FREN 102 Basic French II

Professor: O. Chilton

CRN: 11602

Distribution: D

Time: M Tu W Th 9:20 am - 10:20 am LC 118

Introduction to the language through the study of basic grammatical structures, oral expressions, and simple composition. The emphasis is on the spoken language in everyday usage. Gradually more complex structures and increasingly larger vocabulary are introduced in a natural way in the conversation and in relation to cultural context. One hour of language lab per week is required. Prerequisite: French 101 or permission of the instructor.


FREN 104 Intermediate French

Professor: O. Chilton

CRN: 11603

Distribution: D

Time: M Tu Th 10:30 am - 11:30 am LC 118

A course designed for students who have completed Basic French or two years of high-school French. The emphasis will be placed on building vocabulary and reinforcing familiarity with grammar. Through the reading of short texts, students will be encouraged to express themselves with confidence and accuracy on a variety of topics both in speaking and in writing.


FREN 310 Language through Literature and Culture

Professor: M. Lienard

CRN: 11727

Distribution: D

Time: Tu W Th 2:50 pm - 3:50 pm LC 120

The objective of French 310 is to help students acquire a richer, more idiomatic and elegant command of the language. Formal study of grammar is tailored to students' needs, but some work in translation will be done. Attention will be devoted to the examination of texts and to oral presentations by students. Class discussions will be based on reading selected texts: poems, plays, excerpts from novels, short stories, and articles on current events taken from French magazines or newspapers. All texts are chosen for thematic or cultural interest and linguistic quality. Weekly papers (essays or translations). One or two films will be shown to illustrate today's idiomatic language. In addition, students will meet in small groups with the French tutor once a week. Limited to 15 students. Prerequisite: French 210 or permission of the instructor.


FREN 352 Autrement Dit: Paroles de Femme

Professor: M. Lienard

CRN: 11728

Distribution: B/D

Time: Tu 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm LC 120

This course intends to introduce students to the diversity of French women's voices in literature and cinema in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Readings of contemporary women writers will include works by Cardinal, Dormann, Etcherelli, Redonnet, Duras, Ernaux, Yourcenar and Leclerc. Movies by Varda, Duras, Bellon, Sureau and/or Kurys may be shown and discussed, depending on availability. Weekly oral presentations and three papers required. Conducted in French. Advanced command of French required.


FREN 406 Le Romantisme dans les Arts et la Litterature

Professor: J. Rosenberg

CRN: 11606

Distribution: B/D

Time: M 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 309

An examination of the indigenous and foreign influences that contributed to the development of the French Romantic Movement with particular emphasis on the works of its two great precursors--Chateaubriand's (Ren‚; Atala) and Mme. de Stael's (De la Litt‚rature; De l'Allemagne) For the recognition of the new movement the fiercest battles were fought in the theatre, over such plays as Henri III et sa Cour by Dumas the Elder, de Vigny's adaptation of Othello, Hugo's Hernani and his Pr‚face de Cromwell, considered to be the most famous of the romantic manifestos. Less controversial and more lasting were the romantic poets de Vigny, Lamartine, and de Musset, and the novelist George Sand (Indiana). Examples of extravagant romanticism include works by Barbey d'Aurevilly (Les Diaboliques and Villers de l'Isle-Adam (Claire Lenoir; Contes Cruels), while the more decadent offshoots are represented by texts from "The wild `bousingos'" and "Jeunes France" with their pronounced taste for vampirism, lurid crimes and so-called Satanism. To illustrate the romantic impact upon music, we will listen to works by Berlioz. The influence in painting will be demonstrated through the works of Gericault and Delacroix. Prerequisite: fluency in French.