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FREN 1210 : Elementary French
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Claire Menard
Sarena Tien
Brandon Greer
Katherine Blake
Alexandra Picheta
Damien Tissot
Kevin Kwong
FREN 1210-FREN 1220 is a two-semester sequence.  FREN 1210 is the first half of the sequence designed to provide a thorough grounding in French language and an introduction to intercultural competence.  French is used in contextualized, meaningful activities to provide practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Development of analytical skills for grammar leads students toward greater autonomy as language learners.  Students develop their writing skills by writing and editing compositions.  Readings are varied and include literary texts.  Daily preparation and active participation are required.
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FREN 1230 : Continuing French
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thierry Torea
Richard Gibbs
Peter Caswell
FREN 1230 is an all-skills course designed to improve oral communication, listening comprehension, and reading ability; to establish a groundwork for correct writing; and to provide a substantial grammar review. The approach in the course encourages the student to see the language within the context of its culture.
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FREN 2080 : French for Business
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Flavien Glidja
This intermediate conversation and composition French course is designed for students interested in business fields such as Hospitality, Business Management, and Marketing, those looking for an internship or a job in French-speaking businesses or students interested in exploring the language and cultures of the French-speaking business world.  The course will focus on improving oral and written skills through the acquisition of specific vocabulary and the review of essential grammatical structures commonly used in business.  Students will use authentic written, visual and listening materials and engage in interactive activities relevant to the professional world and its intercultural dimension.
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FREN 2090 : French Intermediate Composition and Conversation I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Joe Zappa
Nicholas Huelster
Flavien Glidja
Adam Schoene
This intermediate-level course is designed for students who want to focus on their speaking and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on strengthening of grammar skills, expansion of vocabulary and discourse levels to increase communicative fluency and accuracy. The course also provides continued reading and listening practice as well as development of effective language learning strategies.
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FREN 2091 : Oral Practice for Study Abroad
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Elise Finielz
This one-credit course is focused on oral communication in French; to take this course students must be concurrently enrolled in FREN 2090.  Because the course is designed especially to encourage students to study abroad in France, it focuses on the colloquial use of French in that country.
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FREN 2095 : French Intermediate Composition and Conversation II
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Damien Tissot
This advanced-intermediate course is highly recommended for students planning to study abroad as it aims to develop the writing and speaking skills needed to function in a French speaking university environment.  A comprehensive review of fundamental and advanced grammatical structures is integrated with the study of selected texts (short stories, literary excerpts, poems, articles from French periodicals, videos) all chosen for thematic or cultural interest.  Students write weekly papers, participate in class discussions of the topics at hand, and give at least one oral presentation in class.
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FREN 2180 : Advanced French
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thierry Torea
In this course, furthering oral communication skills and writing skills is emphasized.  A comprehensive review of fundamental and advanced grammatical structures is integrated with short stories, literary excerpts, videos, poems, and articles from French magazines or newspapers, all chosen for thematic or cultural interest.  Students write weekly papers (essays and translations), have daily conversations focusing on the topics at hand, and give at last one presentation in class. This course is highly recommended for students planning to study abroad in a French speaking university.
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FREN 2310 : Introduction to French and Francophone Literature and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Conall Cash
Marie-Claire Vallois
This course, designed to follow FREN 2095, introduces students to an array of literary and visual material from the French and Francophone world.  It aims to develop students' proficiency in critical writing and thinking, as well as presenting students with the vocabulary and tools of literary and visual analysis.  Each section of FREN 2310 will have a different focus-for example, colonialism and the other, or the importance of women and sexual minorities in French and Francophone history, performance in literature and film, or image and narrative-but all sections of FREN 2310 will emphasize through writing assignments and in-class discussions, the development of those linguistic and conceptual tools necessary for cultural and critical fluency.
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FREN 2860 : The French Revolution
Crosslisted as: HIST 2860 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Paul Friedland
In the turbulent and violent years from 1789 to 1815, France experienced virtually every form of government known to the modern world. This course explores the rapidly changing political landscape of this extraordinary period as well as the evolution of Revolutionary culture (the arts, theater, songs, fashion, the cult of the guillotine, attitudes towards gender and race). Whenever possible, we will use texts and images produced by the Revolutionaries themselves.
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FREN 3020 : French Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (FLAC)
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thalia Gerzso
This 1-credit optional course aims to expand the students' vocabulary, and advance their speaking and reading skills as well as enhance their knowledge and deepen their cultural understanding by supplementing non-language courses throughout the University.
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FREN 3120 : French Stylistics
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ti Alkire
Part theory, part textual analysis, and part creative writing, this course aims to help students develop a richer, more nuanced understanding and command of both the spoken and written language.  As students refine their understanding of style and learn techniques for characterizing stylistic varieties, they apply these concepts both to the reading of a singular (and yet very plural) literary text.  Raymond Queneau's Exercices de style, and to the writing of new exercices de style of their own.  We also consider the relevance of stylistics to translation and of translation to Queneau's text.  Seminar-style participation in class discussions and activities is expected.
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FREN 3410 : Between Two Shores: Algeria/France
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Souad Kherbi
A survey of literary and cultural creations from the Francophone world, this course will explore the representations of the long and complex relationship-colonial, postcolonial, of wars and migrations-between Algeria and France through diverse aesthetic works (novels, short stories, films, visual arts, poetry, graphic novels, music). With a special emphasis on questions of race, gender, exile and acculturation, as well as on the interplay between individual and collective memory, we will also focus on art, humor and creativity.  Cultural productions by Taos Amrouche, Kadar Attia, Baya, Maïssa Bey, Albert Camus, Hélène Cixous, Mohammed Dib, Tahar Djaout, Assia Djebaar, Frantz Fanon, Médine, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Leila Sebbar, Joann Sfar, René Vautier and Kateb Yacine will be considered, among others.
