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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 (Dr Flavien Falantin)
Secrets, Mysteries and “Fake News” in French Culture and History
In this course, we will approach French culture differently, by considering some of the most famous secrets, mysteries or “fake news” in French History, from the Renaissance era to the present. We will ask, for instance, who really was Nostradamus? Who poisoned the court at Versailles in the 17thCentury? Was Marie-Antoinette responsible for the French Revolution? Is Bonaparte the creator of the FBI? Using a variety of medias (short stories, fairy tales, plays, movies, documentaries, and newspaper articles), we will explore critically how those questions came to exist and circulate often based on economic, judicial or political decisions. The course will include discussions of cross-cultural differences or similarities between the United States and France on some of these questions. The course will be 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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