French Courses

Fall 2016

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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 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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 - Lambeth, John A.

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 - 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.

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 - Leva, James R.

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 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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.

Fall 2016, FREN 282-01: Civilisation et culture françaises: Les grands dossiers de la presse (3). Prerequisites: FREN 161, 164 or instructor consent . A study of contemporary France through the issues that are being raised in the press. This course examines the economic, social, societal, and political issues that currently shape the lives of French people. We use recent articles in the written press, newscasts, documentaries, interviews and films as a basis for discussion and reflection. Readings, discussions, and papers in French for further development of communication skills. (HU). Frégnac-Clave.

Études de genre

FREN 332A - Lambeth, John A.

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 2016, FREN 332A-01: La Prose - Narcisse romancier (3). Prerequisites:Three French courses at the 200 level. This course will focus on 1st person narratives in 20th Century French novels by André Gide, Marcel Proust, Albert Camus, Romain Gary, Annie Ernaux, and Marie Darrieussecq. Students will give oral presentations in class and write an analysis of each text. The class will be conducted in French and the papers will be written in French. Considerable attention will be given to developing writing skills and analytical skills. (HL) Lambeth

Séminaire avancé

FREN 397A - Kamara, Mohamed

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 2016, FREN 397A-01: Séminaire avancé - Femmes écrivaines africaines: s'écrire et écrire le monde (3). Prerequisites: Three French courses at the 200 level. While providing an overview of the trajectory of women's writing from its beginnings in the late 60s, the course will focus more heavily on the literary endeavors of women from the late 70s to the twenty-first century.  Through representative works from this extended period, we shall examine how women address such issues as patriarchy, tradition, modernity, the self in society, as well as the question of feminism itself. (HL) Kamara.

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.

Winter 2016, FREN 280: Civilisation et culture francophones (3). Prerequisite: FREN 162 or 164. This course is an introduction to modern African society and culture, with specific focus on Francophone West Africa (Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, and Mali, among others). We examine the various ways societies deal with issues of modernization and globalization in their political, cultural, and socio-economic lives. We also look at the impact of significant historical events (the transatlantic slave trade, colonization, the world wars, and globalization, for example) on the African continent and its inhabitants. Course materials include anthropological, sociological and historical documents, literary texts, and films. Kamara.

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. For Winter 2016: This course is an introduction to the literature, language, music, and history of medieval Occitania, the region of southern France in which the Occitan language was, and still is, spoken. We examine the historical and linguistic contexts of Occitan literature, as well as the manuscripts in which these texts are preserved. Students encounter poems and music by the most famous Occitan troubadours, including Bernard de Ventadour and Arnaut Daniel, as well as longer narratives, including La Chanson de la Croisade Albigeoise and Le Roman de Flamenca . Through the corequisite Digital Humanities course, students learn how to encode literary texts according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), a markup language based on XML. Working from medieval manuscripts, students collaborate in groups to publish short editions of Occitan poetry online. Students' improve their reading fluency in French, are introduced to digital humanities, and practice advanced research methodologies in French. All readings and discussions are in French. McCormick.

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.