Temple, Walter Shawn
Assistant Professor - Languages French
Last Updated: 1/25/19 -

Walter S. Temple, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, French

Director, French Language Program

Director, UVU in Paris

Faculty Advisor, French Concurrent Enrollment 

Member, Committee on Curriculum Design and Implementation, French Bridge Project (Dual Language Immersion, Utah)

Dr. Temple's research and teaching interests include contemporary French and Francophone cultures, French and North African cinema, Diaspora Studies, Trans-Mediterranean Travel Narratives, and L2 Pedagogy. His forthcoming book (2019) examines the relationship between travel writing and the transnational tourist's search for otherness (l'altérité) in a Franco/Maghrebi bicultural context. Included in his scholary works are narratives and visual texts by Roland Barthes, Jean Genet, André Gide, Abdellah Taïa, and Philippe Vallois. He is a regular contributor to the French Review and is active in a number of professional organizations in France and North America. He has presented his work at conferences and colloquia in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Poland, Sweden, and throughout the United States. His most recent work includes a study of Franco-Arabo youth populations in contemporary French society (Edinburgh University Press), as well as a separate project that examines the intersection of French and Maghrebi voices in transition in French and Moroccan cinema as it relates, specifically, to the "north/south" voyage (Screen Bodies). Prior to joining the faculty at UVU, Dr. Temple taught French language and culture in the public schools in Washington, D.C., and at Montgomery College, The University of Miami, and Oakland University. He has also held positions within the United States Federal Government, the Embassy of France in Washington; and he continues to serve as a language advisor on a number of international business development projects. 

Recent Conferences and Colloquia (*selected)

[1] "Entanglements of Desire: Crossing Borders and Redefined Spaces of altérité-France and the Maghreb." 26th Annual Lavender Languages Conference. Gothenburg, Sweden. 2-4 May 2019.

[2] "La transgression et les mouvements littéraires: l'identité franco-marocaine chez Abdellah Taïa." 50 Annual Conference of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Washington, D.C. March 2019.

[3] "Allegories of Mediterranean Exoticism in the Writings of Jean Genet." 21st Annual Mediterranean Studies Association Congress. Sant'Anna Institute. Sorrento, Italy. May 2018.

[4] "A Hybrid Approach to Teaching and Supervising Study Abroad Courses: An Analysis of Short-Term Curricula in French Studies." 49th Annual Conference of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Pittsburgh, PA. April 2018. 

[5] "Contre les murs: l'identité franco-maghrébine et l'emergence du soi chez Abdellah Taïa." Sous les pavés, 20th/21st-Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium. Brown University. Providence, RI. April 2018.

[6] "Speaking the Language of the Other: Linguistic Nuances in Postcolonial Franco/Maghrebi Travel Writings." Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association. University of California-Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA. March 2018.

[7] "Queer(ing) Truths: A Journey Toward Self (from the Other Side) in the Writings of Abdellah Taïa." Annual Conference of the Australian Society for French Studies. Canberra, Australia. December 2017.

[8] "Qui suis-je? New Beginnings and Melancholic Returns: Modes of Trans-Mediterranean Identity in the Writings of Rachid O." 20th Annual Mediterranean Studies Association Congress. University of Malta. Valletta, Malta. May 2017.

[9] "Les érotismes de Gide et l'énigme du monde arabe: ses voyages aux pays sauvages." Conference, "André Gide à (re)découvrir." Institut d'Études romanes, Université de Wrocław. Wrocław, Poland. April 2017. 

[10] "Female Bodies That Matter: Modes of Resistance in La Vie d'Adèle." 48th Annual Conference of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Baltimore, MD. March 2017.

[11] "Gide et la Méditerranée: l'Orient des voyages et le je de l'écriture." 132nd Annual Conference of the Modern Language Association. Philaldephia, PA. January 2017.

[12] "The Mediterranean Francosphère: Subjectivity, Sovereignty, and Sexuality." 132nd Annual Conference of the Modern Language Assocation. Philadelphia, PA. January 2017. Organizer and Chair.

[13] "Travel Writing and the Dialectics of Migration: Bodies in Motion and (Im)penetrable Spaces." Conference, "Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations," Modern Language Association. Düsseldorf, Germany. June 2016.

If you have questions about studying French at UVU, our study abroad program in France, or program-related activities, please contact Dr. Temple at walter.temple@uvu.edu

Spring 2019 Office Hours/Heures de permanence:

M/W: 10h30-11h45, and by appointment