Courses for Spring 2015

  • Basic French

    This is the second half of a two-semester course. Four meetings a week for oral practice plus one conversation hour. One hour of work outside of class is expected every day (grammar/writing, oral practice, reading). An accelerated track enables qualified students to go directly to FREN 0500 after FREN 0200. Enrollment limited to 18.
    FREN 0200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0200 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0200 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0200 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0200 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
  • Intermediate French II

    Continuation of FREN 0300 but may be taken separately. A four-skill language course that stresses oral interaction in class (three meetings per week plus one 50-minute conversation section). Materials include audio activities, film, and a novel. Short compositions with systematic grammar practice. Prerequisite: FREN 0300, FREN 0200 with permission, or placement.
    FREN 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kondratiev
    FREN 0400 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Kondratiev
    FREN 0400 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Kondratiev
  • Writing and Speaking French I

    A four-skill language course that stresses oral interaction in class. Thematic units will focus on songs, poems, a short novel (E-E Schmitt), two graphic novels (Sattouf, Larcenet), films and a detective novel by Fred Vargas. Activities include a creative project using Comic Life, and a systematic grammar review. Prerequisite: FREN 0400, FREN 0200 with written permission, or placement.
    FREN 0500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Izzo
    FREN 0500 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Izzo
    FREN 0500 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Izzo
  • Writing and Speaking French II

    Prerequisite for study in French-speaking countries. Class time is devoted mainly to conversation and discussion practice. Writing instruction and assignments focus on essays, commentaries, and to a lesser degree, on story writing. Apart from reading assignments for discussion (press articles and literary excerpts), students select two novels to read. Prerequisite: FREN 0500 or placement. Enrollment limited to 18.
    FREN 0600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
    FREN 0600 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
    FREN 0600 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
  • Writing and Speaking French II: Literature

    Prerequisite for study in French-speaking countries. Continuation of FREN 500. Class time is devoted mainly to conversation and discussion practice. Same level as FREN 0600. This course is designed for students who are interested in literature. Discussions and writing assignments are based on a selection of literary texts from the Francophone world and introduce students to the analysis of literature. Prerequisite: FREN 0500. Enrollment limited to 18.
    FREN 0620 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kondratiev
  • The Contemporary French Novel

    What does today's French novel look like? Reading ten prominent short novels (in English translation) from the last 20 years, students will be acquainted with the novelistic landscape of contemporary France, while also learning to approach through analysis and narrative theory the novel as genre. We will consider what kinds of questions these novels pose and how - be it regarding conditions specific to our time (human/inhuman, identity, technology, the globalized world, the everyday, dystopia...) or those unceasing questions of life, time, love, predicament, that every novel must ask, even while sometimes seeming not to. Freshman seminar. Taught in English. FYS
    FREN 0720B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ravindranathan
  • Introduction à l'analyse littéraire

    On what terms and with what tools can we "read" a literary text? An introduction to major periods and genres (the short story, the novel, poetry, theater) of French and Francophile literature and to a range of analytical approaches to the text, including narrative theory, poetics, psychoanalysis and gender studies.
    FREN 0760A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wills
  • Littérature et culture: Margins of Modernity

    A survey of French and Francophone works from the 18th century to the present that reflects on a number of cultural shifts, of challenges but also resistances to hierarchies (social, sexual, political); the urban context; legacies of colonization. Various figures of marginality to be studied: vagabonds and parvenus, dandies and courtesans, outcasts and pariahs. Authors to be studied include Prévost, Marivaux, Balzac, Baudelaire, Maupassant, Duras, Camara Laye and Rachid O. Taught in French.
    FREN 1010A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Saint-Amand
  • L’art de la nouvelle

    What sort of story is the short story? What kinds of possibilities and pressures distinguish it from other forms? Attentive to its contained – and constrained – narrative economy, we shall study a range of examples of the genre, from 19th century realist and fantastic literature (Maupassant, Flaubert, Nerval) to modern French and Francophone texts (Camus, Sartre, Beckett, Djebar, Condé, Ndiaye). Taught in French.
    FREN 1310C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ravindranathan
  • Paris, ville des Lumières

    Representations of the city; the crowd; the rise of the individual; the narrator as spectator and promeneur; narratives of social mobility; speed and circulation; sex and the city; Paris as a cultural place. Various authors to be studied: Marivaux, Fougeret de Monbron, Rousseau, Diderot, Mercier, Restif de la Bretonne. Taught in French.
    FREN 1310E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Saint-Amand
  • Sorcellerie et Renaissance: le sort de la sorcière

