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Spring 2017 Course Descriptions
300-, 400-, and Graduate Level

Please note that advanced undergraduates may take graduate courses for credit; click here for more information.

NOTE: All courses taught in French unless otherwise noted.

302 Elements of French for Upper-Division and Graduate Students. Course taught in English. Wallenbrock, MWF 12:20-1:10
This course focuses on the acquisition of reading knowledge of French through reading, analysis and translation of a variety of texts. This course may not be applied to the French major or minor. It is designed for graduate students (for undergraduate credit) preparing for the language exam and for upper division undergraduates seeking a reading knowledge of French. Grading Restriction: No auditors. Credit Restriction: No credit for students who have taken French 111-112 or the equivalent. 

333  Intermediate Composition/Grammar. Edmundson, MWF 9:05-10:10
Students will improve their written expression in French through this collaborative workshop course.  Throughout the semester, students will write 5 different types papers: a portrait, a film review, a narration, an essay, and business correspondence and a curriculum vitae. Students will also focus on improving grammar and vocabulary. Required of all majors, although exceptional students may substitute a 400-level course for 333. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 212 or 218 or 223 or permission of instructor or placement score higher than 500

334 Intermediate Conversation and Phonetics. Abad-Turner. Two sections: MWF 12:20-1:10 & 1:25-2:15
This course is designed to improve all your skills in French. However, there is an emphasis on your speaking skills. You will be expected to follow current affairs and societal challenges via several digital platforms such as the TV news, radio broadcastings.  We will discuss important topics such as the migrant crisis, the environment, women, minorities, the place of art in daily life, and more. In addition, we will approach cinema with a French or Francophone angle. We will also look at French graphic novels and comics. Finally, you will refine your language skills with phonetic exercises and videos. Active participate is required daily. Required of all French majors. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 333 or placement score higher than 500.

353 Introduction to Literary Analysis in French. Essif, MWF 11:15-12:05
Introduction to close reading and analysis of literary texts written in French. Works from a variety of periods and genres. Writing-emphasis course. Credit Restriction: French 353 may not be taken for credit if students already have received credit for 351 or 352. (RE) Prerequisites: 333.

415 Topics in Modern French and Francophone Literature. Romeiser, TR 2:10-3:25
Introduction aux grandes oeuvres de la littérature française du XXe siècle; orientation et entraînement dans l'analyse de ces textes et mise en valeur du contexte historique, politique et culturel. Appréciation approfondie de l’évolution du roman en France; meilleure compréhension du texte écrit; capacité pour faire de la critique littéraire; amélioration du français écrit et oral. Auteurs et romans:  Camus, L’Etranger; Colette, La Vagabonde; Duras, Moderato cantabile; Le Clézio, Le Chercheur d’or; Modiano, Dora Bruder.

440 Capstone Senior Seminar. McAlpin, TR 11:10-12:25
In this course, open only to undergraduate seniors in French, we will examine the French Revolution from a number of perspectives, including the literary, the socio-historical, and the cinematic. We will begin with a brief survey of the siècle des Lumières, then take up the major events and upheavals of the Revolutionary period, and will end with a consideration of the continuing heritage of the values and events of the Revolution for contemporary France. During the course of the semester, each student will follow and report on the influence and fate of an important Revolutionary personage; read a work of fiction inspired by the Revolution; and write a paper on an aspect of this multi-facetted event that is of particular interest to them. Prerequisites: 9 hours of course work in French at the 400 level or permission of instructor. Registration Restriction: Minimum student level-senior, or permission of instructor.

450 (1) Special Topics. “Early Modern French Fairy Tales.” Miller, TR 12:40-1:55
Les contes de fées français à la période pré-moderne. In this course, we will focus on the study of some of the most well-known as well as lesser known French Fairy Tales from the Long Seventeenth Century in their original versions.  We will consider how these fictitious and playful stories - unintended for toddlers- reveal in fact important issues regarding gender representation, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, as well as political and economic structures including nation-building, colonialism, religion, or sciences during that time period in France. We will compare them with more modern retellings of these tales in films and literature. Some of our readings will be informed by scholarship on gender, animal studies, violence, and psychoanalysis. 

450 (2) Special Topics. “A Critical and Pleasurable Taste of France.” Essif, MWF 1:25-2:15
Through a less academic, more casual, yet still critical approach, advanced students of French will learn to engage (and enjoy) all kinds of French cultural production: literature, film, music, philosophy, art work, photography, architecture, as well as pop cultural genres such as the news media and popular press, commercial advertisements, comic strips, and the detective novel. The class will provide incentives to pursue personalized continuing education in French.

Coming up for Summer 2017

Study Abroad, UT in Paris Program
May 27 to June 24

Six hours of 400-level credit
For more information, contact Dr. Essif, essif@utk.edu

491 Foreign Study (6 credit hours). Essif
“An Up-Close and In-the-Flesh Encounter with French Culture and Language.” Through short readings, group discussion, engagement with issues of everyday life, and visits to sites of cultural, historical, and social significance, students will gain a new appreciation for the French, with an emphasis on the many ways in which their culture differs from American culture. What makes the French “French”? Language of instruction: French and English.


540 French Literature and Culture I. “Borders and Passages in French and Occitan literatures of the 12th and 13th centuries.” Miller, TR 9:40-10:55
Frontières et passages dans les domaines littéraires français et occitan des XIIe et XIIIe siècles. In this graduate seminar, we will examine, from a critical standpoint, expressions of borders and passages and their implications- whether linguistic, geographic, temporal, sexual, social, political, etc.- in some French and Occitan texts of the 12th and 13th centuries.   We will read three major texts of Medieval Literature, “Le conte du Graal” by Chretien de Troyes, “La chanson de la croisade albigeoise,” and “Le Roman de la Rose” by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, as well as some poetry and short tales.  Our study and class discussions will be supplemented by the readings of contemporary critics on these issues. 

580 Critical Moments in French and Francophone Studies. “Littératures et Théories postcoloniales. » Sarr, TR 12:40-1:55
Utilisées dans un large éventail de disciplines des sciences humaines, les études postcoloniales ont connu un développement fulgurant ces dernières décennies. Cependant, le terme postcolonial suscite toujours des débats et des polémiques quant à sa définition exacte, son étendue et son contenu. Dans la première  partie du cours nous procéderons à une introduction générale de la théorie postcoloniale, sa genèse et son développement, et à une étude des continuités et/ou discontinuités entre les luttes anticoloniales et les théories postcoloniales. En deuxième lieu, nous étudierons quelques romans postcoloniaux pour voir comment dans la pratique le projet postcolonial (ou les projets postcoloniaux) se matérialise(nt) dans la littérature francophone.


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