French and Francophone Studies

Students may complete a major or minor in French and Francophone Studies with two possible tracks: Language and Literature or Transdisciplinary Studies. Within the major, students may complete the requirements for the secondary education certification. Students may, with departmental approval, complete an M.A. in the combined A.B./M.A. program.

Faculty

Penny Armstrong, Chair and Eunice M. Schenck 1907 Professor of French and Director of Middle Eastern Languages (on leave semester II)
Willemijn Don, Lecturer
Pim Higginson, Associate Professor of French
Monique Laird, Instructor
Rudy Le Menthéour, Assistant Professor of French and Director of the Institut d’etudes francaises d’Avignon
Brigitte Mahuzier, Professor of French
Agnès Peysson-Zeiss, Lecturer

The Departments of French at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges offer a variety of courses and two options for the major. The purpose of the major in French is to lay the foundation for an understanding and appreciation of French and Francophone culture through its literature and language, the history of its arts, its thought and its institutions. Course offerings are intended to serve both those students with particular interest in French and Francophone literature, literary theory and criticism (Language and Literature option), but in addition a second major track serves those whose interests in French and French-speaking countries invite a transdisciplinary perspective (Transdisciplinary Studies in French). A thorough knowledge of written and spoken French is a common goal for both literary and transdisciplinary options.

In the 100-level courses, students are introduced to the study of French and Francophone literatures and cultures, and special attention is given to the speaking and writing of French. Courses at the 200-level treat French and Francophone literature and civilization across the historical spectrum. Two 200-level courses are devoted to advanced language training and one to the study of theory. Advanced (300-level) courses offer detailed study either of individual authors, genres and movements or of particular periods, themes and problems in French and Francophone culture. In both major options, students are admitted to advanced courses after satisfactory completion of two semesters of 200-level courses in French.

All students who wish to pursue their study of French, regardless of level, must take a departmental placement examination prior to arriving at Bryn Mawr; unless they have IB or Advanced Placement credit, they must also present the SAT II French score or undergo further placement assessment upon their arrival. Those students who begin French have two options: intensive study of the language in the intensive sequence (001-002 Intensive Elementary; 005 Intensive Intermediate and 102 (“Introduction à l’analyse littéraire et culturelle, or 005 and 105 (“Directions de la France contemporaine”); or non-intensive study of the language in the non-intensive sequence (001-002 Elementary; 003-004 Intermediate; 101-102 or 101-105). Although it is possible to major in French using either of the two sequences, students who are considering doing so and have been placed at the 001 level are strongly encouraged to take the intensive sequence. The Department of French and Francophone Studies also cooperates with the Departments of Italian and Spanish in the Romance Languages major.

College Foreign Language Requirement

Before the start of the senior year, each student must complete, with a grade of 2.0 or higher, two units of foreign language. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing two sequential semester-long courses in one language, beginning at the level determined by their language placement. A student who is prepared for advanced work may complete the requirement instead with two advanced free-standing semester-long courses in the foreign language(s) in which she is proficient.

Major Requirements

Requirements in the major subject are:

  • French and Francophone Literature track: FREN 005-102 or 005-105 or 101-102 or 101-105; the 200-level advanced language course, FREN 260; FREN 213 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities (BMC) or “Qu’est-ce que la théorie” (HC);” three 200-level literature courses, two 300-level literature courses, and the year-long Senior Experience, which consists of Senior Conference (FREN 398) in the fall semester and either a Senior Thesis or a third 300-level course culminating in the Senior Essay during the spring semester. In either case, the work of the spring semester is capped by an oral defense.
  • Transdisciplinary French and Francophone Studies: FREN 005-102 or 005-105 or 101-102 or 101-105; the 200-level advanced language course, FREN 260; two 200-level courses within the department: e.g., FREN 291 or 299; two 200-level courses to be chosen by the student outside the French departments (at BMC/HC or JYA) which contribute coherently to her independent program of study; FREN 326 Etudes avancées de civilisation, Senior Conference (FREN 398), plus two 300-level courses outside the departments; a thesis of one semester in French or English. Students interested in this track are encouraged to present the rationale and the projected content of their transdisciplinary program for departmental approval during their sophomore year and to update their plan in junior year; they should have excellent records in French and the other subjects involved in their proposed program.
  • Both concentrations: all French majors are expected to have acquired fluency in the French language, both written and oral. Unless specifically exempted by the department, they are required to take the 200-level advanced language course. Students may wish to continue from this course to hone their skills further in courses on debate, stylistics and translation offered at Bryn Mawr College or abroad. Students placed at the 200-level by departmental examinations are exempted from the 100-level requirements. Occasionally, students may be admitted to seminars in the graduate school.
  • The Major Writing Intensive requirement may be met by any one of the following courses: FREN 101, 102, 260, Senior Essay (in a 300-l. course).

