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Susan Edmundson

Distinguished Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies
609 McClung Tower

Phone: (865) 974-7002

I grew up in Chicago and attended Northwestern University. After completing my doctoral dissertation entitled Aesthetics and Politics: Film Culture and the Extreme Right in France 1930-1944 at New York University, I moved with my husband to Knoxville. I have been at the University of Tennessee since 1997 and have taught courses at all levels, from the 100-level through the 400-level. My main interests are cultural and political history, contemporary French culture, and online teaching and assessment. I developed the French hybrid program and the summer online program. I was faculty leader for UT in Paris Summer Program in 2016. I have served as  Interim French Language Program Director several times in the past.

  • Ph.D. in French Civilization, New York University, 1995
  • B.A. in French Studies, Northwestern University, 1987

Courses taught at the University of Tennessee:

  • French 111 (Elementary)
  • French 150 (Intensive Elementary)
  • French 211 (Intermediate)
  • French 211 online (Intermediate)
  • French 212 (Intermediate)
  • French 217/218 (Honors Intermediate)
  • French 223 (Intensive Intermediate)
  • French 300 (Grammar)
  • French 301 and 302 (French for Reading—for graduate students in other programs)
  • French 333 (Intermediate Grammar and Composition)
  • French 334 (Intermediate Conversation and Phonetics)
  • French 353 (Aspects of French Literature)
  • French 353 (Introduction to French Literary Analysis)
  • French 431 (Highlights of French Civilization) Franco-French conflicts from 1789-1968
  • French 432 (Contemporary French Culture) 
  • French 450 (Special Topics) French Cinema and Politics in the 1930s
  • Getting Started Teaching Online Courses. MIFLC. October 5, 2018.
  • What Works:  Activities for First Year French Hybrid Courses at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers’ Association Conference, Cool Springs Tennessee, November 3, 2012.
  •  Un Hybride de notre création: An Overview of the French Hybrid Program, Spring Technology Roundtable, Language Resource Center and Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, March 10 2011.
  • Led workshop on TPRS Storytelling for Knox County high school teachers, February 21, 2005.
  • A Model for Renewal: American Film and the French Film Critics of the Extreme Right 1930-1940, Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 2004.
  •  Guest Speaker.  Professor Les Essif’s Course entitled Contemporary French CultureFrench Intellectuals and Politics, November 4, 2002.
  • Standardized Product or Source of Renewal?:  American Films and French Critics of the Extreme Right in the 1930s, Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego, California, December 1994.
  • A Cultural Ideal: René Clair and the French Right in the 1930s, Colloquium, La Maison Française, New York University, March 24, 1994.
  • Confusing Autobiography with World History: A Reading of Drieu La Rochelle, Colloquium, La Maison Française, New York University, April 3, 1994.

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