French

 
COURSE OFFERINGS
 
125fs    French I     First in a sequence that develops communication skills in a careful progression over three semesters. In addition to working on the four traditional skills of language acquisition--speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing--students will be introduced to the cultural contexts of the francophone world. Use of audio and videotaped material is an integral and required part of classwork. Students are placed in the appropriate level by their score on the College Board French SAT Subject test, a placement test during fall orientation, or through consultation with a member of the faculty in French. Four credit hours.    GREENSPAN, NIANG, PALIYENKO

126fs    French II     Second in a sequence that develops communication skills in a careful progression over three semesters. In addition to working on the four traditional skills of language acquisition--speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing--students will be introduced to the cultural contexts of the francophone world. Use of audio and videotaped material is an integral and required part of classwork. Students are placed in the appropriate level by their score on the College Board French SAT Subject test, a placement test during fall orientation, or through consultation with a member of the faculty in French. Four credit hours.    BRUNETAUX, DIONNE, NIANG

127fs    French III     Third in a sequence that develops communication skills in a careful progression over three semesters. In addition to working on the four traditional skills of language acquisition--speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing--students will be introduced to the cultural contexts of the francophone world. Use of audio and videotaped material may be an integral and required part of the classwork. Students are placed in the appropriate level by their score on the College Board French SAT Subject test, a placement test during fall orientation, or through consultation with a member of the faculty in French. Four credit hours.    GREENSPAN, MAUGUIERE, NIANG

[127J]    French III (Dijon)     Intensive practice in French through a month's stay in beautiful Dijon, France. Students will live with French families and take classes in an 18th-century hôtel particulier in the center of the city. Students will study the history and culture of Burgundy, with frequent visits to museums and other points of interest in the city. Cost in 2009: $2,700. Prerequisite: French 126 or a score of 51 or higher on the fall French placement test. Instructor will contact students for interviews, if necessary. Three credit hours.    

128fs    French IV: Reading in Cultural Contexts    Builds reading skills and broadens cultural background through a wide variety of readings in French. Emphasis is on the texts and contexts of culture, whether in France, Quebec, or other francophone areas such as Africa and the Caribbean. Continuing work in improving oral and written skills. Prerequisite: French 127. Four credit hours.  L.    DIONNE, PALIYENKO

131s    Conversation and Composition    Designed specifically for students wishing to develop oral skills and acquire an extensive modern vocabulary, with additional practice in writing short, weekly compositions. Prerequisite: A score of 60 on the College Board French SAT Subject Test or its equivalent on the placement test, or French 128. Four credit hours.    BRUNETAUX

223s    French Theater Workshop    Designed to develop oral skills and in-depth knowledge of a French play which will be interpreted and performed as a final project. In addition to working on traditional language skills--speaking, comprehension, and reading--students will be introduced to French theater. Weekly sessions include drama performance, pronunciation, and oral practice. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: French 128 or French 131. Two credit hours.    BRUNETAUX

231fs    Advanced Grammar and Composition    Required of majors and open to others wishing to improve their written expression in French. Intensive grammar review and frequent practice in writing French. Prerequisite: French 128 or 131. Four credit hours.    GREENSPAN, PALIYENKO

232f    Cultural History of France     Examination of the major events and movements in the cultural history of France from the medieval period to World War II, with emphasis on written documents such as laws, manifestos, letters, and decrees and on such visual documents as maps, monuments, paintings, symbols, film, and photography. Required for French studies majors and recommended for international studies students. Prerequisite: French 128. Four credit hours.  H.    DIONNE

233s    Contemporary France     Emphasis on the institutions, events, and culture that shape France today, including politics, education, health care, and the justice system and the relationship of each with the lives of French men and women. Daily reference to the news (on television and in print) will permit the study in depth of important events as they unfold. Prerequisite: French 128. Four credit hours.    BRUNETAUX

