French Graduate Students’ Achievements 2009-2010
Sosnora Victor, La maison de jours, Poésie, n°128-129, Belin, Paris, translated from Russian to French by Olga Belova and
“Perestroika Songspiel” by Chto Delat Group, video artwork exhibited at Centre Pompidou, Paris, Février 2010, translated
from Russian to French and subtitled by Olga Belova and Jonathan Baillehache.
Skidan Alexandre, “Souffle léger”; Revue MIR, n°2 June 2009, Ikko, Paris, translated from Russian to French by Olga Belova
and Jonathan Baillehache.
"Manifeste FNO”, Revue MIR, n°2 June 2009, Ikko, Paris, translated from Russian to French by Olga Belova and Jonathan
Anamaria Banu, Ph.D.
Dissertation defended: “Correspondances, transposition, traduction: la poétique symboliste de la suggestion dans A la
recherche du temps perdu” (dir. Shaw)
"Souffle, Poésie, Hospitalité: Abdellatif Laâbi: chez lui chez l’autre," 20th & 21st Century French & Francophone Studies
International Colloquium, Toronto, Canada, March 2010. Department travel award; Grad School travel award
"Souffle, Poésie, Hospitalité: Abdellatif Laâbi chez lui chez l’autre," Center for African Studies Graduate Student colloquium,
Rutgers University, April 2010.
Trans. Li, Jinjia. "The Figurative and the Gestural: Chinese Writing According to Marcel Granet." Actes du Colloque
International Visible Writings/Ecrits visibles. Ed. Marija Dalbello and Mary Shaw. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2010.
Fellowship: Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (RASTL) 2010-2011
"La référence à l'Antiquité et l'anachronisme dans l'oeuvre de Michel Deguy," 18th Annual Graduate Conference in Romance
Studies, Boston College
Sosnora Victor, La maison de jours, Po&sie, n°128-129, Belin, Paris, translated from Russian to French by Olga Belova and
“Perestroika Songspiel” by Chto Delat Group, video artwork exhibited at Centre Pompidou, Paris, Février 2010, translated from
Russian to French and subtitled by Olga Belova and Jonathan Baillehache.
Skidan Alexandre, “Souffle léger”; Revue MIR, n°2 June 2009, Ikko, Paris, translated from Russian to French by Olga Belova and
“Manifeste FNO”, Revue MIR, n°2 June 2009, Ikko, Paris, translated from Russian to French by Olga Belova and Jonathan
“Photostory for Second Language Acquisition”, OIRT's Technology Showcase, The Office of Instructional and Research
Technology, Rutgers U, December 2009.
Rick Lockwood Memorial Essay Prize for "Le Procès à l'oeuvre dans La Chute et Le Procès-verbal: voix et voie d'une
reconquête sociale," $1000
Instructor of French, East Stroudsburg University 2010-2011
“Vinaver et Hirata, une collaboration.” The French & Japanese Stages from 1900 to Today” conference, Paris, France,
November 2009. Department travel award
Rick Lockwood Memorial Essay Prize Award for "L'Oeuvre romanesque de Michel Vinaver ou l'écriture interstitielle," $1000
“Et Par-dessus bord se recueille en sa propre immensité” postface de la nouvelle édition de Par-dessus bord de Michel Vinaver.
Paris: L’Arche éditeur.
“Les réécritures de Par-dessus bord de Michel Vinaver”, in Genèses théâtrales, numéro hors-série de Genesis. Paris,
ITEM-CNRS (automne 2010)
“Hasard et destin dans le théâtre français contemporain.” Chance and Destiny Conference. Santa Barbara, CA
"El impacto de las crónicas de Rubén Darío en el discurso latinoamericano sobre París,” 18th Annual Conference in Romance
Studies, Boston College. Department travel award
"Les Poéthiques de Jean-Claude Pinson (propos sur une notion multiple)." A paraître dans un volume collectif
"Obus à six faces: Le Cornet à dés et la Guerre. » Cahiers Max Jacob 9 (2009): 27-40.
