Representation, Visibility, Recognition. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp.1-21.
2021: “Créer pour mieux voir: Image(s) du sida et enjeux de la representation dans 120 battements par minute.” Hybrida – Special issue: SIDA/S-40 ans, n°3: pp.35-60.
2021: “Le Handicap dans le cinéma français contemporain: Quelles images? Quels discours?” Nouvelles études francophones, 36(1-2): pp.9-28.
2022: “Au revoir là-haut: Spectacularisation de la différence et regard critique sur le handicap dans la France d’après-guerre”, NeMLA 2022, Baltimore, MD, March 10-13, 2022.
2021: “Isabelle Huppert à l’écran: le trouble comme mode d’existence”, Women in French – “Femmes dérangées, femmes dérangeantes”, Maynooth University, May 6-9, 2021.
2021: “Adolescence and Disability: The (Slowly) Changing Face of French Television”, NeMLA 2021, March 10-14, 2021.
Dr. Tania Duclos
2022: "Balzac et les théories du luxe et de l’élégance à l’épreuve de l’androgyne féminin", Femmes et Luxe, perspectives littéraires, edited by Soundouss El Kettani, Isabelle Tremblay, Presses Universitaires de Rennes. pp. 151-164.
2022: "Genèse et effets de l’intertexte balzacien", Colloque Balzac et les disciplines du savoir, Cerisy, August 25, 2022.
2021: "Les voix de Lélia : le corps dans la parole", Colloque de l’Association canadienne d’études francophones du XIXe siècle, May 21, 2021.
2021: Contribution to the podcast Victorian Samplings, Season 1, episode 9, “Fashion Plates”, July 3, 2021.
2020: "Balzac’s Gaudissart II: Waterloo fought inside a boutique", Crafting Communities roundtable on “Material Connections Between French and British 19th-Century Literature”, November 13, 2020.
Dr. Stella Spriet
2023: "Le Spectaculaire et la Contemplation: Regard, parole et silence au 17e siècle", Colloque international organisé par l’Université de Saskatchewan, l’Université Sorbonne-nouvelle et le CIR 17 (Centre International de Rencontres sur le 17e siècle), May 18-20, 2023.
Dr. Julio Torres-Recinos
On March 26, 2022, Pr Julio Torres-Recinos was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award. Selected by students, the Teaching Excellence Award recognizes those who have demonstrated enthusiasm, organization and fairness in evaluation, providing exceptional commitment and support to their classrooms.
More information on the USSU Teaching Excellence Awards
Books of poetry
2019: La Voz del Viento. San Salvador: Chifurnia Libros. 75 pp.
2019: Nebunul, tristul / El loco, el triste (Poezii Alese / poesía selecta). Translated by Carolina Ilica. Bucharest: Editura Academiei Internationale Orient-Occiden. 93 pp. (Bilingual book with poems in Spanish and Romanian)
2019: Cuando los hombres fuertes lloran de Carmen Delia de Suárez, relectura de una novela salvadoreña olvidada”. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Vol. 44, n°1, Otoño 2019, pp.67-85.
2022 (forthcoming): “Cuando anoche”, “Yo no te voy a olvidar”. In Honeycombs: Universal Poetry Anthology, Bucarest: Editura Academiei Internationale Orient-Occident. (2 poems)
2022 (forthcoming): “Las montañas de mi país”, “Explicando, entendiendo”. In Poesys 25, Bucarest: Editura Academiei Internationale Orient-Occident. (2 poems)
2022: “Las montañas de mi país” / “Les montagnes de mon pays”; “Nubes negras” / “Nuages noirs”; “No habrá muerte” / “Il n’y aura mort”; “Los días que vendrán” / “Les jours à venir”. In Attaques n°4, March 2022. Translated by Marie-Christine Seguin. pp. 312-15. (4 poems)
2022: “Botín y pillaje”. In La paz no se logra solo con el deseo. Ed. by Otoniel Guevara. Proyecto Editorial la Chifurnia: San Salvador. pp. 26-7.
2020: J. Torres-Recinos. “Confinamiento”. The Appostles Review, n°24, Spring/Summer 2020, p.28.
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