Rachel Lauthelier-Mourier

Associate Director, School of French

Rachel Lauthelier-Mourier is Maître de conférences at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), which is a leading institution of higher education and research. She is guiding the foreign Masters and Doctorate students through scientific writing of their theses in French. She is a member of Histara laboratory and is doing her research in the field of history of mentalities and representations. She received a Doctorat de littérature française at La Sorbonne-Paris IV, as well as a Ph.D. at Université de Montréal as a joint doctoral degree.

For four years, she was co-director of the French program Internships in Francophone Europe (IFE), which is working closely with a number of the best-known colleges and universities in America. She also served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to a French Minister of Education and Higher Education, and as the European Research advisor for Humanities and Social Sciences to the Director of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). She is a member of the Conseil National des Universités (CNU), which is the national authority in the field of recruitment campaigns for lecturers and professors in France.



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FREN 6663 - Colonial Africa & Lit      

Colonial Africa and Literature between the Wars

Four important men of letters – André Gide, Albert Londres and Michel Leiris – spend their days in French Africa from 1925 to 1934 and, upon their return, publish the impressions of their travels. Their works change the way the French see the colonial empire in Africa.
Reading the excerpts of those works in addition to two fictional narratives: the African part of Céline’s novel Le voyage au bout de la nuit and the complete novel of the Martinican author René Maran, Batouala, will show us how French literature tackles the question of African colonialism during that period, struck by WWI and the financial crisis. We shall also see how Africa contributed, through “l’art nègre”, to the literary and artistic renewal of the surrealists’ imagination.

Required texts:
- André GIDE, Voyage au Congo, ISBN: 978-2-07-039310-7
- Albert LONDRES, Terre d’ébène. ISBN: 978-2-86959-812-6
- Louis-Ferdinand CÉLINE, Voyage au bout de la nuit. ISBN: 978-2-07-036028-4
- René MARAN, Batouala, ISBN: 978-2-210-75450-8 Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6684 - French Cultural Identities      

History of France through the prism of cultural identities

From the Renaissance onward, specific cultural and language policies have been imposed on the French territory at the expense of regional dialects. These policies were reinforced throughout the entire Ancien Régime and were accelerated in the colonial empire era until the 20th century, when eventually they began to crumble due to decolonization and emerging national and regional demands. Today, France finds itself in an era of strong individuality and communitarianism, responsible for a profusion of cultural identities at the heart of the European community whose boundaries are increasingly blurred.

By examining relevant texts that explain what being French has meant for five centuries, we will better understand the multiple references made to cultural and national identity in publications in the fields of history and political science. These works, which have nourished intellectual views on the social and identity fracture, will complete our course.

Required Texts: A coursepack will be available for purchase at the College bookstore. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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