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Courses in English Translation

FREN 41, 41W. Masterpieces of French Literature in Translation. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: English 110. May be designated a Writing Intensive Course (consult semester listings). Readings in English translation of some outstanding works of French literature from its beginnings to the twentieth century, illustrating a variety of genres. The specific works to be considered will vary from semester to semester and from section to section, and will be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit provided the topic is different. Satisfies the PLAS Reading Literature (RL) and European Traditions (ET) requirements.

FREN 45, 45W. French Civilization. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
This course will deal with the nonliterary aspects of French culture, such as music, the visual and performing arts, and the history of ideas. The specific topics to be considered will vary from semester to semester and from section to section, and will be announced in advance. Readings and class discussions will be conducted in English. May be taken more than once for credit provided the topic is different. Satisfies the PLAS Cultural Values (CV) and European Traditions (ET) requirements.

FREN 250, 250W. French Cinema. 4 hr.; 3 cr.
May be designated a Writing Intensive Course (consult semester listings). The course will deal with the various elements of French cinema: historical, cultural, aesthetic, political, technical, etc. Particular courses may deal with a certain tendency (such as the "New Wave"), period, or individual director (such as Renoir, Cocteau, or Godard). Lectures and work will be done in English; films will be shown in the original language with subtitles. May be taken more than once for credit provided the topic is different. Satisfies the PLAS Appreciating and Participating in the Arts (AP) and European Traditions (ET) requirements.

French Language Courses

FREN 111. Elementary French I. 4 hr.; 4 cr.
Intended for students with no previous training in French. Designed to establish correct pronunciation, to teach the elements of grammar, to enable students to read, to understand spoken French, to become familiar with cultural aspects of French-speaking countries, and especially to establish a good basic vocabulary. Class hours include use of the language laboratory.

FREN 112. Elementary French II. 4 hr.; 4 cr.
Prereq.: French 111 or two years of high school French. This course is a continuation of French 111. A graded reader is introduced to present literary and cultural aspects of French-speaking countries, and to offer topics for simple exercises in composition. Class hours include use of the language laboratory. Fall, Spring When circumstances warrant, the department may offer a course of Intensive French 111 and 112 for eight credits.

FREN 203. Intermediate French I. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 112 or three years of high school French. Grammar review, conversation, and readings in literary and cultural materials at an intermediate level. Fall, Spring

FREN 204. French Grammar and Composition I. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 203 or four years of high school French. Grammar review, conversation, and a variety of written assignments will allow students to improve their mastery of spoken French and refine their writing skills.

FREN 205. Introduction to Literary Analysis. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 204 or permission of department. An introduction to reading and analyzing literary works, with special emphasis on critical terminology and development of writing skills in French.

FREN 206. Introduction to French Literature. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 204 or permission of department. Reading, discussion and analysis of representative works from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period.

FREN 223. Advanced Conversation and Phonetics. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 204 or permission of the department. Advanced preparation for students who want to perfect fluency in spoken French.

FREN 224. Advanced French Grammar. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 204 or permission of department. Extensive review of grammatical structures, idiom patterns, and common difficulties of the French Language.

FREN 225. French Grammar and Composition II. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 204 or permission of the department. Through intensive work in composition, grammatical analysis, and stylistics, students will further develop their writing skills in French.

FREN 228. Advanced Literary Analysis. 3hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 205 or permission of the department. Provides training in the in-depth analysis of literary works.

FREN 231. Skills and Art of Translation. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French

FREN 235. Business French. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 204. This course prepares students to use French in a business context.

Courses in Literature

FREN 320. Topics in Early French Literature. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 206 or 228 or permission of department. Reading, discussion, and analysis of  representative works from the Middle Ages through the sixteenth century. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic is different. Satisfies the Pre-Industrial Society requirement.

FREN 340. Topics in Seventeenth Century French Literature. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 206 or 228 or permission of department.
Major literary and cultural works of the French neoclassical age. Authors studied may include Molière, Racine, Corneille, Mme. de Lafayette, Pascal, and Descartes. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic is different. Satisfies the Pre-Industrial Society requirement.

FREN 345. Topics in Eighteenth Century French Literature. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 206 or 228 or permission of department. Reading, discussion, and analysis of major  works of the Age of Enlightenment. Authors studied may include Montesquieu, Marivaux, Prévost, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Beaumarchais, and Laclos. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic is different.

FREN 350. French Novel of the Nineteenth Century. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 206 or 228 or permission of department. The rise of the novel in the nineteenth century. Authors studied may include Hugo, Balzac, Gautier, Stendhal, Flaubert, and Zola. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic is different.

FREN 360. French and Francophone Novel Since 1900. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: French 206 or 228 or permission of department. Evolution of the novel since 1900. Authors  studied may include Gide, Proust, Sartre, Céline, Camus, Duras, Robbe-Grillet, Condé, Genet, and Mudimbe. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic is different.

FREN 363. French Poetry of the Nineteenth Century. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq. French 206, 228, or permission of the department. Reading, discussion, and analysis of key
works of French poetry from the Romantic era through Symbolism. Particular emphasis will be placed on the work of Lamartine, Hugo, Gautier, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Mallarmé.

FREN 367. Topics in French and Francophone Literature since 1900. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq. French 206, 228, or permission of the department. Literary works, other than novels, written since 1900. The course may treat theater, poetry, or a combination of the two. Authors studied may include Apollinaire, Ponge, Char, Cocteau, Genet, Beckett, and Ionesco. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic is different.

FREN 370. Topics in Francophone Literature. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq. French 206, 228, or permission of the department. Reading and discussion of major works from French-speaking West Africa, the Maghreb, the Caribbean, and Canada. Authors studied may
include Senghor, Césaire, Damas, Fanon, Ben Jelloun, Djebar, Kourouma, Sembène, Hébert,  Chamoiseau. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic is different. Satisfies the Pre-Industrial Society requirement.

FREN 375. Contemporary Theory. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq. French 206, 228, or permission of the department. Familiarity with the literary theory necessary for a thorough understanding of the aesthetics, ethics, and politics of reading. Particularly recommended for those intending to pursue graduate studies. Topics may include: structuralism,  deconstruction, feminism, psychoanalysis, queer studies, and the Francophone theory. May be offered periodically in English.

FREN 380. Women’s Writing in French. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq. French 206, 228, or permission of the department. Critical reading and discussion of major works written in French by women writers from the Middle Ages to the present. Authors studied may  include Marie de France, Labé, Lafayette, Sévigné, de Staël, Sand, Colette, Duras, Cixous, Wittig, Djébar, Chédid, Roy, Condé, Sow Fall. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic is different.

FREN 385. Seminar. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: Upper junior or senior standing; an average of B in elective courses taken in French, or permission of department. Designed especially to give qualified students the skills of scholarly investigation, in such fields as French and Francophone literature, film, civilization, or language.

 
 

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