Jacob, Max et Alexander Dickow (trad.). Six poèmes du Laboratoire central. Ekleksographia. Numéro spécial sur
traduction. 10.09. http://ekleksographia.ahadadabooks.com/ballardini/authors/alexander_dickow.html.
King, Amy et Alexander Dickow (trad. et prés.). « I’m the Man Who Loves You. » Poezibao 18.02.09.
Mouchard, Claude et Alexander Dickow (trad.). « Michaux: Inscriptions or Visions?” Actes du Colloque International Visible
Writings/Ecrits visibles. Ed. Marija Dalbello and Mary Shaw. A paraître chez Rutgers University Press.
Roud, Gustave et Alexander Dickow (trad.). « Prairie’s Powers. » Calque 10.09.
Dickow, Alexander (dir.). Ekleksographia. Numéro spécial de poésies franco-américaines contemporaines, à paraître en
Dickow, Alexandre (sic). « Quelle représentation du poète avec Apollinaire, Cendrars et Jacob. » Journal des arts no. 313
(13 au 27 novembre 2009): 32. Présentation de la thèse sous la rubrique « Actualité de la recherche ».
Dickow, Robert (musique) et Alexander Dickow (paroles). « Yardwork in Moscow,Idaho circa 1988. » Pièce pour chœur et
piano. Boise: The Idaho StateDepartment of Education, 2008. Partition disponible par le Département d’éducation d’Idaho;
enregistrement d’une performance à paraître sur le site del’Université d’Idaho.
"James Sacré face au ‘roman parlant’, ou le leurre du style." Colloque James Sacré ou les gestes de la langue. Centre Culturel
International de Cerisy. Cerisy-la-Salle, 6 septembre 2010.
"Les contributions à Montjoie: portrait de Cendrars en franc-tireur. » Colloque International Cendrars et les revues(1910-1930).
L’Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense, le 18 juin 2010.
"Blaise Cendrars et Sonia Delaunay: intensité plastique, intensités poétiques. »Séminaire du laboratoire Recherches sur la
Pluralité Esthétique (EA 1575). L’Ecole Normale Supérieure (rue d’Ulm), le 8 janvier 2010.
Communication sur la poésie de l’entre-langue. Séminaire de recherche « Les Mots Etrangers ». Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre
La Défense, le 27 novembre 2009.
"De Fantômas à Charlot: Réseaux et appropriations d’objets culturels dans les revues d’avant-garde (1912-1933). " Séminaire
TIGRE, L’Europe des Revues: Réseaux, II. L’Ecole Normale Supérieure (rue d’Ulm), le 7 novembre 2009.
"Signé Fantômas: le déguisement du discours dans la revue Les Soirées de Paris." Université d’Ete de la SFLGC: Les Réseaux
européens des revues littéraires (1909- 1939). L’Université d’Angers, le 3 juin 2009.
Compte-rendu de Correspondance avec les artistes (1903-1918) de Guillaume Apollinaire. Cahiers Max Jacob 10 (2010). A
Assistant professor Occidental College Fall 2010 http://www.oxy.edu/x9470.xml
“La femme arabe entre histoire et fiction.” Conseil International d’Etudes Francophone, Montreal, Canada, 27 June-4 July 2010.
"Western Power and the Colonial Specter in *Forfaiture* (1937)," 20th & 21st Century French & Francophone Studies
International Colloquium, Toronto, Canada, March 2010. Department travel award. Graduate School travel award
"Revendication de l'identité européenne: Métissage et amour dans le cinéma des années 30," Conseil International d'Études
Francophones Montréal, Canada 27 June - 4 July 2010. Graduate School travel award
Fellowship: Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (RASTL) 2010-2011
Diana Schiau Botea, Ph.D.