Honors and the Senior Experience

For the French and Francophone Literature option: After taking Senior Conference in semester I of the senior year, students have the choice in semester II of writing a thesis in French (30-40 pp.) under the direction of a faculty member or taking a 300-level course in which they write a Senior Essay in French (15-20 pp.) The first choice offers self-selected students who already have developed a clearly defined subject in semester I the opportunity to pursue independent research and writing of the thesis with a faculty mentor. The second choice allows students, often double majors with another thesis or pre-medical students, the opportunity to produce a substantial, but shorter, piece of work within the structure of their 300-level course in semester II. Departmental honors are awarded for excellence in the Senior Experience after the oral defense of either the Senior Thesis or the Senior Essay.

For the Interdisciplinary Studies in French option: Students take French 325 or 326, if they have not already done so, and French 398 in Semester I of their senior year and, if they have not already done so, complete the two 300-level courses required outside the department. In semester II they write a thesis in French or English under the direction of a member of the French faculty and a mentor outside the department. Departmental honors are awarded for excellence in the Senior Experience after the oral defense of the Senior Thesis.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for a French minor are FREN 005-102 or 005-105, or 101-102 or 101-105; the 200-level advanced language course; and four 200-level or 300-level courses. At least one course must be 300-level.

Teacher Certification

The Department of French and Francophone Studies offers a certification program in secondary teacher education. For more information, see the description of the Education Program.

A.B./M.A. Program

Particularly well-qualified students may undertake work toward the joint A.B./M.A. degree in French. Such a program may be completed in four or five years and is undertaken with the approval of the department, the Special Cases Committee and the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Study Abroad

Students majoring in French may, by a joint recommendation of the deans of the Colleges and the Departments of French, be allowed to spend their junior year or a semester thereof in France and/or a Francophone country under one of the junior-year plans approved by Bryn Mawr.

Students wishing to enroll in a summer program may apply for admission to the Institut d’Etudes Françaises d’Avignon, held under the auspices of Bryn Mawr. The Institut is designed for selected undergraduates with a serious interest in French and Francophone literatures and cultures; it will be particularly attractive for those who anticipate professional careers requiring knowledge of the language and civilization of France and French speaking countries. The curriculum includes general and advanced courses in French language, literature, social sciences, history, art, and economics. The program is open to students of high academic achievement who have completed a course in French at the third-year level or the equivalent.

COURSES

FREN B001 Elementary French
The speaking and understanding of French are emphasized particularly during the first semester, and written competence is stressed as well in semester II. The work includes regular use of the Language Learning Center and intensive oral practice sessions. The course meets five hours a week in non-intensive sections. This is a year-long course and students must register for both semesters.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Don,W.
(Fall 2014)

FREN B001IN Intensive Elementary French
French 001 Intensive Elementary is the first half of a two-semester beginning sequence designed to help students attain a level of proficiency to function comfortably in a French-speaking environment. It is both speaking intensive (through pair work, group work and drills) and writing intensive (through blogs and essays). In drill sessions, students develop the ability to speak and understand increasingly well through songs, skits, debates, and a variety of activities. The course meets nine hours per week.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.5
Instructor(s): Peysson-Zeiss,A.
(Fall 2014)

FREN B002 Elementary French
The speaking and understanding of French are emphasized particularly during the first semester, and written competence is stressed as well in semester II. The work includes regular use of the Language Learning Center and intensive oral practice sessions. The course meets in non-intensive (five hours a week) sections. This is a year-long course.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Don,W.
(Spring 2015)

