FREN 104 Intermediate French

Professor: Odile Chilton

CRN: 12314

Time: Mon 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 106 Basic Intensive French

Professor: Odile Chilton / Marina Van Zuylen

CRN: 12315

Time: Mon Tu Wed Th Fr 9:20 am - 10:20 am LC 118
Mon Tu Wed Th Fr 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm LC 118

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 the French in Action video series as well as other 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.


FREN 230 Under the Sun King: French Literature of the 17th Century

Professor: Andre Aciman

CRN: 12361

Time: Mon Wed 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm LC 118

Beginning with Italian and Spanish writers, this course investigates the literature of French Classicism in its social, political and intellectual contexts. This course will also probe aesthetic and epistemological problems inherent to French seventeenth-century works. Special attention will be given to literary theory and to the birth of psychological literature. Readings in translation to include: Madeleine de Scud‚ry, Madame de LaFayette, Racine, MoliŠre, Madame de Villedieu, Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, Guilleragues, Saint-Simon, and Saint-R‚al. Students are encouraged to read works in the original, but this course will be taught in English.


FREN 275 Advanced French and Introduction to French Literature

Professor: Andre Aciman

CRN: 12358

Time: Mon Wed 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm LC 120

Intended for students who have already studied French at all levels and wish to perfect their knowledge of written and spoken French, this course will introduce students to great works of French literature from a range of historical periods and provide them with methods for interpretation through close reading and extensive class discussion. The course syllabus is organized around common themes and generic categories. Readings from Madame de LaFayette, Racine, Victor Hugo, Marguerite Duras, Raymond Radiguet, Jean Anouilh, and a broad selection of French poems.


FREN 317 Genius or Insanity: Representations of Madness in French Literature

Professor: Marina Van Zuylen

CRN: 12362

Time: Th 2:50 pm - 4:50 pm LC 118

From the Age des lumiŠres to the present, Aristotle's correlation of melancholy and genius has divided France's medical and intellectual interpretations of sanity and insanity. This class will examine how some of the most influential works of French literature have perceived an intimate connection between insanity and the artistic drive. Drawing on nineteenth-century medical texts (Pinel, Esquirol, Lombroso, Krafft-Ebing) and twentieth-century historical and psychoanalytical thinkers (Freud, Jaspers, Foucault, Deleuze), we will explore how extreme manifestations of human emotions (jealousy, misanthropy, narcissism, melancholy, paranoia, schizophrenia) have alternatively been explained as genius or as insanity. Taught in French. Primary texts in French, secondary sources in English. Readings include Racine's PhŠdre, MoliŠre's Le Misanthrope, Diderot's Paradoxe sur le com‚dien, Rousseau's Rˆveries du promeneur solitaire, Nerval's Aur‚lia, Flaubert's Correspondance (selections),Duras' Moderato Cantabile, Kristeva's Black Sun, and Huysman's A Rebours. Open to qualified First-Year students.


FREN 320 Le Th‚ƒtre Fran‡ais du 20iŠme siŠcle

Professor: Justus Rosenberg

CRN: 12363

Time: Mon 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm OLIN 107

A critical analysis of representative twentieth-century French comedies and tragedies from Jarry's Ubu Roi, the first revolt against bourgeois morality and prevalent theater values, to Genet's Les Bonnes, illustrative of the Theater of Cruelty. Beckett's Ah, Les Beaux Jours and Ionesco's La Cantatrice Chauve will provide examples from the Theater of the Absurd, while the Poetic Drama, which affirms the power of language in the theater, will be represented by Giraudoux's La Guerre de Troie. As an example of surrealism we will read Cocteau's La Machine Infernale; of existentialism, Sartre's Huit Clos and Anouilh's Antigone. Prerequisite: two years of French.