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Spring 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
FREN B002-001Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall ESuaudeau,J.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall E
FREN B002-002Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall FLaird,M.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall F
FREN B002-003Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall ESanquer,M.
Lecture: 7:55 AM- 8:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall E
FREN B002IN-001Intensive Elementary FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall DPeysson-Zeiss,A., Peysson-Zeiss,A., Peysson-Zeiss,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall D
TA Session: 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM TThomas Hall 102
TA Session: 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM WThomas Hall 102
TA Session: 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM THThomas Hall 102
TA Session: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM TCarpenter Library 17
FREN B004-001Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall DSuaudeau,J., Suaudeau,J., Suaudeau,J.
TA Session: 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM WTaylor Hall C
TA Session: 7:30 PM- 8:30 PM WTaylor Hall C
TA Session: 4:30 PM- 5:30 PM THTaylor Hall C
FREN B004-002Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall DPeysson-Zeiss,A., Peysson-Zeiss,A.
TA Session: 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM THThomas Hall 104
FREN B102-001Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle IISemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFThomas Hall 102Sanquer,M.
FREN B105-001Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFThomas Hall 116Peysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B105-002Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFThomas Hall 118Le Menthéour,R.
FREN B201-001Le Chevalier, la dame et le prêtre: littérature et publics du Moyen AgeSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHThomas Hall 102Armstrong,P.
FREN B207-001Introduction à la littérature du 20ème et 21ème siècleSemester / 1LEC: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFThomas Hall 102Sanquer,M.
FREN B260-001Atelier d'écritureSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFThomas Hall 102Suaudeau,J.
FREN B302-001Le printemps de la parole féminine: femmes écrivains des débutsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TThomas Hall 118Armstrong,P.
FREN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1

Fall 2017

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Spring 2018

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2016-17 Catalog Data

FREN B000 French TA/Drill Sessions
Not offered 2016-17

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FREN B001 Elementary French
Fall 2016
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 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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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FREN B001IN Intensive Elementary French
Fall 2016
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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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FREN B002 Elementary French
Spring 2017
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 intensive oral practice sessions. The course meets in non-intensive (five hours a week) sections. This is a year-long course.
Course does not meet an Approach

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FREN B002IN Intensive Elementary French
Spring 2017
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 drill 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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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FREN B003 Intermediate French
Fall 2016
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 regularly 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. Prerequisite: FREN B002 or placement required.
Course does not meet an Approach

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FREN B004 Intermediate French
Spring 2017
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 regularly 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. .
Course does not meet an Approach

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FREN B005 Intensive Intermediate French
Fall 2016
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 internet resources 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 did not complete Intensive Elementary French must take either 102 or 105 to receive language credit. Two additional hours of instruction outside class time required. Prerequisite: FREN B002IN (intensive) or Placement exam.
Course does not meet an Approach

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FREN B101 Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle I
Fall 2016
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. from female to male voices in Metropolitan France, Africa, Canada, and The Antilles. Participation in discussion and practice in written and oral expression are emphasized, as are grammar review and exercises. Prerequisites: FREN B004 or B005 or placement. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B102 Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle II
Spring 2017
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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B105 Directions de la France contemporaine
Spring 2017
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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FREN B201 Le Chevalier, la dame et le prêtre: littérature et publics du Moyen Age
Spring 2017
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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FREN B205 Le Temps des prophètes
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Genius&Gender in Post-Revo France
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Littérature et Environnement
Fall 2016
A study of post-Revolutionary texts in which the prophetic voice of the « genius » is often gendered feminine and/or other. This is a topics course, course content varies.
Current topic description: A study of post-Revolutionary texts in which the prophetic voice of the « genius » is often gendered feminine and/or other. On the syllabus Staël's romantic and brainy Corinne ou l'Italie and Sand's explosive feminist manifesto Indiana ; Stendhal's Le Rouge et le noir; Balzac's Père Goriot; and finally two contentious figures, Flaubert and Baudelaire, whose works were put on trial in 1857 for being dangerous to religion and public morals.

