Fall 2014 Courses

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FREN 1101. Elementary French I.
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. Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with teaching assistanst, plus regular language laboratory assignments. Primarily open to first- and second-year students.
FREN 2203A. Intermediate French I.
Vocabulary development and review of basic grammar, which are integrated into more complex patterns of written and spoken French. 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 2203B. Intermediate French I.
Vocabulary development and review of basic grammar, which are integrated into more complex patterns of written and spoken French. 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 2305A. Advanced French through Film.
An introduction to film analysis. Conversation and composition based on a variety of contemporary films from French-speaking regions. Grammar review and frequent short papers. Emphasis on student participation including a variety of oral activities. Three hours per week plus regular viewing sessions for films and a weekly conversation session with French teaching fellows.
FREN 2305B. Advanced French through Film.
An introduction to film analysis. Conversation and composition based on a variety of contemporary films from French-speaking regions. Grammar review and frequent short papers. Emphasis on student participation including a variety of oral activities. Three hours per week plus regular viewing sessions for films and a weekly conversation session with French teaching fellows.
FREN 2407. Francophone Cultures.
An introduction to the cultures of various French-speaking regions outside of France. Examines the history, politics, customs, cinema, and the arts of the Francophone world, principally Africa and the Caribbean. Increases cultural understanding prior to study abroad in French-speaking regions.
FREN 2409. Introduction to the Study and Criticism of Medieval and Early Modern French Literature.
Introduces students to the literary tradition of France from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. Students are introduced to major authors and literary movements in their cultural and historical contexts.
FREN 3207. Love, Letters, and Lies.
A study of memoir novels, epistolary novels (letters), and autobiography. What does writing have to do with love and desire? What is the role of others in the seemingly personal act of “self-expression”? What is the truth value of writing that circulates in the absence of its author? These and other related issues are explored in the works of the most popular writers of eighteenth-century France: Prévost, Graffigny, Laclos, and Rousseau. Conducted in French.
FREN 3212. Eyes on the Prize: Promoting French Culture in the Age of the New Millennium.
Since the eighteenth century, France has developed a seemingly endless list of literary prizes, the Prix Goncourt being the most famous. There are over 3000 prizes awarded every year being awarded one of these prizes represents an official consecration meant to underline the writer’s unquestionable worth. But when one sees the large number of literary prizes awarded each year, one wonders who are on the juries for all of these prizes? Is it really the best writings that are acknowledged? In recent years, scandals have erupted with accusations of influence peddling by publishers. What does this teach us about French culture and society: What is the relation between literary prizes and the promotion of French culture more broadly: In the context of globalization, what political statement is being made: What is exactly the type of culture, themes and discourse promoted via this literature given the new makeup of the French population? Immigration has considerably changed the face of France. How does the culture of literary prizes take this into account? Students will read 4 recent highly talked about prizewinners. Each of these prizewinners created controversy that directly addresses the questions above. Primary readings will include works by: Houellbecq, Le Clezio, Paule Constant, Alain Mabanckou.