WINTER 2019 FRENCH COURSES
French 1: Introductory French I at 9L
French 2: Introductory French II at 9L, 9L, 10
French 3: Introductory French III at 10, 11, 10
French 11: Intensive French at 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 7: First Year Seminar: Reading the Francophone World through Comics: “Deorientalizing” the Orient at 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 at 10, 11 (St. Clair, Sanders) 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 40.07 Constellations of Loss: Modernities/Theories/Politics of the French Lyric (19th-20thC) at 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 at 2A (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. 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)