Program in Comparative Literature

Heather Eure


Nineteenth-Century French and British Literature, Italian Language and Literature, Art History, Fashion Studies, Women's and Gender Studies 


Language Background: English (Native), French, Italian, German
Education: BA in French and Art History, Hollins University; MA in Comparative Literature, UT AustinTeaching Appointment: Assistant Instructor, Department of French and Italian Faculty Adviser: Alexandra Wettlaufer


FR 601C • Beginning French

36695 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 4:00PM-5:00PM PAR 103

Beginning French. An intensive beginning course with an emphasis
on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Six
lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may
be counted: French 601C, 604, 506. Only one of the following may be
counted: French 601C, 604, 507, 508K.

C L 323 • Gender In The 19th Century

33737 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 308
(also listed as E 370W, EUS 347, F C 349, WGS 345)

Instructor:  Eure, H            Areas:  V / G

Unique #:  35437            Flags:  Writing

Semester:  Spring 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  C L 323; WGS 345            Computer Instruction:  n/a

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: In this course, we will examine how writers and readers conceived of gender in nineteenth-century France, Britain, and the US through the lenses of several novels and a play. From cross-dressers and castrati, to mothers and madwomen, the protagonists in these works challenge social norms of the 1800s and present gender as a category that could be performed. We will analyze, within these works of literature, the theme of “the fake” and its relationship to the representation and re-imagination of gender during the period. An immense tension between the ideas of natural gender and performed gender emerges in all of the texts we will read and begs the reader to consider how nineteenth-century audiences understood—and how we also today understand—femininity, masculinity, and the societal roles that accompany gender.

Students will be required to give one oral presentation during the semester linking a subject of historical, social, and cultural import during the period to one of our texts. They will then develop this presentation into a short paper. Students will contribute brief responses to a course blog throughout the semester and submit a final seminar paper.

Texts: Sarrasine, Honoré de Balzac; Mademoiselle de Maupin, Théophile Gautier; Gabriel, George Sand; Lady Audley’s Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon; The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde; The Awakening, Kate Chopin; The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton.

Requirements & Grading: Participation: 15%; Oral Presentation: 10%; Class Blog: 15%; Short Paper (5-7 pages): 15%; Paper Proposal (1 page): 5%; Paper Outline: 5%; Annotated Bibliography: 5%; Final Paper (10-12 pages): 30%.

FR 601C • Beginning French

36463 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 8:00AM-9:00AM MEZ 1.102

Beginning French. An intensive beginning course with an emphasis
on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Six
lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may
be counted: French 601C, 604, 506. Only one of the following may be
counted: French 601C, 604, 507, 508K.

FR 506 • First-Year French I

36745 • Spring 2011
Meets MTWTHF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.208

test 2 from add/edi course first screen

FR 506 • First-Year French I

36250 • Fall 2010
Meets MTWTH 4:00PM-5:15PM MEZ 1.208

French 506, Spring 2010                                                      Bienvenue!

Course description


Welcome to Français interactif, a unique first year French program developed at the University of Texas.  With the latest hypermedia technology, Français interactif helps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The UT students will introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.  Keep in mind as you watch these students that they were in your position only a year ago--enrolled in French 506 and 507!  This program shows you that it IS possible to learn French well enough to communicate with native speakers.


In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, you will also watch videos of native French speakers as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions (e.g., vendors in the market, waiters at a café, children getting ready to go to school, etc.)  These video-based materials give Français interactif an authenticity and immediacy lacking in most commercially produced textbooks. 


As its name implies, Français interactif emphasizes interaction: student/teacher, student/student, student/computer, and even student/native-speaker.  The goal of these materials is in its title: interaction in French!


French 506 is the first semester elementary French course at the University of Texas and assumes no previous knowledge of the language. French 506 is a four skills language class, i.e. it emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing French. 


