|Course no.||FREN 103|
|Schedule||Mo Tu Th 9:20 am-10:20 am Lang Ctr 118|
A course designed for students who have completed Basic French or two years of high-school French. The emphasis will be placed on building vocabulary and reinforcing familiarity with grammar. Through the reading of short texts, students will be encouraged to express themselves with confidence and accuracy on a variety of topics both in speaking and in writing.
|Course no.||FREN 220|
|Title||French Through Film|
|Schedule||Mo Tu Th 10:30 am-11:30 am Lang Ctr 118
screening once a week at a time tba
In this intermediate course we will explore major themes of French culture and civilization through the study of films from the "cinéma pionnier" to the "cinéma d'auteu" (Melies, Renoir, Truffaut, Kassowitz). We will pay special attention to the evolution of cinematographic narration to see how on the one hand our perception of time and space has influenced films and on the other how films have influenced our vision of the world. Students should have completed French 104, 106 or at least four years of high-school French.
|Course no.||FREN 270|
|Title||Advanced French Composition and Conversation|
|Schedule||Mon Wed 11:00 am-12:20 pm Lang Ctr 210|
Intended to help students fine-tune their command of spoken and written French, this course focuses on short works of fiction about which students are encouraged both to write short papers and to which they will devote class discussions. The atmosphere is warm and intimate, and the reading is intended to provide students with the very best shorter works by nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors: Constant, Sand, Stendhal, Flaubert, Maupassant, Proust, Gide, Sartre, Camus, Robbe-Grillet. Short reviews of grammar will also accompany the course.
|Course no.||FREN 303|
|Title||Topics in French Literature, Part I|
|Schedule||Mon Wed 3:00 pm-4:20 pm Lang Ctr 118|
This is the first in a two-part series of courses designed to introduce students of French to masterpieces of French literature. The course is designed to give students a solid grounding in the history and development of French literature and ideas from the Middle Ages to the middle of the eighteenth century. This course will focus on the romance of Tristan and Iseult, the poems of Marie de France, the birth of Humanism (Marguerite de Navarre, Rabelais and Montaigne), poets of the Pléiade, French Classicism (Racine, Molière), the crisis in French thought (Descartes, Pascal), and the rise of the Enlightenment with Bayle, Voltaire and Diderot. Open to students with at least two years of French.
|Course no.||FREN 318|
|Title||Introduction to African Literature in French|
|Schedule||Wed 3:00 pm-5:00 pm Olin 310|
This seminar is designed for students who wish to discover African literature written in French through the reading of the original French texts. The course will examine the formal structures of the texts and wherever appropriate will discuss the political, social and historical context of their production. The reading will cover a wide range of writers, from the n‚gritude movement to present day writers, including the emerging women writers. Although some short stories and short extracts of some texts will be read, students are expected to read three full length novels per semester. The course is conducted in French.
|Course no.||FREN 407|
|Title||La Condition Humaine en Poésie|
|Schedule||Mon 1:20 pm-3:20 pm Olin 306|
Designed for students desirous to develop a deeper awareness and appreciation of French poetry and to enable them to discourse and write about it with clarity, accuracy and critical understanding. The method used is that of the "explication de textes" which accords equal importance to grammatical structure, nuances of vocabulary, stylistic devices, tonal, visual and tactile associations, and the relationship between language and thought. Discussed and analyzed are nineteenth- and twentieth-century poets--such as Baudelaire, Hugo, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Apollinaire, Prévert, Eluard, Aragon, Reverdy, Ponge, Michaux, Char, Desnos, Bonnefoy, Senghor and Césaire--who strive for a more direct relationship with things, matter, inner demons and daily reality. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: reasonable fluency in French.