Elizabeth A Blood

Professional Details

Title: Chairperson
Office: SB-203C
Phone: 978-542-6867
Email: elizabeth.blood@salemstate.edu

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
2331 01 FRE202 Intermediate French II
2333 01 FRE303 French Conversation
3985 D1 FRE500 Directed Study in French
4095 02 FRE352 French Composition
4100 D1 FRE352 French Composition

Professional Biography

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Sept. 1992-May 1998

Doctoral degree:   Ph.D., received May 1998, with distinction, in Romance Literatures

Specializations: French, Italian, & English Theater; 18th-Century Studies

Dissertation Title: "Literary Recycling: Authorship, Adaptation, and the Circulation of the Stories of Pamela and the Gambler in 18th-Century Europe" (Defended March 1998)

Research Awards: Chateaubriand Fellowship/Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris, 1994-5); NEMLA Summer Grant (Venice, 1995);  AATF Summer Research Seminar Grant (Québec & Montréal, 2001)

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Sept. 1990-May 1992

Master of Arts degree:  M.A. May 1993, with distinction, in French Literature & Culture

Connecticut College, New London, CT, Sept. 1985-May 1989

Bachelor of Arts degree: B.A. received May 1989, in Anthropology & French

Study Abroad:  Florence, Italy (Spring 1988); Avignon, France (Fall 1987)

Professional Interests

As a foreign language educator with a background in 18th-century European literatures, my research interests are two-fold but not disconnected. In terms of literary scholarship, I am interested in the concepts of authorship and originality as they developed simultaneously with copyright law during the 18th-century. Primarily, I study literary adaptations of popular 18th-century stories--sometimes labeled plagiarisms, liberal translations, imitations, spinoffs or parodies--as a form of literary and cultural criticism. I view the writing of adaptations--what I call "literary recycling"--as a dynamic signifying process which incited critical reflection and public debate in the Enlightenment era.

My work in second language pedagogy also focuses on the concept of authorship as a means of creating dynamic social interaction. My textbook project, Intrigue, aims to combine the best of communicative teaching techniques with the intellectual draw of a mystery-story narrative, offering the student meaningful contexts in which to learn French. The fictional story invites the readers to act as detectives and to interact with the characters and plot twists presented in the book. In related pedagogical research, I also study the ways in which traditional textbook genres, which often offer limited contexts for language usage, may disempower or even alienate many students in today's American universities.

In both my literary scholarship and my pedagogical research, I am drawn to the concepts of reading and writing and the ways these activities can be used as powerful tools to incite dynamic social interaction and critical reflection.


Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages

Associate Professor of French & Italian: I teach French language, literature and culture courses at all levels, from elementary through advanced courses. I also occasionally teach elementary Italian courses and European literature in translation.

Director of the French Summer Study Abroad Programs: I organize our summer study abroad programs in Quebec City, Canada and Avignon, France.

French Club Advisor: I assist and support the student leaders who run the French Club to organize on-campus and off-campus cultural activities for students interested in French.

Selected Publications

Intrigue: langue, culture et mystère dans le monde francophone. 3rd Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishers (2011). [an intermediate French textbook with companion ancillaries: Intrigue Workbook, Intrigue Audio CDs, Intrigue Companion Website, Intrigue Instructor's Resource Manual; 1st Edition published in 2004]

• "Review of La Scène bâtarde: entre Lumières et romantisme. Eds. Philippe Bourdin, Gérard Loubinoux." H-France Review Vol. 5 (October 2005), No. 116.

• "Countering the Canon: Olympe de Gouges and Molière chez Ninon, ou le Siècle des grands hommes" Eighteenth-Century Women, Volume 3 (Fall 2003): 155-183.

• "Exploring Québec: hier, aujourd'hui, demain" AATF National Bulletin 27:3 (January 2002): 19-20.

• "Think Globally: Teaching Francophone Cultures with Service Learning Projects" Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages Newsletter (Fall 2002): 6-9.

• "'Barbares Européens': Colonial Oppression and Liberal Discourse in Barbault-Royer's Craon et les trois opprimés (1791)" Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 26:3 (Fall 2000): 1-23.

• "Adapting to the Theater: Representations of the ‘Philosophe' by French Women Writers" in Altered Writings Servanne Woodward, ed. (London, Canada: Mestengo Press, 1997): 109-142.

• "From canevas to commedia: Innovation in Goldoni's Il servitore di due padroni" Annali d'Italianistica Dino Ceravigni and Franco Fido, eds. 11 (Winter 1993): 111-119.

Selected Presentations

Pedagogical Conference Presentations

"Les Francophones d'ici: Franco-Americans in Massachusetts" American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Meeting (Boston, Massachusetts, November 2010).

"Breaking News: Using Online News Resources to Teach Language and Culture" Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) Annual Meeting (Sturbridge, Massachusetts, October 2008)

"Using Art to Teach Language, Culture, and Literature" Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) Annual Meeting (New York, New York, April 2007)

"Preparing for the Spanish and French MTEL: Strategies for Success" Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) Annual Meeting (Sturbridge, Massachusetts, October 2005)

"Global Stimuli: Collaborative Learning Projects for Teaching and Promoting French" American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Annual Meeting (Québec City, Canada, July 2005)

"Building Community Connections with Service-Learning Projects" American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Meeting (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2003)

"Constructing Active Language Learners: Inclusiveness, Empowerment and the Second Language Textbook Genre" Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Meeting (New York, New York, December 2002)

"Teaching Imperialism? Using Film to Teach Francophone Cultures" MLA Annual Meeting (NY, New York, December 2002)

"Teaching Francophone Cultures with Service Learning Projects" AATF Annual Conference (Boston, Massachusetts, July 2002)

"Teaching Culture with Service Learning Projects" NECTFL Annual Meeting (New York, New York, April 2002)Literary Conference Presentations

"'La ville que nous avons adoptée': Franco-American Identity and the Courrier de Salem Newspaper in Salem, Massachusetts in 1908" American Council on Québec Studies (ACQS) Annual Meeting (Québec City, Canada, November 2008)

"Theatrical Rivalries: Goldoni and Benoît" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting (Montréal, Canada, March 2006)

"Theatrical Rivalries and Authorial Identities: Goldoni, Chiari and Literary Adaptation" at the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS) Annual Meeting (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, September 2005)

"Found in Translation: Goldoni, Adaptation and Authorial Identity in 18th-Century Europe" at the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS) Annual Meeting (Burlington, Vermont, November 2004)

"Traddutrice Traditrice? Women, Adaptation and the Enlightenment Stage" at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting (Boston, Massachusetts, March 2004)

"Performing Authorship: Biographies of Molière and the Definition of Authorship in 18th-century Europe" at the East Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (EC/ASECS) Annual Meeting (Rosemont, Pennsylvania, October 2002)

"‘Qui veut dire l'homme, veut dire la femme aussi': Great Women, Literary History, and Olympe de Gouges' Le siècle des grands hommes" American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2001)

"Molière Imitated/Molière Inimitable: Authorship at the Turns of the 18th Century" Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Meeting (Washington DC, December 2000)"

"The Century of Great Women: Olympe de Gouges' Revision of French History" Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Annual Meeting (Buffalo, New York, April 2000)

"Who Wrote Pamela?" American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 1999)

"Playing in the Public Sphere: Three Dramatic Adaptations of Pamela" ASECS Meeting at the University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona, April 1995)

"Re-forming the Gambler: Regnard's Le Joueur and Goldoni's Il Giuocatore" American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS) Conference at Arizona State University (Phoenix, Arizona, April 1995)