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Sunday, 09 January

754. Bridging Renaissance and Classicism in French Studies

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 304A, LA Convention Center

Program arranged by the Division on Sixteenth-Century French Literature and the Division on Seventeenth-Century French Literature

Presiding: George P. Hoffmann, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Barbara R. Woshinsky, Univ. of Miami

Speakers: Timothy Hampton, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Marcus Keller, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Dora E. Polachek, Binghamton Univ., State Univ. of New York; Victor Hugo Velazquez, Univ. of California, Irvine; Rebecca May Wilkin, Pacific Lutheran Univ.

This session explores approaches that blur, question, or efface the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century divide and also considers the obstacles to crossing subfields. The panel engages scholars who are increasingly asked to cover both centuries in their undergraduate teaching in response to downsizing. How can historical change be narrated as continuous and multiple, rather than intermittent and epochal? What best serves graduate students, what do undergraduates want, and how will this fit with what we think they need? What, realistically, can we do to remove remaining disincentives to cross-century work?

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