2017-2018


[FR120] – Paris in French Cinema

Explores the various ways in which Paris has been captured on screen. From myth to nostalgia, from center to periphery, the changing cinematic representations of the French capital have provided original insights into France’s cultural shifts in terms of identity, gender, race, class, and religion. Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of films, including film form and language. Through active discussion and intensive writing, students will acquire a more in-depth knowledge of French cinema.     Four credit hours.  W1, I.

FR125f – 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.

f – Mauguière –  MTWF / 11-11:50 & 12-12:50


FR126fs – French II

Strengthens and expands the four language 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. As language practice is closely tied to cultural understanding, features a number of authentic texts and contexts that foster linguistic competence while highlighting the diversified cultural contribution of the French and Francophone world. Develops critical thinking vis-a-vis language and culture through listening, reading, speaking, and writing, while attaining an appropriate level of fluency in all four skills and improving cultural literacy.     Four credit hours.

f – Montalbano – MTWR / 8-8:50 & 9-9:50
f – Paliyenko – MTWF / 8-8:50

s – Niang – MTWF /  10-10:50 & 11:00-11:50


FR127fs – French III

The last of the required language sequence (French 125-127) that develops communication skills in a careful progression over three semesters. In addition to working on the four traditional skills of speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing, students are encouraged to build their personal and cultural knowledge and to develop their critical-thinking skills through language learning. Students are placed in the appropriate level by their score on the College Board French SAT Subject test, an online placement test in May, or through consultation with a member of the French faculty.     Four credit hours.

f – Brunetaux – MTWR / 10-10:50 & 11-11:50
s -Montalbano – MTWR / 11-11:50

s -Montalbano – MTWR / 9-9:50 & 10-10:50


[FR127j] – French III (Paris)

The last of the required language sequence (French 125-127) that develops communication skills in a careful progression over three semesters. In addition to working on the four traditional skills of speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing, students are encouraged to build their personal and cultural knowledge and to develop their critical-thinking skills through language learning. As students move towards greater fluency in French, they begin to do analytical work in the language. Students are also expected to adapt to an immersion environment. Estimated cost: $3,030. Prerequisite:  French 126 or equivalent.    Three credit hours.

FR128fs – 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.

f – Niang – MW / 1-2:15

s – Mauguière – MW / 11-12:15


FR131s- Conversation and Composition

Designed specifically for students wishing to develop oral skills and to acquire an extensive modern vocabulary, with additional practice in writing short compositions. Preparation for further study of French. It will also improve students’ reading skills while fostering their understanding of French culture and society. Through the exploration of a French contemporary novel and of French films, students acquire the skills to critique and interpret while engaging in active thinking. Prerequisite:  French 127 or a score of 60 on the College Board French SAT Subject Test or its equivalent on the placement test.    Four credit hours.

s – Niang – MWF / 1-1:50


[FR223s] – 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.

FR231fs – Advanced Grammar and Composition

Provides a comprehensive overview of French grammar through presentations of the overall structure and frequent practice in writing. Required of majors and open to others wishing to improve their written expression in French. Prerequisite:  French 128, 131, or 211D.     Four credit hours.

f – Paliyenko – MWF / 9-9:50

s – Brunetaux – MWF / 12-12:50


FR232f – French Cultural History I

Examination of the major historical figures, events, and movements in the cultural history of France from its origins in prehistory to the Dreyfus Affair, with emphasis on written documents such as laws, manifestos, letters, and literary texts, and on such visual documents as maps, monuments, paintings, symbols, film, and photography. Continued development of the ability to read, speak, and write in French, while also enhancing analytical skills. Prerequisite:  French 128 or 131.     Four credit hours.  H.

f – Greenspan – MW / 11-12:15


[FR233] – French Cultural History II

Provides an overview of French political and cultural history from the late 19th Century to today’s France. Explores various intellectual, artistic, social, and political movements through a variety of authentic material: newspaper articles, literary texts, paintings, photography, music, film, and pop culture. Engages students in active thinking through debates and discussions, developing both their critical and analytical skills. Prerequisite:  French 128, 131, 211D, or 232.     Four credit hours.

FR234fs – 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 language 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.

f – Language Assistant – TBA

s – Language Assistant – TBA


FR236f – Introduction to the Francophone World: The Americas

The colonial and postcolonial French cultural legacy as it spread across North America among ethno-cultural groups in Quebec, Acadia, Maine, Manitoba, Ontario, and Louisiana. The cultural connection between Louisiana, Haïti, French Guiana and contemporary Francophone migrant literature is also examined. The course focuses 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, 131, 211D, or 231.     Four credit hours.  I.
f – Mauguiere – MW / 2:30-3:45

[FR237] – Francophone African Cinema

An introduction to major sub-Saharan Francophone filmmakers and their engagement with certain aspects of African history and cultural practices. Students will discuss and write about the films and the issues they deal with. Supplemental readings will be provided to contextualize the films. Prerequisite:  French 128 or 131.     Four credit hours.  I.

