2018-19 FRENCH COURSES

2018-19

SUMMER 2018 FRENCH COURSES

French 3: Introductory French III @ 10

French 8: Exploring French Culture and Language @ 11 Practice in the active use of the language combined with an introduction to major aspects of French society. Each week students will write papers and participate in discussions based on books, articles, and films emphasizing social and historical concepts.  In the event that French 8 isn't offered, you may take French 10, with the understanding that your next French course will be French 8.  Dist:SOC; WCult:W

FREN 10: Introduction to French Literature

  • French 10.20: Representations of war in French literature and film from the Middle Ages to the present @ 10A (Blanc) This course will explore the different ways in which French literature and cinema represent war and its effects from the Middle-Ages to the present. Texts and authors studied will include the “Chansons de Geste,” Chrétien de Troyes, Pierre Corneille, Michel de Montaigne, Voltaire, Stendhal, Roland Dorgelès, Henri Barbusse, Guillaume Apollinaire, Marc Bloch, Vercors, Joseph Kessel and film-makers such as Jean Renoir, Bertrand Tavernier, Claude Autant-Lara, Jean-Pierre Melville, Louis Malle and François Truffaut. Dist: LIT; WCult: W

FREN 55: French Culture and Politics

  • French 55.05: France, 1914-1944: from One War to Another @ 2A (Blanc) This course will analyze what General Charles de Gaulle used to call “the Thirty Years War.” From the First World War to the German Occupation, we will focus on one of the most dramatic periods of French history. In articles, speeches, diaries, memoirs and films, we will examine its main events, the political choices of the population (coercion and consent, brutalization, pacifism, antifascism, collaboration, attentisme, resistance), social and cultural fields, and questions of memory. Dist: SOC; WCult: W

2018-19

FALL 2018 FRENCH COURSES

French 1: Introductory French I @ 9L, 10

French 2: Introductory French II @ 9L, 10, 10, 11

French 3: Introductory French III @ 11, 10, 10

French 11:  Intensive French @ 9L (Mosenthal) This 1-credit course is designed for students who have studied French for one to three years in high school, or those who have been exposed to French through family ties or have spent some time in a Francophone environment. It is also suitable for students with little or no knowledge of the French language, but who have a strong background in another Romance language (i.e. Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese, Catalan, and also Latin).  French 11 is an accelerated course that combines French 1 and 2 in one term, offering an exciting and fast-paced atmosphere in which to learn French. The course will have a web-based component, which, through cultural, grammar and multimedia learning activities, will complement face-to-face work and prepare students for in-class work. Students will learn to talk about familiar events in the present and the past, as well as formulate plans for the future. Weekly cultural videos will situate in context the grammatical content of the course, making it relevant and meaningful. Students will be actively engaged in a variety of creative written and oral activities that will help them develop their language skills. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to sign up for French 3 or apply for our French LSAs in Lyon or Toulouse. With the goal of facilitating the acquisition of the target language, this course will be conducted entirely in French.

French 8: Exploring French Culture and Language @ 10, 11 (Wine) Practice in the active use of the language combined with an introduction to major aspects of French society. Each week students will write papers and participate in discussions based on books, articles, and films emphasizing social and historical concepts.  In the event that French 8 isn't offered, you may take French 10, with the understanding that your next French course will be French 8.  Dist:SOC; WCult:W

French 10: Introduction to French Literature

  • French 10.19 A La Recherche du Bonheur @ 2 (Beasley) What is happiness?  How has this concept changed over the centuries?  How has its conception and treatment been influenced by social events, gender, and class?  Is there a form of happiness that is particularly French?  In this course we will explore such questions using texts from the Middle Ages to the 21st century and study the role that the quest for happiness has played in French culture.  Dist:LIT; WCult:W
  • French 10.08 Living in Paris/Habiter 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.  Dist:LIT; WCult:W

French 20: Interpreting French Cultures @ 11 (Hollister)  Students will acquire the analytical skills to interpret French and Francophone cultures.  To prepare students to be "culturally competent," the course will focus on how and why we read signs of culture, whether through the lenses of history, symbols, politics or class and power.  We will explore a variety of cultural objects in conjunction with the writings of authors who may include Balibar, Barthes, Baudrillard, Condé, Fanon, Foucault, Le Goff, Nora and Wieviorka.  Dist:SOC; WCult:W

French 24: Introduction to French Literature and Culture III: Nineteenth Century @ 12 (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. Dist:LIT; WCult:W

French 50: French Literature: Major Figures

  • French 50.05 Montaigne, Proust @ 10A (Kritzman)  Montaigne and Proust, two of the greatest prose writers in the French literary tradition, represent distinct historical periods (the Renaissance and early twentieth century France) in which the idea of subjectivity is a major intellectual concern.  Using Montaigne and Proust's first person narratives as emblematic of their times, the course will examine how self-portraiture is manifested in time and space  and reflects upon broader notions of character, sensation, gender and sexuality, history and memory. Particular attention will be payed to how writing can be viewed as a way to suspend time, delay death and prolong life and sensation.  Paradoxically we shall discover  in each writer the failure of "autobiographical" narrative to establish identity.  Selectons will include representative Essais of Montaigne, Proust's Du coté de chez Swann and Le temps retrouvé, and short essays by Bersani, Deleuze, de Man, Derrida, Kristeva.   Dist: LIT; WCult: W

