FREN 106   Basic Intensive French

Odile Chilton / Eric Trudel

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9:00 - 10:00 am






M T W Th F

11:40 - 12:40 pm



(8 credits) This course is designed for students who wish to acquire a strong grasp of the French language and culture in the shortest time possible. Students with little or no previous experience of French will complete the equivalent of three semesters of college‑level French. The semester course meets ten hours a week, using a variety of pedagogical methods, and will be followed by a four‑week stay at the Institut de Touraine (Tours, France). There the students will continue daily intensive study of the French language and culture while living with French families (successful completion of the course in France carries 4 additional credits). Students must consult with Profs. Odile Chilton or Eric Trudel before on-line registration.



FREN 203   Intermediate French III

Odile Chilton

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10:30 - 11:30 am



In this continuation of the study of French civilization and culture, students will be able to reinforce their skills in grammar, composition and spoken proficiency, through the use of short texts, newspaper and magazine articles, as well as video. Students will meet the French tutor for one extra hour during week for workshops.



FREN 238  Survey of French Literature:

The Middle Ages & The Renaissance

Karen Sullivan

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4:00 -5:20 pm

ASP 302


Cross-listed:  Medieval Studies   This course will introduce students to the major texts of French literature between the late eleventh and sixteenth centuries. We will read the Chanson de Roland, the famous epic account of the battle between Charlemagne’s army and the forces of Muslim Spain; the early Arthurian romances about Lancelot and Guinevere and Tristan and Iseut; the Breton lais of Marie de France; the lyric poetry of the Old Provençal troubadours and the Old French trouvères; the last will and testament of the poet-thief François Villon; the mock epic Gargantua of the humanist and renegade monk François Rabelais; and the nouvelles (or tales) of Marguerite de Navarre, the sister to the Renaissance king François I. Texts will be read in French, but class discussion will be in English, papers may be in English or in French.



FREN 270   Advanced Composition / Conversation

Marina van Zuylen

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10:30 - 11:50 am



This course is primarily intended to help students fine-tune their command of spoken and written French. It focuses on a wide and diverse selection of writings (short works of fiction, poems, philosophical essays, political analysis, newspaper editorials or magazine articles, etc.) loosely organized around a single theme. The readings provide a rich ground for cultural investigation, intellectual exchange, in-class debates, in-depth examination of stylistics and, of course, vocabulary acquisition. Students are encouraged to write on a regular basis and expected to participate fully to class discussion and debates. A general review of grammar is also conducted throughout the course.



FREN 336   French Modernity, Memory,

and the Poetics of History

Eric Trudel

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1:30 -3:50 pm

OLIN 303


To what extend can literature "give voice" – to quote Michelet  – "to the silences of History"? And how does memory shape history and literature? These are the questions this course will investigate in the context of 19th and 20th-century France. "Modernity" implies an embrace of the new, and a violent (if at time painful) rupture with tradition. Must literature bear witness to a past that is increasingly perceived as a catastrophe? Our goal will be to define a "poetics" of history, one that is tied to a new experience of time, in which the past weighs, as Marx famously put it, "like a nightmare on the brain of the living." Readings (and screenings) include Michelet, Baudelaire, Chateaubriand, Flaubert, Hugo, Barthes, Duras, Gracq, Perec, Marker, Modiano, Resnais, Salvayre, Simon and Volodine. Taught in French.