Courses 2016-17 FRENCH



FREN 1: Introductory French I @ 9L

FREN 2: Introductory French II @ 9L, 10

FREN 3: Introductory French III @ 9L, 10

FREN 8: Exploring French Culture and Language @ 11 (McConnell)

FREN 10: Introduction to French Literature

  • FREN 10.16 The Feeling of Love @ 12 (Elhariry) An introduction to the origins of the feeling of love: French literature explained through love, from the Middle Ages to the modern moment, in Tristan et Iseut, and in poems, plays, essays, short stories, and novels by Louise Labé, Montaigne, Du Bellay, Ronsard, Racine, Marivaux, Rousseau, Voltaire, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Flaubert, Houellebecq.

FREN 15: Business French and the French Economy @ 10 (Mosenthal)  This course will enable students to function in a French business environment. We will use departments of a company (human resources, production, sales, finance and administration) to acquire a knowledge of business terminology and practices. Using company web sites and the business press, students will become familiar with important companies and the environment in which they operate.  NOTE: This course does not count toward the major or the minor.  Upon completion of this course, students may take the exam for the DFP (Diplôme de Français Professionnel - Français des Affaires).

FREN 22: Introduction to French Literature I: the Middle Ages and the Renaissance @ 10 (Tarnowski) Medieval France - its art, architecture, technology, philosophy and literature - exerted an unparalleled influence throughout Europe. Studying the first texts written in French, as well as the manuscripts in which they circulated, will shed light on the nature of French culture. We will examine defining issues of the period: the transition from oral to written expression, the invention of printing, debates concerning the status of women, Renaissance humanism, scientific inquiry, religious reform and conflict. Texts may include La Chanson de Roland, selected poetry, and works by Chrétien de Troyes, Christine de Pizan, Marguerite de Navarre, François Rabelais, and Michel de Montaigne.

FREN 25: Introduction to French Literature and Culture IV: Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries @ 2 (Elhariry) This course examines the radical transformations of literary form and vision that characterize twentieth-century France with its two World Wars, its colonial conflicts, and the challenges to French identity posed by immigration and globalization. We will use lyric poetry, fiction, drama, autobiography, and film to explore literary movements such as surrealism, existentialism, the new novel, the theater of the absurd and écriture féminine, as well as the recent impact of immigrant and minority writers. Readings and films may include works by Proust, Breton, Colette, Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus, Robbe-Grillet, Duras, Delbo, Cixous, Sebbar, Resnais, Malle, and Kassovitz.

FREN 45: French Literature: The Approach Through Periodization

  • FREN 45.04 What is the Contemporary? @ 11 (Hollister) This course will examine how recent novels, films, and critical texts engage with the cultural and political climate of post-1980 France. Subjects of inquiry will include: postmodernism, minimalism, “post-exoticism,” nationalism, biopolitics, “spectrality,” terrorism and violence, gender and class. Works may include novels by Houellebecq, Echenoz, Toussaint, Salvayre, Ernaux, Darrieussecq, Volodine, Michon; films by Carax, Assayas, Haneke; critical readings by Agamben, Derrida, Ruffel, Viart, Millet, Jameson.

FSP in Paris (Wine)



FREN 1: Introductory French I @ 9L

FREN 2: Introductory French II @ 9L, 9L, 10

FREN 3: Introductory French III @ 9L, 10

FREN 7: First Year Seminar @ 11 (Cone)

FREN 8: Exploring French Culture and Language @ 12 (Elhariry)

FREN 10: Introduction to French Literature

  • FREN 10.06 The Anatomy of Passion @ 2 (Walker) A study of passion in French and francophone literature through the ages, as seen through texts and films. Readings may include works by Sceve, Corneille, Laclos, Flaubert, Condé.

FREN 23: Introduction to French Literature II: Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century @ 10 (Sanders) The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were a dynamic and volatile period characterized on the one hand by the rise to power of the most absolute of all monarchs, the Sun King Louis XIV, symbolized by Versailles, and on the other hand by the French Revolution. Fostered by royal patronage, literature and the arts flourished, yet many writers also used artistic expression to counter this royal power. The period saw the birth of the modern French novel and the development of a rich body of theatrical and philosophical literature. These centuries are recognized as major components of France's collective identity and their influence is still felt in France today. Authors may include Descartes, Corneille, Racine, Molière, Lafayette, Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire, Graffigny, Beaumarchais and Laclos.