French 70: Francophone Literature

  • French 70.03 Passages and Ambiguous Adventures: Colonial and Postcolonial Questions of Migration and Immigration @ 10 (Walker) A comparative study of urban and globalized Francophone cultures (Port-au-Prince, Dakar, Algiers, Tangiers, Saigon, Brussels, Paris), the attendant challenges and effects of globalization, including immigration, national politics, gender, sexuality, as well as ecology and economics, and how the literary or filmic imagination captures these issues. Readings by Kane, Sembène, Beyala; Lê, Lefèvre; ben Jelloun, Allouache, Chraibi; Chauvet, Ollivier, Étienne, Césaire, Glissant. Dist:LIT; WCult:NW

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. 

French 87: Independent Reading and Research (Arranged, all terms) A program of individual study directed by a member of the staff. Open only to French, French Studies and Romance Language Majors. By special permission this course may be taken more than once. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

French 89: Honors Seminar (Arranged, all terms) Honors students will arrange a program of study and research during any term of the senior year on a tutorial basis with individual faculty members. A thesis, written in French, and a public presentation are the normal culmination of this course. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term. For information about application procedures, please review the Honors Program section.

FSP in Paris (Sanders)

2018-19

WINTER 2019 FRENCH COURSES

French 1: Introductory French I @ 9L

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

French 3: Introductory French III @ 10, 11, 10

French 7: First Year Seminar: Reading the Francophone World through Comics: “Deorientalizing” the Orient @10A (Cone) This course aims to examine the fascination held for a geographical area known as the “Orient,” an area that encompasses all of Asia and parts of Africa, by the Belgian author of the Tintin series Hergé and the French graphic novelist Joann Sfar. The course will then look at interpretations of these spaces by authors native to them (Satrapi and Abirached). Finally, we will read two graphic novels written by authors whose own “national” origins are too “hybrid” to classify as either “European” or native to the countries in which their stories are set (Satouf and Delisle).

French 8: Exploring French Culture and Language @ 10, 11 (McConnell) Practice in the active use of the language combined with an introduction to major aspects of French society. Each week students will write papers and participate in discussions based on books, articles, and films emphasizing social and historical concepts.  In the event that French 8 isn't offered, you may take French 10, with the understanding that your next French course will be French 8.  Dist:SOC; WCult:W

French 10: Introduction to French Literature

  • French 10.17 Saints, Martyrs, Demons @ 10 (Hollister) Many of French fiction’s most iconic characters have been marked as holy or unholy, saintly or damned. This course will ask what the famous saints, martyrs and demons of French cultural history have to say about morality, politics, and social issues (notably class, gender, race, and sexuality). Works by Racine, Voltaire, Sade, Diderot, Balzac, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Apollinaire, Eluard, Aragon, Bataille, Sartre, Barthes, Clouzot, Bresson, Césaire, and Yourcenar.  Dist:LIT; WCult:W

French 23: Introduction to French Literature II: Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century @ 12 (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.  Dist:LIT; WCult:W 

French 25: Introduction to French Literature and Culture IV: Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries @ 11 (Hollister)  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.  Dist:LIT; WCult:W

French 40: French Literature: The Approach through Genre

  • French 40.XX Poetry and Modernity, in Theory (pending) @ 2 (St. Clair) This course proposes to examine the techniques and specificity (that is, the poetics) of French and Francophone verse and prose poetry as the genre confronts, troubles, and defines the philosophical, aesthetic, rhetorical, political, and historical questions and concepts we place under the rubric of "modernity" in the 19th and early 20th centuries (e.g., revolution, irony, rupture, transformation, loss, violence, the death of the author, etc.).

    Movements covered include: romanticism, aestheticism, symbolism, dada/surrealism, negritude. Authors include: Mme de Staël, Hugo, Lamartine, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Musset Nerval, Baudelaire, Gautier, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Louise Michel, Mallarmé, Apollinaire, Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Aimé Césaire. Secondary material allowing us to think poetry at the crossroads of critical theory include excerpts from: Plato, Hegel, Sartre, Michael Riffaterre, Michel Foucault, Fredric Jameson, Paul de Man, Sigmund Freud, Ross Chambers, Julia Kristeva, Roland Barthes, Roman Jakobson. Dist:LIT; WCult:W

French 78: Senior Major Workshop @ 2A (Tarnowski)  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.  French 78 may be used to continue research on your honors thesis.  This course is open only to French and Italian Department senior majors or by petition, which is due by the fifth day of classes of Fall term.

French 87: Independent Reading and Research (Arranged, all terms) A program of individual study directed by a member of the staff. Open only to French, French Studies and Romance Language Majors. By special permission this course may be taken more than once. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

French 89: Honors Seminar (Arranged, all terms) Honors students will arrange a program of study and research during any term of the senior year on a tutorial basis with individual faculty members. A thesis, written in French, and a public presentation are the normal culmination of this course. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term. For information about application procedures, please review the Honors Program section.

