[FR120] – Paris in French Cinema
FR125A/Bf – 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 France and the Francophone world. Use of audio and videotaped material is an integral and required part of class work. 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.
f – Professor Brunetaux- MTWR / 9-9:50 & 10-10:50
s – TBD
FR126A/B/C – French II
Strengthens and expands the skills introduced and practiced in French 125 by offering a learning environment conducive to the practice and development of writing, reading, listening, and oral performance. Because language practice is closely tied to cultural understanding, we use authentic texts and contexts that foster linguistic competence while highlighting the diversified cultural contribution of the French and Francophone world. Four credit hours.
f – Professors Niang and Mauguière – MTWR / 9-9:50, 10-10:50, & 11-11:50
s – Professor Dionne and TBD – MTWR / 9-9:50,10-10:50, & 11-11:50
FR127A/B – French III
f – TBD- MTWR / 9-9:50 & 10-10:50
s – TBD – MTWR / 9-9:50 & 10-10:50
FR127j – French III (Paris)
FR128 – French IV: Reading in Cultural Contexts
f – TBD – M-W-F / 1-1:50
s – Professor Mauguière – M-W-F / 1-1:50
FR131- Conversation and Composition
f – Professor Brunetaux- T-R / 1-2:15
s – Professor Niang – M-W-F / 11-11:50
[FR223] – French Theater Workshop
This course is designed for students wishing to develop their French language skills in a less traditional environment. Through close study of French plays, students acquire an in-depth knowledge of contemporary French theater. As their final project, students have the unique opportunity to select, direct and perform a French play. This workshop engages students in collaborative and experiential learning. Emphasis on analysis, drama performance, French oral practice, and creativity. No prior acting experience required. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: French 128 or French 131. Four credit hours.
FR231 – Advanced Grammar and Composition
f – TBD – M-W-F / 9-9:50
s – TBD – M-W-F / 9-9:50
FR232f – French Cultural History: The Rise and Fall of Versailles
FR233f – France in Transition: Current Issues and Debates
FR234 – Intensive Spoken French
[FR236] – Introduction to the Francophone World: The Americas
FR237s – Francophone African Cinema
[FR238] – Introduction to the Francophone World: Africa
What does the term “Francophone” mean? Is it free from polemics? What is its history? Introduction to Africa from the 19th to the 21st century surveys many of the multifaceted cultural identities and histories of the former French-speaking colonies on the continent. Topics include colonialism, politics, gender, language, the fight for independence, modernity and tradition, and the major literary trends in Francophone Africa. Course materials will include film, music, folktales, maps, newspaper articles, literary works, and excerpts from scholarly texts. Prerequisite: French 128, 131, or 240D. Four credit hours. [Fulfills Francophone]
[FR239] – Paris: Literary and Historical Topographies
[FR240] – Surrealism (See AR238)
[FR243] – French Pronunciation Through Phonetics
How do you know how to pronounce a word in French, without someone pronouncing it for you first? How can you truly decide if some letters should be pronounced or not? One of the main objectives of the French studies major is mastery of near-native pronunciation and the ability to continue to learn to speak French autonomously, as you come in contact with French speakers. Through an exploration of French and Francophone music, this course will give you the theoretical foundations to understand the logic behind the French pronunciation system, practice in the form of pronunciation labs, and a hands-on speaking project. Prerequisite: French 128, 131, or 240D.
[FR245] – Intermediate French Translation
This hands-on, project-based, and reflective course is intended to provide intermediate students of French with translation method and practice for a variety of English to French (thème) and French to English (version) texts. Students will discover and learn to use various styles of translation, interpretation and adaptation techniques pertaining to literary translation, film dubbing and subtitling, translation for business, and technical translation. They will develop an awareness of the issues arising in passing from one language to the other accurately and idiomatically, as well as strategies for overcoming these issues, including the exploration of computer-mediated translation techniques. Prerequisite: French 231.
[FR246] – Business French
FR252s – Provocative Texts: A Critical Toolbox
[FR297] – Indigenous Resistance to Petrocapitalism (in English)
[FR323] – Holocaust in French Cinema
[FR332] – Voices of Dissent in Early Modern France or the Quest for Freedom
[FR345] – Advanced French Translation
[FR351] – Minority Issues and Social Change in the Americas
[FR354] – Parisian Encounters: Great Loves, Grand Passions
[FR355] – The Other French Empire, Then and Now
[FR356] – Public and Private Life in 19th-Century France
[FR357] – Illuminating Turns to Science in 19th-Century France
[FR358] – Passionate Discontent: The 19th-Century Epidemic
FR361s – Creolization, Culture, and Society in the Indian Ocean Islands
Explores issues of race, gender, identity, diversity, cultural contact, and conflict in Indian Ocean island cultures and literature written in French through selected writings from Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion, the Seychelles, and the Comoros. We will examine the complex social, cultural and historical context of the region with an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include slavery, “marronage”, cultural hybridity, “métissage,” “coolitude,” and the development of colonial and postcolonial identities and subjectivities. Students will develop their presentation and writing skills through the production of critical essays and research projects. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours. [Fulfills Francophone]
s – Professor Mauguière – M-W / 2:30-3:45
[FR370] – Corps, Espace et Genre: Postcolonial Space in Francophone Africa
[FR371/FR493] – L’écriture de soi
This course explores concepts of memory and self-fashioning in autobiographical writing, and questions the (im)possibilities of writing the self. Through theoretical readings, students will acquire a better understanding of the processes by which memoirs, autobiographies and oral/written testimonies are produced. Particular attention will be paid to narratives that deal with traumatic personal and historical events. Discussions and debates will be informed by theoretical readings and supplementary material through which students will develop their critical and analytical skills. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours. L. [Fulfills Critical Tools/Methods]
[FR373] – Writing of Place: Migration, Nationalism, and Memory