Dissertation defended: "Le texte et le lieu du spectacle de La Plume au Mur. Stéphane Mallarmé parmi les avant-gardes" (dir.
Shaw and Naugrette)
Peter Sorrell, Ph.D.
Dissertation defended: “Fictionality, Intentionality, and Narrative Worlds: (Be) coming and Going in the Works of Raymond
Queneau, Claude Simon, and Alain Robbe-Grillet” (dir. Schilling)
“’Et moi, y a-t-il un chant pour moi? Un chant pour Tituba?’ prise de parole d’une marronne.” Women in French conference,
Wagner College, Staten Island, NY. June 2010
“Ibuka : ‘ce n’est ni une histoire de langue ni une histoire de ‘taumatrismes,’ c’est une histoire de couteau.’’’ Modern Language
Association, Philadelphia, PA, December, 2009. MLA travel award
NeMLA Summer Fellowship $1000
“Tacitus and the Archetype,” NeMLA Conference, Montreal, Canada, April 2010. Department travel award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Admission to the Ph.D.
Foreign Language Requirements
PhD Qualifying Examination
Coordinated Doctorates ("cotutelles")
Doctoral candidates in French at Rutgers receive rigorous and broad training in various aspects of French language, literature in and outside France, theory, literary and cultural criticism, and cinema. Doctoral candidates complete 16 courses beyond the bachelor's degree or equivalent; at least eleven of these must be taken at Rutgers. The qualifying examination is designed to develop in-depth knowledge of two subject areas and to provide a head start on doctoral research. Preparation for the qualifying examination allows students to choose a field and design a research topic under the close guidance of advisors.
Candidates in the doctoral program specialize in literary and cultural topics from the Middle Ages to the present. For a list of theses recently defended in the Department and those currently under way, please click here.
Exceptional students may be allowed to pursue a joint doctorate with a French university under a "cotutelle" agreement.
Admission to the Doctoral Program
With an M.A. from Rutgers
Soon after the M.A. oral examination (within ten days), the Examination Committee, in consultation with the Graduate Director, will recommend whether the M.A. recipient may be admitted to the Doctoral Program. In making this recommendation, the Committee will consider the student’s performance on the written examination, the judgment of the oral examiners, and the student’s performance in courses.
The Examination Committee will report on its recommendation at a meeting of the full Graduate Faculty for discussion and confirmation. Students are normally expected to have better than a 3.3 average in order to be admitted to the program; the Graduate School recommends 3.5.
With an M.A. from another University
Students holding an M.A. from another University are admitted to the Doctoral program on a conditional basis; their final status is determined by the French Graduate Faculty after they have completed 12 credits (four courses) at Rutgers.
After completing 12 credits with grades of B or better, these students should complete a Transfer of Credit request so that graduate courses taken at other institutions may be accepted toward the Doctorate at Rutgers (see the Graduate Catalog for procedure). The maximum load of such transferred credits is 15. Credits for a memoir or thesis are usually not transferable.
Students with a strong M.A. in a language and literature other than French may be admitted to the Ph.D. program if their level in French permits it. They may be required to do additional course work in French literature. They may also be allowed, on a case by case basis, to transfer some credits from their M.A. (for example literature courses in English or another language taken at a French or Francophone institution).
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Doctoral candidates are required to complete 48 credits of work beyond the B.A.
In addition, they are allowed to take three more credits in a field outside of but germane to French (subject to the approval of the Graduate Director).
The total of credits obtained outside the French Graduate Program, including foreign literature courses, should not exceed 12 beyond the B.A. (i.e., for both the M.A. and the Ph.D.).
Credit for graduate work taken at other institutions may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the course requirement (see above, Admission), but in no case (except “cotutelles,” see below) will the doctoral candidate complete less than 33 credits at Rutgers.
