French Courses

Winter 2015

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Elementary French II

FREN 112 - Kuettner

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - Kuettner, McCormick (Multiple Sections)

Extensive grammar review with practical application of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the classroom. The course acquaints students with French life and culture.

Conversation et composition: Cours avancé

FREN 261 - Fregnac-Clave

Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.

Introduction à l'analyse littéraire

FREN 273 - Radulescu

An introduction to French literature and literary analysis based on a study of selected prose, poetry, and theater. Focus on textual analysis in composition and oral presentations.

Civilisation et culture françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui

FREN 282 - Lambeth

A study of modern France. This course examines the economic, political, social and intellectual issues which shape contemporary French life. Readings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills.

Histoire des idées

FREN 283 - Fregnac-Clave

This course retraces the evolution of thought in France across centuries through the examination of intellectual, cultural and artistic movements. Readings, discussions and paper in French for further development of communication skills.

La France de l'Ancien Régime

FREN 341 - McCormick

Readings in French literature and civilization from before the Revolution of 1789. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Winter 2015 topic:

FREN 341: La Légende Arthurienne (3). Prerequisite: three courses at the 200 level. Corequisite: Digital Humanities (DH) 190. This course introduces students to the Arthurian narrative tradition of the medieval francophone world. We examine the origin and development of Arthur and the knights of the round table, the manuscript tradition in which these legends are transmitted, the concept of le merveilleux, and the role beasts and monsters play in the textual fabric of Arthurian material. The course project, which is completed in conjunction with the digital humanities corequisite studio, aims to create a website on the works of Marie de France, a medieval woman writer. Students learn how to encode text according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). The main objectives of this course are to improve students' reading fluency in French, and to give students an introduction to the field and applications of digital humanities. (HL) McCormick

 

La France moderne

FREN 342 - Lambeth

Readings in French literature and civilization of the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent offerings include: La poésie moderne et contemporaine ; Théâtre de l'absurde-Théâtre de la dérision ; L'enfance et l'adolescence dans la prose française moderne. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Winter 2015 topic:

FREN 342: Crime et Société: Du Fait Divers à la Série Noire (3). Prerequisites: three 200-level French courses or instructor consent. This course examines the rise of crime fiction as a popular genre in 20th-century French literature and film. We discuss public fascination with crime, criminals, detectives and victims as represented in popular literature and films. We read and discuss critical and theoretical texts to better understand the relationship between crime and society, from authors including Simenon, Steeman, Amila, Véry, Malet, Manchette, Daeninckx, Belaïd, and Vargas. Students give class presentations and write short analytical papers in French. (HL) Lambeth.

 

Directed Individual Study

FREN 401 - Lambeth

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Individual Study

FREN 401 - Radulescu

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


Fall 2014

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Elementary French I

FREN 111 - Kuettner

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - Lambeth, McCormick (Multiple Sections)

Extensive grammar review with acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the classroom. The course acquaints students with French life and culture.

Advanced Intermediate French

FREN 164 - Kamara, Lambeth (Multiple Sections)

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Conversation et composition: Cours avancé

FREN 261 - Fregnac-Clave, Lambeth (Multiple Sections)

Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.

Introduction à l'analyse littéraire

FREN 273 - Kamara

An introduction to French literature and literary analysis based on a study of selected prose, poetry, and theater. Focus on textual analysis in composition and oral presentations.

Civilisation et culture françaises: Traditions et changements

FREN 281 - McCormick

A study of significant aspects of French culture and civilization, seen in a diachronic perspective. Emphasis on economic, sociological and historical changes that shaped present-day institutions and national identity. Readings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills.

Atelier avancé de langue, littérature et culture

FREN 295 - Fregnac-Clave

A third-year topics or advanced grammar workshop. Recent offerings include: Les dossiers de la presse; Regards sur la ville. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2015 topic:

FREN 295: Translation and Improvisation (4). This course focuses on developing translation skills from French into English and from English into French as well as skills for simultaneous translation and bilingual improvisation It relies on literary texts as well as texts from other areas of knowledge such as philosophy or from pop culture and journalism. It is informed by various theories of translation as well as techniques of improvisation used in theater and performance. Radulescu. Spring 2015.

Fall 2014 topic:

FREN 295: Atelier avancé de langue, littérature et culture: Regards sur la ville (3). Prerequisites: FREN 162, 164,  or equivalent. A study of the ways the city is represented through texts, literary or not, from various periods. Genres include poetry, novel and short story, maps, paintings, ads, songs, films and comic strips. Readings, discussions and papers in French for further development of communication skills. (HL) Frégnac-Clave.

Études de genre

FREN 332 - Radulescu

This course gives students a general knowledge of the evolution of French literature and ideas over the centuries through the study of a single genre, its styles and techniques. Recent offerings include: L'Essai de Montaigne Camus; Ecriture feminine/Ecriture féministe? L'amour dans la poésie lyrique; Le conte et la nouvelle. May be repeated for degree credit if the genre is different.

Fall 2014 topic:

FREN 332: Études de genre: Theater, Culture and Society in Modern France (3). Prerequisite: Three courses at the 200 level. An examination of the relations between modern and post-modern French society, politics, and the theatrical works that have emerged from or that testify to various historical events and periods. The readings include plays by Jean Giraudoux, Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Fernando Arrabal, Matei Visniec, Helen Cixous, among others. (HL) Radulescu.

Séminaire avancé

FREN 397 - Fregnac-Clave

The in-depth study of a topic in French literature and/or civilization. Recent offerings include: La Littérature francophone du Maghreb; La littérature Beure; La France sous l'occupation; Les femmes et l'écriture au XVIIe siècle; Les écrivains du XXe siècle et la diversité culturelle; L'affaire Dreyfus. Students are encouraged to use this course for the development of a personal project. May be repeated for degree credit when the topics are different.

Fall 2014 topic:

FREN 397: Séminaire avancé: La France sous l'occupation (3). Prerequisite: Three courses at the 200 level or instructor consent. A study of the German occupation of France (1939-44). This multidisciplinary, multimedia course focuses on the choices, be they military, political, economic, ethical, or a mere matter of survival, that faced the French during this bleak period, and the traces it left in memory, institutions and the arts. (HL) Frégnac-Clave. 


Spring 2014

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Supervised Study Abroad: Intermediate French

FREN 172 - Dixon (Multiple Sections)

Spring term abroad course. A period of direct exposure to the language, culture, and people of France. The program includes formal language instruction, living with a French family, excursions, and other cultural activities. In addition to weekly journal entries, students are required to adopt a neighborhood, a street, an organization, a market, etc., in their choice of surroundings. A 10-15-page easy is required on a unique aspect of their chosen subject. Students are encouraged to take advantage of their home-stay families in gathering information for this project.