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Fall 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
FREN B001-001Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall ERagueneau Wells,C., Ragueneau Wells,C.
Lecture: 7:55 AM- 8:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall E
FREN B001-002Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall ERagueneau Wells,C., Ragueneau Wells,C.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall E
FREN B001-003Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFOld Library 104Suaudeau,J., Suaudeau,J.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHOld Library 104
FREN B001IN-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: 6:40 PM- 7:30 PM MTaylor Hall D
FREN B003-001Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall GMahuzier,B.
FREN B003-002Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFOld Library 104Suaudeau,J.
FREN B005-001Intensive Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFOld Library 104Peysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B005-002Intensive Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFOld Library 102Armstrong,P.
FREN B101-001Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle ISemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFOld Library 118Le Menthéour,R.
FREN B201-001Le Chevalier, la dame et le prêtre: Amour et violence au Moyen AgeSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHOld Library 102Armstrong,P.
FREN B214-001French Theater WorkshopSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDenbigh Dance StudioDelpech,E.
FREN B299-001Littérature, histoire et sociétéSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall GMahuzier,B.
FREN B306-001Libertinage et subversionSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WOld Library 102Le Menthéour,R.
FREN B398-001Senior ConferenceSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THCarpenter Library 13Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B425-001Translation PraxisSemester / 0.5Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B672-001BaudelaireSemester / 1

Spring 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
FREN B002-001Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFRagueneau Wells,C.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH
FREN B002-002Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFSuaudeau,J.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
FREN B002IN-001Intensive Elementary FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFDepartment staff,T., Peysson-Zeiss,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
TA Session: 6:40 PM- 7:30 PM M
FREN B004-001Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFMahuzier,B.
FREN B004-002Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFSuaudeau,J.
FREN B102-001Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle IISemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFArmstrong,P.
FREN B105-001Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFPeysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B105-002Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHLe Menthéour,R.
FREN B208-001Visible Minorities: Diversity in Contemporary French CinemaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFSuaudeau,J.
FREN B221-001Femme sujet/Femme objetSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFArmstrong,P.
FREN B260-001Atelier d'écritureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFPeysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B275-001Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and EugenicsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHLe Menthéour,R.
FREN B326-001Etudes avancées: Proust:Inverts,Snobs,DilletantSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WMahuzier,B.
FREN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA

Fall 2020

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

2019-20 Catalog Data

FREN B001 Elementary French
Fall 2019
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.
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FREN B001IN Intensive Elementary French
Fall 2019
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.
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FREN B002 Elementary French
Spring 2020
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 2020
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.
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FREN B003 Intermediate French
Fall 2019
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.
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FREN B004 Intermediate French
Spring 2020
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.
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FREN B005 Intensive Intermediate French
Fall 2019
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. Additional meeting hours on Tuesday and Thursday will be scheduled according to students availability. Prerequisite: FREN B002IN (intensive) or Placement exam. Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
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FREN B101 Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle I
Fall 2019
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 and male authors in Metropolitan France, Africa, and other Francophone regions. Participation in discussion and practice in written and oral expression are emphasized, as are grammar review and exercises. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: FREN B004, placement, or permission of instructor.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B102 Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle II
Spring 2020
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)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B105 Directions de la France contemporaine
Spring 2020
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
Counts toward Visual Studies

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FREN B201 Le Chevalier, la dame et le prêtre: Amour et violence au Moyen Age
Fall 2019
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 female and male authors in France and Norman England from the eleventh century through the fifteenth. Selected works from epic, lais, roman courtois, fabliaux, 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 B204 Le Siècle des lumières
Not offered 2019-20
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. Prerequisites: FREN 102 or 105 or French Placement Exam (200-leverl or higher).
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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FREN B205 Le Temps des prophètes
Not offered 2019-20
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. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 105. Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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FREN B206 Topics: Le Temps des virtuoses
Not offered 2019-20
This a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: What is so beautiful about the famous "Belle Epoque"? What is really going on in the backstage of its gaudy new buildings, its seedy cabarets? Reading Freud's Civilization and Its Discontent, we will examine the "Beast" and/in the "Beauty" of that period of time (1871-1914) by reading a number of literary works by such writers as Zola, Colette, Gide and Proust. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 105.

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

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FREN B207 Introduction à la littérature du 20ème et 21ème siècle
Not offered 2019-20
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. Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B208 Visible Minorities: Diversity in Contemporary French Cinema
Spring 2020
Until the closing years of the 20th century, ethnic diversity was virtually absent from French cinema. While Francophone directors from Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa debunked colonialism and neocolonialism in their films, minorities hardly appeared on French screens. Movies were made by white filmmakers for a white audience. Since the 1980's and the 1990's, minorities have become more visible in French films. Are French Blacks and Arabs portrayed in French cinema beyond stereotypes, or are they still objects of a euro-centric gaze? Have minorities gained agency in storytelling, not just as actors, but as directors? What is the national narrative at play in the recent French films that focus on diversity? Is it still "us against them", or has the new generation of French filmmakers found a way to include the different components of French identity into a collective subject? From Bouchareb to Gomis, from Kechiche to Benyamina and Jean-Baptiste, this course will map out the visual fault lines of the French self and examine the prospects for a post-republican sense of community. Open to non-majors. There will be a weekly screening on Sunday, 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Film Studies