FREN B002IN Intensive Elementary French
The second half of a two-semester beginning sequence designed to help students attain a level of proficiency to function comfortably in a French-speaking environment. It is both speaking intensive (through pair work, group work and drills) and writing intensive (through blogs and essays). In drills sessions, students develop the ability to speak and understand increasingly well through songs, skits, debates, and a variety of activities. Class meets nine hours per week.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.5
Instructor(s): Peysson-Zeiss,A.
(Spring 2015)

FREN B003 Intermediate French
The emphasis on speaking, understanding, and writing French is continued; texts from French literature and cultural media are read; and short papers are written in French. Students use the Language Learning Center regularly and attend supplementary oral practice sessions. The course meets in non-intensive (three hours a week) sections that are supplemented by an extra hour per week with an assistant. This is a year-long course.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mahuzier,B., Don,W.
(Fall 2014)

FREN B004 Intermediate French
The emphasis on speaking, understanding, and writing French is continued; texts from French literature and cultural media are read; and short papers are written in French. Students use the Language Learning Center regularly and attend supplementary oral practice sessions. The course meets in non-intensive (three hours a week) sections that are supplemented by an extra hour per week with an assistant. This is a year-long course.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Don,W.
(Spring 2015)

FREN B005 Intensive Intermediate French
The emphasis on speaking and understanding French is continued; literary and cultural texts are read and increasingly longer papers are written in French. In addition to three class meetings a week, students develop their skills in group sessions with the professors and in oral practice hours with assistants. Students use the Language Learning Center regularly. This course prepares students to take 102 or 105 in semester II. Open only to graduates of Intensive Elementary French or to students placed by the department. Students who are not graduates of Intensive Elementary French must take either 102 or 105 to receive credit. Prerequisite: FREN B002 intensive. Two additional hours of instruction TBA.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.5
Instructor(s): Armstrong,G., Peysson-Zeiss,A.
(Fall 2014)

FREN B101 Introduction à l’analyse littéraire et culturelle I
Presentation of essential problems in literary and cultural analysis by close reading of works selected from various periods and genres and by analysis of voice and image in French writing and film. Participation in discussion and practice in written and oral expression are emphasized, as are grammar review and laboratory exercises.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Armstrong,G., Mahuzier,B.
(Fall 2014)

FREN B102 Introduction à l’analyse littéraire et culturelle II
Continued development of students’ expertise in literary and cultural analysis by emphasizing close reading as well as oral and written analyses of increasingly complex works chosen from various genres and periods of French and Francophone works in their written and visual modes. Readings include theater of the 17th or 18th centuries and build to increasingly complex nouvelles, poetry and novels of the 19th and 20th centuries. Participation in guided discussion and practice in oral/written expression continue to be emphasized, as is grammar review. Prerequisite: FREN 005 or 101.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mahuzier,B.
(Spring 2015)

FREN B105 Directions de la France contemporaine
An examination of contemporary society in France and Francophone cultures as portrayed in recent documents and film. Emphasizing the tension in contemporary French-speaking societies between tradition and change, the course focuses on subjects such as family structures and the changing role of women, cultural and linguistic identity, an increasingly multiracial society, the individual and institutions (religious, political, educational), and les loisirs. In addition to the basic text and review of grammar, readings are chosen from newspapers, contemporary literary texts and magazines, complemented by video materials. Prerequisite: FREN 005 or 101.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Peysson-Zeiss,A.
(Spring 2015)

FREN B201 Le Chevalier, la dame et le prêtre: littérature et publics du Moyen Age
Using literary texts, historical documents and letters as a mirror of the social classes that they address, this interdisciplinary course studies the principal preoccupations of secular and religious women and men in France and Norman England from the eleventh century through the fifteenth. Selected works from epic, lai, roman courtois, fabliau, theater, letters, and contemporary biography are read in modern French translation. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 105.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B204 Le Siècle des lumières
Representative texts of the Enlightenment with emphasis on the development of liberal thought as illustrated in the Encyclopédie and the works of Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 105.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B205 Le Temps des prophètes: de Chateaubriand à Baudelaire
A study of post-Revolutionary texts in which the prophetic voice of the « genius » is often gendered feminine and/or other . We will read Chateaubriand’s short fiction situated in America, Atala and René, the prototype of the romantic ennui and incestuous love ; Mme de Staël’s semi-autobiographical novel Corinne ou l’Italie ; Stendhal’s delightfully juvenile Charteuse de Parme; Balzac’s exotic Fille aux yeux d’or; George Sand’s controversial Lélia, and two works, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Baudelaire’s Fleurs du mal, which were put on trial in 1857 for being dangerous to religion and public morals, and brought their respective authors out of obscurity, later to be integrated into the literary canon.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B206 Le Temps des virtuoses
A study of selected works by Claudel, Gide, Proust, Rimbaud, Valéry, Verlaine, and Zola.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Don,W.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: In retrospect, the period preceding the horrors of World War I certainly appeared to be a Belle Époque: a period of government stability, of exciting new scientific discoveries and technologies, of new cultural freedoms and forms of entertainment, of prosperity and optimism. However, the prevailing sentiment in fin-de-siècle texts often seems to be an impending sense of doom, of decadence and the end of civilization. In this class, literary texts by poets such as Rimbaud and Verlaine, and authors such as Zola, Colette, Gide and Proust, will help us discover these exciting tensions in French society at the turn of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 105.

