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Fall 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
FREN B001-001Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM M-FTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Ragueneau Wells,C.
FREN B001-002Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM M-FTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Ragueneau Wells,C.
FREN B001-003Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM M-FTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Burston,E.
FREN B001IN-001Intensive Elementary FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM M-FTaylor Hall F
In Person
Peysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B003-001Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM MWFRemote
Remote Instruction
Suaudeau,J.
FREN B003-002Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall F
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Crucifix,E.
FREN B005-001Intensive Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall D
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Peysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B005-002Intensive Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 2:40 PM- 3:30 PM MWFTaylor Hall D
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Ragueneau Wells,C.
FREN B101-001Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle ISemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHCarpenter Library 25
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Peysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B207-001Ouvrir la voix: Introduction aux études francophonesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MTHTaylor Hall G
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Crucifix,E.
FREN B223-001The Fire Every Time: Cinematic Rebels Across the AtlanticSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHRemote
Remote Instruction
Suaudeau,J.
FREN B325-001Topics: Etudes avancées: Derrière les barreauxSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TDalton Hall 25
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Burston,E.
FREN B398-001Senior ConferenceSemester / 1Lecture: 2:30 PM- 5:30 PM THBettws Y Coed 127
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B400-001Thesis AdvisingSemester / 1Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
FREN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B625-001Topics: Etudes avancéesSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TDalton Hall 25
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Burston,E.
FREN B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1In Person

Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
FREN B002-001Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM M-FTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Ragueneau Wells,C.
FREN B002-002Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM M-FTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Ragueneau Wells,C.
FREN B002-003Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM M-FTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Ragueneau Wells,C.
FREN B002IN-001Intensive Elementary FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM M-FTaylor Hall D
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Peysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B004-001Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM MWFRemote InstructionSuaudeau,J.
FREN B004-002Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall F
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Crucifix,E.
FREN B102-001Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle IISemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHCarpenter Library 25
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Armstrong,G.
FREN B105-001Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFRemote InstructionSuaudeau,J.
FREN B105-002Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 1:40 PM- 2:30 PM MWFHybrid: In-Person & RemoteCorbin,C.
FREN B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the HumanitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM MTHTaylor Hall G
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Crucifix,E.
FREN B219-001Diasporic Voices: Voyages and Identity NarrativesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 5:30 PM THTaylor Hall D
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Peysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B260-001Atelier d'écritureSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionSuaudeau,J.
FREN B350-001Voix médiévales et échos modernesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 25
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Armstrong,G.
FREN B400-001Thesis AdvisingSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonArmstrong,G.
FREN B400-002Thesis AdvisingSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonCrucifix,E.
FREN B400-003Thesis AdvisingSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonSuaudeau,J.
FREN B400-004Thesis AdvisingSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonPeysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonArmstrong,G.
FREN B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonPeysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonSuaudeau,J.

Fall 2021

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

2020-21 Catalog Data

FREN B000 French TA/Drill/Discussion
Section 001 (Spring 2020): FREN B208
Not offered 2020-21

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FREN B001 Elementary French
Fall 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 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 2020
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 2021
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 2021
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 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. Prerequisite: FREN B002 or placement required.
Course does not meet an Approach

