French Courses

Spring 2016

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Humour et Comedie: Explorations, Jeux, Spectacles

FREN 272 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

An exploration of modern French comedy and humor in theatrical works by modern and contemporary playwrights. The course culminates with a performance of student-acted and student-produced comic scenes and one act plays.

Spring Term Topics in French Civilization

FREN 285 - McCormick, Stephen P.

A study of significant aspects of culture and civilization through direct experience abroad in France and/or Francophone countries. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2016, FREN 285-01: Spring Term Topics in French Civilization: Contemporary France through Film (4). Prerequisite: FREN 162 or 164. This course is taught entirely in the southern French city Toulouse, and offers an alternative view of France from what many experience in Paris. During the four weeks, students are introduced to the most important issues in modern French society, including immigration, university life, social justice, and art and culture. The course uses contemporary French cinema as a platform for discussion, debate, and advanced grammar review. Class sessions are conversation-intensive and review the most difficult points of French grammar through cultural and conversational contexts. During their stay in Toulouse, students are also enrolled in an intensive language course taught by a French professor. Students live with host families and go on four different excursions to other sites and cities in southern France. McCormick.

Winter 2016

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Elementary French II

FREN 112 - Leva, James R.

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

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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.

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - Kamara, Mohamed

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 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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, Domnica V.

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 francophones

FREN 280 - Kamara, Mohamed

A study of significant aspects of culture and civilization in francophone countries. Topics may include: contemporary Africa, pre-colonial Africa, West Indian history and culture, and Canadian contemporary issues. Readings, discussion and papers in French further development of communication skills.

Histoire des idées

FREN 283 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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, Stephen P.

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

La France à travers les siècles

FREN 343 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

Readings in French literature and civilization from across the centuries. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Winter 2016, FREN 343-01: La France à travers les siècles: L'Autre (3). Prerequisites: Three 200-level French courses. In this course, we examine representations of the Other in texts ranging from the Middle Ages to the present and what they reveal about their time and society. Readings include literary texts -- 12th- to 20th-century short stories and excerpts from longer texts, Laurent Gaudé's 2006 novel Eldorado -- films, excerpt of texts from other disciplines such as history, sociology, psychology, medicine, and law, and press articles. Emphasis is on close reading of these texts, and on use of French for further development of all communications skills. (HL) Frégnac-Clave.

Honors Thesis

FREN 493 - McCormick, Stephen P.

Interested students should see a member of the French faculty by winter term of their junior year.

Fall 2015

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Elementary French I

FREN 111 - Leva, James R.

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

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - Leva, James R.

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

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - Leva, James R.

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 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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

Advanced Intermediate French

FREN 164 - Kamara, Mohamed

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 - Kamara, Mohamed

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

Conversation et composition: Cours avancé

FREN 261 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

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 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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, Stephen P.

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.

Fall 2015, FREN 281-01: Civilisations et culture françaises: Être et avoir : la civilisation française du Moyen Âge à 1789 (3). Prerequisite: FREN 162. FREN 261 and 273 are strongly recommended. This course aims to give students a basis for identifying, examining, and interpreting events and documents of French civilization from Antiquity to the Revolution. Class discussions consider the origin and development of the French language, the history of French gastronomy, universities, and science in the Middle Ages, manuscripts and manuscript culture, the introduction of print, the appearance of accents in writing (é, è, ç), the travels of Marco Polo and Jean de Léry, entertainment at the court of Versailles, and the writings of Enlightenment philosophers. Students examine these topics through a variety of primary documents, including literature and poetry, architecture, music, cartography, and manuscripts. A larger concern of the course is to explore the idea of "French civilization." We ask if this idea is perhaps an imagined, modern construct, and if it is useful in understanding modern France. All classes, discussions, homework and projects are conducted entirely in French. (HU) McCormick.

Études de genre

FREN 332 - Kamara, Mohamed

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 2015, FRENCH 332-01: Études de genre: Le mariage et l'amour dans le roman français et francophone (3). The evolution of the prose narrative form that would become known eventually as the novel, through a careful study of the themes of love and marriage in texts written exclusively by women from the middle ages to the present. (HL) Kamara .

Séminaire avancé

FREN 397 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

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 2015, FREN 397-01: Séminaire avancé: Female Protagonists and Heroines in 20th- and 21st-Century French Literature (3). This seminar explores representations of women and femininity as well as the heroine in novels and theater since the turn of the 20th century to today. Discussions include gender, sexuality and their treatment in narrative or drama. Some of the authors studied are Colette, Marguerite Duras, Francois Mauriac, Helene Cixous, and Matei Visniec. (HL) Radulescu. Fall 2015

Honors Thesis

FREN 493 - McCormick, Stephen P.

Interested students should see a member of the French faculty by winter term of their junior year.