WINTER 2020 FRENCH COURSES
French 1: Introductory French I at 9L
French 2: Introductory French II at 9L, 9L, 10
French 3: Introductory French III at 11, 10
French 11: Intensive French @ 10 (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
French 8: Exploring French Culture and Language at 11 (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 10.19 A la recherche du bonheur @ 12 (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 20: Interpreting French Cultures at 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 21: Introduction to Francophone Literature and Culture at 12 (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. Dist:LIT: WCult:NW
French 23: Introduction to French Literature II: Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century @ 2 (Beasley) 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 40: French Literature: The Approach through Genre
- French 40.05 Acting French @ 10 (Sanders) Acting French offers a practical approach to French theater. Throughout the trimester, we will read, analyze and then perform scenes from French plays. In this class, you will have an opportunity to bring Figaro to life, or to wait for Godot. By the end of the trimester, we will learn how to interpret theater as a performance, and use that knowledge to put on scenes from plays. Dist:ART; WCult:W
French 75: French Film
- French 75.03 Cinema and Modern Life @ 2A (Hollister) This course will propose a historical overview of French cinema, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between cinema and the idea of the modern or modernity. How was cinema perceived as a modern, technological art? How was cinema positioned in relation to utopian and dystopian visions of industrial capitalist modernity? How did cinema contribute to these visions? To respond to these questions, this course will examine texts and films associated with many of the most important cultural, intellectual, and political movements in twentieth-century France: socialism, communism, anarchism, naturalism, surrealism, modernism(s), poetic realism, Left Bank cinema, the New Wave, cinéma vérité, formalism, le cinéma du look, postmodernism(s). Dist:ART; WCult:W
French 78: Senior Major Workshop @ to be determined (Wine) 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 (Elhariry)
FSP in Paris (Higgins)