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French Course Descriptions: 2017/2018


ex: 101 = course NOT being offered (plain text)
ex: 101 = course being offered (bold & underline)

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Summer 2017 Fall 2017 Min  Maj
101, 102, 103 101, 102, 103
111, 112 111, 112
150, 151
199 199
201, 202, 203 201, 202, 203
301 301
302 302
307 307
312 312  
317 317  
318 318  
319 319
320 320 ♦ 
330 ♦ 
331 ♦ 
333
361
362 ♦ 
363 ♦ 
399
407, 407/507
410, 410/510 ♦ 
416  
425 ♦ 
450, 450/550 ♦ 
451, 451/551 ♦ 
460, 460/560 ♦ 
480, 480/580
490, 490/590 ♦ 
492, 492/592 ♦ 
497, 497/597
607

 = counts toward on-campus requirement for MINOR only
 = counts toward on campus requirement for MAJOR and MINOR

 


SPRING 2017

FR 101, 102, 103 First-Year French- Various
Introduction to French stressing the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through a communicative approach. Sequence. Conducted in French. 

FR 111, 112 Intensive Beginning French- Various
Intensive study for experienced language learners (ex: took French during High School).  Introduction to French culture. Prereq for 111: previous study of French or competence in another Romance language.  

FR 199: Basic French Conversation- Various
In this course, students at 1st- and 2nd-year level French will participate in a series of conversational activities in order to develop their spoken French. Activities will focus on building vocabulary, improving pronunciation, and learning culturally appropriate pragmatic conversation skills (turn taking, conventional turns of phrase, formulaic greetings, etc.). Prerequisite: one year of French, placement into second-year French, or currently enrolled in 1st- or 2nd- year French.  2.0 credits. 

FR 201, 202, 203 Second-Year French- Various
Development of reading, writing, and speaking skills; study of short literary and cultural texts; considerable attention paid to oral use of the language. Prereq for 201: first-year language competence. 

FR 301: Culture and Language: Contemporary France- Browning
Training in language and culture of modern France using newspapers, short stories, poetry and film. Vocabulary enrichment activities. Conducted in French.  

FR 302: Contemporary Francophone World- Djiffack
Training in language and cultures of the French-speaking world using literary texts, websites, videos. Grammar review and vocabulary enrichment.  

FR 307: Oral Skills- Various
In this course, students who have completed at least two years of French work on building vocabulary, practicing verbal forms in conversational context, perfecting grammatical structures and pronunciation, and developing complex ideas in discussion, debate, and presentation formats. Prerequisite: two years of French (or placement into third-year French).  2.0 credits. 

FR 312: French Survey: Francophone Literature- Djiffack
Introduction to major authors and texts of the French-speaking world outside of France.  

FR 318. French Survey: Baroque and Enlightenment- Albert-Galtier
Introduction to major themes and ideas in French literature from the 17th and 18th centuries through the reading of representative texts.  

FR 330: French Poetry- Moore
L’objectif du cours est d’étudier la poésie française à travers le temps dans toute sa richesse, sa beauté et sa diversité. A travers de nombreuses analyses textuelles, nous mettrons en lumière les aspects essentiels, formels et thématiques, de la poétique française. Lectures, exercices, exposés et devoirs écrits vous permettront d’améliorer votre français écrit et oral et de vous familiariser avec la tradition poétique française et ses plus grands auteurs. Lectures, discussions et travaux écrits seront tous effectués en français.  

FR 362. French Film- Gould
Focuses on the differences between American culture and French and Francophone cultures. Addresses a sensitive issue exemplified by the attitude of the international movie industry.  Prereq: FR 301, FR 302.  

FR 407: The Tao of Montaigne- Poizat-Newcomb
Montaigne lived at the time of Shakespeare, but he asked questions we still ponder today, and not just in the classroom: “What’s the difference between humans and animals? Is intelligence a curse? What is the ego? How can I calm my fear of death? What religion should I follow? What’s the best way to live my life so I have no regrets? How should I treat my body? What did I learn from getting old?” Montaigne’s texts are contrasted with texts and videos by modern-day teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron, Byron Katie, Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as very old advice from the Tao Te Ching and Sufi poems. Readings, writing and discussion in French. 

