French & Francophone Studies (FREN)

FREN 001: Elementary French I (4 Credits)

Intensive introduction to the basic skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, with the aim of progressing toward an active command of the language and an early familiarization with French and Francophone cultures. Oral communication is stressed from the very beginning, and French is the exclusive language of the class.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

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FREN 002: Elementary French II (4 Credits)

Intensive introduction to the basic skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, with the aim of progressing toward an active command of the language and an early familiarization with French and Francophone cultures. Oral communication is stressed from the very beginning, and French is the exclusive language of the class.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 001

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

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FREN 003: Intermediate French III (4 Credits)

Review and expansion of linguistic skills, combined with an introduction to the reading of literary and cultural texts.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 002

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Written and Oral Communication II

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Multicultural Perspectives

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FREN 004: Intermediate French IV (4 Credits)

Review and expansion of linguistic skills, combined with an introduction to the reading of literary and cultural texts.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 003

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Written and Oral Communication II

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Multicultural Perspectives, Written Communication

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FREN 100: Advanced Grammar, Translation and Writing (3-4 Credits)

The course combines the study of French grammar at an advanced level with active practice through translation and creative writing exercises in a range of literary genres. Particular attention will be given to questions of style and levels of language, as well as the systematic differences between French and English usage.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 004

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Written and Oral Communication II

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FREN 101: Introduction to French Literature (3 Credits)

Introduction to major themes, genres, and works of the French literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the present. Together with the authors widely recognized as part of the canon, the course emphasizes the distinct contribution of women writers throughout the long history of French literature.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 004

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Language Other than English

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FREN 102: Introduction to Francophone Literature (3 Credits)

Introduction to the major movements of the Francophone literary tradition, including Négritude, Créolité, Indianité, post-colonialism, diaspora, and feminism. While focusing on the transnational scope of Francophone literary studies, this course highlights the literatures of North and West Africa, the Caribbean, Vietnam, and Québec. Authors include Aimé Césaire, Kim Lefèvre, Mehdi Charef, Anne Hébert, among others.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 004

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Race, Gender & Power, Written and Oral Communication II

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Multicultural Perspectives

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FREN 143: Popular Tales: a Cross-Cultural Comparison (3 Credits)

This course will be an introduction to the rich oral tradition of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and French popular folktales in 17th– and 18th–century France. Important aspects of the courses include orality, written transcriptions and adaptations, and cross-cultural influences. Our approach will be comparative, psychoanalytic, feminist, multi-ethic, and anthropological.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 100

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Language Other than English

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Historical Perspectives, Multicultural Perspectives

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FREN 144: De-colonizing Algeria: Algerian Women Writers and Filmmakers (4 Credits)

This course introduces students to the rich literary and cinematic production of francophone Algerian women. Topics discussed include the violence of coloniality, fractured silences in Franco-Algerian history, immigration and migration, women and war (Algerian war of independence [1954-62] and the “black” decade of the civil war [1990s]), banlieue writing from the disfavored Parisian outer cities, memory and re-membering, war and sexuality, among others.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 100

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Race, Gender & Power

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FREN 145: The Francophone Levant and the Ottoman Empire (0.25-1.25 Credits)

This course examines the history of the French presence in the Levant, a region covering in its historical sense, the eastern Mediterranean basin. The course presents the French historical, political, cultural, and emotional attachment to this region and studies the French Levantines, a minority population living at the cross roads of different cultural and linguistic influences. We will engage in discussions on diaspora, “hybrid” identities, transnationalism, multilinguism, and cross-culturalism

Prerequisite(s): FREN 102 or FREN 101

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Language Other than English

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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FREN 146: Contemporary French and Francophone Theory (0.25-1.25 Credits)

This course examines key concepts in French and Francophone theory, such as deconstruction, feminist thought, cultural theory, postcolonialism, de-colonial resistance, the theory of emotions, and the poetics of Relation. Readings focus on Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Pierre Bourdieu, Abdelkébir Khatibi, Hélène Cixous, Edouard Glissant, Assia Djebar, Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, among others.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 100

