FREN  106   

 Basic Intensive French

Odile Chilton / Eric Trudel

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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: 20



FREN  203   

 Intermediate French III

Odile Chilton

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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  the  week for workshops.  Class size: 20



FREN  270   

 Advanced Composition & Conversation

Matthew Amos

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OLIN 201


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  355   

DEFYING DEATH: THE Literary ExperIENCE in THE French TradITIOn

Matthew Amos

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OLIN 310


Aristotle states in his Poetics that the representation (mimesis) of death does not result in the disgust or depression that tends to follow upon actually witnessing a carcass or cadaver.  Instead, he argues, the representation of death allows us to learn about the state that inevitably awaits us all.  Aristotle touches here on the ultimate point of human experience (death), by limiting its intellectual contemplation to the realm of representation, of art.  This very gesture traces the path to rebirth: what is dead lives again (albeit differently) in its representation.  This seminar will explore how exactly literature deals with and challenges the task that Aristotle assigns it.  From advice on how best to prepare for death to the argument against the death penalty; from ritual sacrifice to suicide; from the resurrection of the dead to the euthanasia of the living; this course will address many of the ways in which literature veritably defies death.  Readings from (but not limited to) Chrétien de Troyes, Montaigne, Racine, Rousseau, Hugo, Nerval, Baudelaire, Sartre, Camus, Bataille, Blanchot and QuignardTaught in French.  Students should have completed an advanced French language course, or talk to the instructor prior to online registration. Class size: 15