This volume investigates how teaching practices can address the changing status of literature in the French classroom. Focusing on how women writing in French are changing the face of French Studies, opening the canon to not only new approaches to gender but to genre, expanding interdisciplinary studies and aiding scholars to rethink the teaching of literature, each chapter provides concrete strategies useful to a wide variety of classrooms and institutional contexts. Essays address how to bring French Studies and women’s and gender studies into the twenty-first century through intersections of autobiography, gender issues and technology; ways to introduce beginning and intermediate students to the rich diversity of women writing in French; strategies for teaching postcolonial writing and literary theory; and interdisciplinary approaches to expand our student audiences in the United States, Canada, or abroad. In short, revisiting how we teach, why we teach, and what we teach through the prism of women’s texts and lives while raising issues that affect cisgender women of the Hexagon, queer and other-gendered women, immigrants and residents of the postcolony attracts more openly diverse students. Whether new to the profession or seasoned educators, faculty will find new ideas to invigorate and diversify their pedagogical approaches.

chapter |7 pages


part 1|2 pages

Exploring Identities/Exploring the Self: French Literature and Women’s Studies in the Twenty-First Century

chapter 2|8 pages

Fractured Families

Program Growth through Innovative Teaching of French and Francophone Women’s Autobiographies

chapter 3|8 pages

Worldwide Women Writers and the Web

Diversity and Digital Pedagogy

chapter 4|8 pages

“Representing the Self”

Contemporary French Lit Meets the Twenty-First-Century Student

part 3|2 pages

Colonial and Postcolonial French Women Writers: Teaching Diversity on Shifting Ground

chapter 9|8 pages

Peoples, Authors, Protagonists

78Teaching Francophone Women Authors through Gender Identity Themes

chapter 11|8 pages

Making the Case for French Studies

Strategies for Teaching Gendered Multiculturalism in Contemporary French Literature

chapter 13|8 pages

Teaching Hélé Béji, Postcolonialism, and the Arab Spring

Perspectives from Baudrillard, McClintock, and Giroux

part 4|2 pages

Interdisciplinary Approaches to French Studies

chapter 14|7 pages

Breaking Down Jail and Cross-Divisional Walls

120Teaching Simone de Beauvoir and Existentialist Writers in the Twenty-First-Century French and Criminal Justice Classroom

chapter 15|7 pages

Francophone Women Writers outside the French Classroom

An Integrated Approach to Exploring Women’s Voices

chapter 16|8 pages

Pushing Boundaries

A Feminist Interdisciplinary Approach to Team Teaching French and American Women’s Lives during World War II