FREN 24: Introduction to French Literature and Culture III: Nineteenth Century @ 11 (Walker) This course examines the nineteenth-century renewal of literary form and vision from the French Revolution to the First World War. We will study the social and historical developments of French culture as they are reflected in various literary genres (narrative, poetry, dramatic theory and practice), literary criticism, philosophy, historiography, and the other arts. Emphasis will be placed on France's growing self-awareness as a nation and on the analysis of aesthetic and intellectual issues represented in the major literary movements of this period including romanticism, realism, symbolism, art for art's sake, naturalism, fin de siècle decadence, and modernism. Readings may include works by such authors as Chateaubriand, de Staël, Stendhal, Hugo, Musset, Sand, Balzac, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Michelet, Zola, and Huysmans.

FREN 70: Francophone Literature

  • FREN 70.05 Mystical and Earthly Love @ 12 (Elhariry) In this course, we will focus on cultures of love across the modern Mediterranean Francophone world: Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco. We will unravel the mystical and earthly underpinnings that subtend the politics and history of eros and emancipation. Readings by Assia Djebar, Habib Tengour, Abdelwahab Meddeb, Salah Stétié, Abdellah Taïa. Films by Gilo Pontecorvo, Moustapha Akkad, Assia Djebar, Mathieu Kassovitz, Abdellah Taïa, Nabil Ayouch.

FREN 78: Senior Major Workshop: Methods in Reading, Writing and Cultural Analysis @ 10A (Beasley) As part of this culminating experience, each major will work on an independent project, either a senior thesis or expanding upon work begun in a previous course. The independent project will be developed within the framework of this course using a selection of critical texts that can be viewed as models of literary, cultural, and historical analysis. Lectures by a variety of faculty members will supplement the readings. Students will gain mastery in literary and cultural analysis, close analytical reading skills and composition in French. 

FREN 80: French Literature and the Other Arts

  • FREN 80.03 Men Behaving Badly @ 2 (Sanders) Infamous men are often portrayed in works of art and literature as predatory and power hungry narcissists. From Don Juan’s sexual predation, to Valmont’s narcissism, the evils of men are, at once, the most reviled and the most seductive to artists and audiences alike. This course will explore the historical progression of “bad-boy” behavior through the literary and musical works of Berlioz, Molière, Laclos and others. We will study miscreants who single-mindedly pursue their destructive goals. By examining how literature and music represent misogyny, we will pay particular attention to what constitutes “bad” behavior, to what initiates such behavior, and to the moral and social implications of such behavior. At the same time, we will discuss how the “good” aesthetics of “bad” (the way in which aesthetic beauty) is made from the raw materials of social and psychological malefaction. These broader questions will help frame our thematic investigation of misbehavior, with discussions on vices such as rakishness, hubris, greed and narcissism. We will focus on how literary and musical genres portray these vices, and then take note of how vices attain an ambiguous meaning within the social and moral systems of these works.

FSP in Paris (LaGuardia)

LSA+ in Toulouse (Decharme)

LSA in Lyon (Wine)

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FREN 1: Introductory French I @ 9L, 10, 11

FREN 2: Introductory French II @ 9L, 9L, 10, 10

FREN 3: Introductory French III @ 9L, 10, 11

FREN 8: Exploring French Culture and Language @ 10 (Cone), 12 (Cone)

FREN 10: Introduction to French Literature

  • FREN 10.08 Living in Paris @ 12 (LaGuardia) Living in Paris has generated an enormous amount of writing since the middle ages. This course will examine diverse narrative, poetic, propagandistic, memorial, historical, and anthropological texts that describe the difficulties and the joys of living in the French capital. Works by Perec, L’Estoile, Prévost, Baudelaire, Mercier, Sue, Balzac, Augé, Modiano, Colette, Barthes, Gary, Duras, and others.
  • FREN 10.06 The Anatomy of Passion @ 2 (Walker) A study of passion in French and francophone literature through the ages, as seen through texts and films. Readings may include works by Sceve, Corneille, Laclos, Flaubert, Condé.

