Gould speaks on teaching Zola and public school curriculum
Professor of French and Distinguished Professor in the Humanities Evlyn Gould delivered a paper at AIZEN in New Orleans, LA, called “Naturalism’s New Novel: Experiments in Teaching in Zola and Barrès.” AIZEN, the Association Internationale pour Zola et le Naturalisme, ranks as the premiere international conference venue for study of Emile Zola and Naturalism in a Global Context. As Gould’s recently authored Dreyfus and the Literature of the Third Republic features debates surrounding the establishment of free national public education in France at the time of the Dreyfus Affair, it poses enduring questions about public school curriculum. In New Orleans, this topic spawned a good deal of controversial response as professors and teachers struggled to reconcile the forces of political correctness and tradition, of technology and mass testing versus writing and the encouraging of critical thinking in today’s many cultured curriculum. The French Creole sights, smells and sounds of New Orleans’s famed French Quarter proved the perfect setting in which to debate the ongoing cultural legacies of France throughout the world.