Head of Department: Associate Professor Gustavo Nanclares
Department Office: Room 207, Oak Hall
Consult the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department listing in this Catalog for requirements for majors in French.
Consult the Departmental Handbook for courses offered and further description of these courses.
Four credits each semester. Four class periods and a one-hour laboratory period. The fourth class period is devoted to culture and society and reinforces through these areas the linguistic skills taught in the preceding classes. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of high school French. Students who wish to continue in French but feel ill prepared should contact the head of the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department.
Elementary French grammar. Emphasis is on the skills of speaking, oral and written comprehension, reading of simple texts and writing.
Four credits each semester. Four class periods and a one-hour laboratory period. The fourth class period is devoted to culture and society. Prerequisite: FREN 1162 or 173 or two years of high school French.
Continuation of 1161-1162. Review and extension of French grammar. Graded composition. Intensive and extensive reading. Intensive oral practice.
Three credits. Taught in English.
A cultural history of France and its colonial empire through political, social, artistic and literary revolutions and scandals. Topics include: Impressionism and the shock of the new, the Eiffel Tower scandal, Nazi occupation and the resistance, U.S. cultural imperialism, feminism, immigration and the crisis of national identity. CA 1. CA 4-INT.
Three credits. One 3-hour class period. Readings, viewings and lectures in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.
Weekly screenings of French films from the first comedies and surrealism to the New Wave and the young filmmakers of the 1990’s. Introduction to film history, analysis, and interpretation of films. CA 1. CA 4-INT.
Four credits each semester. Two hours a day, four days a week, plus a 2-hour laboratory practice. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of Instructor.
Three credits. Taught in English.
Evolution of literatures and cultures formerly under French colonial rule. Language, identity, religion, art and politics as they shape these societies’ passage to cultural autonomy. CA 1. CA 4-INT.
The search for traces of a counter culture which grew out of pagan beliefs and remained latent despite the domination of Christianity from the Middle Ages to modern times. Tales of magic and witchcraft, as presented by texts and films. The evolution of exemplary figures like Merlin or Nostradamus. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.
Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally before the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.
Special topics taken in a foreign study program.
Studies of the arts in the cultural context of French and Francophone civilization, from the Middle Ages to the late nineteenth century. Considerations of social systems, passions, sexuality, relations of power in their manifestations in architecture, painting and sculpture. Some lectures by and discussions with experts from Anthropology, Music, Political Science, History, and Art History. CA 1.
An historical and cultural overview of France in the 20th and 21st centuries: from D-Day to the European Union, from Communism to the Green Party, from ballad crooners to rap, from love stories to action films; the changing French nation through authentic documents, literary texts, and films. CA 1. CA 4-INT.
Acquaints students with the practical aspect of translating by working on a variety of articles on politics, science, business, and the arts.
Three credits. Prerequisite: FREN 3215 or instructor consent. Gordon, Melehy
Translation of texts from the press, contemporary literature, film, and media. This level of translation requires the completion of an individual project.
French and international business, from day-to-day entrepreneurial operations to the new European economy and globalization. Preparation for the Diplôme de Français des Affaires given by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Recommended for those interested in working in international business and institutions.
The literatures, societies, and cultures of French-speaking countries in North Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and of Francophone communities of Europe and North America. CA 1. CA 4-INT.
A study of French dramatic texts and genres (tragedy, comedy, etc.). Popular theatre. The theory and practice of performance in contemporary France. The semiotics of stage production. Use of audio-visual material.
A study of literary forms in prose in their social and cultural contexts. Forms include: classic psychological novel, classic and contemporary science-fiction, the realist novel, the fantastic short story, the new novel, detective fiction, electronic fiction.
Examples of poetry of different epochs ranging from the epic to the lyric to the limerick.
French and Francophone film and its aesthetic and social function. Evolution of film language and the relation of film to literature and to other cultural expressions. May be offered in English or in French.
Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3211 or instructor consent. May be repeated twice for credit.
The economics of the media industry, mass audiences and new technologies, the marketing of culture, French nationalism and the global market, electronic democracy, the politics of food and addictions, ethics and new forms of human reproduction. CA 1. CA 4-INT.
Moments and themes in the history of French and Francophone cinema, studied chronologically.
Founding myths and legends of Occidental culture, including a socio-cultural approach. Strong audio-visual component. CA 1.
Literary works from the sixteenth century in their cultural context: the secularization of daily life, passions, religious violence, the changing roles of women and reconceptualizations of sexuality, representations of the body, the relationship to Greco-Roman Antiquity; the relationship to the “Other,” the “New World.”
The literary and artistic innovations that made France the center of 19th-century culture. The Fantastic, Realism, Naturalism, and Decadence. CA 1.
A portrait of France in the 20th Century through contemporary French literature: exoticism, sexuality, war, colonialism, feminism, end of the century, related films and works of art. CA 1.
Intense study of oral French. Learning of oral techniques of communication in conjunction with weekly topics of conversation associated with various francophone cultures. Rigorous and active oral practice through dialogues, interviews, roundtables, and oral reports.
Three credits. Recommended preparation: Four years of high school French or FREN 3250 or instructor consent.
Extensive practice in oral French based mainly on authentic cultural materials. Emphasis on perfecting language skills for self expression and communication, on developing new vocabulary, and on recognizing and working with linguistic differences associated with various francophone cultures.
A comprehensive study of the French phonetic system. Practice pronouncing French as the French do in a wide array of contexts.
Texts from the Middle Ages to the 18th-Century, including the Arthurian legend, Renaissance poetry, Classical theater, and the philosophy of the Enlightenment in the cultural context in which they were produced. CA 1.
Study of poetry, theater and prose fiction that marks the evolution from the psychology of the romantic hero and heroine to Existentialist philosophy and the New Novel, and contemporary fiction and poetry. CA 1.
The study of French and Francophone culture through fiction, non-fiction, journalism and film. Emphasis on perfecting both oral and written expression through discussion, presentations, and composition on assigned topics. CA 1.
Advanced study of French texts and extensive written practice in a variety of forms ranging from compositions, essays, summaries and film reviews. CA 1.
Three credits. Three hours per week. Recommended preparation: FREN 3268 or equivalent.
Intensive course in French grammar through a variety of fictional and non-fictional texts.
Representative works of French literature, on a particular theme. How literary forms articulate the ideas and values of different periods. CA 1.
Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3268 or instructor consent.
Introduction to French literary theory, as informed by linguistics, semiotics, historical materialism, psychoanalysis, philosophy, feminist studies, postmodernism and postcolonialism. Critical practice applied to French and Francophone literatures, popular culture, advertising, the media, electronic writing.
French and Francophone cultures and societies. Themes and topics include: sexuality and politics, education and violence, France and the USA, France and Africa, French multiculturism, French music (including rap), cities and “banlieues,” social and cultural effects of globalization.
Credits and hours by arrangement. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor.
Special topics taken in a foreign study program.
Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.
Three credits. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.
Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.
Education Abroad Program in France
The University sponsors an academic program at the University of Paris in France. A program description can be found in this Catalog within the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Departmental listing, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.