All Literature Courses

Please note that not all courses are taught every semester. For up-to-date scheduling information, see our semester offerings on the appropriate tab!

FREN 3100W - Introduction to French Literature
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.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 2006
Additional info: Sample syllabus

FREN 3210 - Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
Texts of the Middle Ages to the 17th Century studied in their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Topics may include feudal society and the literature of courtly love; humanism, Rabelais, and Renaissance poetry; women and salon writing; Versailles, absolutism, and classical theater.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W
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FREN 3220 - Modern French Literature in Context
Texts of the 18th Century to the present in historical, social, and cultural contexts. Topics may include philosophes and the rise of social consciousness; the French Revolution and Romanticism; dada and surrealism; existentialism and World War II; decolonization and Francophone literature.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W
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FREN 3290 - Textual Analysis
Methodology and vocabulary of literary criticism. Application of various principles of textual analysis and critical approaches to literature.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W
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FREN 3300 - Topics in French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures
Dynamics of French-speaking societies and their cultures studied through literature, art or film.  Topics varys
Course is taught in English
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W
Additional info: This course counts towards a French major or minor and may be repeated for credit. Students may choose to write their papers in French or English.

FREN 3400 - Studies in Genre
Study in narrative, dramatic, or lyric form. Topics vary from year to year. May be repeated for credit. Course is taught in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 3520 - Molière - The Age of Classicism
As Molière famously said, “The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.” Indeed Molière continues to enthrall audiences globally even in the 21st century, as not a single day goes by that his plays are not performed somewhere in the world.  Through the study of 3 of his most famous plays,  L’ Avare, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme , Le Misanthrope) students will discover how Molière’s ability to both amuse and instruct made him the  greatest writer of comedy in his day – and indeed one of the greatest and most beloved playwrights of all time.   Through the close study of his texts and their performance, paired with the study of the man and the context in which he lived and wrote, we will examine how Molière changed the face of French literature and culture – and why his influence continues to endure today.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
Additional info: Sample syllabus

FREN 3530 - The Age of Enlightenment
The major novelists, dramatists and philosophes of the 18th century.  The works of Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot and their relationship to the social, political and philosophical thought of the period.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 3550 - Studies in 20th-Century French Literature
Major literary movements from the 20th-Century: avant-garde, surrealism, existentialism, nouveau roman, and nouveau théâtre.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 3560 - Topics in Contemporary Francophone Literature and Cinema
Analysis of relations between France and its former colonies as manifested in the literature and cinema of France and the Francophone world.  Race and gender relations; exile; nationalism; and identity and place as seen through various literary and cinematic responses to the discourses of metropolitan France by its former colonies
Previous Topic: La Francophonie: Le Maghreb D'aujourd'hui
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
Additional info: Laboratory fee

FREN 3600 - Special Topics in French Literature
Examines French and Francophone literature around a single theme, which varies from year to year. May be repeated for credit.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100 or equivalent.
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FREN 3700 - History of French Cinema
French cinema from its inception to the "New Wave." The relationship of filmmaking and audience reception to the evolution of French society and political institutions. The language of cinema as it evolves according to periods and genres and as critics and filmmakers create a theoretical discourse specific to film.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 4470 - Writing Women
Dynamics of gender in French literature and culture with emphasis on women as agents and objects of representation.  Gender roles in the formation of social biases, norms and power structures.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.

FREN 4500 - Studies in Medieval French Literature
Readings and analysis of the major literary texts of the 11th through 15th Centuries. Chansons de geste, courtly literature, fabliaux, drama, lyric and didactic poetry.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 4510 - French Literature of the Renaissance
Sixteenth-century prose and poetry in the context of cultural and historical movements.  Topics may include humanism; concepts of self and subjectivity; the wars of religion; the discovery of the New World; court and the city life; the private and public spheres; religious and secular love.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
Additional info: Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one 3000-level course above 3100 before enrolling in a 4000-level seminar.

FREN 4540 -19th-Century French Literature and Culture
Key aspects of the 19th-century French literature in its historical, cultural and political context.  Major authors and literary movements are studied through the lens of a particular theme, which varies from year to year.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 4600 - Special Topics in French Literature
Examines French and Francophone literature around a single theme, which varies from year to year. May be repeated for credit.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent.
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FREN 4700 - Race Matters: Literature, Culture, and Identity in Contemporary France
An interdisciplinary examination of cultural, political, and economic realities for ethnic minority populations in France.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 3100W or equivalent
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FREN 4910 - Proseminar I
Required for all French majors; preparation of Senior essay. Topics: specified topic in history of French literature; periods, authors, genres, and topics vary according to year. Senior essay completed by end of spring semester.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisites: Major in French and senior standing
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FREN 4920W - Proseminar II
Required for all French majors: preparation of Senior essay. Topics: specified topic in history of French literature; periods, authors, genres, and topics vary according to year. Senior essay completed by end of spring semester.
Course is taught in French
Prerequisite: FREN 4910
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