FR375f – Narratives of Identities in Francophone African Literature
[FR376] – Shadows of the Past: Remembering Vichy France and the Holocaust
FR377f – Staging the Revolution: The Theater of Revolt
[FR378] – French Revolution and Human Rights
FR379s – Race and Gender in Contemporary French Cinema and New Media
[FR381] – Picasso’s Suite Vollard and Its Contexts (see Art 471)
[FR392] – French Intellectuals and the Struggle for Social Change
[FR397] – Queering the Maghreb in Francophone Cinema
[FR398A] – Love, Sex, Metamorphosis
[FR398B] – World War II in Film and Fiction
[FR483, 484] – Senior Honors Thesis
[FR491, 492] – Independent Study
[FR493] – Senior Seminar
[FR493A] – Seminar: Post-World War II France
FR493B – Seminar: Narrative of Identities in Francophone African Literature
[FR493C] – Seminar: Minority Issues and Social Change in the Americas
[FR493D] – Seminar: Parisian Encounters: Great Loves, Grand Passions
Civil unrest and war along with rapid change that accompanied the industrial revolution spread malaise throughout the French population, giving rise to the study of the human mind and its discontents. Figures of mental suffering reveal how passionate discontent, traditionally associated with the genius of male Romantics, became a “female” malady and then a sign of racial degeneration. Through the study of representative texts, drawn from medicine, art, and literature, students engage in comparative cultural analysis of the development of psychology. Interdisciplinary approach also taken to independent research conducted in the archives. Development of analytical writing and oral presentation skills emphasized. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a French studies major.
FR493Es – Seminar: Creolization, Culture, and Society in the Indian Ocean Islands
[FR493F] – Seminar: Corps, Espace et Genre: Postcolonial Space in Francophone Africa
The transition from the colonial to the postcolonial in Francophone Africa changed the way in which 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: Senior standing as a French studies major.
[FR493G] – Seminar: Francophone Ecocriticism and Postcolonial Theory in Dialogue
While catastrophic climate conditions in the Western world have been the object of much media coverage, the devastating toll that global warming has had on the rest of the world receives much less critical attention. This course engages with contemporary literature by Francophone activists whose communities are directly affected by rising sea levels, unfettered oil drilling practices, and extreme weather conditions that have created the first climate refugees. Students will learn key concepts of ecocritical and postcolonial theory, the Western nature-writing canon, and postcolonial environmentalist literature. They will analyze representations of apocalyptic narratives in popular movies and bestsellers. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a French studies major.
[FR493H] – Seminar: French Revolution and Human Rights
[FR493] – Seminar: Voices of Dissent in Early Modern France or in the Quest for Freedom
An introduction to free-thinkers and libertines, and an exploration of the concept of freedom. We shall consider great thinkers and provocative writers like Montaigne, Molière, Diderot, and Sade, who challenged religious and social norms in search of a more just society. Through close reading of texts, and discussion of the their historical and cultural context, from the wars of religion to the French revolution, we will study how the writers dissimulate their controversial opinions, while advocating liberté de pensée in the face of fanaticism and dogmatic thinking. This course will conclude with Laclos’ great book Dangerous Liaisons. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a French Studies major. Four credit hours.
f – Professor Dionne – T-R / 2:30-3:45
[FR493J] – Seminar: Queering the Maghreb in Francophone Cinema
Explores complex ideas about questions of gender, sexuality and the queer in the context of Francophone Maghrebian cinema. Analysis of contemporary films from three Francophone North African countries–Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia–with a focus on how the French language allows more sexual fluidity in social and political environments where the development of individual identity may be perceived as an anomaly. Students engage critically and actively with various genres and aesthetics of film, gaining tools to conduct scholarly and creative projects. Strong French listening and writing skills preferred. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a French studies major. Four credit hours.
f – Professor Ayoub – M-W / 2:30-3:45
[FR493K] – Seminar: Illuminating Turns to Science in 19th-Century France
Examines how painters, poets and thinkers across the disciplines shed light on the “triumph” of science and its biases in 19th-century France. A chronological study of primary sources, both print and visual, tracks advances in anatomy, physiology, embryology, and psychology during the first half of the century, followed by the impact of experimental medicine, evolution and social Darwinism in the 1860s and beyond. Via this transdisciplinary course exposing the blind spot as well as the limits of human knowledge, students engage critically with new historicism and gain advanced skills in archival research, analytical writing, and creative oral presentations. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a French major. Four credit hours.
[FR493L] – Seminar: Race and Gender in Contemporary French Cinema and New Media
Explores how recent French films, TV series and podcasts have grappled with France’s problematic discourses on race and gender. Emphasis will be placed on theories, film/video narratives, and audio material that will help us think through gender, race, intersectionality, and class formations in the French context. This highly interactive seminar will enable students to engage critically and actively with various film aesthetics and genres, while giving them the tools to conduct innovative research and creative projects. Strong French listening and writing skills preferred. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a French major. Four credit hours.
FR493M – Seminar: Staging Justice: The Theater of Revolt
French and Francophone theater have a lengthy fascination with revolution–against injustice, despotism, sexism, slavery, and religious and social constraints. We will read, analyze, and discuss plays by Molière, Anouilh, de Gouges, Camus, and Glissant, among others. These dramas, written before, during, and after the French Revolution, will allow us to explore the motivation for rebellion and revolution. As the point of departure for a broader analysis of the revolutionary impulse, we will discuss The Rebel by Camus. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a French studies major.
f – Professor Dionne – T-R / 2:30-3:45