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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FREN B206 Topics: Le Temps des virtuoses
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Beauty&theBeast in fin-de-sièc
Not offered 2016-17
This a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisites: FREN 102 or 105.
Current topic description: The Belle Époque (1871-1914) appears to be a period characterized by optimism : exciting new scientific discoveries and technologies, and intense artistic creativity. However, the prevailing sentiment in fin-de-siècle literature often seems to be an impending sense of doom, decadence and the end of civilization. Through readings of novelists such as Zola, Mirbeau, Colette, Gide and Proust, we will examine the inner tensions of French society in the so-called Belle Époque period.

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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FREN B207 Introduction à la littérature du 20ème et 21ème siècle
Spring 2017
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. Prerequisites: FREN 102 or 105.
Current topic description: Beginning with "Ubu, roi" literature of the absurd breaks (with) the mystical conception of art. After Alfred Jarry (the author of Ubu) diverse movements such as Surrealism, Existentialism, OULIPO, and numerous colonial and postcolonial Francophone writers use absurdist effects or a perspective borrowed from Jarry. In this course we will examine these diverse literary currents and try to come up with a coherent definition of the literature of the absurd while seeing where it exists today.
Current topic description: TBA

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Critic Approaches to the World
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Critical Theories
Fall 2016
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.
Current topic description: By bringing together the study of major theoretical currents of the 20th century and the practice of analyzing literary works in the light of theory, this course aims at providing students with skills to use literary theory in their own scholarship. The selection of theoretical readings reflects the history of theory (psychoanalysis, structuralism, marxism), as well as the currents most relevant to the contemporary academic field: Post-structuralism, Post-colonialism, Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism. They are paired with a diverse range of short stories (Poe, Kafka, Camus, Borges, Calvino, Morrison, Djebar) that we will discuss along with our study of theoretical texts. The class will be conducted in English and all readings will be in English. Students who wish the class to count as a French class should read the material in French (when available), write their essays in French and participate in a weekly extra-hour of discussion in French (TBD)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B242 Focus: Les vies de Boris Vian
Not offered 2016-17
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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FREN B248 Histoire des Femmes en France
Not offered 2016-17
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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FREN B254 Teaching (in) the Postcolony: Schooling in African Fiction
Not offered 2016-17
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. This course is taught in English.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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FREN B260 Atelier d'écriture
Spring 2017
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Praxis Program

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FREN B262 Débat, discussion, dialogue
Not offered 2016-17
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.

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FREN B275 Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and Eugenics
Not offered 2016-17
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Health Studies

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FREN B302 Le printemps de la parole féminine: femmes écrivains des débuts
Spring 2017
This study of selected women authors from Latin CE-Carolingian period through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and 17th century--among them, Perpetua, Hrotswitha, 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. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses or permission instructor.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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FREN B306 Libertinage et subversion
Fall 2016
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." Prerequisite: two 200-level courses or permission of instructor.

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FREN B325 Topics: Etudes avancées
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Novels and Newspapers, Fact and Fiction
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Rentrée Littéraire
Not offered 2016-17
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; Crimes et criminalité; Ecrire la Grande Guerre: 1914-10; Le "Rentrée Littéraire; Proust.
Current topic description: 1917 in the history of the so-called « Great War" is known as "l'année terrible » for all participtants : patriotic consensus is gone, moral is low, desertion and mutinies high, « war efforts » wavering; 1917 is also the year Russia switches sides, and the United States enters the conflict. Paying special attention to that year, this course proposes to study the immediate as well as the long lasting impact of WWI on French society, literature, art, history and memory.

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FREN B326 Etudes avancées
Not offered 2016-17
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.

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FREN B350 Voix médiévales et échos modernes
Not offered 2016-17
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.

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FREN B355 Variations sur le recit moderne
Not offered 2016-17
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 theoretical works by Genette and Ong.

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FREN B356 Rousseau polémiste
Not offered 2016-17
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.

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FREN B370 Hysterics, Saints, Mystics and Criminals in France's Secular Republic
Not offered 2016-17
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 treaties, 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 establisment 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 toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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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.

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FREN B403 Supervised Work

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FREN B403 Supervised Work

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FREN B600 Graduate Seminar
Not offered 2016-17
This is a topic course. Course content varies.

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FREN B655 Rousseau polémiste
Not offered 2016-17
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.

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FREN B670 Hysterics, Saints, Mystics and Criminals in France's Secular Republic
Not offered 2016-17
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 establisment 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 toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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FREN B701 Supervised Work
Fall 2016

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FREN B701 Supervised Work
Spring 2017

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