French Courses

Fall 2021

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Elementary French I

FREN 111 - Leva, James R.

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - Kamara, Mohamed

Extensive grammar review with acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the classroom. The course acquaints students with French life and culture.

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - Roney, Kristina M.

Extensive grammar review with acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the classroom. The course acquaints students with French life and culture.

Advanced Intermediate French

FREN 164 - McCormick, Stephen P.

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Advanced Intermediate French

FREN 164 - Kamara, Mohamed

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Conversation et composition: Cours avancé

FREN 261 - Roney, Kristina M.

Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.

Invitation au voyage

FREN 273 - Roney, Kristina M.

In this course students will discover the fascinating and ecclectic world of French language literature and film. This exploration will include a variety of authors, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers. Focus on textual analysis in composition and oral presentations.

La France moderne

FREN 342A - Radulescu, Domnica V.

Readings in French literature and civilization of the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent offerings include: La poésie moderne et contemporaine ; Théâtre de l'absurde-Théâtre de la dérision ; L'enfance et l'adolescence dans la prose française moderne. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Fall 2021, FRENCH 342A-01: La France moderne : Surréalisme, existentialisme, postmodernisme dans la littérature française et francophone (3). Prerequisite: 3 courses at the 200 level. This course offers an exploration of the most groundbreaking intellectual and artistic movements of the 20th and 21st centuries in French and Francophone literatures from poetry to theater, to prose, and philosophical essay.  Among the authors studied are: Tristan Tzara, André Breton, Paul Eluard, Albert Camus, Marguerite Duras, Helene Cixous, Eugene Ionesco, Fernando Arrabal, Denise Boucher, Marie Cardinal and others. (HL) Radulescu.

La Francophonie

FREN 344B - Kamara, Mohamed

An analysis of styles, genres, and themes in relation to particular cultural contexts, as represented in literary works written in French by authors from countries other than France. Of particular interest is French language literature from Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Fall 2021, FRENCH 344B-01: La Francophonie: Le roman francophone à la première personne (3). Prerequisite: 3 courses at the 200-level. This course focuses on first person narratives including autobiographical, semi-autobiographical, as well as fictional texts. We shall examine the way the narrating subject represents herself/himself in the context of/in opposition to a collective entity or experience. Issues such as narrative technique, point of view, space and identity, subjectivity, and representation, will be addressed. Texts studied will be African, Quebecois, and Caribbean. (HL) Kamara.

Directed Individual Study

FREN 401 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Honors Thesis

FREN 493 - McCormick, Stephen P.

Interested students should see a member of the French faculty by winter term of their junior year. May not count towards fulfillment of the major requirements.

Spring 2021

We do not offer any courses this term.


Winter 2021

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Elementary French II

FREN 112 - Leva, James R.

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - Roney, Kristina M.

Extensive grammar review with practical application of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the classroom. The course acquaints students with French life and culture.

Conversation et composition: Cours avancé

FREN 261 - Roney, Kristina M.

Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.

Histoire des idées

FREN 283 - McCormick, Stephen P.

This course retraces the evolution of thought in France across centuries through the examination of intellectual, cultural and artistic movements. Readings, discussions and paper in French for further development of communication skills.

 

Atelier avancé de langue, littérature et culture

FREN 295A - Radulescu, Domnica V.

A third-year topics or advanced grammar workshop. Recent offerings include: Les dossiers de la presse; Regards sur la ville. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2021, FREN 295A-01: Atélier avancé de langue, littérature et culture: Traduction et Improvisation (3). Prerequisites: FREN 162, FREN 164 , or equivalent. This course focuses on developing translation skills from French into English and from English into French as well as skills for simultaneous translation and bilingual improvisation. It relies on literary texts as well as texts from other areas of knowledge such as philosophy or from pop culture and journalism. It is informed by various theories of translation as well as techniques of improvisation used in theater and performance. It also aims to improve awareness and sensitivity towards the cultural, psychological, and human nuances contained in each language separately as well as in the interaction between the two languages. Radulescu.

 

Séminaire avancé

FREN 397A - McCormick, Stephen P.

The in-depth study of a topic in French literature and/or civilization. Recent offerings include: La Littérature francophone du Maghreb; La littérature Beure; La France sous l'occupation; Les femmes et l'écriture au XVIIe siècle; Les écrivains du XXe siècle et la diversité culturelle; L'affaire Dreyfus. Students are encouraged to use this course for the development of a personal project. May be repeated for degree credit when the topics are different.

Winter 2021, FREN 397A-01: Séminaire Avancé : Les géographies de l'imaginaire: la cartographie et le voyage entre le Moyen Âge et la Renaissance (3). Prerequisites: Three courses in French at the 200 level.  This seminar is a sustained and in-depth exploration of medieval and Renaissance cartography and travel. We will explore what it means to draw maps in the Middle Ages and how cartographic contours are shaped more by imagination and ideology than direct observation. We will read a variety of primary sources written in French including books of marvelous beasts and monsters, early travel accounts of Europeans in the Far East, and literary texts that explore lands reachable only through imagination. A primary outcome of this course is to investigate how the medieval cartographic imagination set the stage for colonial expansion, exploitation and inequality along racial lines, and the European justification for global hegemony. Supplementary texts, in the form of critical literary essays, are also on the reading list. (HL) McCormick.