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Fall 2019 Course Descriptions

French 400: Translation (Dr John Romeiser)
Translation from one language to another is a challenging and difficult task. Beyond the linguistic transfer that must take place, there are many other aspects that must be considered – nuance, idiomatic expressions, register of the language, and, of course, the cultural dimension. In summary, the course objectives are to improve your ability to translate with relative ease and accuracy. The skills you acquire in the course will also enhance your workplace credentials if called upon to translate between French and English.
T/R 11:10-12:25

FRENCH 431: Highlights of French Civilization (Dr S. Edmundson)
The conflicts franco-français that shaped Modern France (1871 to 1968)
In this course we shall explore the crises that punctuated French history from the end of the nineteenth through much of the twentieth century. These intellectual and cultural conflicts revealed fundamental fissures in French society between those who accepted the heritage of the French Revolution and those who did not. Some examples of these major events are: the Commune, the Dreyfus Affair, February 6 1934, Vichy, and May 1968. Students will read and analyze texts from history and literature. Instruction will be in French.
MWF 10:10-11:00

FRENCH 450: Special Topics (Béatrice Flamenbaum)
From Monet to Street Dance: Groundbreaking French Artists
Throughout France’s long history, art has been at the center of its culture. This course will explore the themes of architecture, dance, visual art, and cuisine, showing their evolution from the Renaissance to the modern day. From 19th century ballrooms to street dance, from the Water Lillies of Monet to the statues of Niki de St-Phalle, from the dining halls of Versailles of the 18th century to the Michelin starred chefs such as Georges Blanc, from the castles of the kings and queens of France in the Loire Valley to the eco-friendly houses of the 21st century, France is a country that changes endlessly, and is always passionate about art in all its forms. In this course we will explore artistic and social practices through criticism and essays, literature, cultural history and media. Taught in French.
MWF 12:20- 1:10

FRENCH 422: Advanced Grammar (Dr Rodica Frimu)
This course surveys advanced grammatical concepts in French, with a focus on understanding the difficulties of the Anglophone learner and the causes of different errors, in order to strategically overcoming them. In addition to exploring key areas of grammatical difficulty, the course aims at giving the students the tools to avoid and correct these both in speech and in writing, skills that are crucial for advanced literature and culture courses. Active engagement and participation are essential. Required for Majors in French. Taught in French.
T/ R 9:40- 10:55

FRENCH 530: The 20th Century French Stage: Crisis and Engagement (Dr John Romeiser)
The mid-20th century French theater produced a plethora of plays that shattered tradition. Inspired in part by the writings of Antonin Artaud in the essays comprising his Le théâtre et son double, playwrights like Anouilh, Sartre, Beckett, and Ionesco sought new ways to express the political and moral crises of their times. Plays by Giraudoux, Camus, and Genet will also be read and discussed. When possible, we will view filmed productions of these plays both in English and French.
Readings: Artaud, Le théâtre et son double; Anouilh, Antigone; Giraudoux, La guerre de Troie n’aura pas lieu; Sartre, Les mouches; Camus, Caligula; Beckett, Fin de partie; Genet, Les bonnes; Ionesco, Rhinocéros
T/ R 2:10-3:25pm

FRENCH 560: Critiquing French Culture in the 18th and 19th Centuries (Dr Mary McAlpin)
This course features works from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century in which French culture is represented as in some way corrupt or “unnatural.” Texts include Graffigny’s Lettres d’une Péruvienne (1742), about a woman kidnapped and brought to Paris; Rousseau’s revolutionary Emile (1762); Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’s Paul et Virginie(1788), set on the Ile de France (present-day Mauritius); Atala, a tale of natural Christianity in the New World (Chateaubriand, 1801); Ourika, about a Senegalese girl sold into slavery and raised as an artistocrat (Duras, 1823); and François le Champi (1848), by the infamous femme de lettres George Sand.
T/R 12:40-1:55pm


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