234fs    Intensive Spoken French    Exclusively for French majors or students preparing for study in a French-speaking country. Weekly practice in oral French conducted by the French assistant under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated once for credit. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Acceptance in a study-abroad program in a French-speaking country. One credit hour.    SAUDRAIS

238f    Introduction to the Francophone World    Emphasizes French-speaking cultures and literatures of the Americas. The colonial and postcolonial French cultural legacy as it spread across North America among ethno-cultural groups in Quebec, Acadia, Maine, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Missouri, Dakota, and Louisiana. The cultural connection between Louisiana and Haïti and the production of contemporary Francophone migrant literature is also examined. Focus on issues of cultural encounter, the concept of emerging literature, oral culture, linguistic identity and cultural survival, nationalism, history and mythology, race, gender, and diasporic cultural development. Prerequisite: French 128. Four credit hours.  I.    MAUGUIERE

[239]    Paris: The Contemporary Novel and Ideas of Frenchness    In the 20th and 21st centuries, immigration plays an important role in the elaboration of French identity. Novelists who are themselves immigrants or children of immigrants have varied and often divergent engagements with the idea of Frenchness and the role of cultural differences. We will consider what their and our own interrogation of cultural identities might tell us about Frenchness, integration, and alterity in contemporary French society. Estimated cost: $2,800. Prerequisite: French 127 or equivalent. Three credit hours.  I.    

252s    Provocative Texts: Engaging the World    Centering on major themes in culture, an analysis of the ways in which different kinds of texts endeavor to set into play important issues and conflicting values. Significant writing and analysis of the means by which written and visual texts--including short stories and novels, theater, poetry, essays, and film--"speak." Prerequisite: French 128. Four credit hours.  L, I.    PALIYENKO

[332]    Voices of Dissent in Early Modern France     Introduces historical figures who have spoken out against religious norms or accepted morals and behaviors in their society. From the Middle Ages to the French Revolution, includes Marguerite Porete and the Free Spirit movement; Christine de Pizan, the first feminist; and later works that adopted a skeptical attitude in reaction to authority, tradition, or any dogmatism that restricts logical reasoning (e.g. Montaigne's Scepticism, La Bruyère's Les caractères, Chaderlos Laclos's Les Liaisons dangereuses). These works will be studied in the context of the libertinage, a liberté de pensée, which incorporated independent thinking, a disregard for fanaticism, and systematic thinking. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours.  L.    

[354]    Parisian Encounters: Great Loves, Grand Passions     An examination of the legacies of famous couples in 19th-century French history, privileging male genius in a fashion that reveals the sexual and racial selection of genius and exposes the weight of prejudice against creative women in French cultural history. We shall consider the impact of "great" couples during the long 19th century (1789-1914) and in our day, mapping and interrogating their legacies across a broad sweep of (colonial) history, the arts, letters, and science. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours.  H, I.    

358s    Passionate Discontent: The 19th-Century Epidemic     Troubled by epidemic revolution and social instability, the 19th century in France generated a culture of malaise and a fascinating exchange of ideas among medicine, art, and literature. Our study of celebrated figures of disease--the anxious René, deluded Emma Bovary, and degenerate Thérèse Raquin among them--reveals how passionate discontent, which was traditionally associated with the genius of male Romantics, became a "female" malady and in turn a sign of racial degeneration. Topics include the gendering of diseases (such as neurasthenia and hysteria), class differences, and the "disease" of race. Non-French majors may write papers and examinations in English. Four credit hours.  L.    PALIYENKO

361f    Francophone Cultures and Literatures of the Indian Ocean     Explores the diversity of Indian Ocean island cultures and literatures through selected writings in French from Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion, Seychelles and Comoros. Focuses on issues concerning cultural hybridity, "métissage," "coolitude," insularity, and the role of place, history, myth, and gender in the development of colonial and postcolonial identities and subjectivities. Readings include Ananda Devi, Natacha Appanah, Michèle Rakotoson, Jacques Rabemananjara, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo, Malcom de Chazal, Axel Gauvin, and Monique Agénor among others. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours.  I.    MAUGUIERE

