French Courses

Winter 2018

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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 - Leva, James R.

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 - 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.

Histoire des idées

FREN 283 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

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 Francophonie

FREN 344 - Kamara, Mohamed

An analysis of styles, genres, and themes in relation to particular cultural contexts, as represented in literary works written in French by authors from countries other than France. Of particular interest is French language literature from Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Winter 2018, FREN 344-01: La Francophonie: Le Roman Francophone à la Première Personne (3). An introduction to francophone prose, focusing on first-person narratives including autobiographical, semi-autobiographical, and fictional texts. We examine the way the narrating subject represents herself or himself in the context of or in opposition to a collective entity or experience. Issues such as narrative technique, point of view, space and identity, subjectivity, and representation receive special attention. Texts are from Africa, Québec, and the Caribbean. (HL) Kamara.

Séminaire avancé

FREN 397 - Fregnac-Clave, Francoise

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.

Winter 2018, FREN 397-01: Séminaire Avancé: France Under Nazi Occupation (3) . Prerequisite : 3 courses in French at the 200 level or equivalent or instructor consent. A close examination of life in France under Nazi occupation (1940-44), through documents, texts, songs and films, and of its effect on memory, institutions, political life, and French arts. Students study documents and analyses, alone and in groups, reflect on the ethical and strategic choices facing the authorities and individual citizens, and confront their interpretations in class discussions. Continued development of skills in hearing, oral expression, reading, and writing. (HL) Frégnac-Clave.

Honors Thesis

FREN 493 - Kamara, Mohamed

Interested students should see a member of the French faculty by winter term of their junior year. May not count towards fulfillment of the major requirements.

Fall 2017

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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 - Kuettner, Paul R. (Dick)

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 - Kamara, Mohamed

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

Advanced Intermediate French

FREN 164 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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 - Lambeth, John A.

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

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.

Fall 2017, FREN 280-01: Civilisation et culture d'Afrique francophone (3). Prerequisites: FREN 261 or equivalent and instructor consent. 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. (HU) Kamara.

Atelier avancé de langue, littérature et culture

FREN 295 - Leva, James R.

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.

Fall 2017, FREN 295-01: Atelier avancé de langue, littérature et culture: La Francophonie autour de l'Amérique du Nord (3). An exploration of the Francophone cultures of Canada, Louisiana, and the Caribbean. The Cajun and Creole cultures of Southwest Louisiana are considered through literature, oral tradition, music, and food. The course features literary works and films from Francophone Canada, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Haiti. Readings, discussion, and papers in French for further development of communication skills. Leva.

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.

Fall 2017, FREN 341-01: Introduction à la littérature médiévale d'expression française (3). This course aims to introduce students to strategies for reading, understanding, interpreting, and discussing medieval literature written in French. We read the most important works in written medieval Francophonia (including Northern France, Italy, England, and the Holy Land) and explore how these narrative traditions continue to inform our cultural imaginary today. Students acquire a general timeline of medieval history through a series of student-centered presentations. Topics range from gender studies, manuscript studies, history, chivalry, the notion of the quest, beasts and dragons, and the way the Middle Ages are read and reused today. Texts include excerpts from La Chanson de Roland ; the Roman de Renart ; the Quatre fils Aymon ; the Roman de Silence ; and the Roman de Perceval . All course discussion, content, and student work is entirely in French, and we continue to review advanced stylistics in French through written compositions. (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.

Fall 2017, FREN 342-01: Crime et Société: Du Fait Divers à la Série Noire (3).  Prerequisites: Three 200-level French courses or instructor consent. An examination of 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, and read and discuss critical and theoretical texts to better understand the relationship between crime and society. Students study Georges Simenon, Léo Malet, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Didier Daeninckx, Yasmina Khadra, Lakhdar Belaïd, and Jean-Claude Izzo, among others, give class presentations, and write short analytical papers in French. (HL) Lambeth.

Honors Thesis

FREN 493 - Kamara, Mohamed

Interested students should see a member of the French faculty by winter term of their junior year. May not count towards fulfillment of the major requirements.

Spring 2017

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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 2017, FREN 295-01: Atelier Avancé: Traduction et Improvisation (4). Prerequisites: FREN 162, FREN 164, or equivalent. 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 .