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Not offered 2019-20
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, narratology), 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, Ngozi Adichie) that we discuss along with our study of theoretical texts. The class will be conducted in English with an additional hour in French for students wishing to take it for French credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B214 French Theater Workshop
Fall 2019
How do we best learn a language? By speaking it and by being completely immersed in it. We also learn best when we play. When we have fun and are creative. This workshop will immerse the students in a French only speaking class and they will practice French on their feet. Students will be invited to improvise in French, to create little scenes in French and finally to work on a scene or a monologue from the French repertoire. The class will start with teaching very specific theatrical skills to push the students not only in their ability to speak French but also to act! This will enhance their confidence in speaking, thinking and performing in French, which will lead them to a better mastery of the language.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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FREN B217 Drawing Disasters: Trauma and Healing
Not offered 2019-20
This course will address the question of trauma, resilience and survival through art, focusing on comics. We will address trauma from a geo-political, historical, sociological and literary perspectives looking at primary works from places as varied as: Europe (Croci), Lebananon (Abirached), Gaza (Sacco), Cambodia (Sera Ing), Iran (Satrapi) to name only a few. In the spring of 2018, those students participating in the cluster will be required to attend all presentations, lunches and labs as part of the cluster. They will attend the residencies taught by graphic artists. There will be oral presentations and papers. For their final project, students will curate an exhibit on comics.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Visual Studies

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FREN B221 Femme sujet/Femme objet
Spring 2020
An in-depth examination of how women authors from selected periods conceive of their art, construct authority for themselves, and, where appropriate, distinguish themselves from male colleagues, of whom several who have assumed female voices/perspective will be examined as points of comparison. It introduces students to the techniques and topics of selected women writers (as well as theoretical approaches to them) from the most recent (Djebar and M. Duras) to late Medieval authors. This course is taught in French. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 105
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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FREN B260 Atelier d'écriture
Spring 2020
Intensive practice in speaking and writing. Conversation, discussion, advanced training in grammar and stylistics.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Praxis Program

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FREN B275 Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and Eugenics
Spring 2020
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). This course is taught in English. Students who wish to get credit in French will meet one extra hour. Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Health Studies

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FREN B299 Littérature, histoire et société
Fall 2019
A study of the language and political, social and ethical messages of literary texts whose authors were "engagés" in the conflicts, wars and revolutions that shook French society from the advent of the 1789 Revolution to the First World War. This course is taught in French.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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FREN B302 Le printemps de la parole féminine: femmes écrivains des débuts
Not offered 2019-20
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 of instructor.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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FREN B306 Libertinage et subversion
Fall 2019
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 B312 Advanced Topics in Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2019): La Rentrée littéraire
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Revolutions Numerqiues de Pascal a L'internet
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisites: two 200-level courses.
Counts toward Film Studies

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FREN B326 Etudes avancées
Section 001 (Spring 2019): La liberté ou la mort
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Proust:Inverts,Snobs,Dilletant
Spring 2020
An in-depth study of a particular topic, event or historical figure in French civilization. This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description:This course is designed as a general introduction to A la Recherche du temps perdu, Proust's baggy monster of a novel which, as a Künstlerroman (art apprenticeship novel) touches on many aesthetic subjects (music, poetry, painting, dance, architecture, photography, cinema) and, as a roman de formation (life apprentice novel), offers wonderful insights into the politics of relationships, with the self and with the others, especially around such topics as homosexuality, snobbishness and dilettantism.

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FREN B355 Techniques narratives: le récit oral, écrit et visuel
Not offered 2019-20
For Francophone societies, whether traditional, pre-modern or modern, the production of narratives involves a complex interplay between orality, writing, and often visual image. Working with insights from theorists Ong, Stock, and Genette, we will study an "oral" epic, a "mixed" oral/learned/illustrated medieval romance (Le Chevalier au lion), written fictions that often seem more oral than they are in reality (L'Heptaméron and La Nuit sacrée), and the complex novel La Chartreuse de Parme, whose cinematic version we will also examine as an illustrated transposition of this masterpiece. Course will be taught in French. Haverford: Humanities (HU).

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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. Course will be taught at Haverford in years when it is not taught at Bryn Mawr

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FREN B403 Supervised Work

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FREN B425 Translation Praxis
This Praxis course partners with advocacy organizations to help translate documents from French into English. Topics and projects varies.
Counts toward Praxis Program

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FREN B655 Rousseau polémiste
Not offered 2019-20
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 B672 Baudelaire
Fall 2019

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FREN B701 Supervised Work
Not offered 2019-20

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FREN B701 Supervised Work
Not offered 2019-20

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Not offered 2019-20
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies

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