[FR238f] – 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 colonization, politics, gender, language, the fight for independence, modernity and tradition, and the major literary movements in Francophone Africa. Course materials will include film, music, art, folktales, poetry, maps, newspaper articles, literary works, excerpts from scholarly texts, and films. Prerequisite:  French 128 or 131.     Four credit hours.  I.

FR239J – Paris: Literary and Historical Topographies

In this course, offered in Paris, we explore the relationship between literary, historical, and contemporary Paris. How are Parisian spaces imagined in texts, in visual sources, and in our own mappings of today’s cityscapes? Our corpus will include novels as well as historical and contemporary artifacts like postcards and posters. The course consists of traditional class sessions and walking tours, the latter of which, led by the students, are organized around both the physical space and our corpus. This course seeks to provide a Francophone learning environment to French majors and other advanced French students, and to encourage us to think interdisciplinarily, particularly concerning the relationships between literature and history, word and image. Prerequisite: French 128 or 131. Three credit hours.  I.

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FR243s – 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 or 131.     Four credit hours.
s -Montalbano – TR / 1-2:15


[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.     Four credit hours.


[FR246] – Business French

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.

FR252s – Provocative Texts: A Critical Toolbox

How does one approach print and/or visual culture critically? In this course, students engage with a range of “texts,” such as poetry, works of art, theater, short stories, novels, and/or film, to acquire the tools and methods of critical interpretation and analysis. Significant writing accompanies close reading of what a particular “text” does and thus how it “speaks” or conveys meaning. Students apply genre-specific vocabulary and take interdisciplinary and analytical approaches to response papers, interpretive essays, and/or multifaceted digital/video projects. Prerequisite: French 128 or 131.     Four credit hours.  L, I.

s – Paliyenko – MWF / 11-11:50


[FR323] – Holocaust in French Cinema

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.

[FR332] – Voices of Dissent in Early Modern France

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.

[FR338] – Surrealism (see AR338)

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.

FR351s – 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.
s – Mauguiere – MW / 1:00-2:15

[FR354] – 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 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.


[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.

FR358s – 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.
s – Paliyenko – MW / 2:30-3:45

[FR361] – 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 literatures 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.


[FR370] – 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.

[FR371] – 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.


FR373f – Writing of Place: Migration, Nationalism, and Memory

An exploration of themes of migration, nationalism, and memory through fictional works by authors from the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Francophone Africa living on the continent or in France. Focus is on the migrant experience and its impact on the writing and perception of place, as well as the advent of the nation in the 1960s and the nationalist discourse that serves as its backbone. The narrative of place will be emphasized along with the recent memorializing of the Rwandan genocide. Readings supplemented by theoretical works and films. Students will expand their knowledge and practice of French as it relates to postcolonial Francophone Africa. Prerequisite:  French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two.     Four credit hours. H, I.

f – Niang- TR / 2:30-3:45


[FR375f] – Narratives of Identities in Francophone African Literature

The quest for and celebration of identity are key thematic and aesthetic components in contemporary Francophone African literature and cinema. We will engage with works of fiction and film that provide a narrative of identity within the framework of African cultures such as sub-Saharan Africa or the Maghreb. Focus will be on communal and individual identities within the framework of ethnicity and/or tribalism. Students will learn how and why these writers and filmmakers narrate identity, and will engage with African identities through structured writing, oral presentations, captivating readings of texts, and film screening. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two.     Four credit hours. I.

[FR376] – 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. This interdisciplinary course explores how writers, filmmakers, and artists represent the Holocaust. Through discussions, presentations, and written assignments, students acquire the skills to critique and interpret historical documents, Holocaust memoirs, and films. They develop and improve their language skills while deepening their understanding of French history and culture. Meetings with Holocaust survivors and visits to Holocaust memorials complement the course material and engage students in active thinking. Prerequisite:  French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two.     Four credit hours. L, I.

[FR377f] – Staging the Revolution: 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. Revolutions theme course. Prerequisite: Prerequisite:  French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours. L, I.

[FR378] – French Revolution: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death

The French Revolution ushered in the modern world through the concepts of freedom, equality, and fraternity. We will hone critical skills by analyzing the development of those concepts during the Enlightenment, focusing especially on the questions of natural (human) rights and tolerance in Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Beaumarchais, and Condorcet. We will hone communication skills while examining the consequences of those concepts, interrogating the justification for revolutionary terror, discussing whether the French Revolution was a success or a failure, and considering controversial figures like Marie-Antoinette, Robespierre, and Marat. Prerequisite:  French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two.     Four credit hours. H.

