The French Review, vol. 72, no. 6 (May 1999)

 Pro-Seminar Outline: Winter 1996

Announcing Complete Schedule for Supplementary Meetings on

- Winter Semester 1996 -

in conjunction with French 777, organized by Charles J. Stivale

All meetings will take place in the French Room (470 Manoogian) on Fridays, 3:30 PM


In conjunction with French 777, eight meetings will be held for discussion about the broad topics of professional issues and literary and cultural criticism, with 8 sessions of approx. 90 minutes each.

Please note and communicate to graduate student colleagues: these supplementary meetings are open to all students in language and literature. Extending a pro-seminar led in Winter 1993 by myself and John Eipper, then developed further in FRE 874 in Fall 1994, this
forum is aimed at de-mythifying and explaining some important issues, practices and procedures that face language professionals as you continue to develop tools for coping with "the profession."

In this series of eight meetings, we will follow two formats:
a) discussion of professional issues related to research, conferencing, the job market and criticism (Jan 19, Feb 16, Feb 23, March 1, March 29); and
b) readings of texts by and discussion with three author/scholars, dealing with the broad topic of "literary and cultural studies in the 1990s" (Feb 2, March 22, April 12).


-Meeting 1 - Jan 19-: -Reading the Scholarly Article, Strategies: "Hands-on" practice for critically reading the scholarly essay.

-Meeting 2 - Friday, 2/2, 3:30 PM-: Discussion with Prof. Karen Jankowsky (Dept. of German and Slavic, WSU): reading to be distributed.

-Meeting 3 - Feb 16-: -Producing Publications: Conferencing, Journals and Beyond-: Discussion of the step-by-step process for developing publishable scholarly work: pursuing the initial research idea, calls for papers and the conference abstract, protocols of the conference paper, revisions and preparation of journal formats, the essay for publication.

-Meeting 4 - Feb 23-: -Market (Un)Realities: The Job Search, I: Discussion of the apparatus developed through the MLA for conducting a job search in foreign languages: the Job Information List (and other sources); responding to a job announcement: preparing the cover letter, the c.v., the placement file; at the MLA convention; the follow-up: protocols of the campus visit, the wait, the offer, the "end-game".

-Meeting 5 - Mar 1-: -Market (Un)Realities: The Job Search, II: Continuation of above.

-Meeting 6- - Friday 3/22, 3:30 PM: Discussion with Prof. Ann Larabee (Dept. of American Thought & Language, Michigan State U): reading to be distributed.

-Meeting 7 - March 2: Negotiating Critical Theories:- Discussion of the array of critical theories that inform scholarly papers and publications as a means to help new professionals situate themselves in readings and writings and conference participation.

-Meeting 8- - Friday April 12, 3:30 PM: Discussion with Shawn Wilbur (Dept. of American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State U): reading to be distributed.

Each session will last approximately 90 minutes, with handouts available, when appropriate, prior to each meeting at the front desk (pick-up drawer) of the Department of Romance Languages (487 Manoogian).