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FREN B004 Intermediate French
Spring 2021
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 2020
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 2020
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 2021
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 2021
Ce cours a pour objet les dynamiques et les tensions qui structurent ou déstructurent la France contemporaine. Dans quelle mesure la France a-t-elle profité de la colonisation et de l'esclavage pour devenir la France ? Le modèle républicain est-il mis à mal par ce qu'on appelle les "communautarismes", ou n'est-il lui même qu'un déguisement du communautarisme de la majorité ? Quel est ce "séparatisme" qui menacerait la cohésion nationale et les valeurs universalistes de la France ? Pourquoi la laïcité est-elle en crise aujourd'hui ? L'État de droit peut-il demeurer un État de droit face au djihadisme ? L'arbitrage impossible entre priorité sanitaire et priorité économique montre-t-il que le pouvoir politique est devenu impuissant ? Les travaux à rendre vous permettront de vous exprimer dans des formats innovants (podcast, présentation vidéo, réalisation de pages Internet) et de perfectionner vos compétences à l'oral aussi bien qu'à l'écrit. 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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
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 B206 Topics: Le Temps des virtuoses
Not offered 2020-21
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 Ouvrir la voix: Introduction aux études francophones
Fall 2020
This course provides students with an overview of foundational concepts, methods and texts relevant to Francophone Studies. We will engage with past and present debates relating to identity, diversity, nation and empire in the colonial and postcolonial contexts and explore the specificity of Francophone Studies with regards to the field of postcolonial studies. While focused on literature, the course will also explore other forms of cultural production (movies, graphic novels, political speeches, etc.) from sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, the Caribbean and Vietnam. The course will train students in literary analysis and develop their ability to speak and write critically in French. Prerequisites: FREN 102 or 105.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B208 Visible Minorities: Diversity in Contemporary French Cinema
Not offered 2020-21
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
Spring 2021
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
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 B219 Diasporic Voices: Voyages and Identity Narratives
Spring 2021
Erin Mouré's quote "once you cross a border, the border is not the same any longer" raises the question of identity and interrogates territorial integrity, wondering how people and communities morph after such life changing events. In this course, students will question the very notion of experience and being through travel; as well as its meaning in terms of identity, locus, and language. Through the works offered, we invite students to approach icons, visual and written texts with new theories and fresh eyes to interrogate the ethics of travel writing, filming and documenting, looking for ways to empower readers about history and migrations. Students will reflect on the types of travels: temporary or voluntary travels, migration under various forms of duress (violence, war, economic penury, persecution for reasons of religion, politics or sexual identity). The works read and seen will encourage discussions about reasons for leaving home and invite a scrutiny about how travel writers and filmmakers gaze and inscribe it on the page or the screen. We will then examine narratives dealing with the relationship of former colonies with its "métropole," reading texts from various regions including France, raising the question of identity. There will be an extra hour for students taking it for credit towards French minor. Prerequisite: FREN B102 or B105 if counting towards French major or minor.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B221 Femme sujet/Femme objet
Not offered 2020-21
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 B223 The Fire Every Time: Cinematic Rebels Across the Atlantic
Fall 2020
Cinema, as an art form, can be seen as a rebellion against reality. Then again, cinema as mass entertainment with uber-industrial might can yield the most contagious legitimization of power and social norms. Can filmmakers be genuine agents of change and social justice? Do their creations have the power to disrupt the status quo? If so, how are some films designed to subvert systemic normalization and disseminated forms of domination? In this course, we will map out rebellious modern (post WW2) cinema from both sides of the Atlantic. Setting aside chronology and conventional delimitations, we will go back and forth across genres (war film, thriller, ghost story, social realism, drama…) between contemporary and older avatars of cinematic resistance, between documentary and fiction, and between France, the U.S., West Africa and Latin America. We will investigate a series of films that focus on non-compliance and individual resilience in the face of systemic adversity, while sharing a common oppositional ethos applied to different forms of domination/violence: anticolonialism, anti-capitalism, antiracism, as well as ecology, pacifism and a critique of carceral institutions. For each of them, we will study how the style of cinematography is designed not just to support a narrative, but as a counter-language aimed at subverting the conservative grammar codes of the mainstream. This course will be taught in English. Prerequisites: FREN 102 or 105 only for students taking this for French credit with additional hour.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Film Studies

