Courses for Spring 2016

  • 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
    Wiart
    FREN 0200 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
    FREN 0200 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
    FREN 0200 S06
    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
    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, 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 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0500 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
  • 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
    Kervennic
    FREN 0600 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0600 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
    FREN 0600 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
  • The French Novel Today

    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. Taught in English. FYS WRIT
    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. Taught in French.
    FREN 0760A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schultz
  • 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
  • Pouvoirs de la scène: le théâtre du XVIIe siècle

    This course examines how 17th-century theater both reinforces and undermines the ideologies of absolutism, national identity, the nuclear family, and emerging bourgeois consciousness, among others. Special consideration will be given to the theory and performance of theater in the 17th century and the present. Readings will be supplemented with screenings of videos for the plays studied (as available). In addition to papers and oral presentations, students will stage selections from some of the plays studied. Plays by Rotrou, Corneille, Molière, Racine, and an opera by Quinault/Lully. Taught in French.
    FREN 1040B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Seifert
  • Un semestre avec Proust: introduction à la recherche

    The intent of this course is to introduce students to the principal themes of Proust's major novel - time and memory, desire and jealousy, class and war. Other questions to be covered: the depiction of sexuality and identity, the satire of society. We will also introduce some of the major critical approaches of the novel. Taught in French.
    FREN 1210E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Saint-Amand
  • Comment peut-on être Français? L'identité française en question

    This course will examine the transformation of cultural identity in contemporary France. What does it mean to be "French" or étranger today? We will investigate this question by reflecting on some of the major changes that have occurred in French society in the past 30 years in the wake of immigration, the emergence of ethnic identity, racism, the construction of Europe, and globalization. We will study contemporary fiction and non-fiction, essays, films, songs, comedy, as well as theoretical texts. Readings will include works by Leïla Sebbar, Chadhort Djavann, Faïza Guène, Julie Kristeva, Tzvetan Todorov, Philippe d'Iribarne, and Eric Fassin. In French.
    FREN 1410F S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mostefai
  • Advanced Oral and Written French: Photographie

    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, photographs and discussions, this course will explore the world of photography from its beginnings until today. Theory and practice; professionals and amateurs; famous people and paparazzi; photo reportage and photo studio; argentic and digital; your own photos, etc. Taught in French. WRIT
    FREN 1510J S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kervennic
  • Advanced Written French: Atelier d'écriture

    An advanced course in (functional or creative) writing. The workshops range from practice in interpersonal communication (letters) to essays and various forms of narration. Recommended to students returning from a study-abroad program, students with a native French background who lack formal training in writing, or post-FREN 1510 students. Exercises for each workshop plus a final writing project. Prerequisite: FREN 1510. Enrollment limited to 15. Instructor permission required. Taught in French. WRIT
    FREN 1610C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wiart
  • Boulevard du crime

    A study of crime and criminality in relation to French culture and literature from the late-middle ages through the 20th-century. Readings in a variety of sources including poetry (from Villon to Verlaine), theater (Racine), the novel (Zola, Genêt, Duras), trials (Gilles de Rais, the prototype of Bluebeard), memoirs (Lacenaire, dubbed the "elegant murderer"), and criminological treatises. Film screenings will complement readings. Taught in French.
    FREN 1900A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schultz
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
  • L'Honneur des poètes

    This course will focus on 20th century narrative attempts to give form to war, as historical and traumatic event and scene of a protagonism/narrativity in crisis. Starting with the paradigmatic battlefields of Stendhal’s La Chartreuse de Parme and Céline’s Voyage au bout de la nuit, we will then consider major post-1945 novels (and films) dealing notably with the second world war and the Vichy years (Perec, Simon, Duras, Resnais, Modiano, Littel, Jenni, Echenoz), along with theoretical writings on war, representation and the military-industrialized present (Baudrillard, Virilio, Chamayou, Scarry, Butler). Taught in French.
    FREN 2190F S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ravindranathan
  • Théories du texte

    Seminar on the developments (and relevance) of the literary theory of semiotics to deconstruction. Taught in French.
    FREN 2600I 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
    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
    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
    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