Courses for Fall 2014

  • Basic French

    This is the first half of a two-semester course. Four meetings a week for oral practice. One hour of work outside of class is expected every day (grammar/writing, oral practice, reading). Enrollment limited to 18.
    FREN 0100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0100 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0100 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0100 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0100 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
  • Intermediate French I

    A semi-intensive elementary review with emphasis on all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Class activities include drills, small group activities, and skits. Class materials include an audio CD, videos, a French film, short stories, and various other authentic documents. Prerequisite: FREN 0200 or placement (Previous experience with French is required to take this class). Four meetings per week plus a 50-minute conversation section with TAs. Instructor permission required.
    FREN 0300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
    FREN 0300 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
    FREN 0300 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
  • 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.
  • 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
    FREN 0500 S04
    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
    FREN 0600 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
    FREN 0600 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
  • From Courtly Love to Postmodern Desire

    From twelth-century courtly literature fo contemporary film, this course explores the enduring romance between French culture and Eros. The ambiguities of desire are brought to the fore across changing religious and social contexts. Readings include Duras, Flaubert, Freud, and Baudrillard. Open to students who receive a 5 (AP test), 700 and above (SAT II) or with instructor's permission. Open to first year students only. Please email Virginia_Krause@brown.edu if you have questions. FYS
    FREN 0720A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Krause
  • L’animal dans la culture contemporaine

    From reports of animals stranded in conflict zones and natural calamities, to cute or clever animals cast in advertisements and popular media, from the rat of Ratatouille to the orca of De rouille et d’os, the new interest in the animal marks an age of heightened awareness of the costs, ironies, or at least increasing solitude of the human story. We will consider significant representations of the animal in contemporary French and Francophone literature, film, visual art, cultural theory and media representations. We will revisit earlier moments linking the animal to modernity, including early film/photography and urban history. Taught in French. WRIT
    FREN 0750G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ravindranathan
  • Littérature et culture: Chevaliers, sorcières philosophes, et poètes

    From the Middle Ages to the Age of Versailles, this course examines 6 foundational moments in French civilization: the Crusades, courtly love, humanism, the witch hunts, Cartesian reason, and the emergence of the autonomous self. Close scrutiny of literary texts and films will provide a window onto French civilization before the Revolution. Readings include medieval epic, Montaigne, and Descartes. In French.
    FREN 1000B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Krause
  • Modernismes poétiques

    Poetry begins with (more) white space on the page. The modernist remaking of poetry - beginning somewhere in the second half of the 19th century and lasting more or less through the first half of the 20th – brought about an exponential increase in the volume of that space, and in various other extensions of it (e.g. into design and drawing, into the unconscious). The course will follow those transformations by reading poems and other writings by selected poets from Rimbaud and Mallarmé to the surrealists and Ponge. Taught in French.
    FREN 1030C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wills
  • French Women Writers

    This class analyzes the relationship between gender and literary genre through the study of texts authored by women from the 19th through the 21st century. We will read novels and poetry by George Sand, Desbordes-Valmore, Colette, Beauvoir, Marguerite Duras, Monique Wittig, Annie Ernaux, among others. Screenings of work by women filmmakers will complement readings. Course taught in English. WRIT.
    FREN 1330C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schultz
  • La faveur et l’infamie: Being Marie Antoinette

    This course will examine the life of the last queen of France, Marie Antoinette, through a variety of materials: memoirs, pamphlets, and films. We will follow her from her arrival at Versailles to the fires of the Revolution, her trial and her demise. We will read some of the critical literature that has dealt with her legacy in the historiography (Hunt, Thomas, Weber), the fiction (Ch. Thomas) and art history (Mary Sheriff). Taught in French.
    FREN 1410L S01
    Primary Instructor
    Saint-Amand
  • Paris et la province : je t'aime, un peu, beaucoup...

    This course examines the relationship between Paris and the provinces of France (including Overseas Departments and Territories) from a variety of perspectives and approaches: Geography, History, Politics, Economy, Education, Languages, Arts... Readings include Pinçon + Pinçon-charlot, Duby & Mandrou, Weber, Bruno, Fanon, Favereau, and Queffélec. Films and documentaries will be shown. Taught in French.
    FREN 1410P S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
  • War Machines: Violence and Social Forms in West Africa

    From civil war in Ivory Coast to terrorism in Mali, war and violence in Francophone Africa both provoke and respond to debates about France’s colonial legacy and continued presence on the continent. Yet these phenomena have much to tell us about emerging social relations, new forms of politics, and how ordinary Africans view the future—their own, that of their countries, and of the continent as a whole. This course studies these and related questions in a variety of media, including anthropological texts, written testimonies, novels, documentary films, philosophy, and investigative journalism. Anglophone Africa will also be considered. Taught in English.
    FREN 1710E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Izzo
  • 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
    Ahearn
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Bensmaia
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S04
    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
    FREN 1990 S13
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S14
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1990 S15
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Qu'est-ce que les Lumières?

    A critical examination of the authors of the French Enlightenment from the point of view of the capital ideas that will forge the century: notions of universalism and otherness, notions of politics (such as reason and violence), notions of gender and race. Examines the critical reception of the Enlightenment by contemporary theorists and historians, principally Foucault, Hunt and Darnton. Readings in Graffigny, Boyer d’Argens, Diderot, Rousseau, and Sade.
    FREN 2150D S01
    Primary Instructor
    Saint-Amand
  • Le parti pris des animaux

    A certain French body of thought – whose two structuring coordinates are no doubt Deleuze and Guattari’s Mille plateaux and Derrida’s L’animal que donc je suis – has framed contemporary discussions of the animal and animality in literature and critical theory. In this course we will read what constitutes the French “canon” of this still emerging field of study, examining its lines of argument and tension and its most productive sites of reading. Authors include Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze and Guattari, Derrida, Kofman, Lestel, Baratay, Bellour, Despret, Novarina, and Bailly – from whose latest title (via Ponge) this course borrows its own.
    FREN 2190A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ravindranathan
  • Peines (techniques) de (la) mort

    How is the question of the death penalty (to be) posed: in literature other than by means of affect, and in philosophy other than by means of morality? What if there were a “prior” question deriving from the fact that what the death penalty interrupts, and technologizes, is the naturality of the time of life and death? We will trace responses in texts from Villon to Camus, Hugo to Badinter, Kant to Derrida.
    FREN 2620I S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wills
  • 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