[FR381] – Picasso’s Suite Vollard and Its Contexts (see Art 471)

This humanities lab is an in-depth exploration of Picasso’s Suite Vollard (named after the Parisian art dealer who commissioned it), a collection of 100 etchings created between 1930 and 1937, and of the contexts of its production: technical, iconographic, stylistic, historical, cultural, and biographical. Includes frequent trips to the Colby College Museum of Art to study first-hand the Suite and other examples of intaglio prints. Students are expected to participate in the creation of an online exhibit dedicated to the Suite and its contexts, and present their research at a small conference. Prerequisite: Art 101, 202, or another 200-level art history course; or, for French Studies majors, French 231 or equivalent. Four credit hours. L.

[FR392] – French Intellectuals and the Struggle for Social Change

Racism, fanaticism, and feminism: these topics have periodically thrown France into disarray. Again and again French intellectuals like Voltaire, Hugo, Zola, Simone Beauvoir, and Sartre rose to the challenge confronting their times and charted an idealistic course to a better society grounded in reason, principles and sound intellectual arguments. We will discuss how these debates have transformed French society, intellectual life, and political thought, examine the emergence and origins of the public intellectual, and analyze controversial ideas expressed through satire, philosophical texts, and intellectual debates. Prerequisite: French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two. Four credit hours. L.

 FR397f – Post-World War II France

An exploration of themes of migration, nationalism, and memory through fictional works by authors from the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Francophone Africa living on the continent or in France. Focus is on the migrant experience and its impact on the writing and perception of place, as well as the advent of the nation in the 1960s and the nationalist discourse that serves as its backbone. The narrative of place will be emphasized along with the recent memorializing of the Rwandan genocide. Readings supplemented by theoretical works and films. Students will expand their knowledge and practice of French as it relates to postcolonial Francophone Africa. Prerequisite:  French 231 and at least one other 200-level course, preferably two, or permission of instructor.   Four credit hours. H, I.

f – Greenspan – TR / 1-2:15 + MW / 7pm-9pm


[FR398A] – Love, Sex, Metamorphosis

From troubadours in the Middle Ages to today’s writers, popular hip-hop artists and performers often have sung the joys and pains of love and sex. Through a close analysis of literary texts, films, and pop-culture productions, we will explore the transformative power of love and sex. 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.

[FR398B] – World War II in Film and Fiction

A study of the key episodes of World War II in France—the Occupation, French collaboration, the Resistance, the Holocaust, the aftermath—and the moral issues they generated. All works in French; films with English subtitles. Prerequisite:  French 231 and at least one other 200-level course.     Four credit hours. L.

FR483f, 484s – 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

FR491f, 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

FR493fs – Senior Seminar

The senior seminar may be fulfilled by a 300-level course either in the fall or the spring, with supplementary work authorized by the instructor. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a French studies major and permission of the instructor.     Four credit hours.

FR493Af – Seminar: Post-World War II France

Post-World War II France was shaken by two major events–the Algerian War (1954-1962) and the student uprising of May-June 1968–and profoundly touched by a remarkable group of poet-musicians seemingly unaffected by the conflicts between peoples and generations. Through film and song, offers a look at these 15 years that still haunt France, for better and for worse.
Prerequisite: Senior standing as a French studies major.     Four credit hours.

f – Greenspan – TR / 1-2:15 + MW / 7pm-9pm


FR493Bf – Seminar: Writing of Place: Migration, Nationalism, and Memory

The quest for and celebration of identity are key thematic and aesthetic components in contemporary Francophone African literature and cinema. We will engage with works of fiction and film that provide a narrative of identity within the framework of African cultures such as sub-Saharan Africa or the Maghreb. Focus will be on communal and individual identities within the framework of ethnicity and/or tribalism. Students will learn how and why these writers and filmmakers narrate identity, and will engage with African identities through structured writing, oral presentations, captivating readings of texts, and film screening. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a French studies major.   Four credit hours.

f – Niang – TR / 2:30-3:45


[FR493] – Francophone African Voices

Focused on the work of contemporary women’s writers, this seminar engages with the female and subaltern experience of space and/or immigration as a medium for intercultural encounters between the West and the postcolony in the 20th and 21st centuries. The female perspective heralds a new shift in the post-colonial representation of border-crossing, cosmopolitanism and sociocultural violence, which we will also deal with in relation to religious intolerance, prejudice, modernization, and patriarchy. Our engagement with these issues will be based on a reading of fictional, historical and theoretical works that will help frame the discussions. Films and documentaries will be used to supplement the fictional texts.
Prerequisite:  Senior standing as a French studies major and permission of the instructor.    Four credit hours.

FR493Cs – Seminar: 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: Senior standing as a French studies major.   Four credit hours.

s – Mauguière – MW / 1:00-2:15


FR493Ds – Seminar: 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: Senior standing as a French studies major.  Four credit hours.
s – Paliyenko- MW / 2:30-3:45