Rutgers is a member of the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (other members include Columbia University, the City University of New York, Fordham University, the New School University, and New York University), and has a long-standing exchange program with Princeton University. These programs allow doctoral-level students to take courses that have no equivalent available at their home institutions with one of the other participants. The explicit prior permission of the Graduate Program Director, as well as the relevant specialist at the home institution, the instructor of the proposed course, and the administrative officers of the Graduate Schools of both institutions, are required. Courses taken through these programs are considered by the Graduate School to represent regular Rutgers credits.
In addition to the 48 credits of course work, 24 credits of research are required for the Ph.D. degree. In principle, research credits (Research in French 701, 702) are not meant to be taken until the Qualifying Examination has been successfully completed. However, students are allowed to register for a maximum of six such credits during the last two semesters before they complete the Examination (i.e., three credits one semester and three credits the other).
Doctoral candidates must demonstrate by examination a reading knowledge of one foreign language in addition to French. This language is usually a Romance language, or either German or Latin, but substitution of a different language on the basis of relevance to projected research is possible. Greater proficiency in that language, proven by either the successful completion of two graduate courses (6 credits) taught in the original language, or by obtaining an A grade in a Rutgers Summer Session foreign language for reading course may replace the language requirement.
The foreign language examinations are administered by the Language Institute and must be passed in advance of the Qualifying Examination. Consult the Language Center for the schedule of these examinations.
Doctoral students normally spend at least one academic year of two consecutive terms, excluding Summer Session, as full-time students in residence at the Graduate School.
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The Qualifying Examination (Qual) is designed to allow students to gain field specialization beyond the basic coverage afforded by the M.A. Emphasizing depth and focus rather than breadth, it encourages students to develop familiarity with a range of texts and issues as well as to identify those areas of research that will lead directly to the dissertation.
Note: In order to be admitted to the Qualifying Examination, the student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
Administration and Advising
The Qualifying Examination is taken no later than three semesters after completion of the M.A. Students who complete the M.A. in September, for example, will sit for the Qual by no later than January of the following academic year. For those who enter with an M.A., however, the normal expectation is that the Qual be taken at the end of the fourth semester, in May of the second year of study. All foreign language requirements must be completed in advance of the Qualifying Examination.
Decisions on the choice of a Primary and a Complementary Field must be made no fewer than four months in advance of the examination date. Requests to postpone the exam by one session will be considered by the Graduate Program Committee only for absolutely compelling reasons. Any changes in choice of fields must be approved by the Graduate Director.
The Qualifying Examination is to be prepared under faculty supervision. In consultation with the relevant Department faculty and the Graduate Director, the candidate will choose two Qual Advisors among members of the Graduate Faculty in French. The student will have identified one of these as the potential director of Ph.D. research; generally, the student will have taken at least one graduate seminar or independent study with each Qual Advisor.
The Primary Field will be chosen among one of the seven standard literature lists (Middle Ages-20th Century and Literatures in French of Africa, the Americas, and Asia) and Film. It will generally correspond to the student’s intended area of dissertation research. Students must prepare the Primary Field standard reading list in its entirety. Those who enter the program with an M.A. from another institution are furthermore expected to be familiar with the works included on the M.A. portion of the Primary Field standard list.
The Complementary Field directly supports the student’s Primary Field of research specialization, though in some cases it will represent a distinct area of expertise. The Complementary Field should be grounded in coursework or independent study undertaken with one of the advisors.
In consultation with the Qual Advisors, the student may choose one of four options:
a) genre option. The student reads in their entirety works from one or more genres from a standard list other than that of the Primary Field, supplementing these works with other primary sources and critical works related to the genre under study.
b) historical option. The student selects from a standard list other than that of the Primary Field works corresponding to a historical sub-period or literary movement, supplementing these works with other primary sources and critical works related to the period or movement under study.
c) problem-based option (theory, criticism, interpretation). The student composes a list of primary and/or secondary works that share a common theoretical, critical, or interpretive problematic.
d) film option. The student screens a selection of 50 works chosen from the abridged standard Film list.