FREN B207 Introduction à la littérature du 20ème et 21ème siècle
A study of selected works illustrating the principal literary movements from 1900 to the present. Depending on the professor, this class will focus on various authors and literary movements of the 20th century such as Surrealism, Modernism, the Nouveau Roman, Oulipo, as well as works from the broader Francophone world. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 105.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mahuzier,B.
Spring 2015: Current topic description: A study of influential literary and philosophical movements in 20th-c France–dadaism, surrealism, existentialism, nihilism–as they respond to traumatic collective events such as wars, genocide, colonialism, nuclear attacks, AIDS, etc., as well as to changes in everyday life with the development of new technology and modes of consumerism. Students usually choose and stage a short play to be presented at May Day Current topic description: A study of influential literary and philosophical movements in 20th-c France–dadaism, surrealism, existentialism, nihilism–as they respond to traumatic collective events such as wars, genocide, colonialism, nuclear attacks, AIDS, etc., as well as to changes in everyday life with the development of new technology and modes of consumerism. Students will choose and stage a short play to be presented at May Day.

FREN B213 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities
An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time. This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B213; RUSS-B253; PHIL-B253; HART-B213
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B242 Focus: Les vies de Boris Vian
This half semester course focus course will introduce students to the extraordinary writer, thinker, musician, poet, literary and musical critic, party host, and prankster, Boris Vian (1920-1959). Though largely ignored as an author during his lifetime, the student movement of the 1960s made of Boris Vian a household name. A generation tired of the stiffness and snobbery of its parents found in Vian an irreverent antidote to everything they were fighting against. His highly creative use of language, his anti-militarism, his appreciation for the energy and enthusiasm of youth and its music, all earned him a broad and enthusiastic readership which persists in France to this day. Through selected readings across the various genres in which he worked, we will get a better sense of Vian’s contradictions, his striking linguistic creativity, and the ways in which he inaugurated a new playful modality of writing. Further, though largely unread in the United States, Boris Vian not only merits attention in his own right, but also opens up a larger window to the Saint-Germain-des-Près scene that immediately followed the end of the German occupation and that centered around philosophers and authors Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir --both Vian’s close friends--at least for a while.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Higginson,P.
(Fall 2014)

FREN B248 Histoire des Femmes en France
A study of women and gender in France from the Revolution to the present. The course will pay particular attention to the role of women in the French Revolution (declarations, manifestos, women’s clubs, salons, etc.) and in the post-revolutionary era, as well as to the more contemporary feminist manifestations in France since Simone de Beauvoir’s Deuxième Sexe and the flow of feminist texts produced in the wake of May ‘68.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B254 Teaching (in) the Postcolony: Schooling in African Fiction
This seminar examines novels from Francophone and Anglophone Africa, critical essays, and two films, in order better to understand the forces that inform the African child’s experiences of education.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B260 Atelier d’écriture
Intensive practice in speaking and writing. Conversation, discussion, advanced training in grammar and stylistics. Depending on the professor, there may be a praxis component through language exchange.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Le Menthéour,R.
(Spring 2015)

