Dr. Laura Dennis Professor of French / Chair of World Languages
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Dr. Laura Dennis graduated from Indiana University in 2000 with a Ph.D. in French Literature. She received a Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship at Indiana University East in 1999, where she remained until coming to the University of the Cumberlands in 2001. Dr. Dennis is a member of the Modern Language Association, the Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies, Women in French, the Kentucky Philological Association, the North American Christian Foreign Language Association, the American Association of Teachers of French and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. On campus she teaches both French and Spanish, advises students in French and Spanish and serves on the International Studies Committee and the National Fellowship Committee. Most recently, she has participated in grading French AP exams (2008-present), joined the QEP Cadre on Critical Thinking for the 2010-2011 academic year and volunteered as an interpreter for the World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, KY in September-October 2010.

Courses Taught
• FREN 131. Elementary French I

•FREN 132. Elementary French II

•FREN 231. Intermediate French I

•FREN 232. Intermediate French II

•FREN 135 (formerly 235). French Popular Culture

•FREN 331. French Composition and Conversation

•FREN 332. Francophone Culture and CommunicationFREN 333. French Civilization

•FREN 334. Survey of French Literature

•FREN 432. Practicum in Francophone Culture

•FREN 490. Independent Study in French

•SPAN 131. Elementary Spanish I

•SPAN 135. Hispanic Popular Culture.

•SPAN 235. Introduction to Hispanic Cultures.

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Myth and Memoir in Kim Lefèvre’s Retour à la saison des pluies,” publication in Kentucky Philological Review 24 (2010)

“A Child in Algeria, a Mother in France: Spaces Past, Present and Future in Marie Cardinal’s La Clé sur la porte” publication in French Review 83.6 (2010)

“Redefining Space in Marie Cardinal’s Au pays de mes racines and Juan Goytisolo’s Coto vedado" publication in CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 11.4 (2009)

“The Search for Differential Space in Marie Cardinal’s Au pays de mes racines,” publication in Kentucky Philological Review 22 (2008)

“Fracturing Binarisms to Create a Space of ‘Jouissance:’ Marie Cardinal’s Au pays de mes racines,” publication in Stichproben 13 (2007)

“Oriana by Fina Torres: Feminine Desire from Text to Screen.” International Conference on Love and Sex in Literature and the Visual Arts, Including Cinema at the University of West Georgia, November 2007 (presenter and session moderator)

Panel Moderator for “Disabled Students in the FL Classroom.” NACFLA Conference on Christianity and World Language in the Classroom and Beyond at Asbury College, March 2007

“The Search for Differential Space in Marie Cardinal’s Au pays de mes racines.” Kentucky Philological Association Annual Conference at Pine Mountain State Resort Park and Union College, March 2007 (paper voted “best-of-section” by session moderator)

“Teaching with Truffaut.” Annual Convention of the American Association of Teachers of French in Milwaukee, WI, July 2006

“World War II Meets French 331: Using Au revoir les enfants to Discuss Religion, Ethics, and Values,” publication in Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 7 (2006)

“Adaptation: A Course on Literature in Film,” publication in Women in French Studies Special Issue (2005)

Contributing editor for French 17: An Annual Descriptive Bibliography of French 17th Century Studies

Manuscript reviewer for Foreign Language Annals and Journal of Christianity of Foreign Languages

Book reviewer for the cinema section of the French Review.

• Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2004, 2005)
• Appalachian College Association Travel Grants (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007)
• Cumberland College Immersion Grant (Summer 2002)