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French Course Descriptions: 2017/2018

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

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 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 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- Browning
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 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 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 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 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 is human nature? Is intelligence a curse? How can I calm my fear of death? What religion should I follow? Is empathy a weakness? What is a good life?
We study excerpts from Montaigne’s Essays along with texts and videos by modern-day teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron, Byron Katie and Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as poems from the Tao Te Ching and Sufi tradition. Emphasis is put on group discussions. Readings, writing and discussion in modern French.

FR 490: Modern and Contemporary French Literature Lire, lectures, livres- McPherson
This course is about reading. We will be doing it and we will be thinking about it. In our study of selected works of 20th- and 21st-century French literature we will focus on the different ways in which these novels and essays incorporate reflections on books and reading. We will look at how they articulate, thematize and problematize the relationship between author and reader. We will also look at the kinds of reading that they encourage, inspire, resist. We will consider links between books and childhood memories, the pleasures of the physical act of reading, the figure of the translator as reader/writer, relationships between reading and time, collaborations and tensions between storytelling and the written text.

FR 490/590 Transatlantic Postcolonial- Djiffack
To understand the racial tension on the public and private spheres of the US since the beginning of the Obama administration, I am proposing, in this seminar on Atlantic Postcolonial, to revisit the classics of African-American literature. We will study authors such as Chester Himes, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Frederick Douglass, Alex Haley and Malcom X. As radical as their perspectives may seem, their works are an extraordinary tools to enlighten public debate on racial cohabitation from the era of plantation to civil rights movement, from affirmative action to Black Lives Matter. MA Period 4.

Prescribed books

  • Chester Himes, Regret sans repentir, Paris, Gallimard
  • Chester Himes, Plan B
  • James Baldwin, La prochaine fois le feu
  • James Baldwin, La conversion
  • Richard Wright, Black Boy
  • Richard Wright, Un enfant du pays
  • Frederick Douglass, La Vie de Frederick Douglass, esclave américain, écrite par lui-même
  • Alex Haley, Racines,
  • Alex Haley and Malcolm X, L’Autobiographie de Malcom X

 


SUMMER 2018

FR 101, 102, 103: First-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: Second-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. Prereq for 201: first-year language competence. 


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
Course description TBA

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- Moore
Course description TBA

 



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