FREN B262 Débat, discussion, dialogue
This advanced study of oral communication develops students’ linguistic skills in narration, hypothesizing, persuasion or counseling, debate, negotiation, etc. Such skills will be nurtured through enrichment of vocabulary, reinforcement of accuracy in manipulation of complex grammatical structures, and enhancement of discursive strategies. The authentic material (both print and film) which serves as the basis of analytical discussion will reflect issues of contemporary importance; for example, France and Third World Francophone countries. Prerequisite: FREN B212 or B260.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B270 Mediterranean Port-Cities: Immigration and Identities
A historical, social and literary approach to the Mediterranean, this course will examine the impact of colonization and decolonization in around the Mare Nostrum. It will study the relationship between cities around the Mediterranean and France; how the various waves of immigration have shaped the cityscape and how much of a productive effect they had on its cultural, literary and artistic creation.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B275 Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and Eugenics
At first sight, hygiene and eugenics have nothing in common: the former is usually conceived as a good management of our everyday conditions of life, whereas the latter is commonly reviled for having inspired discriminatory practices (in Nazi Germany, but also in the US, Sweden, and Switzerland). Our inquiry will explore how, in the context of the French Enlightenment, a subdiscipline of Medicine (namely Hygiene) was redefined, expanded its scope, and eventually became hegemonic both in the medical field and in civil society. We will also explore how and why a philanthropic ideal led to the quest for the improvement of the human species. We will compare the French situation with that of other countries (mainly UK and the USA). Students who wish to get credit in French will meet one extra hour.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Health Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B275
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Le Menthéour,R.
(Fall 2014)

FREN B302 Le printemps de la parole féminine: femmes écrivains des débuts
This study of selected women authors from the Carolingian period through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and 17th century—among them, Marie de France, the trobairitz, Christine de Pisan, Louise Labé, Marguerite de Navarre, and Madame de Lafayette—examines the way in which they appropriate and transform the male writing tradition and define themselves as self-conscious artists within or outside it. Particular attention will be paid to identifying recurring concerns and structures in their works, and to assessing their importance to women’s writing in general: among them, the poetics of silence, reproduction as a metaphor for artistic creation, and sociopolitical engagement.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B302
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B306 Libertinage et subversion
The libertine movement of the 18th century has long been condemned for moral reasons or considered of minor importance when compared to the Enlightenment. Yet, the right to happiness (‘droit au bonheur’) celebrated by the so-called ‘Philosophes’ implies a duty to experience pleasure (‘devoir de jouir’). This is what the libertine writers promoted. The libertine movement thus does not confine itself to literature, but also involves a dimension of social subversion. This course will allow you to understand Charles Baudelaire’s enigmatic comment: “the Revolution was made by voluptuaries.”
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B325 Topics: Etudes avancées
An in-depth study of a particular topic, event or historical figure in French civilization. This is a topics course. Course content varies. The seminar topic rotates among many subjects: La Révolution frantaise: histoire, littérature et culture; L’Environnement naturel dans la culture française; Mal et valeurs éthiques; Le Cinéma et la politique, 1940-1968; Le Nationalisme en France et dans les pays francophones; Etude socio-culturelle des arts du manger en France du Moyen Age à nos jours.
Crosslisting(s): COML-B325
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mahuzier,B.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: A study of the immediate and long lasting impact of WWI on French society, art, philosophy and material culture. Special attention will be paid to fictional and non-fictional “writing” of the Great War (letters, journals, news reels, pamphlets, novels, poems, etc.), to its inscription in material culture and “lieux de mémoire” (national places of memory), such as war monuments, memmuorials, commercial artefacts, as well as to questions raised by war historians and historiographers.

FREN B326 Etudes avancées
An in-depth study of a particular topic, event or historical figure in French civilisation. The seminar topic rotates among many subjects: La Révolution française: histoire, littérature et culture; L’Environnement naturel dans la culture française; Mal et valeurs éthiques; Le Cinéma et la politique, 1940-1968; Le Nationalisme en France et dans les pays francophones; Etude socio-culturelle des arts du manger en France du Moyen Age à nos jours; French film.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Higginson,P., Le Menthéour,R.
Spring 2015: Current topic description I: La tradition d’analyse morale établie dans la France du Grand siècle se métamorphose au 18ème siècle. Tout en prétendant perpétuer la tradition classique, les écrivains des Lumières en minaient les principes sous-jacents. Nous verrons comment Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, Vauvenargues et Chamfort (entre autres) ont réinterprété l’oracle de Delphes : Connais-toi toi-même !” Current topic description II: The French “expressionist” films of the 1930s influenced Hollywood noir, and Hollywood in turn influenced post-War French cinema. This seminar explores this phenomenon diachronically and synchronically focusing on commodity cultures, the changing social status of women, the reception of the foreign(er), violence, the city, movement, while looking at the narrative, sonic, and visual elements that constitute the genre.

