Spring 2017 Courses

Language Courses for Spring 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 Spring 2017

FREN 3010W: Advanced Grammar and Style
Prof. Brant
WF 12:45-2:00

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

FREN 3100W - Introduction to French Literature
Prof. Brant
Section 10, MF 11:10-12:25, Section 11 MW, 2:20-3:35
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 3020 : Contemporary France
Prof. Levy-Gires
W, F 9 :35-10:50

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.  During the first half of the semester we will consider the important events in French history throughout the 20th century, from the turn of the century through World War II and the wars of decolonization. Then, during the second half of the semester, we will undertake thematic studies to understand the recent impact of these events. Topics include: immigration and the colonial past, France as a nation and as part of Europe, and contemporary social identities.

Prrequisite: Fren 2006

FREN 3220 - Modern French Literature in Context
Prof. Waberi
T,Th 12:4502

Dans ce cours nous étudierons des textes canoniques du 18e siècle jusqu’à nos jours, en considérant leurs contextes historiques, sociaux, et culturels. Ces œuvres partagent une interrogation sur la nature des rapports entre les hommes : quelles structures sociales sont possibles, et quel est l’impact de ces structures sur des individus ? Les sources littéraires peuvent contribuer des perspectives nuancées à un débat qui reste pertinent même aujourd’hui. Ce cours vise à développer vos capacités en plusieurs domaines : historique, littéraire, et sociologique. Vous apprendrez à identifier des thèmes communs à la littérature française au cours des 18e, 19e, 20e et 21e siècles et aussi à lire plus profondément pour apprécier les aspects artistiques des œuvres.

Prerequisite : Fren 3100W

FREN 3530 - The Age of Enlightenment: LE XVIIIème siècle et les femmes: des Lumières pour tous?
Prof. Levy-Gires
W, F 11:10-12:25

Le siècle des Lumières, qui aboutit à la Révolution Française et à la déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen, aurait-il oublié ceux de la femme et citoyenne? Membres très actifs de la Révolution, les femmes en sont sorties avec bien peu d’acquis…quand elles n’ont pas tout simplement été guillotinées! Pourtant, nombreux sont les écrivains et philosophes qui ont lutté pour la reconnaissance des qualités et droits des femmes.  Ce sont en particulier ces textes de lutte et de réflexion que nous étudierons (Voltaire, Laclos, Condorcet, Montesquieu, Beaumarchais, etc. ) mais nous nous pencherons aussi sur des textes historiques, des peintures, des films, et sur le destin exceptionnel et singulier de deux femmes , tel qu’il est représenté dans les récits et films: Olympe de Gouges et Marie-Antoinette.

Prerequisite: Fren 3100W

FREN 4600 - Tradition and Modernity in Francophone Africa
Prof. Waberi
T, Th, 3:45-5

This course will explore the daunting issues that confront Africa and the Maghreb in its transformation from tradition to modernity. If tradition comprises the centuries-old oral legacies, modernity may refer to what has appeared recently, namely the writings along with films, websites, journals and conferences. We will use a wide range of sources (novels, memoirs, films and songs) in order to understand the link between past and present. Our topics will include language and memory, Islam and Christianity, urbanity and cultural productions, emancipation and utopia.

Prerequisite: Fren 3100W

FREN 4470 –Writing Women
Masha Belenky
T, Th, 11:10-12:25

What does it mean to be a women author? This course examines ways in which literature written  by women authors engages questions of gender, sexuality, authorship, and literary innovation. We will examine novels and poetry written by women from the 18th to the 21st centuries, taking into account socio-historical and cultural factors that shaped these works. We will pay particular attention to how these writers engaged with questions of female authorship within their works. Authors include Graffigny, Sand, Rachilde, Colette, Sarraute, Djebar, and Satrapi.

Prerequisite: Fren 3100W