French Courses

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 Course materials include anthropological, sociological, and historical documents, literary texts, and films.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.

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 .

Winter 2017

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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 - Lambeth, John A.

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 - 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.

Introduction à l'analyse littéraire

FREN 273 - Kamara, Mohamed

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 - 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 moderne

FREN 342 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

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 2017, FREN 342-01: Politique et engagement dans le roman et le théâtre Francophone contemporain (3). An exploration of diverse narrative and theatrical texts by French and Francophone writers of the 20th and 21st centuries and the multilayered interconnections between political and historical realities of our times and their channeling into an aesthetic of trauma and/or resistance. Authors vary from Albert Camus and Andre Malraux to Patrick Modiano, Yasmina Reza, Eric Emmanuel Schmitt, and Denise Boucher. (HL) Radulescu.

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 2017, FREN 343-01: La France à travers les siècles: le récit court (3) . Prerequisites: 3 French courses at the 200-level. Readings in French literature and civilization from across the centuries. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different. Topic for Winter 2017: Selected French tales and short stories from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. Through readings that acquaint students with some of the better-known French authors (Marie de France, Perrault, Balzac, Mérimée, Flaubert, Maupassant, Le Clézio, Tournier, Yourcenar, etc.), this course explores the themes and techniques of the short narrative, and its relation to the cultural and historical context. Emphasis on close reading of texts and 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.

Honors Thesis

FREN 493 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

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