Spring 2012 List of courses

 FREN 102 Elementary French II

An introduction to the French language designed to de­velop basic communicative competence in speaking and writing skills, and basic listening and reading comprehension of cultural materials. Preliminary introduction to selected aspects of the Francophone world. Four class hours. Pre-requisite: French 101 or placement.

22484 - FREN 102 -01        Davis- Médevielle

MWF 10:00 am - 10:50 am Wash.302 / R 9:30 am - 10:20 am  Wash 308

27396 - FREN 102-02         Sykes

MWF 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm    Wash 308 / R 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Wash 305 


FREN 202 Intermediate French II

Continued review of basic French grammar through development of writing, speaking and comprehension skills, with additional emphasis on cultural and literary readings. Four class hours. Pre-requisite: French 201 or placement.

22485 - FREN 202 -01        Eilderts

MWF  11:00 am - 11:50 am  Wash 307/ T  12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Small Physics Lab 233

20355 - FREN 202 -02        Eilderts

MWF   1:00 pm - 1:50 pm  Wash/ T 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Millington 25

24140 - FREN 202 -03        Eilderts

MWF    2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Wash 305/ R 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Millington Hall 25


FREN 210 From Word to Text (GER 5)

Continued development of all four language skills, with a special emphasis on reading and writing. This course will incorporate work with applied grammar, interactive video, film, and French and Francophone readings. Pre-requisite: French 202 or equivalent.

20363 - FREN 210-01         A.Leruth        MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am  Wash 305    

24696- FREN 210-02          Médevielle    TR   12:30 pm - 1:50 pm Wash 310 


FREN 212  Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Francophone World (GER 4C)

An introduction to comparative cultural studies of the Francophone world. An exploration of the rich cultural exchanges among Francophone communities with an emphasis on their geographical, historical and social contexts. Sustained attention to oral and written expression. Pre-requisite: French 202 or equivalent.

20364 - FREN 212-01     A.Leruth            MWF 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Blair 223 

27404- FREN 212-02     A.Leruth             MWF 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Wash 306  


FREN 290 Elections présidentielles 2012 -

 27405- M.Leruth 

This course, taught in French and targeted to students making the transition from upper-intermediate to advanced-level French (i.e. who have not yet taken French 300 or higher), will be built around the French presidential election of 2012. It will culminate in analysis of coverage (articles in the press, political literature and advertising, television reports, debates, etc.) of the home stretch campaign and election itself (April). It will begin with discussions of the French political system, recent electoral politics in France, President Sarkozy's record in office, the candidates, the parties, and the issues. We will make regular comparisons to American presidential politics.

11:00 am - 12:20 pm           TR       Washington Hall 308        


FREN 301 Life in Montpellier

Compan-Barnard   26678      TBA   


FREN 305  The Craft of Writing

This course is designed to develop the art of writing in French in more sophisticated prose than in lower level courses. You will focus on improving your writing proficiency in French in different modes of expression (narration, description, argumentation, exposition, etc.). Writing assignments will include a wide range of topics (architecture, nature, the environment, portraits, autobiographical writing, etc.) and each will be supported by specific activities to develop and refine appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures. Through practical exercises and peer-editing, as well as reflection and revising, you will focus on writing French in coherent, extended discourse with lexical flexibility, rhetorical skills, and style.

20365 - FREN 305-01   Kulick      TR    8:00 am - 9:20 am     Wash 317

23152- FREN 305-02  St Clair       TR    12:30 pm - 1:50 pm Wash  317  


FREN 306 Advanced Conversation

Médevielle    28237

This course is conceived primarily for students who have not yet been able to study abroad. The class will greatly expand your vocabulary and communications strategies to prepare you to travel and for advanced classes' discussions. We will discuss the news of the French & Francophone world every Thursdays, and will use a variety of "texts" (websites, short movies, radio, and newspapers) to explore a series of themes related to contemporary France.          

Enrollment by instructor's permission only (contact [[nmedevielle, Prof. Médevielle]]). Priority will be given to students who are co-enrolled in French 305, 314, or 315 during the spring 2012 semester. One of the following courses is a prerequisite: French 210, 212, 290, or 151.

