Reginald McGinnis received his Ph.D. in French from Stanford University. He is the author of Essai sur l'origine de la mystification (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes 2009) and La prostitution sacrée: essai sur Baudelaire (Belin 1994) and editor of Originality and Intellectual Property in the French and English Enlightenment (Routledge 2008). As President of the Western Humanities Alliance, Prof. McGinnis served as (co-)guest editor of special issues of the Western Humanities Review on Borders (2006), The Relevance of the Humanities (2008), Nature, Culture, Technology (2009), Engagements (2010) and Economics and the Humanities (2011). His recent articles have appeared in French Studies, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia and Eighteenth-Century Music.
A one-semester course that permits rapid acquisition of reading skills. Even with no prior study of French, students by the end of a semester are able to read and understand materials written in French in the standard literature and professional journals of their field of interest.
FREN 550 is designed to develop intercultural competence and a strong foundation in cultural and literary history. The course focuses on early-modern France, from the 16th century to 1789. Emphasis varies according to the faculty's expertise.