A.B., Lycoming College
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
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Modern Language Studies: Associate Professor of French
French: Associate Professor
Amy Cartal-Falk teaches all levels of French but she focuses primarily on increasing student proficiency from the intermediate to the advanced level. She also teaches the Foreign Language Pedagogy course to future teachers who major in French, German and Spanish.
In addition to language and pedagogy, Cartal-Falk teaches French Women Authors of the Nineteenth-Century, Nineteenth-Century French Literature, The Child’s Voice in Francophone Novels, The Contemporary Francophone Novel, Les Misérables, Introduction to French and Francophone Literatures, and French and Francophone Cinema.
The prose of J.M.G. Le Clézio, the Franco-Mauritian 2008 Nobel Laureate in Literature, is the focus of Cartal-Falk’s current research and scholarship. She has published several articles that explore female identity in Le Clézio’s short stories and novels including: « L’aventure du vide: Une étude intertextuelle sur ‘La saison des pluies’ de J.-M.G. Le Clézio et L’Essai sur l’exotisme de Victor Segalen » in Le Clézio, Glissant et Segalen : la quête comme déconstruction de l’aventure Actes du Colloque, Université de Savoie Presse, Chambéry, France, 2011 and “La boucle bouclée ? The Quest for Identity in J.M.G. Le Clézio’s ‘Printemps’ and Poisson d’or’ French Review, March 2014. She has presented her research on Le Clézio at international conferences in France, Québec, Mauritius and the United States.
Cartal-Falk earned her bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Lycoming College. She obtained a master’s degree in French literature with a minor in second language acquisition in 1996 and earned her doctorate in French literature in 2002, both at The Pennsylvania State University. She has taught French at Lycoming College since 1991 and taught beginning levels of Spanish from 1991-2006.