2018-19 FRENCH AND ITALIAN IN TRANSLATION (FRIT) COURSES

2018-19

FALL 2018 FRIT COURSES

FRIT 37: Topics in Literature and Culture

  • FRIT 37.05 The Power of Versailles (pending) @ (6A) (Beasley) Versailles is one of the most visited sites in the world.  Its name is not only associated with artistic marvels and early modern innovation, but also with world politics, bearing witness to the treaty of Versailles as well as providing the setting for the meetings of countless world leaders.  Its influence thus extends far beyond France’s boundaries.  In this course we will use the example of Versailles to explore wide-ranging questions of importance to a variety of disciplines.  We will interrogate this “globalized” Versailles using a multidisciplinary approach:  art history, architecture, engineering, history, film and media studies, literary studies, economics, sociology, psychology, political science, and business.  Versailles will thus serve to ground our discussions in a real-world example, but our scholarly interrogations will go beyond issues directly related to Versailles, France, or Europe. 

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. Dist:SOC

 

2018-19

SPRING 2019 FRIT COURSES

FRIT 37: Topics in Literature and Culture

  • FRIT 37.xx Black Queer, Trans | Apocalypse, Anarchism, Utopia (pending) @ 2A (Batraville) This course takes seriously Aimé Césaire’s pronouncement that the only thing worth beginning is “the End of the world of course.” We will engage with works that theorize colonial power as well as others that craft alternative futures for those most brutalized by the status quo, those “who were never meant to survive,” as Audre Lorde reminds us. These visions of apocalypse, anarchism, and utopia, will allow us to reflect on the relationships between racialization, technology, state formation, gender, sexuality, spirituality, and ecology. We will draw from thinkers such as Frantz Fanon, Octavia Butler, Achille Mbembe, Reina Gossett, Samuel Delany, Werewere Liking, Assotto Saint, and Luce Irigaray as we develop our own capacities for speculative imagination, problem solving, collaboration, close reading, and critique.

FRIT 33.01: Dante's "Divine" Comedy (Time to be announced) (Hooper)  Is there an afterlife? What is it like? Who may describe the hereafter in this world and shape my behavior? These are the ever-present questions that Dante’s Comedy poses. The course’s central themes will be exile and paradise: Exile means both Dante’s own banishment and the universal pilgrimage of life; paradise is the unattainable homecoming of true happiness. Students will explore the poem, its sources, and reception, developing a rigorous yet personal response to Dante’s Comedy.

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.