French 420: French Cinema and Politics in the 1930s (Dr Edmundson)
As the period between the two World Wars, the 1930s was a period of crisis, turbulence and transformation in France. The cinema became a central art form during this era. In this course we will look at cinema as a cultural artifact, as an expression of what it means to be “French.” We will study seminal, classic films and their nexus with the events, politics, culture and society of the time. We will study films of these major directors: Clair, Pagnol, Carné, Renoir and Vigo. The language of instruction is French.
French 450: Early Modern French Fairy Tales (Dr Miller)
This course will examine some of the most well-known as well as lesser known French Fairy Tales from the Long Seventeenth Century in their original versions. We’ll 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’ll compare them with contemporary retelling of these tales in films and literature. Our readings will be informed by scholarship on gender, animal studies, violence, and psychoanalysis. Taught in French.
French 415: Literature and Politics in the Nineteenth Century (Dr Cohen-Vrignaud)
In the nineteenth century, France was rocked by a series of revolutionary upheavals (1789, 1830, 1848, 1871, to name the big ones). French literary culture bears witness to these profound political events. In this course, we’ll examine some of the novels, plays, and poems that register and respond to these democratizing changes. Issues touched upon will include class conflict, gender and sexuality, industrialization, urbanization, and radicalism, among others. Authors to be read include Chateaubriand, Hugo, Balzac, Sand, Baudelaire, and Zola. Taught in French.
French 440 Capstone: Paris: Marginal Perspectives in Art, Music, Film, and Literature (Dr Miller)
In this course, we will revisit the various ways the City of Paris came to play an inspiring well as deceptive role throughout time for poets, authors, artists and filmmakers, especially to advance ideas in the sphere of politics and the arts. We will think critically about the representation of the city in literature, art, and films by emphasizing the perspective of “outsiders”, such as foreigners, migrants or marginal figures. Taught in French
French 573: "I is someone else", Madness in French and Francophone Literature after 1945 (Dr Falantin)
“I is someone else,” this famous quotation, written by Rimbaud in 1871, means that the distortion and variation of our inner-self is continuous. This course will explore this self-examination through plays, essays, novels, autobiographies and poetry from all around the world after 1945. Consequently, what can be called “madness” after World War II in the Literature written in the French Language? Seminar taught in French.
French 580: French Applied Linguistics (Dr Frimu)
This course is designed for students with little or no previous introduction to linguistics, but with a strong background in French, who want to discover the main linguistics features of French. The course will cover various aspects of linguistics: syntax, phonology, morphology, and pragmatics of French, with an emphasis on the spoken language and social, stylistic, and geographical variation. Various theories of language and their evolution will be discussed, even though the class is not intended to lend support to any theory in particular. The course will also explore the various Francophone regions around the world. Some of the focus of the course will be devoted to the application of certain topics to the pedagogy of French, the question of the native speaker and what it means (especially with respect to SLA), and the issues of selection of language norms, as well as pedagogical norms. Taught in French.