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French Course Offerings

Course Electives Offered Fall 2017

FREN 2600 - France: Lit, Hist, Civ
The history and civilization of France and its literature in prose, poetry, and drama.
4.000 Credit hours
Course Attributes: Advanced Literature Core, Int'l Political Economy

FREN 3453 - The Flâneur in Paris
Why does the figure of the flâneur appear in literature and art in the first decades of the 19th century? What changes (political, economic, social, urban, technical, aesthetic, and poetic) occur that facilitate this new type of urban wanderer? What’s the difference between the 17th- and 18th- century promeneur and the flâneur? Why is the concept of the flâneur impossible until the 19th century? And why does the flâneur disappear as Walter Benjamin argues toward the end of the 19th century? Why is the flâneur predominantly a male category? And is there a descent of the flâneur in the 20th and 21st centuries? In this course we examine the figure of the urban wanderer and flâneur from the last years of the 18th century to the first decade of the 21st century. We examine this figure in the literary and aesthetic works of Mercier, Retif de la Bretonne, Balzac, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Zola, Colette, Apollinaire, Debord, Roubaud, Calle as well as in the philosophical works of Benjamin and other critical texts and films. While we will not be able to walk in Paris, we will explore some of these questions by using New York as our ambulatory laboratory. Taught in French. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
4.000 Credit hours
Course Attributes: Advanced Literature Core

FREN 3340 - Neo-class French Women Writers
This course examines women writers in 17th and 18th century France and the various movements, events, literary genres, groups, and institutions their writing informed (i.e. les Precieuses, the Republic of letters, the epistolary novel, etc.). The women studied include: Madame d'Aulnoy, Madame de Scudery, Madame de Lafayette, Madame Riccoboni, Madame du Deffand, La Comtesse de Genlis, Madame de Charriere, Olympe de Gouges, Madame de Roland, and Madame de Stael. (Taught in French)
4.000 Credit hours
Course Attributes: Advanced Literature Core, COLI

FREN 3464 - French Films d'Auteur
In this course, you will study French cinema history by focusing particularly on the "Auteur theory" and the work of world-renowned French filmmakers. Taught in French.
4.000 Credit hours
Course Attributes: Advanced Literature Core

FREN 3510 - Translation Theory & Practice
This course considers the question of translation theory and practice from a variety of perspectives: literary, philosophical, and historical. Students will become familiar with the problems most commonly encountered in translation, as well as solutions that have worked or failed. We will examine how these practices of translating into and from French have shaped French cultural and literary history, and since rare is the theorist of translation who is not also a practitioner, we will not only critique existing translations, but also create our own translations. Readings will include literary, philosophical, historical, and cultural texts, by authors like: Christine de Pisan, Du Bellay, de Meziriac, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Beckett, Kristeva, Derrida. Taught in French. (Groups ll, lV) Prerequisite FREN 2600 or Instructor's Permission. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
4.000 Credit hours

Course Attributes: Advanced Literature Core

FREN 3564 - French Theater and Performance
This course explores Contemporary French Theatre and offers the opportunity to engage in the creative process from page to rehearsal to a full public performance at the end of the semester. It teaches students how to express themselves more effectively in French. It develops the ability to communicate thoughts and feelings to others. We will combine acting, history, reading, theory and analysis of major modern playwrights. Invited guests from the French and bi-cultural theatre community in New York City will share their experiences with students, and provide opportunities for students to practice their new skills and learn more about. Taught in French. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
4.000 Credit hours
Course Attributes: Advanced Literature Core, Theater

FREN 3637 - Francophone Middle East

This course explores the historical and cultural ties between France and the Middle East between 1798 and today. Topics include: Napoleon's campaign in Egypt; Egyptian intellectual diasporas in Paris (1880-1930); francophone poetry in 1920s Syria; francophone writings of the Lebanese civil war; identity politics in contemporary francophone Lebanese theater and cinema. Taught in French. Pre-Req: FREN 2600 or Instructor's Permission. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

4.000 Credit hours
Course Attributes: ALC, COLI, Middle East Studies

FREN 3675 - "America!" French and Francophone Perspectives

Drawing from a wide-ranging selection of literary texts, films, critical essays published or released at different time periods, this interdisciplinary course will examine Francophone constructions of "America." We will thus question the extent to which "America" is a neutral term. Does it refer to a geographical territory or to a site of cultural and political projections, aspirations or criticism? This course will examine how Francophone explorers, artists, intellectuals and politicians have contributed to the production and re-signification of this trope over time. Taught in French. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Course Attributes: ALC, COLI

FREN 5090 - French for Reading

Course Electives Offered Spring 2017

FREN 2600 - France: Lit, Hist, Civ
The history and civilization of France and its literature in prose, poetry, and drama.
4.000 Credit hours
Course Attributes: Advanced Literature Core, Int'l Political Economy

FREN 3005 - French Business Culture
The course examines the codes of French business culture and explores ways for students to prepare themselves for the French marketplace by mastery of these codes. In particular, we will focus on improving your business eloquentia perfecta – oral and speaking skills and appropriate forms of presentation through personalized training, role playing, mock interviews, and business pitches. Beyond incorporating the essentials of business vocabulary, we will explore every aspect of public speaking from grammatical accuracy, phonetics, clarity, and concision, to the effectiveness and communicating your message, your use of body language and physical space. Students will prepare CVs, cover letters, perform interviews, practice networking, and work in groups to develop sample start-up pitches. Students will build up experience and self-confidence with handling real life situations. Invited guests from the French and bi-cultural business and entrepreneurial community in New York City will share their experiences with students and provide opportunities for students to practice their new skills and learn more about bilingual business opportunities. Taught in French. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
4.000 Credit hours
Course Attributes: Advanced Literature Core, International Studies

FREN 3476 - Francophone African Cinemas
The development of film industries across Africa has been inextricably tied with colonial history. We will focus here on the cinematic production of former French colonies, from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia in North Africa to sub-Saharan countries, including Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Tchad. Often trained in Western film schools, African and North African filmmakers started making films in the 1950s and 1960s, a time also marked by repeated struggles for independence from colonial domination. There is no single way to look at such a diverse and extraordinarily rich corpus. We will look more specifically at how different filmmakers have addressed, performed and questioned the notions of conflict and violence, both physical and psychological, literal and symbolic, at different time periods and in different regional contexts. Ousmane Sembène, Abderrahmane Sissako, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Nabil Ayouch, Sarah Maldorore will be among the filmmakers included in our discussions. Taught in French.
4.000 Credit hours
Course Attributes: Advanced Literature Core, COLI, Globalism

FREN 3550 - In Search of Lost Time: Modernity, Temporality and the Self in 20th Century French Literature

A fundamental construct of Modernity is that it posits a particular relation to time, where the present is defined through a break with the past. This class examines how, for modern writers, a sense of self is indissociable from a broader reflection on the ways in which time structures who we are, and how we perceive the world. Themes include: memory and childhood, the invention of the everyday, day and night, timelessness and the unconscious, measuring time in science. Authors and firms include: Proust, Beckett, Sarraute, Ducharme, Godard (taught in French).
Course Attributes: ALC

FREN 3600 - France Today
Taught in French.
4.000 Credit hours
Course Attributes: Advanced Literature Core