With the exception of option (d) film, the Complementary Field list is to be comprised of approximately 20-25 titles. Students will attempt with the help of the Qual Advisors to achieve a balance between primary sources and secondary texts as appropriate.
The Qualifying Examination or Qual is composed of a take-home Written Examination followed within a week to ten days by an Oral Examination. The choice of language for the Written (French or English) is left to the student; the Oral will be conducted in both languages.
Declaration of intent to sit for the Qual should include specification of the language in which the Written Examination will be conducted. No less than one month in advance of the Qual, the student will submit to the Graduate Director for circulation to the Qual Committee the two Field lists along with a one-page statement articulating the presumed relation between the Primary Field, Complementary Field, and projected dissertation research. The Qual Committee is composed of four faculty members. The fourth member may be an outside member.
The Written Examination
The Written Examination is administered in the form of a seventy-two hour take-home. The student will respond to two of three proposed essay questions and is free to consult primary and secondary sources, notes, and dictionaries. Each essay will respond to the question asked by adopting and supporting a coherent position or thesis; it should be well-organized and rich in examples. Students are expected to follow standard MLA guidelines for bibliography and footnoting throughout. The length of each response will be approximately 2,500 words; the text should be double-spaced in a standard 10- or 12-point type. The student will submit a signed and dated copy of the examination to the Department Office within the allotted 72 hours.
The Oral Examination
The Oral Examination takes place seven to ten days after submission of the Written Examination. It begins with a discussion of the essays submitted for the Written Examination and moves from there onto an open interrogation and discussion of the works on the lists for both the Primary and Complementary Fields.
The purpose of the exam is to assess depth of familiarity with the chosen works and the ability to draw connections between them in a coherent and insightful way. It is not a quiz: questions will focus on matters relevant to the meaning of the works or concepts being discussed, and will require elaborate answers. Students should demonstrate serious personal knowledge of primary texts and their literary and historical contexts, as well as familiarity with the major critical issues and supporting bibliography, and the ability to articulate significant theoretical concepts and use them effectively.
Note: when Film is chosen either as a Primary or as a Complementary Field, the oral examination component will include, in addition to general discussion of the works on the list, the projection of one or more film clips for analysis and comment.
A student may be asked to retake one or more parts of the examination. One retry is allowed, ordinarily within six to eight weeks, and in any case no later than the subsequent exam session.
The examinee must bring to the Oral Examination the completed Application for Admission to Candidacy for the Ph.D. Degree (available in the Department) for committee signature. The Application will be signed by the Graduate Director and returned to the Graduate School where it will be kept on file. (At the time of the dissertation defense, the student must obtain the form from the Graduate School Office and submit it to the Graduate Director so that the results of the defense may be recorded.)
Upon successful completion of the Qualifying Examination, the student turns to the preparation of the dissertation proposal.
Students should always be alert to possible subjects and discuss these possibilities with faculty members who might be interested in them. As explained above, by the time the Qualifying Examination has been completed, the student will have identified a research field and possible topic. During the subsequent preparation of the Dissertation Proposal, the student will establish a formal relationship with a Director and other faculty members in the appropriate areas of expertise, who will form the Dissertation Committee. No fewer than two, but no more than four months after successful completion of the Qualifying Examination, the dissertation proposal will be submitted to the Committee.
- The Dissertation Committee
The Dissertation Director must be a full member of the French Graduate Faculty. The Graduate Director, upon the advice of the Dissertation Director and in consultation with the student, will formally appoint the other three members of the thesis committee: two members of the French Graduate faculty, either associate or full (at least one of which will have been already involved in the student’s work and exam); and an “outside” reader from another department at Rutgers or from another university. When the “outside” reader is from outside Rutgers, the Graduate Director will forward to the Dean of the Graduate School a résumé of his or her qualifications. The Dean will then formally appoint the outside reader.