FR 451: Molière: Sex, culture and society in 17th Century France
A. Albert-Galtier
From the early farces to the great comedies, Molière’s theater provides an insightful look into seventeenth century French society. This class offers a reading of Molière’s most important plays. We will discuss the different functions of Molière: actor, writer, director, and producer. The program may include: Les Précieuses ridicules, L’Ecole des femmes, La Critique de L’Ecole des femmes, L’Impromptu de Versailles, Tartuffe, Dom Juan, Le Misanthrope, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Les Femmes savantes. 

FR 460/560: Révolutions & Romantismes- Moore
Quels sont les liens entre les débuts du romantisme français et la révolution de 1789 (en France) et de 1791 (à Saint Domingue, aujourd’hui Haïti) ? Après une étude approfondie des Rêveries du Promeneur solitaire posthumes de Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1782) pour dégager l’importance de sa pensée et son esthétique au début du dix-neuvième siècle, nous analyserons des fictions héritières des conflits révolutionnaires et impériaux, Histoire de Pauline; Mirza; et Zulma (1794-5) de Germaine de Staël puis Atala et René (1802) de Chateaubriand. Nous découvrirons les héroïnes et héros éponymes de Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (Sarah, 1821), Claire de Duras (Ourika, 1823) et Victor Hugo (Bug Jargal, 1826) et la mise en scène des questions coloniales sous le règne de Napoléon, en particulier l’impact de la révolution haïtienne. Les Mémoires d’outre-tombe de Chateaubriand, commencées en 1811, dont nous lirons les premiers livres, nous permettront d’étudier un témoignage capital sur les renversements sociopolitiques déclenchés par la Révolution française de 1789. Nous terminerons par Georges (1843) le roman méconnu d’Alexandre Dumas père—mise en scène surprenante d’un personnage mulâtre (comme son auteur) face aux préjugés raciaux sur l’île de France (aujourd’hui île Maurice).  M.A. Period 2.  

FR 480/580: L’art est dans la rue- Browning
Pendant mai 68 les étudiants de Beaux-Arts ont placardé Paris avec des affiches déclarant: « La beauté est dans la rue. » Avec une légère différence, ce cours s’interroge sur les rapports entre l’art et la rue du 19e au 21e siècle. Commençant avec Balzac, Baudelaire et Rimbaud, on en construit une généalogie en passant par la Commune de Paris, la loi déclarant « Défense d’afficher », l’anarchie, le surréalisme et le situationnisme pour arriver aux diverses formes d’art et d’activisme aujourd’hui telles que le graffiti, le street art, les happenings et le brandalisme. Notre but est d’entrer dans les débats sur la « place » et le « rôle » de l’art et d’en comprendre leurs enjeux historiques.  M.A. Period 3 & 4.  


SUMMER 2017

FR 101, 102, 103: 1st Year French
Introduction to French stressing the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through a communicative approach. Sequence. Conducted in French. 

FR 201, 202, 203: 2nd Year French
Development of reading, writing, and speaking skills; study of short literary and cultural texts; considerable attention paid to oral use of the language. Sequence. 

FR 302 Culture et Language
Introduces students to the societies and cultures of diverse regions of the contemporary French-speaking world. Focuses on francophone societies in North America, Europe, North Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia, will explore and analyze the cultural legacies of colonialism and the complexities of evolving national and linguistic identities. Prereq: FR 203.  


FALL 2017

FR 101: First-Year French- Various
Introduction to French stressing the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through a communicative approach. Sequence. Conducted in French. 

FR 201, 202: Second-Year French- Various
Development of reading, writing, and speaking skills; study of short literary and cultural texts; considerable attention paid to oral use of the language. Prereq for 201: first-year language competence. 

