Jennifer Tsien

Jennifer Tsien

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of French Language and Literatures
Office location and address
337 New Cabell Hall
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Tulane University
Master of Arts (MA), University of Virginia
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Princeton University
FREN 3031: Finding Your Voice in French
Credits: 3
In this course, students explore and develop their own "voice" in written and spoken French. Through reading and viewing a variety of cultural artifacts in French, and completing a series of individual and collaborative creative projects, students will improve their skills in grammar, communication, self-expression and editing. Prerequisite: FREN 2020, 2320, or the equivalent, or appropriate AP, F-CAPE, or SAT score.
FREN 3032: Text, Image, Culture
Credits: 3
In this course, students will discover and engage critically with a broad sampling of French and Francophone cultural production representing a variety of periods, genres, approaches, and media. Students will read, view, write about and discuss a range of works that may include poetry, painting, prose, music, theater, films, graphic novels, photographs, essays, and historical documents. Prerequisite: FREN 3031.
FREN 3042: The French-Speaking World II: Expansion
Credits: 3
Survey of writing in French from 1600 to 1800. Explores various movements and trends in French literary and cultural history of the classical period and the enlightenment. Prerequisite: FREN 3032.
FREN 4410: The Enlightenment
Credits: 3
The Enlightenment laid the foundations for our current conceptions of democratic government, religious toleration, freedom of speech, and the scientific method. The readings for this course may include works by Montesquieu, Voltaire, and Rousseau. Prerequisite: FREN 3032
PAVS 4500: Pavilion Seminar
Credits: 3
The Pavilion Seminars are open, by instructor permission, to 3rd and 4th year students. They are 3-credit, multidisciplinary seminars, focused on big topics and limited to max. 15 students each. For detailed descriptions of current offerings, see
FREN 5540: Topics in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Credits: 3
Topics may include exoticism, reason and folly, libertinage, theater, Voltaire vs. Rousseau.
FREN 8540: Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Credits: 3
(a) Voltaire. (b) Diderot. (c) Theater. (d) Novel. (e) Rousseau. (f) Marivaux.
FREN 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

UVa Page-Barbour grant, (2009-2010); UVa Teaching Resource Center, Professors as Writers grant (2006); Fulbright Fellowship (2000); Chateaubriand Fellowship (1997)