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French

Spring 2012

102. Elementary French II
Isabelle Choquet M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25
A continuation of French 101. A study of the basic forms, structures, and vocabulary. Emphasis on listening comprehension and spoken French. During the second semester, more stress is placed on reading and writing. Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with assistant, plus regular language laboratory assignments.

204. Intermediate French II
Charlotte Daniels M 11:30 - 12:25, W 11:30 - 12:25, F 11:30 - 12:25
Continued development of oral and written skills; course focus shifts from grammar to reading. Short readings from French literature, magazines, and newspapers form the basis for the expansion of vocabulary and analytical skills. Active use of French in class discussions and conversation sessions with French assistants. Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with teaching fellow.

205. Advanced French I
Jay Ketner T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
Conversation and composition based on a variety of contemporary films and texts about France and Francophone countries. Grammar review and frequent short papers. Emphasis on student participation including short presentations and debates. Three hours per week plus one weekly viewing session for films and weekly conversation session with teaching fellow.

208. Contemporary France through the Media
Katherine Dauge-Roth T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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 or another Francophone country. Conducted in French.

208. Contemporary France through the Media
Charlotte Daniels T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
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 or another Francophone country. Conducted in French.

210. Introduction to the Study and Criticism of Modern French Literature
William VanderWolk M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Introduces students to the literary tradition of the French-speaking world from 1789 to the present. Focus on major authors and literary movements in historical and cultural context. Conducted in French.

211. Introduction to the Study and Criticism of Francophone Literature
Jay Ketner T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
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.

317. Childhood Memories: Reflections on Self and Home in the Postcolonial Francophone Caribbean
Isabelle Choquet M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25
Childhood narratives are fascinating gateways to questions on self-definitions in Francophone Caribbean societies. As they relate their childhood, writers from Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti tell of their ancestors’ past and of the society in which they grew up, but also of the relationship they establish as adults with their country of origin. What is home for writers from Haiti living in exile? And for writers from Martinique who feel that their cultural identity is jeopardized by their mother country? Is there a gender divide on the representation of home? Discussions based on novels, short stories and films.

323. Murder, Monsters, and Mayhem: The fait divers in Literature and Film
Katherine Dauge-Roth T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
Examines the fait divers, a news item recounting an event of a criminal, strange, or licentious nature, as a source for literary and cinematographic production. Traces the development of the popular press and its relationship to the rise of the short story. Explores how literary authors and filmmakers past and present find inspiration in the news and render “true stories” in their artistic work. Readings may include selections from Rosset, J-P. Camus, Le Clézio, Cendrars, Beauvoir, Duras, Genet, Modiano, Bon, newspapers, and tabloids.