French Language, French Cinema, French Literature, Algerian War



Beth K. Curran is an Associate Professor of Instruction in French. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and began teaching at Temple in 2003. She has taught lower- and upper-level courses in French language, literature, and cinema. Her teaching interests focus on various topics in contemporary French-language films: her courses have explored portraits of childhood, coming-of-age, community, and marginalization. She is currently developing a course on cinematic representations of French identity in relation to the recent attacks in France. Dr. Curran was a grateful recipient of the Honors Professor of the Year Award (2012), and has been delighted to serve numerous times as Faculty Advisor for Temple’s summer program in Paris. She is currently the course coordinator for second-semester French and the co-coordinator of course scheduling.


Selected Publications

  • Touching God: The Novels of Georges Bernanos in the Films of Robert Bresson (Peter Lang, 2006).

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to French II
  • Intermediate French
  • French Conversation II
  • French Culture through Film
  • Topics in French Literature (and Cinema)
  • Honors World Society in Literature and Film: National Amnesia in Contemporary France
  • World Society in Literature and Film: France