Substitutions in committee membership, once it has been formed, are the responsibility of the Graduate Director and will occur only if a member is unable to serve or if a student’s dissertation topic changes, requiring a new dissertation director and/or modification of the committee. If the Dissertation Director or any other member of the committee leaves Rutgers, s/he may continue to serve on the committee with the approval of the Graduate Director. In cases other than these, approval for a change in committee membership rests with the Dean of the Graduate School, as required by Graduate School regulations.
- Dissertation proposal and proposal defense
The proposal will comprise the following elements:
1) a ten-page description of the projected research, describing the corpus, methodology, key terms of analysis and shape of the argument;
2) a one- to two-page outline, with projected subdivisions and/or chapter headings;
3) a preliminary bibliography.
Preparation of the bibliography should involve exchanges with the Dissertation Director and at least one other member of the Dissertation Committee. In no case will the bibliography be dictated by advisors: it is as much the student’s work as the proposal itself. The bibliography, which the student may choose to annotate in part or in whole, should reflect and document the present progress and future orientation of the student’s research.
The Dissertation Committee and the candidate will convene for the dissertation proposal defense no later than two weeks after submission of the proposal. The student will deliver a ten- to fifteen-minute oral presentation on the proposed research, followed by collective discussion and a question and answer period. The time period allotted for proposal defense will be one hour.
In the event that the committee does not approve the dissertation proposal, the student will have one month to complete specified changes and to resubmit.
- Development of the dissertation
While normally written in English, the thesis may, under certain circumstances, be written in French. In all cases, however, the abstract – a summary of the main findings of the thesis in fewer than 350 words – must be in English. The form of the thesis must conform to the specifications in the pamphlet Style Guide for Thesis and Dissertation Preparation, available at the Graduate School office.
- Research Credits and Progress Reports
The Dissertation Director is required to assign a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory for each semester in which the candidate is registered for research credit. To receive a grade of Satisfactory, the dissertation student must submit to his/her Director by November 30 and April 30 a brief written factual statement of progress during the term; the Director in turn will send the student’s statement, along with a written comment and grade, to the Graduate Director by the first day of the final examination period in December and May. The Graduate Director will submit the grade and place the Director’s report in the student’s file. The student is responsible for transmitting the semester progress report to the Director; without it no grade of Satisfactory will be filed.
As is the case with course work, registration for research credits must be continuous in order to avoid a substantial reinstatement fee. A student who is unable to work on his/her dissertation in a given semester for extreme and compelling reasons (e.g., serious illness) may ask the Graduate Director for permission to register for Matriculation Continued, subject to the approval of the Graduate School.
- Diploma Application Form
The normal maximum for the Ph.D. is seven years from the time of the first registration in the Graduate School. Consult the Catalog for conditions and procedures for the granting of extensions. These limits are monitored annually.
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Coordinated Doctorates (“Cotutelles”)
“Cotutelle” conventions, passed between French universities and their foreign counterparts, allow French and foreign students alike to obtain a Doctoral degree in each country, for the same dissertation, written under the guidance of two co-Directors, with a minimum of one year spent in the “other” country.
Under such conventions (which are negotiated and passed by Rutgers on an individual basis, on behalf of a particular student, with a particular French university), our Department may either welcome a “Doctorat”-level student from a French institution to its Ph.D. program, or send one of its own students to France to earn a “Doctorat” along with a Ph.D.
In both cases, the procedure should be launched for compelling intellectual reasons, after extensive personal consultation with the two potential co-Directors, whose agreement (on the terms of the exchange as well as on the topic and content of the dissertation project) is an absolute prerequisite.
Students interested in the idea of a “cotutelle” should approach the Graduate Director, as well as the potential Dissertation Director (on the Rutgers side), as early as possible, preferably before taking their Qualifying Examination.
Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T)
The M.A.T. program in French Studies is designed for individuals already teaching French. A candidate is admitted on the basis of formal background in French studies. An application for the M.A.T. program is normally considered only after the student has completed one summer of course work (a minimum of two three-credit courses) in the Rutgers’ summer World Languages Institute. These WLI courses can be applied toward the M.A.T. degree. Regardless of admission to the M.A.T. degree, these course credits may potentially be used to meet requirements for professional continuing education, certification or re-certification, or transfer to another program. Appropriate courses are offered primarily in the summer; any student wishing to take courses toward the M.A.T. degree during the regular academic year (whether graduate or undergraduate) may do so with the permission of the Graduate Director.
M.A.T. candidates take 30 credits of course work, chosen from among courses on French and Francophone civilization, language, literature, and film. The course of study should be planned to meet the needs of the individual student, but will normally include: three credits in methodology, a minimum of six credits in language pedagogy (languages across the curriculum, second language acquisition, technology in the classroom, assessment, grammar and stylistics, translation, linguistics) and at least twelve credits in French and Francophone literature and/or culture.
For the final 3 credits of the M.A.T. degree, students are required to prepare a teaching portfolio. The portfolio relates the student’s course of study and professional situation (teaching level, curricular focus, district) through the creation of a compendium of syllabi, lesson plans, and other teaching materials. The student must identify a mentoring committee of two (which may include a member from another Rutgers department) and, once the committee has given its approval, must present the portfolio in public.
Students may, with the approval of the Graduate Director, participate in a summer study abroad program, credits earned being counted toward the degree. Participation in Teachers at the Louvre does not require preapproval.
Students may elect to take one course (three credits) in the Graduate School of Education, upon prior approval by the Graduate Director.
Upon request and with the authorization of the Graduate Director, students may, in lieu of preparing a teaching portfolio and after having completed 30 credits of coursework, take a comprehensive exam on French and Francophone literature, culture, and linguistics. The reading list for the examination is to be determined by the student in consultation with a committee of two faculty members.
The Graduate Director may accept up to 12 credits from another institution toward the fulfillment of degree requirements only after 12 credits have been completed at Rutgers.
The M.A.T. in French is considered to be a terminal degree, in that it does not lead to Ph.D. studies. Any student who seeks admission to the Ph.D. program during or after M.A.T. studies must apply through the normal application process.
Graduate Program Information - part 1
The Graduate Program in French
Welcome to the Graduate Program in French at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, which offers outstanding academic opportunities for advanced study leading to the M.A., Ph.D., and M.A.T. degrees.
An ambitious and balanced curriculum of literary and interdisciplinary studies encourages students to shape their own programs while acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of literatures in French. Our distinguished faculty of fifteen offer seminars that explore a broad range of perspectives in all areas of French literature, including literatures in French of Africa, the Americas, and Asia, as well as topics in critical theory, cinema, and culture.
French faculty are associated with the Zimmerli Art Museum and with programs in African Studies, Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature, Medieval Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. The Doctoral Program in French welcomes students who hold a B.A. or M.A. and wish to pursue individual research in French, with a connection to these or other related fields.
Mona Lisa with a Pipe, by Eugène Bataille (Sapeck),
from the French graphic arts collection of the
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Teaching experience and teacher training have been a key factor in the successful placement of our graduates, who have garnered major national fellowships and have gone on to successful academic careers in the U.S. and Canada.
The M.A.T. program in French is open to schoolteachers seeking professional development and new materials to bring into the K-12 classroom. Applications are considered after the candidate has successfully completed two courses in the summer World Language Institute on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.
Masters of Arts (M.A.)
Course Work and Requirements
Students preparing the Master of Arts degree must take a total of 30 credits beyond the B.A. Course work for the M.A. concentrates primarily on literature. Coverage of all literary periods is a concern at the M.A. level, and should be a factor in course selection, which will be monitored. Students are expected to take at least one course in each period. Another three credits of work outside of but germane to the field of French may be used toward the M.A. (subject to the approval of the Graduate Director). No more than 12 credits may be transferred from graduate programs at other institutions (see the Graduate Catalog for procedures for transferring credits).