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Race, Gender & Power

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Multicultural Perspectives, Women and Gender

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FREN 147: Dangerous Crossings:War and Migration in Francophone African and Middle Eastern Literature (4 Credits)

This course focuses on two defining tropes in contemporary francophone literature from Africa and the Middle East – war and migration. We will examine the politics of “clandestine” migration from Africa to Europe, the creation of economic refugees, and the impact of war and displacement on migrating communities through literature and film.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 100

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Race, Gender & Power

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Historical Perspectives, Multicultural Perspectives, Women and Gender

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FREN 155: Reading Otherness in the French Enlightenment (3 Credits)

This course focuses on the perception and construction of Otherness (gendered, racialized, and sexual) in the political and philosophical discourses of the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition to reading canonical writers, such as Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot and Rousseau, we will also examine how the movement manifests itself in less “philosophical” forms, including Moliere's Les Femmes savantes, Les Contes de Perrault and Olympe de Gouges’s L’Esclavage des noirs. Perspectives include cultural anthropology, critical race theory, feminism, the philosophy of education and political theory.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 101 or FREN 102

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Language Other than English

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Historical Perspectives

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FREN 162: Aesthetics of the Body in Literature (3 Credits)

The different representations of the human body through significant literary movements in Francophone literature: the decadent period and its subversion of sexual/social categories, Surrealism, the women's movement and the inscription of the body within the parameters of "l'ècriture fèminine," psychoanalytic interpretations of the female body with special emphasis on women writers' responses to Freud, the representation of the postcolonial body and diasporic fragmentation, the body and violence in diasporic contexts

Prerequisite(s): FREN 100

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Race, Gender & Power

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FREN 168: Francophone Women's Writing from Martinique, Haiti, and Guadeloupe (3 Credits)

A gendered interrogation of major aspects of Caribbean identity through the writings of women authors from Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Haiti. Major topics for discussion and analysis: the impact of colonialism and neo-colonialism in the "creation" of Caribbean identity, mixed-race identification, sexuality, indigenous systems of religious affirmation such as Voudun, exile and the formation of diasporic communities (African and South Asian), immigration, Crèolitè and linguistic empowerment, political repression, and the "state" of women's writing.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 101 or FREN 102

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Race, Gender & Power, Written and Oral Communication II

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Multicultural Perspectives, Women and Gender

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FREN 170: Debunking Orientalist Stereotypes: Asian Writings in French (3 Credits)

A critical examination of the representation of "Asia" in the French colonial imaginary and the ways in which francophone Asian writers from China, India, Mauritius and the Caribbean contest these stereotypes in their postcolonial writings. Topics covered include Asian engagements with francophonie and language, war, diaspora, exile, immigration, colonial mythologies, and the structural violence of coloniality. Authors include François Chen, Gao Xingjian, Khal Torabully, Ananda Devi, K. Madavane, and Laure Moutoussamy, among others

Prerequisite(s): FREN 100

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Language Other than English, Race, Gender & Power

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FREN 180: Special Topics in French & Francophone Literature (3 Credits)

This course provides students with an overall framework to study certain themes that are relevant to a deeper understanding of the complexity and diversity of French and Francophone literatures and cultures. Topics include: Exile, Migration and Immigration in Francophone Africal literature, among others. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 100

FREN 191: Senior Thesis (3 Credits)

An independent research project, which focuses on a topic selected in consultation with the major advisor. Normally completed in conjunction with a regularly scheduled advanced literature course.

Note(s): Open only to undergraduates who are writing their senior thesis in French

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Language Other than English

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FREN 192: Senior Thesis (4 Credits)

An independent research project, which focuses on a topic selected in consultation with the major advisor. Normally completed in conjunction with a regularly scheduled advanced literature course.