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French Courses - SPRING 2018

In addition to offering the 101-102 and 201-202 language courses, and the one-credit hour conversation classes (FR11200, FR21200 and FR31200), the following courses will be taught in Spring 2018.

FR 241 Introduction to the Study of French Literature
Instructor: Prof. Broden
Reading and discussion of selected poetry, prose, and theatre from France and the Francophone world; introduction to critical discourse and basic concepts of literary theory. Texts, discussion, and written assignments in French.

FR 301 French V
Instructor: TBA
Continued development of French speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities, using materials dealing primarily with everyday life and civilization in France and the other French-speaking countries from various sources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, TV, recent literature, etc.). Conducted in French.

FR 302 French Level VI
Instructor: TBA
Further work to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities in French on the basis of materials dealing with the ideas and events that have shaped present-day France and other French-speaking countries. Conducted in French.

FR 380 French Food Culture
Instructor: Prof. Sturm

FR 424 Business French
Instructor: Prof. Landais
A study of the terminology and techniques used in commercial transactions, including the interpretation and writing of business materials. Development of the four language skills, with emphasis on writing and speaking.

FR 480 French Culture, Mass Media and Globalization
Instructor: Veldwachter
The study of modern French life, with special emphasis on the customs and daily life of the people. Lectures in French.

FR 582 Introduction to Francophone Caribbean Culture
Instructor: Veldwachter
Examines at least three French-speaking regions outside of France (e. g., Caribbean, Maghreb, Quebec, West Africa), including contemporary civilization and the development of cultures throughout history. Explores trends in society, daily life, the arts, and the ideas. Lectures in French.

FR 594 Special Topics in French Literature
Instructor: Prof. Thomas Broden
This course designed for French minors, majors, and graduate students explores recent fictional works in varied genres, such as short story, novella, play, diary, autobiography, detective story, comic book, and film scenario. Class activities include lecture, discussion, and student presentations. Students write several 2-3 page papers, then a longer final paper. The course aims to enhance knowledge of the postwar Francophone world, to sample varieties of fiction, and to improve competence in reading, speaking, writing, and listening to French.
A number of works serve as windows onto everyday life in different places in the Francophone world, from school to the suburbs, and from Paris to the Normandy coast and Algeria. Certain narratives provide glimpses of ordinary men and women’s existence at the time of critical events, including World War II and the Occupation. Many texts pose questions of choices among fundamental values, such as identity, fidelity, and posterity. Course taught in French.

Full list of French Courses

  • FRENCH 101-202 Levels I-IV - Staff
  • FRENCH 112 Elementary Conversation I - Staff
  • FRENCH 211-212 Elementary Conversation II-III - Staff
  • FRENCH 224 Business French
  • FRENCH 241 Introduction to the Study of French Literature
  • FRENCH 301 Level V - Leverage
  • FRENCH 302-1 Level VI - Broden
  • FRENCH 302-2 Level VI
  • FRENCH 312-Advanced Conversation III+ - Staff
  • FRENCH 324 Business French
  • FRENCH 330 French Cinema (List of Films)
  • FRENCH 341 French Literature I: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment - Wood
  • FRENCH 380S Traditional Francophone Cultures and Urban Landscapes in the Francophonie
  • FRENCH 396T French for Play Performance
  • FRENCH 402 French Level VIII
  • FRENCH 424 Business French
  • FRENCH 564 Introduction to Old French - Leverage
  • FRENCH 594D Defining Poetry: Renaissance to Duchamp's "Lovers" - White
  • FRENCH 594E 18th Century French Epistolary Novels
  • FRENCH 601 1st Course to Establish Reading Knowledge- Staff
  • FRENCH 603/5 2nd Course to Establish Reading Knowledge - Staff
  • FRENCH 649/FLL 650T Theory of Mind and Literature - Leverage, Mancing
  • FRENCH 659T Seminar: 20th Century French Experimental Theater
  • FRENCH 679G Seminar: Second Language Testing - Grace

Topics Courses

FR 380S Francophone Culture: music, film, television shows, society, and literature from French-speaking countries outside of Europe (Caribbean, West Africa, the Maghreb, Québec). Les mutations de l'histoire, de l'économie et des mentalités ont entraîné des modes de vie davantage tournés vers la ville. Nombreux sont ceux qui quittent les villages pour la grande ville: comment s'effectue pour eux la transition?

FR 396T French for Play Performance: We will work intensively on skills for spoken French, including pronunciation and diction, by putting on a French play. Other: FR 341 French Literature I: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. (Prerequisite: FR 241). Reading of selected poetry, prose, and theater of French from the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment in historical and cultural context. Readings, discussion, and papers in French.

Advanced courses for Undergraduates:

FR 594E Eighteenth-century Epistolary Novel in France: We will read a number of novels written as collections of letters and published in the century of the Enlightenment in France.

FR 594D Defining Poetry: We will pose the question 'What is poetry?' while examining a wide variety of texts from the Renaissance to the present, including Ronsard and Lamartine, Concrete poetry and contemporary electronic poetry.




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