In lieu of six credits of course work, the student may, with special permission, choose to write a thesis. When the thesis option is chosen, the student will take a comprehensive examination (see below) upon completion of 24 credits of course work. The M.A. thesis will be written under the direction of a member of the French Graduate Faculty and approved by two other members of the French Graduate Faculty. An oral defense of the thesis is required.
Students not electing the thesis option are required to take a comprehensive examination upon completion of 30 credits of course work. The examination will be conducted in French and based on the current M.A. reading list. It must be taken, in full, during three possible sessions (December/January, April/May, August/September).
It will consist of three segments: one three-hour exam on literature before 1600 (one 90-minute essay on Medieval literature and one 90-minute essay on 16th-century literature); one three-hour exam on ancien régime literature (one essay on the 17th century and one on the 18th century); and one three-hour exam on literature after 1800 (one essay on the 19th century, one on the 20th century). The student has a choice of two topics on each subject. Students will be expected to write well-organized essays demonstrating precise knowledge of texts on the reading list. In addition, on the second day, there will be a one-hour examination consisting of a translation from Old French into modern French. This exam will be waived if the student has completed French 611, “Old French Language and Literature,” with a grade of B or better. On the third day, the student will also be required to take a one-hour exam based on a theory reading list. This exam will be waived if the student has completed 195:501, “Introduction to Literary Theory,” with a grade of B or better.
Each of the essays will be graded Superior, Satisfactory, Low Pass, or Fail. The candidate will be considered to have failed the writtens in the following cases: two or more questions are graded Fail; one question is graded Fail and two Low Pass. Only one re-examination is allowed; it must be taken within one year after the original examination. If three questions are Low Pass, or one question is graded Fail and one Low Pass (or simply one Fail), the student may elect to retake those parts one time. A student who receives grades of Superior on two parts of the written examination and a Satisfactory on one part may be awarded Distinction by the Oral Examination Committee, upon completion of the oral exam. A student who receives grades of Superior on all three parts of the written examination may be awarded High Distinction by the Oral Examination Committee, upon completion of the oral exam. The quality of the oral exam performance is factored in the final assessment of these awards.
Students who pass the written examination will advance to the oral part of the examination within two weeks. It will consist of an exercise in textual analysis (“explication de texte”), conducted in French. The name of the chosen author will be announced to the student upon completion of the writtens. On the day of the oral, the student will be given a one-page passage from one of the indicated author’s works (featured on the reading list). The student will have an hour to prepare before presenting a 15-20 minute linear commentary of the passage. The exam committee will follow up with questions. In case of failure, one re-examination is permitted, at the next exam period.
The M.A. written examinations will be prepared and graded under the supervision of the Graduate Examination Committee. Committee members may call on colleagues for any assistance they may require. For the oral examination, the Graduate Director will appoint an ad-hoc committee of three persons. The Director or a member of the Graduate Examination Committee may preside; the other two will be faculty whose interests are germane to the selected text; when possible, one of them will also be a member of the Graduate Examination Committee.
At least two months before the final examination is to be taken, an Application for Admission to Candidacy for the M.A. Degree must be obtained from the Graduate Office, filled out and submitted to the Graduate Director for verification and signature. The form is to be returned to the Graduate School Office by the Director, and the student must pick up the form at that office and bring it to the examination for the signatures of the examining committee.
Diploma Application Form
The form is to be obtained at the Graduate School and filed with the Registrar by April 2 for a diploma dated in May; by October 2 for a diploma dated in October; by January 2 for one dated in January.
Full-time students are expected to complete the M.A. in 1-3 years; part-time students, in 3-5 years. Application for time extensions must be made on an annual basis and must have the approval of the Director and the Dean of the Graduate School.