370s    Gender, Body, Space: Postcolonial Space in Francophone Africa     The transition from the colonial to the postcolonial in Francophone Africa changed how post-independence writers and filmmakers engage with space. These writers and filmmakers treat family and collective anthropological spaces in conjunction with the body and/or self. Through analysis of novels, short stories, essays and films from the 20th and 21st centuries, along with postcolonial concepts of hybridity, resistance, and the subaltern, we examine the politics and praxis of the body in space as it relates to gender, age, identity, ritualized performance, and belief systems. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours.  I.    NIANG

[372]    France and Africa     A comparison of the ways Africa is portrayed by French and African writers, artists, and filmmakers. Focusing on contemporary literature, but including discussions on film, video, and photography, explores how French artists and writers represent Africa in their works, and how Africans, in response, represent themselves. Given the history of colonization and cultural dominance in sub-Sahara, how do native intellectuals articulate an African identity? Topics include otherness, exoticism, colonization, violence, identity, decolonization, and post-independence struggle. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours.  L, I.    

[374]    Rewriting Contemporary France in French Literature and Cinema     Explores the ways in which literary texts and films endeavor to criticize and reevaluate contemporary French society. How do Romain Gary, Annie Ernaux, Sarah Kofman, Rachid Djaïdani, Matthieu Kassovitz, Louis Malle, and many others challenge the idealistic image of France? A variety of materials--critical essays, documentaries, songs, films, and literary texts--provide the framework to understand such topics as immigration, racism, anti-Semitism and World War II, the place of women in society, the growing pains of childhood and adolescence, and the bourgeoisie. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours.  L, I.    

376f    Shadows of the Past: Remembering Vichy France and the Holocaust     The Holocaust and the Nazi occupation left an indelible mark on the French national psyche. How do the French remember the "Dark Years" (1940-44)? How do Holocaust survivors portray their personal anguish as they reconstruct the horror they experienced? How should one re-present the Holocaust without undermining its horror? We explore how writers, filmmakers, and artists represent the Holocaust and the Nazi occupation. Focus on documentary and narrative sources, including historical documents, Holocaust memoirs, films, novels, poems, and oral testimonies, and trauma theory. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours.  L, I.    BRUNETAUX

398As    Contemporary French Cinema     The last 25 years of French-language filmmaking have given us a new "New Wave" of French and Belgian filmmakers, many of them women, and occasional reincarnations of some of the former "young Turks," now considered legendary figures. Their works are incredibly varied: cinema intimiste, cinema cruellement franc; portraits of post-World War II immigrant life and of the contemporary struggles of le Francais moyen, la classe ouvriere, and the children of the ghettos. Films in French with English subtitles. Non-majors may write papers in English. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours.    GREENSPAN

483f, 484js    Senior Honors Thesis     The senior honors thesis counts as one of the 10 courses required for the major. The thesis, written in French, is to be a substantial study of a carefully defined topic, supported by critical sources. Prerequisite: A 3.5 or higher major average at the end of the junior year and permission of the department. Three credit hours.    FACULTY

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Individual projects in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Two to four credit hours.    FACULTY

493f    Excess, Violence, and the Birth of Human Rights     There is a fascinating human tendency toward excess, to transgress the limits of any system--economic, social, psychological, sexual, or religious. What, if any, is the measure of excess? What are the seven deadly sins if not crimes of excess? Can attempts to curb excess ironically cause excess? Is excess necessarily bad? Can it ever be good? Through literature, culture, and the visual arts, we shall examine excess in devotion and passion, form and rhetoric, and also in acts of violence and cruelty, to understand what prompted the birth of human rights. Prerequisite: French 231 Four credit hours.    DIONNE