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 (
) 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.
French is one of the most important languages for trade and business around the world. How does one find a job in a French-speaking country and how does one prepare for it? This project-based, hands-on course will prepare students to be able to enter the French-speaking job market by acquiring the vocabulary specific to the business world. Students will learn how to prepare a linguistically and culturally appropriate professional CV and cover letter in French, build an on-going professional portfolio, take a job interview, and navigate through daily administrative paperwork related to autonomous, professional life. Prerequisite: French 231. Four credit hours.
An investigation of how French cinema has maintained a complex relationship to the Holocaust from 1945 to the present while providing insight into Vichy France and its role in the roundups and deportations of Jews during World War II. We will examine how French film aesthetics mediate the memory of the Holocaust. Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of films (including film form, language, and theory). An innovative humanities lab project with the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine which will engage students in experiential learning outside Colby. Meetings with Holocaust survivors will complement the course. Prerequisite: French 128 or 131. Four credit hours.
An introduction to free-thinkers, libertines, and also the “Querelle des femmes.” 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 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. Concludes with Laclos’s great book Dangerous Liaisons. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours. L.
Surveys the 20th-century artistic movement known as Surrealism, from post-World War I Paris to its influence in continental Europe, Britain, the Americas, and in popular culture today. To gain insight into the complexities of one of the most influential avant-garde movements, we will consider its relationship to Dada and the influences that were critical to the formation of the movement (in particular the work of Sigmund Freud). As we consider the major figures that contributed to it, we will study works in a range of media: not only painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing, but also literature, film, and fashion, to name just a few. Prerequisite
: Art 112, 202, or French 231. Four credit hours. Taught in English. L.
[FR343] – Decoding French and Francophone News
Further develops students’ cultural awareness of the French and Francophone world via the study of contemporary news events that are representative of different cultural perspectives. Students will acquire the specific vocabulary, linguistic registers, and discursive structures of news and media in French and will thus be able to discuss key cultural issues. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours.
[FR345] – Advanced French Translation
This hands-on, project-based, and reflective course is intended to provide advanced students of French with translation method and practice for a variety of English to French (thèmes) and French to English (versions) texts; to sensitize them to the various styles, intricacies, and nuances particular to both languages; and to 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 an exploration of computer-mediated translation techniques. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours.
[FR351] – Minority Issues and Social Change in Francophone North America
Examines issues of cultural representation, migration, diaspora, and social change primarily in Quebec, Maine, and Louisiana. Postcolonial, transatlantic, and border theories will be used to better understand the French experience in the Americas. Goals include developing critical reading, presentation, and writing skills. Students will analyze print and visual texts, including films and oral stories, and they will contribute to a digital humanities project as part of an on-going, interdisciplinary effort to remap America and American studies. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours. L, I.
FR354s – Parisian Encounters: Great Loves, Grand Passions
The sexual and racial selection of genius exposes the weight of prejudice against creative women in French cultural history. In studying the impact of “great” couples during the long 19th century (1789-1914), we shall map and interrogate their legacies across a broad sweep of (colonial) history, the arts, letters, and sciences. Learning goals emphasize the interdisciplinary practice of critical analysis, close study of images and works of art in the Colby Museum, and the development of advanced oral and written expression in French. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours. H, I.
s- Professor Paliyenko – MW / 1-2:15
[FR355] – The Other French Empire, Then and Now
The French trailed behind the British, not abolishing slave trade until 1815 and slavery in 1848. Yet, beginning in 1850, French colonial expansion was dramatic. By 1914, France possessed the second-largest colonial empire in the world. How do different generations of thinkers and artists represent this past, which is ever present? Students gain knowledge of French colonization and skills in cross-cultural analysis. They engage in critical thinking across disciplines not only via the course material but also as they conduct archival research on a topic of their choice to produce an original website or other creative project. Prerequisite: Senior or junior standing as a French Studies major. Four credit hours. H, I.
[FR356] – Public and Private Life in 19th-Century France
Competing artistic and literary representations of public and private life in 19th-century France provide the framework for a retrospective exploration of the century as it was portrayed, and at the same time challenged, by the creative minds it produced. Through interdisciplinary works on collective memory, students study in depth the richly textured 19th century and gain skills in cultural analysis. Topics range from the mal du siècle to the fin-de-siècle, the sacred to the profane, the domestic to the commercial, the personal to the political, and the native to the foreign. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours. L, I.
[FR358] – Passionate Discontent: The 19th-Century Epidemic
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: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours. L.
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. I.
s- Professor Mauguiere – MW / 2:30-3:45
FR370s – Corps, Espace et Genre: 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.
s- Professor Niang – TR / 2:30-3:45