Course Offerings Fall 2012
FREN 101 (2 sections)
FREN 151. FRSM:Ecology in French Cinema (Freshmen Seminar Req)
What is the ecological agenda of recent French blockbusters from various genres such as "Home" (2009), "Winged Migration" (2001) or "Darwin's nightmare" (2009)? How do they represent contemporary environmental issues such as recycling, human and animal rights, natural ressources, etc.? In French. No pre-requisites in Film studies.
Class 9:30 am - 10:50 am TR Washington Hall 312 Aug 29,2012 - Dec 07,2012
FREN 201 Intermediate French I (3 sections)
FREN 210 From Word to Text (GE5)
Pr. St Clair
Class 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm TR Millington Hall 23
FREN 212 Cross-Cultural Perspectives (GE 4C) (2 sections)
FREN 290 The French Revolution
This seminar studies the history and importance of the French revolution through the analysis of different media. We will investigate the ways in which the revolutionaries defined French identity, patriotism, and political authority. We will decipher some of the fundamental symbols and political narratives of this period. In the process, we will address methodological questions such as how to interpret cultural objects (i.e. revolutionary clothing) as meaningful "texts." We will also consider the international dimensions of the French revolution (in the Caribbean in particular): we will therefore discuss late eighteenth-century debates on race and slavery. Taught in French.
Class 11:00 am - 12:20 pm TR Washington Hall 312
FREN 305 The Craft of Writing (2 sections)
Pr.N. Medevielle/ R.St Clair
FREN 310. French Cinema (GER4A)
Ce cours (entièrement en français) présentera l'histoire du cinéma français (depuis les Frères Lumière et Méliès jusqu'à Kassovitz et Denis) -pour ainsi couvrir le GER 4 A, mais offrira aussi des outils pour analyser des films de manière critique, et finalement donnera l'occasion de réaliser un court métrage en équipe.
Class 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm TR Washington Hall 307
FREN 314. Intro French Cultural Studies
Class 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm TR Washington Hall 308
FREN 315 French Literature in its Cultural Contexts (GER4A and GER5)
What can literature do? What has French literature done? This course will trace a history of reading, writing, and publication practices from the early modern period (think: fairy tales) to the present. Topics of discussion will include: theories and practices of writing and authority; different forms censorship; the history of intellectual property; definition and characteristics of the literary field; the many functions of literature. In other words, rather than doing a traditional survey of French literature (which might focus on texts' most important themes, formal traits, genres, and genealogies of influence), we will examine the material, social, legal, economic, and ideological forces that shaped and often destabilized France's literary culture, while also raising questions about the ways in which this literature and specific reading, writing, and publication practices affected individuals and society as a whole.
Class 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm TR Millington Hall 123
FREN 362 Culture in Context 2: The Republic
Prof. M. Leruth
This first half of the course will focus on the many different ways in which the notion of the Republic is culturally important in France: as a system of government, a locus of collective memory, a philosophical and moral ideal, an archetype of national identity, a sacred object, and a social model, etc. It will take an interdisciplinary approach incorporating insights from a number of different fields such as history, political science, anthropology, and iconography. The second half of the course will focus on the current political landscape in France including issues such as multiculturalism and globalization that present a challenge to the French republican tradition and an in-depth analysis of the 2012 presidential election in France.
Class 9:30 am - 10:50 am TR Millington Hall 123
FREN 408 Translation
Translation is the art of creating a linguistic bridge to carry ideas and cultural values across language borders. We will focus on advanced concepts in stylistics applied to the challenges of translation drawing texts from both literary and non-literary sources.
Class 8:00 am - 9:20 am TR Washington Hall 317
FREN 411. Independent Study
FREN 412 Teaching Practicum