Elisabeth Donato Presents at Faculty Author Series:
Donato presented “Je t’aime…Moi non plus: Images of America in the Early French Rock Press,” which discussed the “serious” rock and roll criticism that emerged in France in the second half of the 1960s. Donato’s research was conducted through popular French magazines, primarily focusing on Rock & Folk magazine. Click here for more information.
Dr. Elisabeth Donato
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Office: 208C Davis Hall
Spring 2013 -- Sabbatical Leave
Areas of specialization:
*19th Century French Literature; the decadent movement; J.-K. Huysmans.
* Literature and the Other Arts.
* Contemporary French Culture (I have presented papers on French rock criticism, and, more recently, on French comic strip art.)
My philosophy of language teaching:
A strong work ethics, a high level of competence, passion, enthusiasm, patience, empathy for students and respect of their individual differences are, in my mind, crucial qualities for a good teacher. In my teaching, I constantly thrive to create a rich context for language acquisition in the classroom, to attend to my students' ability to communicate effectively, as well as to their knowledge and understanding of Francophone cultures. I always try to find opportunities to lead my students to establish connections between French and other disciplines, to compare the French language to their own native language, and their world view to those held by the French or French speakers from various parts of the world.
As a French teacher, I do my best to share my enthusiasm for the French language, culture, and literature with my students, and to ensure that their classroom experience will become, for them, the springboard of a life-long love affair with French and the many facets of francophone culture.
1. "Rabâchage and Piétinement as Metaphorical Expressions of Bourgeois Mediocrity in J.-K. Huysmans' Naturalist Novels." Excavatio (International Review for Multicisciplinary Approaches and Comparative Studies related to Emile Zola and his Time, Naturalism, Naturalist Writers and Artists around the World), Volume XVII/Nos. 1-2/2002.
2. Beyond the Paradox of the Nostalgic Modernist: A Study of Temporality in the Works of J.-K. Huysmans. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2004.
In my free time, I enjoy reading good contemporary American or British novels or current French fiction. Lately, I have been reading a lot of books dealing with food and cooking (recent favorite: Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemna."
I am a huge fan of alternative music, and I like discovering interesting new artists or bands (current favorites are The New Pornographers, Okkervil River, and The National), as well as listening to old favorites (my Pantheon includes Elvis Costello, David Byrne, the Clash, Patti Smith, and REM). I also like French rap and raï music, and my favorite French singers are Bénabar, Renaud, and Jacques Dutronc.
I enjoy watching quirky and brainy American or French movies (favorite American film: Christopher Guest's "Waiting For Guffman;" favorite French Films: "Le Dîner de Cons," tied with "Diva." And "Amélie.")
I seldom miss "Jeopardy," "Desperate Housewives," and "Boston Legal" on TV. I also enjoy the Food Network. In the summer, I love going to France to hang out with my family and stroll through the streets of Paris.
Stuff Parisians Like
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