FREN 106 Basic Intensive French

Odile Chilton / Eric Trudel

M T W Th F

8:50 am -9:50 am

10:10am - 11:10am




(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 (with an extra hour of tutorial with the French assistant), 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: 24



FREN 203 Intermediate French III

Odile Chilton

M T W . .

10:10am - 11:10am



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: 22



FREN 270 Advanced Composition and Conversation

Marina van Zuylen

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3:10 pm -4:30 pm



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 338 Reading for the Plot

Marina van Zuylen

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1:30 pm -3:50 pm

OLIN 303


Cross-listed: Literature This course addresses the complicated relationship nineteenth-century French novelists entertained with the notion of literary entertainment. While they welcomed the feuilleton format (publishing their novels in cliff-hanging installments), novelists often resisted the hostile take-over of a public begging them to surrender stylistic experimentation for plot, aestheticism for entertainment. This conflict of interest figures prominently in the novels studied in the course Balzac's Illusions perdues, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Zola's L'Œuvre, Huysmans' A Rebours ). In addition to primary readings, we will read secondary material about plot (Aristotle, Lukacs, Barthes, Brooks, D.A. Miller), resistance to pleasure in art (Plato, Augustine, Baudelaire, Adorno), and mimesis (Auerbach, Genette, Derrida, Prendergast). Taught in French. Accepted students must have read Balzac's Père Goriot and Flaubert's Madame Bovary by the beginning of the semester. Class size: 15