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French Course Descriptions: 2018/2019

**TENTATIVE COURSE OFFERINGS, SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

101 = course being offered (bold & underline)

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

Course catalog  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Min  Maj
101, 102, 103 101 102 103
111, 112 111 112
150, 151 150
199
201, 202, 203 201
301 301 301 301
302 302 302 302
307 307
312 312  
317 317  
318 318  
319 319
320 320 320 ♦ 
330 330 ♦ 
331 ♦ 
333 333
361 361
362 362 ♦ 
363 ♦ 
399 399
407, 407/507 407 407
410, 410/510 410/510 ♦ 
416 416  
425 425 ♦ 
450, 450/550 ♦ 
451, 441/551 451/551 ♦ 
460, 460/560 460/560 ♦ 
480, 480/580 480/580
490, 490/590 490/590 ♦ 
492, 492/592 ♦ 
497, 497/597
607 607

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

 

 


FALL 2018

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 111: 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 150: Cultural Legacies of France- Hester
The purpose of this course is to explore and explode cultural stereotypes while examining
some of the social and cultural phenomena we associate most strongly with France. We will
look at the way France continuously reworks the cultural legacies of Greek and Roman
antiquity as well as the legacies it has bequeathed to the rest of the world. We will focus our
reading and discussion through five main topics: language and identity; love and romance;
food and fashion; wars and revolutions; and cultural imperialism. Readings and discussions
in English.

FR 201: 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: Lit Survey: 19th & 20th Century- McPherson
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. 

FR 362 French Film- Gould
Course description TBA

FR 410/510 French for Reading Knowledge- Dickey
French for Reading Knowledge (FR 410/510) is designed to enable students with little or no background in French to read and translate modern French prose with a dictionary; the course is primarily for graduate students and motivated advanced undergraduates seeking reading knowledge of French for research purposes (it should be noted, however, that French for Reading Knowledge MAY NOT be used to satisfy the UofO undergraduate language requirement, nor does it count toward the undergraduate major or minor). The work load is structured so as to be both rigorous and flexible: rigorous, by presenting the basic structures of modern French grammar in a systematic and coherent manner; yet flexible, by making reading and translation assignments as discipline-specific as possible for each student’s needs.

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 460/560: Rousseau & Diderot, frères ennemis?- Moore
Deux contemporains au centre de l’Europe du dix-huitième siècle, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) et Denis Diderot (1713-1784), offrent une étude toute en contrastes, chacun ayant forgé une vision originale de l’art, la société, l’éducation et la religion. Comprendre leurs différences intellectuelles et esthétiques c’est pénétrer au cœur des aspirations et de la complexité des Lumières. Nous nous concentrerons d’abord sur leurs écrits autobiographiques pour déceler leur conception du moi. Nous étudierons ensuite leur fiction novatrice, miroir de leur éthique et de leur génie artistique. La dernière partie du cours sera consacrée à des textes philosophiques essentiels en vue d’une discussion sur les fondements (opposés et/ou complémentaires) de la pensée des deux auteurs. Appréhender et approfondir les nuances et divergences de la pensée des Lumières, loin du monolithe qu’en a parfois construit la critique post-coloniale, tel est l’objectif du séminaire. MA period 2.

 


WINTER 2019

FR 102: 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 112: Intensive Beginning French- Various
Intensive study for experienced language learners (ex: took French during High
School). Introduction to French culture. Prereq for 112: successful completion of FR 111

FR 301: Culture and Language
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- Poizat-Newcomb
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 307: Oral Skills- Williams
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- McPherson
This course is an introduction to major authors and texts of the French-speaking world outside of France. Conducted in French.

FR 319: French Survey: 19th & 20th Centuries- Browning
Representative literary works from the 19th and 20th centuries with attention to literary
analysis and literary history.

FR 333: French Narrative- Hester
Covers important aspects of French narrative. Reading texts from different periods.
Emphasis on formal aspects and critical reading. Prereq: FR 301, 303.

FR 451/551: “Racine”- Albert-Galtier
Course description TBA

FR 480/580: Paris, Capital of Modernity?- Browning
Qu’est-ce que la modernité? Pourquoi certains écrivains, artistes et intellectuels insistent que Paris en est la capitale? Quels sont les problèmes avec cette version de la modernité selon d’autres? Voilà les grandes questions qui nous guident dans ce cours. On commence avec diverses tentatives de rompre avec le passé pour recommencer ou recréer à nouveau. Notre but n’est pas d’arriver à une définition précise de la modernité, mais d’analyser les tensions et les paradoxes qui animent ce phénomène multiforme. A travers la poésie, un roman et d’essais philosophiques, on lit des voix diverses, parfois contradictoires, pour enfin poser la question s’il faut mieux parler des modernités au lieu de la modernité et s’il faut repenser la place de Paris par rapport à la modernité. MA Period: 3.

FR 607: Advanced Reading in Romance Languages- Gould
Course description TBA


SPRING 2019

FR 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 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 317: French Survey: Medieval and Renaissance- Poizat-Newcomb
Introduction to major themes and ideas in French literature from the medieval and
Renaissance periods through the reading of representative texts.

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 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.

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 361: French Film- Browning
Course description TBA

FR 399: French for the Professions- Williams
Course description TBA

FR 407: Title TBA- Poizat-Newcomb
Course description TBA

FR 490/590: Mongo Beti-Djiffack
Course description TBA
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