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FREN 3485 : Cinematic Cities
Crosslisted as: COML 3485, ITAL 3485, PMA 3485, SPAN 3485 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Patricia Keller
Cecelia Lawless
Beginning in the early days of silent cinema, a rich tradition of what are called "city films," combines technological innovation with the exploration of specific urban spaces.  Students in this class will learn how to think about the possibilities of limits of cinema as a way of "knowing" a city and its cultures, including linguistic cultures.  This course will be offered in English and is open to all students.  The focus will be on the relationship between the cinema and the development of urban centers, including Madrid, Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Venice.  Films will be shown outside of regular class meeting times, in the original languages with English subtitles.
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FREN 3565 : Nasty Women: The Politics of Misogyny in Ancient France
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Mitchell Greenberg
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FREN 3770 : On Practice and Perfection
Crosslisted as: MEDVL 3760, RELST 3770 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Cary Howie
Practice makes perfect, the old saying goes, but the nature of that connection remains opaque.  This course, conducted in English and intended as a sequel to FREN 3540 - On Paying Attention, gives students the opportunity to engage with everyday material and spiritual practices, and to reflect upon the kids of things these practices "make."  What is the place of routine and repetition in our lives?  How can we open a conversation about our habits?  We'll look for models to the long history of writing on the subject, largely but not exclusively by Christian thinkers (e.g. Augustine, Benedict, Aelred, Francis, Ignatius), even as we develop new ways of accounting for, and developing, the practices that make our lives meaningful.  Artists, athletes, and introverts especially welcome.
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FREN 3780 : What is a People? The Social Contract and its Discontents
Crosslisted as: COML 3780, GOVT 3786 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Tracy McNulty
When Jean-Jacques Rousseau introduced the concept of the "general will" in his classic text The Social Contract, he made what was then an unprecedented and scandalous claim: that the people as a whole, and not an individual agent, could be the subject of political will and self-determination.  This claim was all the more revolutionary in that historically "the people" [ie peuple] named those poor masses who had no political representation, and who were subjects of the state only to the extent that they were subject to the will of a sovereign monarch.  What then is "the people," and how is it constituted as a collective subject?  How does a people speak, or make its will known?  Can that will be represented or institutionalized?  Do all people belong to the people?  How inclusive is the social contract?  This course will examine crucial moments in the constitution of the people from the French Revolution to the present day, considering the crisis of political representation they have alternately exposed or engendered and the forms of the social contract to which they have given rise.  Our discussions will range from major political events (the French and Haitian Revolutions, the Paris Commune, colonialism and decolonization, May '68) to contemporary debates around universalism, secularism, immigration, and "marriage for all."  Readings by Rousseau, Robespierre, L'Ouverture, Michelet, Marx, Freud, Arendt, Balibar, and Rancière.
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FREN 4190 : Special Topics in French Literature
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Laurent Dubreuil
Mitchell Greenberg
Cary Howie
Tracy McNulty
Marie-Claire Vallois
Guided independent study of special topics.
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FREN 4290 : Honors Work in French
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Laurent Dubreuil
Mitchell Greenberg
Cary Howie
Tracy McNulty
Marie-Claire Vallois
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FREN 4745 : Romantic Quests, Imperial Conquests
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Marie-Claire Vallois
The course will propose a parallel reading of some of the most famous texts of romantic literature with texts less known in order to develop and challenge both the canon of literary history but also to extend the field of romantic studies beyond purely literary concerns and geographies.  Taking as a starting point Harold Bloom's famous definition of Romanticism as "the internalization of romance, particularly of the quest" we propose to scrutinize some of these canonical works.  Texts to be read could include Stendhal's Le rouge et le noir, Germaine de Staël's Corinne ou l'Italie, Chateaubriand's Atala, Flora Tristan PéIrégrinations d'une noir, George Sand's Indiana, Suzanne Voilquin, Mémoires d une fille du peuple en Egypte,  Louise Michel's L'ère nouvelle.
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FREN 4910 : Fictions of the Mother Tongue
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Souad Kherbi
In this course we will focus on a number of writers, d'ici ou d'ailleurs-from here and elsewhere- for whom French remains, beyond their mother tongue, the other tongue.  There is a name for these writers: exophonic.  From the Greek words exo-outside, and phonic-voice.  Writers who, bilingual or multilingual, have deliberately chosen (sometimes forced) to write in French, inventing what Edouard Glissant has qualified as "hybrid writings."  Drawing on three overlapping concepts-language, identity and memory-we will explore furthermore notions such as mother tongue, foreign language, monolingualism, bilingualism, multilingualism, creoleness, hybridity or translation (transfer), self-translation and untranslatable, trying to get a little closer to the crative process at the origin of the act of writing, through textx by Vassilis Alexakis, Samuel Beckett, François Cheng, Gilles Deleuze, Assia Djebar, Jacques Derrida, Marguerite Duras, Abdelfattah Kilito, Lise Gauvin, Julien Green, Nancy Huston, Pascl Quingnard, Zahia Rahmani, and Régine Robin, among others, as well as documentaries by Nurit Aviv, Robert Bober and Georges Perec.
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FREN 6390 : Special Topics in French Literature
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Laurent Dubreuil
Mitchell Greenberg
Cary Howie
Tracy McNulty
Marie-Claire Vallois
Guided independent study for graduate students.
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FREN 6830 : Marcel Proust: In Search of Lost Time
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Laurent Dubreuil
This course offers an opportunity to read (in French) some large sections of Marcel Proust's celebrated masterwork À larecherche du temps perdu. We'll read extensive excerpts from every single volume of La recherché. Questions of reflexive interpretation will also be pursued through a study of some key essays on Proust. 
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