    An interdisciplinary exploration of witches and witchcraft in Renaissance France based on close analysis of primary texts-confessions from trials, iconography, literary texts, and witchcraft theory. Topics include the trial of Joan of Arc, the science of demons, skepticism, and the nature of belief. Readings in Montaigne, Mauss, among others. Enrollment limited to 20.
    FREN 1410I S01
    Primary Instructor
    Krause
  • Images d’une guerre sans nom: the Algerian War in Literature and Film

    Not officially acknowledged as a war by France until recently, the Algerian War of independence remains, more than a half-century later, a contested battleground in the French national consciousness. Focusing on depictions of the Algerian War in literature and film we will investigate the many taboos that still endure, most notably around the question of violence and torture, and attempt to reassess the relative “invisibility” of this conflict. Readings will include films by Gillo Pontecorvo, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda, and works by Frantz Fanon, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Benjamin Stora, Claire Etcherelli, Assia Djebar, and Leïla Sebbar.
    FREN 1410R S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mostefai
  • Advanced Oral and Written French: Traduction

    An introduction to the theory and practice of translation, this course will be designed to expand students' range and appreciation of written styles and registers and will be based on translation exercises and texts reflecting different types of written and oral communication.Texts will range from literary texts (excerpts from novels, plays, comic books...) to journalistic texts (articles from newspapers...). Class activities will also include comparative studies of translated texts, as well as grammar review and vocabulary work. Course taught in French. Written translations to and from French. Prerequisite: FREN 0600 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 18. Instructor permission required.
    FREN 1510A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
  • Advanced Written and Oral French: Voyage et Voyageurs

    Follows FREN 0600 in the sequence of language courses. Development of oral and written skills via presentation, debate, conversation and discussion on a variety of topics. Through novels, articles, movies and discussions, this course will analyze types of travels and travelers, the nomad explorer, the navigator, the student, the tourist, the missionary, the immigrant, etc. Taught in French. Enrollment limited to 18.
    FREN 1510I S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
  • l’humain - l’inhumain

    A broad exploration of French civilization through literature, film, and theory. Close analysis of changing notions of the human and its others (the non-human or the inhuman) from the Middle Ages through the present. Topics to be covered include humanism, human rights, and the notion of crimes against humanity. Taught in French.
    FREN 1900J S01
    Primary Instructor
    Krause
  • Individual Independent Study

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Instructor permission required.
    FREN 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Ahearn
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Bensmaia
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Krause
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Ravindranathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Saint-Amand
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Schultz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Seifert
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S10
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Senior Thesis

    Independent study in an area of special interest to the student, with close guidance of a member of the staff, and leading to a major paper. Required of candidates for honors, and recommended for all senior concentrators. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    FREN 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wills
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S02
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Izzo
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Krause
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Ravindranathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Saint-Amand
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Schultz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Seifert
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S11
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Queering the Grand Siècle

    This seminar will approach canonical and non-canonical 17th-century literature through the lens of queer theory. Using strategies of queer critique while being attentive to literary/historical context, we will explore a selection of poetic, prose, and theatrical texts from perspectives that trouble the heteronormative and patriarchal norms of knowledge and power. Particular focus on the reception of the "Grand Siècle" in contemporary French cultural identity and poststructuralist thought. Theoretical readings by Butler, Edelman, Freccero, Foucault, Halberstam, Sedgwick; literary texts by François de Sales, Théophile de Viau, Benserade, Cyrano de Bergerac, Madeleine de Scudéry, Corneille, Molière, Racine, Bussy-Rabutin, Lafayette, d’Aulnoy, Choisy, among others.
    FREN 2130G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Seifert
  • Theories of Decolonization

    This seminar studies theories of postcolonial politics as these emerged from philosophies and experiences of decolonization. We will consider how contemporary thinking about politics, democracy, and modernity in Africa maintains a critical dialogue with foundational theoretical work on decolonization. Approach will be interdisciplinary, and will include major works of philosophy, anthropology, literary theory, and fiction, from both the Francophone and Anglophone traditions. We will also examine how major early theorists of decolonization and postcolonialism enjoy provocative purchase on postmillennial critical thought within and about the Global South. Readings by Fanon, Mbembe, Jean and John Comaroff, and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. In English.
    FREN 2630A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Izzo
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have completed their course work and are preparing for a preliminary examination.
    FREN 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Reading and Research

    Work with individual students in connection with special readings, problems of research, or preparation of theses. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    FREN 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bensmaia
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Ahearn
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Izzo
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Wills
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Krause
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Ravindranathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Saint-Amand
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Schultz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Seifert
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S11
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S13
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S14
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    FREN 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep