Spring 2015

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FREN 1102. Elementary French II.
A study of the basic forms, structures and vocabulary in the context of the French-speaking world. Emphasis on the four communicative skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. A study of the basic forms, structures and vocabulary in the context of the French-speaking world. Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with assistant.
FREN 2204. Intermediate French II.
Continued development of oral and written skills; course focus shifts from grammar to reading. Short readings form the basis for the expansion of vocabulary and analytical skills. Active use of French in class discussions and conversation sessions with French teaching fellows. Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session.
FREN 2408A. Contemporary France through the Media.
An introduction to contemporary France through newspapers, magazines, television, music, and film. Emphasis is on enhancing communicative proficiency in French and increasing cultural understanding prior to study abroad in France.
FREN 2408B. Contemporary France through the Media.
An introduction to contemporary France through newspapers, magazines, television, music, and film. Emphasis is on enhancing communicative proficiency in French and increasing cultural understanding prior to study abroad in France.
FREN 2410. Introduction to the Study and Criticism of Modern French Literature.
Introduces students to the literary tradition of France from 1789 to the present. Focus on major authors and literary movements in historical and cultural context.
FREN 2411. Introduction to the Study and Criticism of Francophone Literature.
Introduces students to the literary tradition of the contemporary Francophone world. Focuses on major authors and literary movements in historical and cultural context. Conducted in French.
FREN 3206. Body Language: Writing Corporeality in France.
Analysis of texts and images from early modern literary, philosophical, medical, ecclesiastical, and artistic sources from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, as well as of modern film, Web, and textual media, allows students to explore the conflicting roles of early modern bodies through several themes: birth and death, medicine and hygiene, gender and sexuality, social class, race, monstrosity, Catholic and Protestant visions of the body, the royal body, the body politic. Thoughtful comparison and examination of the meanings of the body today encouraged throughout. Conducted in French.
FREN 3213. Aesthetics in Africa and Europe.
Aesthetics, the critical reflection on art, taste and culture, as much as beauty, the set of properties of an object that arouses pleasure, are central to all aspects of society-building and human life and relationships. The course examines the notions of aesthetics and beauty, from pre-Colonial to contemporary times, in cultures of the African and Western civilizations as expressed in various humanities and social sciences texts as well as, the arts, iconography and the media. Also examines the ways Africans and afro-descendants in the New World responded to the Western notions of aesthetics and beauty. Authors studied may include Anténor Firmin, Jean Price Mars, Senghor, Damas, Césaire, Cheick Anta Diop, Fanon, Glissant, Chamoiseau, Gyekye Kwame, Socrates, Plato, Jean-Baptiste du Bos,Diderot, Le père André, Baumgarten, Kant, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Hugo.