FR 301: Culture and Language- Poizat-Newcomb
This course explores French society and culture in the 21st century. It investigates current social issues, cultural traits, tradition and change through a variety of documents (articles, cartoons, videos, websites and a movie). A comparative book on French and American culture is read and summarized at home, chapter by chapter, and discussed in class. Grammar topics include a review of the subjunctive mode, personal pronouns, comparative and superlative, the negation, the imperative mode, the passive voice and numbers in French. Readings, writing and discussion in French.  

FR 302: Contemporary Francophone World- Djiffack
This course would explore the richness and variety of Francophone cultures in the Caribbean, North America, Africa and Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. We would use literary, journalistic, artistic and audiovisual materials to analyze the cultural legacies of colonialism and the complexities of evolving national identities in the French-speaking world today. 

FR 312: French Survey: Francophone Literature- Djiffack
This course is an introduction to major authors and texts of the French-speaking world outside of France. Conducted in French.  

FR 319: Survey: 19th & 20th Century- Hester

Representative literary works from the 19th and 20th centuries with attention to literary analysis and literary history.

FR 320: Intensive French Grammar Review- Williams
This course promotes linguistic competency in French through intensive review and refinement of French grammar while introducing basic vocabulary and linguistic concepts. 

RL 410/510: Translation- McPherson

Theories and practices of literary translation are profoundly interconnected. The questions and challenges we encounter in translating literary texts have vital implications for our work as literary scholars: engaging in (and thinking about) translation gives us insight into the rich complexities of what we are doing as readers. The practice of translation also enhances and refines language skills in both the source and target language. In translating, we become more accomplished readers and writers, cultivating both our analytical skills and our creative expression. This course is grounded in the belief that theory and practice can most productively be explored together and in a dynamic, collaborative context. We will be considering translators’ approaches to the promises of and obstacles to cross-cultural communication and understanding. We will be paying particular attention to how social, historical, cultural, regional, and generic contexts inform our decisions as translators. We will be concerned with relationships between content and style–nuances of tone, voice, register—and will also be negotiating tricky territories mapped out between clarity and obscurity, domestic and foreign, fidelity and experimentation. The work for this course will include close readings and analysis of selected literary texts alongside their translations; critical readings of translators’ introductions and notes; analysis of book reviews of literary translations; reading and discussion of seminal texts in translation history and theory. Students will work throughout the term on individualized translation projects in small, collaborative, language-specific workshop groups. MA Period 3 & 4  

FR 425: French / English Translation- Poizat-Newcomb
Think you’d like being a translator? FR 425 focuses on the acquisition of practical translation skills, from English to French and from French to English. We study registers, linguistic and cultural differences, the types of translation used for fiction literature, but also for commercials, comic books, poetry, recipes, and instruction manuals. The class is lively and relies on group work. We also practice interpretation (simultaneous oral translation) and learn the basics of translation theory. Weekly quizzes on false cognates. Readings in French and English, discussions in French. . 

 

FR 451/551: Theatrical Battles- Albert-Galtier

Why during the French seventeenth century was so much polemic about theater plays, rules and genres? How can tragedies raise so many passionate fights and « querelles » ? How did some comedies end up at the center of political battles? Was the author playing with provocation? These are some of the questions that we will address in the first part of the course focusing on plays by Corneille, Rotrou, Molière and Racine. Our second focal point will be critical approaches to theatrical representation, those of the seventeenth century (d’Aubignac), and more modern interpretations, including social, moral, esthetic, ideological and political analyses. What are the interactions between the court and the theater, the models and the representations? How is Versailles an example of theatrical representation (Benichou, Apostolides, Viala)? A final concern will be to investigate the production and performance of plays in Paris: actors, companies, audiences, theaters, etc. We will analyze iconographic sources such as drawings, engravings, catalogues of stage sets (Mahelot, Mongredien, Chevalley, Merlin). Period covered: French, Period 2.

FR 607: Advanced Writing Workshop- Gould

Advanced Writing Workshop offers a bi-weekly writing workshop to students engaged in dissertation research in or related to French Studies. Our syllabus turns on your writing projects and is designed to provide readers and commentary on your work. At the core is an agreement to stay on task toward the completion of a full length dissertation project. regular attendance and willingness to stretch beyond one’s own disciplinary boundaries and preconceptions are required.



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