French Courses

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 topic:

FREN 281: 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 topic:

FRENCH 332: 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 topic:

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


Spring 2015

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Atelier avancé de langue, littérature et culture

FREN 295 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

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.


Winter 2015

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Elementary French II

FREN 112 - Kuettner, Paul R. (Dick)

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

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - Kuettner, Paul R. (Dick)

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 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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, Francoise

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 françaises: La France d'aujourd'hui

FREN 282 - Lambeth, John A.

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, 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.

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, John A.

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, John A.

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, Domnica V.

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 403 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

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.

FREN 403: Directed Individual Study: L'ecriture feminine (3). L'ecriture feminine dans les oeuvres d'Helene Cixous, Marguerite Duras, Annie Ernaux, et autres femmes ecrivains de la litterature francaise. Radulescu. Winter 2015