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Cory Browning is completing his PhD in Romance Studies at Cornell University. Cory’s research focuses primarily on nineteenth-century French literature, but he also works on eighteenth and twentieth century French and Francophone literature, aesthetics and politics, and the fledgling field of terrorism studies. His dissertation analyzes the French Revolutionary Terror and its “restagings” in French Romanticism, the advent of avant-garde theater and anarcho-terrorism in the wake of the Paris Commune, and the Algerian War. Recasting Marx’s observation that humanity makes its own history but under conditions handed down from the past, his research strives to apprehend the multiple ways the Terror has shaped how we think and practice both literature and democracy. He has also completed a Masters and done research at the Université de Paris 8, working extensively on Charles Baudelaire and Stéphane Mallarmé. His next projects include investigations into terrorism and contemporary critical theory and a study into the aesthetics of the cliché in Gustave Flaubert.
Je pense que c’est mon devoir comme professeur de français de confirmer à mes étudiants qu’on peut utiliser cette langue pour vivre et que le français se parle beaucoup en Amérique du Nord.
I think that it is my duty as a professor of French to confirm for my students that one may use this language in life and that French is spoken widely in North America.
French is spoken daily in Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province? Mais oui, approximately 5% of the island’s inhabitants speak French as their native language and French immersion schools are located in several communities. Therefore, there is a strong French presence, and thanks to financial support from the Yamada Language Center (Bakony grant) and the University of Oregon’s Canadian Studies Committee, Dr. C. Brian Barnett, Instructor of French and Supervisor of Second-Year French spent 4 nights learning about this unique group of insulaires and gathered pedagogical materials for a future advanced language and culture course focusing on the francophone Atlantic (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, & Saint-Pierre and Miquelon). Highlights included visiting the Musée acadien in Miscouche, attending a concert at the Mont Carmel community center (Fayo was one of the performers), tasting traditional Acadian dishes at the Centre Expo-Festival, and chatting with PEI Acadian expert Georges Arsenault. During his visit to PEI (or IPE en français), Barnett also shared his experience with the weekly francophone newspaper: La Voix acadienne. The complete article by Nick Arsenault can be found here.
To hear a sample of French from Île-du-Prince-Édouard, click here
Key word: râpure (traditional Acadian dish made out of shredded potatoes)
In June, the second-year French supervisor Dr. C. Brian Barnett was invited to Montreal by the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques (Center for Francophone culture of the Americas) to participate in a panel discussion entitled ‘Jeunes et engagés pour la francophonie’ (Youth engaged in francophone culture). Other panel members included an educator from El Salvador and a journalist from Ontario. Barnett spoke on how he has successfully integrated the francophone world of the Americas into the French language classroom as well as problems and challenges that he has faced: e.g., « Il faut pouvoir démontrer l’utilité du français » (You must be able to show the usefulness of French). The panel discussion was one of many talks organized during the ten-day Forum des jeunes ambassadeurs de la Francophonie des Amériques (Forum for youth ambassadors of Francophone culture of the Americas). For the complete article written by Jean-Benoît Nadeau click here
Due to his interest in the American varieties of French and his participation in a forum organized by the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques last summer in New Brunswick, instructor and second-year French Supervisor C. Brian Barnett was interviewed by France-Amérique.
This monthly magazine is America’s largest and only nationwide French-language publication, serving an audience of French expatriates, Francophones, and French-speaking Americans. The article: La Francophonie, une jeunesse en movement focuses on the role of French with the younger generations in the United States. Dr. Barnett shared his thoughts on problems that the American varieties face in comparison to European French and what could be done in order to make French seen as a relevant language in the United States.