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FREN B260 Atelier d'écriture
Spring 2021
Intensive practice in speaking and writing. Conversation, discussion, advanced training in grammar and stylistics.Ce cours est une nouvelle version de l'atelier d'écriture. Il a pour objet d'étude la musique française et francophone contemporaine. Pour les étudiants ayant déjà suivi le FRENB260 à Bryn Mawr ou dans le cadre de l'Institut d'Avignon, ce nouveau cours comptera dans le calcul des crédits en vue de la spécialisation ou de la sous-spécialisation. L'objectif est de donner un panorama de la musique en français depuis les années 1940, en explorant la diversité et la complexité organique des genres qui la composent : chanson française, variété, rap, slam, rock alternatif, électro, reggae. Ces mouvements seront étudiés dans une perspective comparative et globale où la thématique primera sur la chronologie et la géographie. Chaque semaine, deux morceaux d'artistes, de genres et d'époques différents seront analysés à la lumière du sujet qui est leur point commun: Paris, l'homosexualité, l'influence de la culture américaine, la fluidité du genre, la domination masculine, le colonialisme, l'esclavage, le consentement et le harcèlement, la violence parentale, la dépression, la mise en scène des origines, la révolte féminine. Dans cette perspective transmusicale, chaque chanson formera le contrepoint de l'autre. Sur le plan linguistique, la déconstruction des paroles (syntaxe, vocabulaire, style, références, utilisation de l'argot, etc.) sera au centre de notre travail, tandis que nous étudierons les vidéos-clips avec les outils de l'analyse culturelle. Centré sur l'écrit (writing-intensive), le cours proposera des formats innovants pour les devoirs (écriture créative et analyse littéraire). Une rencontre/performance en visioconférence avec l'un des artistes au programme sera organisée. Prérequis: 102 ou 105
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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FREN B275 Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and Eugenics
Not offered 2020-21
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 B306 Libertinage et subversion
Not offered 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisites: two 200-level courses.
Counts toward Film Studies

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FREN B325 Topics: Etudes avancées
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Derrière les barreaux
Fall 2020
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 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; Étude 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/Baudelaire; L'Humain et l'environnement. Current topic title and description: Derrière les barreaux: l'imaginaire de l'enfermement au dix-neuvième siècle. La littérature du XIXème siècle témoigne d'un goût pour l'imaginaire de l'enfermement. En commençant par le cas célèbre de Dumas qui enferme le comte de Monte Cristo dans une geôle du château d'If, ce cours retrace cette thématique à travers la lecture de quelques géants de la littérature du dix-neuvième siècle, en parallèle avec des lectures théoriques sur l'emprisonnement. On suivra ainsi l'évolution de la perception de l'emprisonnement, entre la vision romantique du début du XIXème siècle et la vision désabusée, voire révoltée, qui apparaît en fin de siècle. On sera amené à découvrir une multitude de « cadres » littéraires, en partant des plus évidents (prisons, cellules, cercueils) aux plus subtils (le corps et l'esprit, la retraite chez soi, etc.). Nous établirons des liens avec la situation actuelle (par exemple les « video diaries » des habitants de Wuhan). Auteurs étudiés : Balzac, Dumas, Huysmans, Proust, Sand, Stendhal, etc.

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FREN B326 Etudes avancées
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Proust:Inverts,Snobs,Dilletant
Not offered 2020-21
An in-depth study of a particular topic, event or historical figure in French civilization. This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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FREN B350 Voix médiévales et échos modernes
Spring 2021
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. Among the texts and films studied are works by Bonnefoy, Cocteau, Flaubert, Genevoix, Giono, and Gracq.

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FREN B355 Techniques narratives: le récit oral, écrit et visuel
Not offered 2020-21
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
This weekly thesis development workshop examines French and Francophone literary texts and cultural documents from all periods, and the interpretive problems they raise. Close reading, complemented by extensive secondary readings from different schools of interpretation, prepare students to analyze other critical stances and to develop their own.

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FREN B400 Thesis Advising
Weekly or bi-weekly meetings with your thesis advisor will allow you to write your senior thesis efficiently and to prepare for a successful defense.

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FREN B403 Supervised Work

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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 B625 Topics: Etudes avancées
Fall 2020
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 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; Étude 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/Baudelaire; L'Humain et l'environnement.

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FREN B655 Rousseau polémiste
Not offered 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21

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FREN B701 Supervised Work
Fall 2020

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FREN B701 Supervised Work
Spring 2021

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Not offered 2020-21
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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