FREN B350 Voix médiévales et échos modernes
A study of selected 19th- and 20th-century works inspired by medieval subjects, such as the Grail and Arthurian legends and the Tristan and Yseut stories, and by medieval genres, such as the roman, saints’ lives, or the miracle play. Included are texts and films by Bonnefoy, Cocteau, Flaubert, Genevoix, Giono, Gracq, and Yourcenar.
Crosslisting(s): COML-B350
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B355 Variations sur le recit moderne
For Francophone societies, whether traditional, pre-modern or modern, the production of narratives involves a complex interplay between practices associated with orality and writing. Among the texts studied are those by Chrétien de Troyes, Margerite de Navarre, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and Ong.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B356 Rousseau polémiste
This course will explore Rousseau’s work not as a closed system, but as a polemical reaction to major trends of the French Enlightenment. Although he was denying any taste for polemics, Rousseau fought intellectual battles most of his life. The author of the ultimate best-seller of the 18th century, he harshly criticized novels. He also opposed theatre, established a new form of pedagogy, and undermined the foundations of the Western political theory by stating that men are not political animals. We will thus consider Rousseau not only as a philosopher, but also as one of the most brilliant polemicists of his time.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Le Menthéour,R.
(Fall 2014)

FREN B398 Senior Conference
A weekly seminar examining major French and Francophone literary texts and the interpretive problems they raise. Theoretical texts will encourage students to think beyond traditional literary categories and disciplinary boundaries and to interrogate issues such as cultural memory, political and moral subversion, etc. This course prepares students for the second semester of their Senior Experience, during which those not writing a thesis are expected to choose a 300-level course and write a long research paper, the Senior Essay.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Higginson,P.
(Fall 2014)

FREN B403 Supervised Work
Units: 0.5, 1.0
(Fall 2014)

FREN B614 Modalité de la narration: L’ecrit et lo’oral
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B655 Rousseau polémiste
Jean-Jacques Rousseau n’a cessé de susciter des polémiques. Aucun | écrivain n’a suscité autant de débats dans des domaines aussi variés, de l’esthétique théâtrale à la pédagogie, en passant par la théorie politique et l’écriture romanesque. Ses sectateurs ont vu en lui un grand peintre de la sensibilité humaine, un partisan sincère de la justice républicaine, un pédagogue révolutionnaire. A l’inverse, ses ennemis l’ont dépeint comme un paranoïaque idéaliste, un brillant plagiaire, ou encore comme le promoteur d’un régime totalitaire.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Le Menthéour,R.
(Fall 2014)

FREN B670 Hysterics, Saints, Mystics and Criminals in France’s Secular Republic
This course will approach the debate between science and religion which flared up as France became more secularized in the second part of the 19th century through such figures as hysterics, mystics, saints and criminals. The reading of medical treatises, court case reports, media and other cultural artifacts, along with literary works, will allow us to discuss the relevance of these figures in the imaginary cultural unconscious of the time, how their designation and diagnosis can also be read as symptoms of a broader culture malaise concerning gender and sexuality, power and agency, and the establishment of a special brand of secularism or laïcité in the late 19th century. We will start with Michel Foucault’s examination of a criminal case, that of Pierre Rivière, and will discuss medical treaties by Charcot, Freud, Moreau de Tours, reports on « miracles » at pilgrimage sites such as Lourdes, popular religious literature, as well as canonical and popular texts such as Eugène Sue’s Mystères de Paris, Flaubert’s Un cœur simple, Barbey d’Aurevilly’s Les Diaboliques, Zola’s Lourdes, Thérèse Martin’s Histoire de ma vie, and Bernanos’s Histoire de Mouchette.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B688 Int roman africain francophone
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B700 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

FREN B701 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Armstrong,G., Mahuzier,B., Higginson,P., Le Menthéour,R.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

FREN B701 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)