French (FREN)

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.

1161-1162. Elementary French I and II

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.

1163-1164. Intermediate French I and II

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.

1169. Modernity in Crisis: France and the Francophone World from 1850 to Today

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.

1171. French Cinema

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.

1174-1175. Intensive French III and IV

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.

Intensive coverage; FREN 11741175 (spring) covers the same material as 11631164.

1176. Literatures and Cultures of the Postcolonial Francophone World

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.

1177. Magicians, Witches, Wizards: Parallel Beliefs and Popular Culture in France

Three credits.

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.

1193. Foreign Study

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.

3210. French Art and Civilization

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

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.

3211. Contemporary France

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

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.

3215. Practical Translation

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3267 or 3268 or instructor consent.

Acquaints students with the practical aspect of translating by working on a variety of articles on politics, science, business, and the arts.

3216. Advanced Translation

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.

3217. Business French

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

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.

3218. Francophone Studies

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3210 or 3211 or 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

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.

3220. Theater Studies

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

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.

3221. Forms and Topics in French Fiction

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

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.

3222. Poetry

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

Examples of poetry of different epochs ranging from the epic to the lyric to the limerick.

3223. French Film and Theory

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3210 or 3211 or 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

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.

3224. Issues in Cultural Studies, the Media, and the Social Sciences

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.

3226. French and Francophone Cinema

Three credits. Prerequisite: FREN 3210 or 3211 or 3261 or 3262, or instructor consent.

Moments and themes in the history of French and Francophone cinema, studied chronologically.

3231. Renaissance and Reformation

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

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.”

3234. Romanticism, Realism, Fin de Siècle: 19th-Century Literature

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

The literary and artistic innovations that made France the center of 19th-century culture. The Fantastic, Realism, Naturalism, and Decadence. CA 1.

3235. French Modernity

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

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.

3250. Global Culture in French I

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

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.

3251. Global Culture in French II

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.

3257. French Phonetics

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

A comprehensive study of the French phonetic system. Practice pronouncing French as the French do in a wide array of contexts.

3261W. From the Holy Grail to the Revolution: Introduction to Literature

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

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.

3262W. From the Romantics to the Moderns: Introduction to Literature

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

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.

3267. Grammar and Culture

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

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.

3268. Grammar and Composition

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

Advanced study of French texts and extensive written practice in a variety of forms ranging from compositions, essays, summaries and film reviews. CA 1.

3268W. Grammar and Composition

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent. CA 1.

3269. Advanced French Grammar

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.

3270W. French Literature and Civilization in English

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Representative works of French literature, on a particular theme. How literary forms articulate the ideas and values of different periods. CA 1.

3272. French Literary Theory

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.

3274. French Cultural Studies

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262.

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.

3280. Fiction and Non-fiction by French and Francophone Women

Three credits. Recommended preparation: FREN 3261W or 3262W or consent of instructor. With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit.

3293. Foreign Study

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.

3295. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3298. Variable Topics

Three credits. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3299. Independent Study

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.

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