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Departmental Mission & Vision

The Department of Modern Languages is dedicated to providing effective undergraduate education in French, Spanish, and German languages, literatures and cultures, as well as quality graduate education in Francophone Studies and Spanish. The undergraduate program provides basic language acquisition courses that fulfill the language requirement of the College of Liberal Arts, as well as advanced language, literature and culture courses for majors, minors and other interested students. The department’s goals are: (1) to equip students with pragmatic communication tools in the respective target languages (French, German, or Spanish); (2) to increase students’ cultural awareness and openness to diversity, and to develop their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills through exposure to international perspectives, as well as Louisiana cultural issues, whenever appropriate; (3) to develop students’ literacy and enable them to understand significant works of literary or cultural importance, and to equip them with critical tools for literary and cultural analysis; and (4) to prepare students successfully for their individual professions in sectors needing professionals who can speak and understand languages other than English.

Caroline Huey, Head
July 2017

Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).