Tama L Engelking, Ph.D.
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 Title: Professor
 Dept: Modern Languages
 Office: RT 1623
 Phone: 216-687-4647
 Fax: 216-687-4650
 Email: T.ENGELKING@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.csuohio.edu/mod_languages/engelking.htm
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1623, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Education:
Ph.D., French Literature, University of Wisconsin in Madison, 1986
M.A., French Literature, University of Wisconsin in Madison, 1979
B.A., French and English, North Dakota State University, 1978
 
Brief Bio:
My name is Tama Lea Engelking, and I am a professor of French and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages here at Cleveland State University where I have been teaching since 1986. Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota (yes, they really do talk the same way there as in the film Fargo!), I earned a Bachelor's degree in French and English from North Dakota State University in 1978. From Fargo, I moved south to the University of Wisconsin in Madison where I earned an M.A. and doctorate in French literature, graduating in 1986 with a specialization in French Women Writers and a minor in Women's Studies. My dissertation, written under the direction of Yvonne Rochette Ozzello, is entitled "The Problematics of French 'Poésie Féminine'": Early Twentieth-Century Parisian Women Poets." It investigates the so-called "feminine" poetry of five different women: Natalie Clifford Barney, Lucie Delarue-Mardrus, Gérard d'Houville (Marie de Regnier), Anna de Noailles and Renée Vivien.

I accepted my first teaching job at Cleveland State University in 1986, and I've been teaching here on the North Coast every since! At CSU I teach a wide array of courses including French language, literature, phonetics, women's studies, and literature in translation, both western and non-western. My interest in literature outside of France inspired the NEH Focus Grant project I co-directed with my colleague, Diana Orendi. Our project, entitled "Transformations: Non-western Literature in the Humanities Curriculum," enabled a group of faculty members to explore the texts and contexts of literature in four non-western areas in order to develop a course in Non-Western Literature. I continue to develop courses and course materials focusing on the culture, literature and films of the French-speaking diaspora, mainly the Maghreb, Western Africa and the Caribbean. My primary research interests focus on fin-de-siècle French women writers. In addition to the five poets mentioned above, I have also written about the decadent novelist and critic, Rachilde, Pierre Loüys, and about Colette, my newest and most fascinating literary interest.  I have also published articles on the French/Algerian writer Leila Sebbar and the Sengalese novelist Mariama Ba.

My current research focuses on intercultural competence, especially in the context of study abroad.  I am a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory, one of the most widely used assessment tools in the field of intercultural studies.

When I am not teaching or researching, I can often be found in the kitchen (I enjoy cooking), in the yoga studio, or taking walks in the woods with my family. I live in Shaker Heights with my daughter Annalise.  My son Max is a junior at Cleveland State University where he is studying Japanese and Psychology.
 
Research Interests:
French Women Writers
Early Twentieth-Century Women Writers
Feminist Criticsm
Decadence
French and Francophone Film
Francophone Women Writers

Individual writers:
Colette, Rachilde, Renee Vivien, Natalie Clifford Barney, Anna de Noailles, Lucie Delarue-Mardrus, Gerard d'Houville (Marie de Regnier), Pierre Louys, Leila Sebbar, Mariama Ba, Ousemane Sembene
 
Teaching Areas:
FRENCH LANGUAGE:
Beginning French I and II
Intermediate French
Advanced Conversation and Composition
AP French (teacher workshop)
French Phonetics
French Conversation Through Film
Basic Oral French

FRENCH LITERATURE:
Introduction to French Poetry
Introduction to French Novel
19th-Century French Novel
20th-Century French Novel
Survey of 19th and 20th-Century French Literature
Introduction to the Analysis of Literary Texts

WOMEN'S STUDIES:
French Women Writers
Gender Issues in French Literature
French Decadence and Sexual Identity

NON-WESTERN LITERATURE:
Francophone Women Writers
Non-Western World Literature
Francophone Issues
Women, Literature and Society

FRENCH CIVILIZATION:
Perspectives on France (study abroad)
Field Study (study Abroad)
Paris and Auvergne (study abroad)
France from the Revolution to the Second Empire
 
Professional Affiliations:
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Modern Language Association of America
Women in French
American Association of Teachers of French
Ohio Foreign Language Association
Northeast Modern Language Association
Maison Française of Cleveland (Affiliated with Alliance Française)
American Association of University Professors
 
Professional Experience:
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Modern Language Association of America (MLA)
Women in French (WIF)
American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA)
Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
Maison Française of Cleveland (Affiliated with Alliance Française)
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)