 TR       9:30 am - 10:50 am             Wash 305     


FREN 314 Intro French Cultural Studies (GER 4A/ GER 5)

M. Leruth   23153

An introduction to the field of French Cultural Studies through the analysis of evolving constructs of French national identity.

GE4A Hist/Cultr Euro Tradition, GE5 Lit/Hist of the Arts, Second Language

 TR       2:00 pm - 3:20 pm Wash 305


FREN 315    Lit in its Cultural Contexts (GE 4A/ GE5)

Pacini   20367

What can literature do? What has French literature done? Where is French literature today? What is its presence in the media? This course will examine a long history of reading, writing, and publication practices by studying a range of literary texts (from early modern fairy tales to the twentieth-century theater of the absurd). Assignments will focus on developing students' linguistic, analytical, and cyberliteracy skills, in addition to enhancing their cultural competency.

GE4A Hist/Cultr Euro Tradition, GE5 Lit/Hist of the Arts, Second Language

TR       11:00 am - 12:20 pm    Wash 305


FREN 321    Spectacular Culture

Pacini   28238

To what extent could one say that early modern French culture was fundamentally spectacular? What role did performance and spectacle play in the social and political scenes of this period? What debates were played out on the stage and in the contemporary discourse about acting and theater-going? Why did people believe that plays could corrupt the soul? This course will study the impact of theater and theatrical performances at court, in the city, in fairgrounds and in the streets of Paris. In addition to reading critically or popularly acclaimed literary masterpieces, we will examine essays that describe or theorize the effects of theater on the evolution of moral, social and political conventions. Specific sub-topics for the course are therefore: the history of the Comédie Française, the Théâtre Italien, the Opéra and the foires; the evolution of the physical stage; the classical rules of dramaturgy; early modern ideas about the pedagogical function of the theater; the history of pantomime and innovative eighteenth-century uses of gestural languages; the censorship of plays and debates about censorship; the life and particular status of actors and actresses; early modern arguments about the value or dangers of theater-going; different forms of spectator behavior; the political importance of the pit or parterre; the role of revolutionary festivals; the theatricalization of politics.

TR       2:00 pm - 3:20 pm  Wash 317


FREN 350   Utopia, Catastrophe, Poetry

 St Clair     28239

Modern French poetry is written against an effervescent backdrop of ideas for radically re-thinking and exploring notions such as the individual and collective subject; identity and differences such as class, gender, and sexuality; the pain of longing for inaccessible objects of desire; alienation, consumer culture and violence in the modern metropolis; and death and meaning in a universe seemingly deprived of God and other solid points of reference. Above all, French poetry of the nineteenth century is written in conjunction with the massive political upheavals of the period, and, whether it takes the path of political "engagement" or that of a "flight away from History" (Sartre), it is a poetry of utopias and catastrophes, one that is deeply caught-up in its historical, political and cultural situations. In this class, we will link poetry to politics and history, learning how to read and interpret French poetic texts in/with/against their cultural, political, historical, and esthetic contexts.

  TR       9:30 am - 10:50 am              Morton Hall 3


FREN 450   Writing Violence - Major Writing Req

Compan-Barnard      27408

This course offers students a study of the colonial and post-colonial Francophone world through the theme of violence (thematic, stylistic, or linguistic). Students will examine the forms and uses of violence in French-language literature and films from sub-saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean. By reading verbal, written, and visual texts from countries including Haiti, Mauritius, Senegal, Rwanda, and Madagascar we will explore how violence is used to narrate political expression, colonial and postcolonial history, modernization and migration. Topics include: colonization and resistance to colonization, gender and violence, madness, cruelty, and textual violence. Students will learn about socio-cultural, economic, and historical contexts that have shaped the francophone world and its literatures. The course will also draw on postcolonial theory and African literary criticism, which will strengthen students' critical analysis of the works of fiction. Active participation is expected.

Attributes: Meets Major Writing Req

MW    2:00 pm - 3:20 pm Millington 123