FREN 106   Basic Intensive French

Odile Chilton

M T W Th F

M T W Th F

8:50  - 9:50 am

10:10  - 11:10 am



(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. Class size: 25



FREN 203   Intermediate French III

Jason Earle

M T . Th .

10:10  - 11:10 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.

Class size: 20



FREN 270   Advanced Composition/Converstn

Marina Van Zuylen

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10:10  - 11:30 am

OLIN 309


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. Class size: 20



FREN 339   Conspiracies & Secret Societies

in 19th and 20th Century French Literature

Jason Earle

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1:30  - 3:50 pm

OLIN 305


Cultural historians often cite the French Revolution as the event that led to the first modern conspiracy theory, Augustin de Barruel’s anti-Illuminati and anti-Masonic Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire du jacobinisme.  In the ensuing two centuries, the figure of the secret society has reappeared in various guises in works by French writers, serving as both a shadowy source of paranoia and an alluring call to comradeship.  Through close readings of major works, we will examine how the representation of secret groups and plots functions as a way of explaining history, defining literary practice and style, and imagining a politics of literature.  Texts to include works by Rousseau, Balzac, Stendhal, Baudelaire, Michelet, Proust, Gide, Malraux, Breton, Bataille, Céline, and Rivette. Taught in French.  Class size: 15



LIT 3013   In Praise of Idleness: Literature

and the Art of Conversation

Marina van Zuylen

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1:30  - 3:50 pm

OLIN 310




LIT 3312   Louisiana

Karen Sullivan

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1:30  - 3:50 pm

OLIN 101