FREN 20: Interpreting French Cultures @ 12 (Beasley) In 2010, UNESCO honored “the gastronomic meal of the French” by officially designating it as part of the “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.” The Fall 2016 offering of French 20 will focus on the development of the association between France and great food!  How did France become associated with the pursuit of gastronomic perfection?  How and why does France continue to develop this cultural capital?  What is the language of food and how does it permeate French culture?

FREN 21: Introduction to Francophone Literature and Culture @ 11 (Walker) This course surveys the evolution of French language (Francophone) literature of the former French colonies and examines the social, political, and cultural issues it raises: race, colonialism, decolonization, revolution, independence, neo-colonialism, Négritude, Antillanité, Créolité, écriture féminine, mimetic desire, cultural hybridity, post-independence government and society. The survey will include novels, plays, poetry, film and essays by representative writers from the principal divisions of the Francophone world: the French West Indies, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa; Quebec, and Francophone Canada.

FREN 40: French Literature: The Approach through Genre

  • FREN 40.04 Classical Comedy: Molière @ 2 (Beasley) In this course we will focus on the celebrated French playwright Molière.  We will read his works in their seventeenth-century context, analyze how these plays were produced, and study Molière’s impact on French culture today.  The final project may consist of a staging of one of Molière’s comedies, depending on student interest.

FREN 53: French Thought: Philosophical Issues

  • FREN 53.07 Confrontations with Death in French Tradition @ 10A (Kritzman) Through readings of essays, plays, poetry and fiction, we will examine the relationship of death to the history of French culture and the philosophical traditions it embodies, from the medieval danse macabre to the present. Issues to be discussed include separation and loss, mourning and melancholia, violence, eroticism and sexual difference. Texts will include Villon, Montaigne, Bossuet, Pascal, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Sartre, Beckett, Beauvoir, Derrida, Blanchot and Barthes.

FRIT 93: Foreign Language Teaching Methods: Theory and Practice @ 10A (Convertini) The course will provide a historical overview of approaches to foreign language (FL) teaching and learning and the theoretical notions underlying current pedagogical trends and classroom practices. Some of the topics that will be covered during the class discussion include: The National Standards for Foreign Language Learning; the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; language learning and critical thinking; multiple intelligence in language learning; the integration of literature and culture in FL teaching; and digital pedagogy in the 21st century language classroom. Students will have the opportunity to apply course content through micro-teaching sessions, class-troubleshooting situations, class observations and the development of tasks and assessments. The course will also offer students the opportunity to reflect on language learning on a personal level, to find out how they think as language learners and how they can empower themselves to learn languages in an active and engaged manner. Open to all students. Text, lectures and discussion in English. Students taking the course for major or minor credit in Italian will attend a weekly x-hour and do all written work in Italian.

FREN 87: Independent Reading and Research (AR)

FREN 89: Honors Seminar (AR)

FSP in Paris: Verona



    FREN 3: Introductory French III @ 10 (McConnell)

    FREN 10: Introduction to French Literature

    • FREN 10.15 Literature and Images @10A (Leglise-Costa) Novels, tales and poems create images that enter our collective memory and link the text to its visual representation. We will explore connections between text and image in works from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries: engravings, paintings, photography, film and television have been inspired by, and in turn acted as inspiration for, literature in a variety of genres. Authors and artists may include Rabelais and Doré, Watteau and Verlaine, Modiano and Cartier-Bresson.

    FREN 75: French Film

    • FREN 75.02 Toward a History of French Cinema @ 2A (Leglise-Costa) France gave birth to cinema in 1895. Since then, French cinema has influenced not only French society, but filmmakers around the world. In this course, we will explore silent masterpieces, New Wave film, and movies of the 21st century to examine the evolution of French film and its impact on French culture. Our analyses will include in-class film excerpts and a selection of movies that will be available to you on DVD or to stream.

    FREN 87: Independent Reading and Research (AR)

    FREN 89: Honors Seminar (AR)