Required Materials 


  • FR 506 text, Français interactif  available at


  • First Year French website: Francais interactif  ( includes videos and web activities as well as:


-recorded vocabulary lists and phonetic examples:  audio files are available on the website in downloadable mp3 format


    -links into Tex’s French Grammar (  UT French Department's on-line grammar resource includes grammar explanations, interactive exercises, audio files in mp3 format, a verb conjugation reference, and a verb tutor. 


Français interactif podcasts (optional):  Video and audio podcasts are available for viewing and listening in iTunes v5 or higher, on MacOS X and Windows platforms.  Podcasts can be transferred by iTunes to your iPod, for offline viewing and listening.  See (iTunes Podcasts) for more information.




  • Compact Oxford Hachette French/English Dictionary ISBN 0-19-864535X (at

                the Coop)




Preparation and participation   (homework,

    pop quizzes,  in-class activities,

    pronunciation exam, etc.) 



Tests (examens )

    Examens 1-2 (50 pts each)

    Examens 3-6 (100 pts each) 



2 Oral Interviews (entretien oral) 


Listening Comprehension Exam

    (examen de compréhension auditive) 



Final Exam (examen final)





Six tests (examens) will be given in 506. These tests will contain a variety of listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises. Please note test dates indicated on the syllabus, as there are no make-ups.  Tests will also include two five-minute oral interviews, a listening comprehension test, and a departmental final exam.  A make-up for the final exam will be available for students with verified schedule conflicts.  No student will be allowed to take the final exam prior to the date set by the University for any reason.


Attendance & preparation

Regular attendance, daily preparation and persistent, active participation in class are essential to your success in learning French. Your teacher will assign specific exercises to be written out and turned in. You may also expect occasional pop quizzes to test preparation. In addition, this grade will include your performance on activities in the classroom. No late homework will be accepted. At the end of the semester, a couple of the lowest homework grades may be dropped. 


You are allowed a total of 5 absences without penalty during the semester.  All absences count, even if documentation is presented.  In addition to lowered preparation/participation grades, a penalty of 10 pts (or 1% of your final course grade up to 10%) will be deducted for each absence after 5 in the semester, no exceptions.


Computer labs         


You will be required to do daily homework using the Français interactif website.  Access to computers for individual study is available in the LAITS media lab in MEZ 2.104.  Liberal Arts media lab operating hours are:



 8 a.m.- 7:45 p.m.


 8 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.


 3 p.m.- 6:45 p.m.


The French Department also has a Tutorial Center located in HRH 4.102.  Tutoring is free and is available on a walk-in basis. Your instructor will announce the HRH Tutorial Center hours during the first or second week of class. 


Course Supervision

If you have questions about French 506, please consult your instructor__________________________________,

Office Hours ________________________ or the course supervisor, Dr. Nancy Guilloteau, HRH 2.106A, 471-5511,   The Department of French & Italian offers many services to beginning students, including a tutorial center with free tutoring. You will also be invited to films and activities sponsored by the French Department. Your instructor will announce these and other events throughout the semester.  Bienvenue!  We hope you will enjoy learning French.  


The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.

RHE S306 • Rhetoric And Writing

88585 • Summer 2008
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM PAR 103

Multiple meeting times and sections. Please consult the Course Schedule for unique numbers.

This does NOT meet the Writing Flag requirement.

This composition course provides instruction in the gathering and evaluation of information and its presentation in well-organized expository prose. Students ordinarily write and revise four papers. The course includes instruction in invention, arrangement, logic, style, revision, and strategies of research.

Course centered around the First-Year Forum (FYF) selected readings. Students focus on the foundational knowledge and skills needed for college writing. In addition, they are introduced to basic rhetoric terms and learn to rhetorically analyze positions within controversies surrounding the FYF readings.

RHE 306 is required of all UT students. Contact the Measurement and Evaluation Center, 2616 Wichita (471-3032) to petition for RHE 306 credit.

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