11533

FREN 106   Basic Intensive French

Odile Chilton / Eric Trudel

M T W Th F

M T W Th F

8:50 -9:50 am

10:10 - 11:10 am

OLINLC 120

OLINLC 120

FLLC

(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: 16

 

11554

FREN 203   Intermediate French III

Odile Chilton

M T . Th .

10:10 - 11:10 am

OLINLC 206

FLLC

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  the  week for workshops.  Class size: 22

 

11631

FREN 270   Advanced Composition and Conversation

Marina van Zuylen

. T . Th .

3:10 -4:30 pm

OLIN 203

FLLC

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

 

11632

FREN 354   Literature of Private Life

Marina van Zuylen

. . W . .

1:30 -3:50 pm

OLIN 303

FLLC/DIFF

Cross-listed:  Literature;  Gender & Sexuality Studies   The representation of private life in the nineteenth-century French novel coincided with the advent of Realism. Realism not only described the institutions that shaped private life (i.e., marriage, education, religion), but dwelled also on the discrete dramas occurring backstage--the solitude of the spinster (Flaubert's Un Cœur simple), the plight of the child (Vallès' L'Enfant, Renard's Poil de Carotte), the ambiguities of filial duties(Balzac, Eugenie Grandet, Flaubert Madame Bovary), the despair of domesticity (Maupassant's Une Vie), and the nature of neuroses (Zola, Nana). Using novels, stories, and short selections from journals and correspondences, this course will examine the emergence of writings previously considered too private, too personal to be viewed as literature. Students will also uncover the techniques that help dramatize these highly subjective conflicts (interior monologue, free indirect discourse, early examples of flow of consciousness). Issues of gender, sexuality, and the role of women in defining domesticity will be central. In order to situate these texts within a tradition that rethinks the self, there will be additional readings by Locke, Descartes, Kant, and Shaftesbury. Students will also read excerpts from recent anthologies about everyday life to examine the connection between literature, philosophy, social history, and anthropology.  Taught in French.  Class size: 15