Courses for Fall 2017

  • 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
    Wiart
    FREN 0100 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
    FREN 0100 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
    FREN 0100 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
    FREN 0100 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
  • 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 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.
    FREN 0300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
    FREN 0300 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
    FREN 0300 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
  • 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
    Seifert
    FREN 0400 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Seifert
  • 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, a graphic novel, films and a longer novel. 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
  • De l'Amour courtois au désir postmoderne

    From twelth-century courtly literature to 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. First Year Seminar, open to first year students only. Please email Virginia_Krause@brown.edu if you have questions. Taught in French. FYS WRIT
    FREN 0720A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Krause
  • Histoire de la langue française: usages, politiques et enjeux du français

    A study of the evolution of the French language from the Middle Ages to the present. We will trace the main periods of this linguistic, social, historical and political development. Among topics to be explored: France’s encounter with English from the Norman conquest to the current so-called English “invasion,” the French Revolution’s destruction of dialects (patois), and the status of French in France’s former colonial empire. Through a variety of French and francophone texts we will investigate the transformations brought about by Feminists and by youth from the banlieues and examine the status of French outside of France. In French. Prerequisite: a course at the 600- or 700-level or equivalent proficiency. Contact the instructor to verify your proficiency if you have not taken French at Brown.
    FREN 1020A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mostefai
  • Genre, sexualité, et le roman du XIXe siècle

    Examines novelistic constructions of gender and sexuality in relation to 19th-century French culture and literary movements, including romanticism, realism and naturalism, decadence, and the popular novel. Topics include constructions of homosexuality in literature and non-fiction, fatal femininity, besieged masculinity, sexuality and race, prostitution, bored housewives. Works by Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant, Rachilde, accompanied by non-fictional sources in early sexology and criminology. Prerequisite: a course at the 0600- or 0700-level or equivalent proficiency. Contact the instructor to verify your proficiency if you have not taken French at Brown. WRIT
    FREN 1060E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schultz
  • 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. Prerequisite: a course at the 0600- or 0700-level or equivalent proficiency. Contact the instructor to verify your proficiency if you have not taken French at Brown.
    FREN 1130G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wills
  • New Waves from Paris to Hollywood

    “New wave” was coined by a journalist to refer to an “outburst” of filmmaking in France beginning in 1959. Never a movement, and short-lived in terms of whatever aesthetic uniformity it may have had, its effects spread across various European cinemas and became the emblem for a series of American filmmakers well into the 1970s. We will analyze work by a range of French and other cinéastes, in an attempt to understand what perhaps appears--from the current perspective--as one of the last gasps of “high cultural” production against the reality of corporate necessity and new forms of media. Taught in English.
    FREN 1150G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wills
  • 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.
  • L'expérience des réfugiés/immigrés

    An exploration of the experience of refugees and immigrants with two components. The first component consists of close study of the French context from Decolonization up through the current refugee crisis based on literature, film, the press, and critical essays. The second component of this course will give students the opportunity to work with refugee/recent immigrant communities in Providence. This is a community-engaged course requiring substantial commitment beyond the classroom. Taught in French. Prerequisite: a course at the 0600- or 0700-level or equivalent proficiency. Contact the instructor to verify your proficiency if you have not taken French at Brown. WRIT
    FREN 1410T S01
    Primary Instructor
    Krause
  • 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. WRIT
    FREN 1510A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ravillon
  • 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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 1970 S03
    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
    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
    Primary Instructor
    Mostefai
    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
    Primary Instructor
    Mostefai
    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
    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
  • Au-delà de l’Europe: La France et le monde au XVIIe siècle

    In the 17th century, contact with the Middle East, India, the Far East, North and South America, and the Caribbean profoundly changed the ways the French understood themselves and their place in the world. We will study 17th-century depictions of the non-Western world in travel narratives, early ethnographic writing, drama, and fiction, including representations of religious difference, race, slavery, gender, and Orientalism. Readings: Bernier, Champlain, Choisy, Le Code noir, Galland, Marie de l’Incarnation, Les Mille et une nuits, Molière, Montaigne, Racine, the Relations des Jésuites de la Nouvelle-France, Scudéry, Tavernier. Theoretical readings by Anderson, Chakrabarty, Glissant, Said, i.a. In French.
    FREN 2130H S01
    Primary Instructor
    Seifert
  • L'Art de l'excès

    This seminar considers the late 19th-century idea of decadence, understood as extravagant reaction to perceived social dissipation and political decline. We will focus on the esthetics, politics, and practices of excess in fin-de-siècle fiction. Topics include: decadent estheticism, proto-fascism, altered states, and non-normative sexualities. Authors include Eekhoud, Lorrain, Huysmans, Péladan, Rachilde, Lemonnier, Vivien. Fictional texts will be accompanied by contemporary non-fictional sources (Nordau, Bourget, Kraft-Ebbing, Lombroso). Taught in French.
    FREN 2170M S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schultz
  • Politique et fiction en Afrique

    This seminar investigates the political aesthetics of fiction in Francophone Africa with a special focus on our post-millennial period. We will examine new and established writers, filmmakers, and theorists as they rework conventions of postcolonial satirical and protest fiction and address contemporary problems of globalization, corruption, and social violence. How does current Francophone African fiction speak to contemporary political theory, and in what ways does this fiction address and constitute a politics of genre? And how does African fiction use politics to mediate its complicated relationship to theories of world literature? Taught in French.
    FREN 2600K 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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    FREN 2980 S02
    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
    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
    Primary Instructor
    Mostefai
    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