LSA/LSA+ in Lyon (Wine)

FSP in Paris (Elhariry)

2018-19

SPRING 2019 FRENCH COURSES

French 1: Introductory French I @ 9L

French 2: Introductory French II @ 9L, 10

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

French 11:  Intensive French @ 9L (Mosenthal) This 1-credit course is designed for students who have studied French for one to three years in high school, or those who have been exposed to French through family ties or have spent some time in a Francophone environment. It is also suitable for students with little or no knowledge of the French language, but who have a strong background in another Romance language (i.e. Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese, Catalan, and also Latin).  French 11 is an accelerated course that combines French 1 and 2 in one term, offering an exciting and fast-paced atmosphere in which to learn French. The course will have a web-based component, which, through cultural, grammar and multimedia learning activities, will complement face-to-face work and prepare students for in-class work. Students will learn to talk about familiar events in the present and the past, as well as formulate plans for the future. Weekly cultural videos will situate in context the grammatical content of the course, making it relevant and meaningful. Students will be actively engaged in a variety of creative written and oral activities that will help them develop their language skills. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to sign up for French 3 or apply for our French LSAs in Lyon or Toulouse. With the goal of facilitating the acquisition of the target language, this course will be conducted entirely in French.

French 8: Exploring French Culture and Language @ 11 (McConnell) Practice in the active use of the language combined with an introduction to major aspects of French society. Each week students will write papers and participate in discussions based on books, articles, and films emphasizing social and historical concepts.  In the event that French 8 isn't offered, you may take French 10, with the understanding that your next French course will be French 8. Dist:SOC; WCult:W

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).

French 10: Introduction to French Literature

  • French 10.10 Du Mal/On Evil @ 10 (St. Clair)  This course proposes a look at “evil” in French literature, art, and film (1665-1966). What does “evil” designate? A concept, or an ethical category?  A limit of the thinkable and sayable? The proof of human freedom? Is there a semiotics of evil? Can it be represented, or does its excess necessarily elude our attempts to pin it down (as when something “hurts,” or “fait mal”)? What is its relationship to the violence of history (from the death of God to the ravages of time passing by)? How does literature challenge us to think about what it means to be a witness to evil?  Plays by Molière; novels, short-stories or essays by Voltaire, Balzac, Maupassant, Sartre; poems by Baudelaire, Musset, Verlaine, Hugo, Louise Michel; paintings and caricature by Daumier, Caillebotte, Manet, Meissonnier. Film by Gillo Pontecorvo (La Bataille d’Alger). Excerpts of readings from Hannah Arendt, Terry Eagleton, Georges Bataille, Raymond Williams, Sigmund Freud, Cathy Caruth.  Dist:LIT; WCult:W

French 21: Introduction to Francophone Literature and Culture @ 12 (Elhariry) 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.  Dist:LIT; WCult:NW

French 22: Introduction to French Literature I: the Middle Ages and the Renaissance @ 12 (LaGuardia) 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. Dist:LIT; WCult:W

French 45: French Literature: The Approach through Periodization

  • French 45.05 Between Revolution and Oblivion: The Politics of Literature in Nineteenth-Century France @ 11 (St. Clair)  This course seeks to explore the hypothesis that nineteenth-century French literature and other modes of cultural and aesthetic production are situated against the backdrop of the massive political upheavals of the century, and grapple especially with the problems of contested memories and narratives of a revolutionary past that refuses to pass. In this course, then, we will link and think 19thC literature to politics and history, interpreting a variety of nineteenth-century texts, from poems to short stories, novels, paintings and revolutionary caricatures, with/against their cultural, political, historical, and esthetic contexts. Dist:LIT; WCult:W

FRIT 37: Topics in Literature and Culture

  • FRIT 37.03 Black Feminisms in the French Atlantic @ 2A (Batraville) French colonialism and particularly French transatlantic slavery between the 17th and 19th centuries produced a shared linguistic and cultural legacy as well as a sustained political struggle carried by Black populations in France, sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and Québec. Although combatting racial inequality and white supremacy is generally understood through the lens of movements in the US, or the example of South African apartheid, this course invites students to consider such undertakings from a fundamentally transnational point of view by focusing on Black Feminisms in the French-speaking African diaspora. Open to all students. Text, lectures and discussion in English. Students taking the course for major or minor credit in French will attend a weekly x-hour and do all reading and written work in French. (Cross-listed with AAAS 88.18; Dist:INT; WCult:CI)

French 87: Independent Reading and Research (Arranged, all terms) A program of individual study directed by a member of the staff. Open only to French, French Studies and Romance Language Majors. By special permission this course may be taken more than once. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

French 89: Honors Seminar (Arranged, all terms) Honors students will arrange a program of study and research during any term of the senior year on a tutorial basis with individual faculty members. A thesis, written in French, and a public presentation are the normal culmination of this course. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term. For information about application procedures, please review the Honors Program section.

FSP in Paris (Higgins)

LSA/LSA+ in Toulouse (Walker)