Fall 2017 Courses

Language Courses for Fall 2017

FREN 1001 - Basic French I (1st Year)
FREN 1002 - Basic French II (1st Year)
FREN 1003 - Intermediate French I (2nd Year)
FREN 1004 - Intermediate French II (2nd Year)
FREN 2005 - Language, Culture, and Society I (3rd Year)
FREN 2006 - Language, Culture, and Society II (3rd Year)

Literature & Advanced Courses for Fall 2017

Fr 3010W: Advanced Grammar and Style
Prof. Brant, M-W 2:20-3:35

Compositions, drills, dictations. Translations into French. Study of vocabulary and syntax, with emphasis on stylistic devices.
Prerequisite: FREN 2006
Additional info: Detailed course description  ;  Sample syllabus

Fr 3100W - Introduction to French Literature
Prof. Brant, M-F 11:10-12:25
Prof. Kleppinger, T-Th 11:10-12:25

Readings, textual analysis, and writing on a broad selection of texts from different genres and periods. French and Francophone literatures in their cultural contexts. Close reading approach and introduction to literary vocabulary.
Prerequisite: FREN 2006
Additional info: Sample syllabus (Brant)

Fr 3020: Contemporary France
Prof. Kleppinger, T-Th 12:45-2:00

What has made France the country it is today? To answer this question in all its complexity, we will undertake a historical and thematic approach to understand the major events, debates, and questions that have faced French politicians, writers, and citizens over the past century. We will consult political sources (speeches, declarations, and manifestos), literature (novels and eye-witness accounts), and cultural documents (newspaper articles, songs, films) to understand the varying perspectives and arguments that have shaped French politics, culture, and identity throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
Prerequisite: French 2006

Prof. Levy-Gires, M-W 11:10-12:25

Du Moyen-Age qu XVIIème siècle, la France voit l’essor de plusieurs genres et mouvements textuels qui constituent la base de la tradition littéraire française. Ce cours présentera des œuvres représentatives de l’époque pré-moderne et des genres variés : l’épopée, le lai, le genre narratif, l’essai, la poésie, la comédie, la tragédie, la forme brève, les débuts du roman. Il mettra surtout les étudiants en relation avec des textes fondamentaux de la culture littéraire française classique. Les principes et les modèles de civilisation seront étudiés ( le chevalier et la courtoisie, l’humaniste, l’honnête homme, etc.)  Quel intérêt ces textes présentent-ils encore pour nous, lecteurs modernes?
Prerequisite: French 3100W                    

Fr 3520 Moliere
Prof. Brant, W-F 12:45-2:00

"The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them” says the famous playwright.  So, through the study of 3 of his most famous plays, ( L’Avare, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Le Misanthrope) students will discover why Moliere is the greatest of all writers of French comedy and why his influence is still felt today as not a day goes by without one of his plays being performed somewhere in the world.
Prerequisite: French 3100W

Fr 3600: Comédie Française: Theater Workshop.
Prof. Levy-Gires, W-F 2:20-3:35

As a proverb says: “Playing, you learn.” In this workshop - style class, you will perform some of the most famous French and francophone contemporary plays. The course will offer you the opportunity to improve your French and to put it in motion in a fun, friendly and collaborative atmosphere. In addition to honing your language skills such as intonation, diction and pronunciation, you will also learn about history of French theater and you will master the vocabulary of theatre and staging. Class activities include dramatic readings, improvisation, acting exercises, etc.
Prerequisite: French 2006

Fr 4540: Windows on Paris: Literature, Art and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century
Prof. Belenky, M-W 11:10-12:25

Paris was, in the words of the philosopher Walter Benjamin, the “capital of the nineteenth century”: a center of modern culture, entertainment, fashion, and innovative architecture.  At the same time, Paris was a site of turbulent revolutions, violent and dramatic social change and radical urban makeover that left long-lasting effects on the city and the nation, and helped shape what France is today. This course explores how the experience of urban modernity, in all its excitement and anxieties, was represented in novels (Balzac, Zola), poetry (Baudelaire), painting, photography, architecture, and various forms of popular culture. As we consider different modes of engagement with urban modernity in nineteenth-century Paris, we will not fail to notice their deep and lasting impact on our own urban practices.
Prerequisite: French 3100W

Fr 4650: Lustful women in French medieval literature
Prof. Lévy-Gires, W-F 9:35-10:50

This class focuses on the representation of lustful women in French medieval texts and arts. How are they portrayed? Can a woman behave so that she iss not said dangerous and lustful? How does she have to dress, talk, act, walk ... to be beyond reproach? Is she even able to be irreproachable?  We will read some of the most important novels and short stories of the Middle-Ages, such as La Châtelaine de Vergy, Tristan et Yseut , Les Lais de Marie de France.
But we will also familiarize ourselves with sermons, how- to guides, and even obscene farces. History, History of the Arts and even History of fashion will also help us understand how and why women are tirelessly blamed.
Prerequisite: French 3100W