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Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
FREN B001-001Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall ESanquer,M., Sanquer,M.
Lecture: 7:55 AM- 8:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall E
FREN B001-002Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall BRagueneau Wells,C.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall B
FREN B001-003Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall DSuaudeau,J.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall D
FREN B001IN-001Intensive Elementary FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall DPeysson-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 FMahuzier,B.
FREN B003-002Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall ESuaudeau,J.
FREN B005-001Intensive Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall CArmstrong,P.
FREN B005-002Intensive Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall DPeysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B101-001Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle ISemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall FLe Menthéour,R.
FREN B101-002Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle ISemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFThomas Hall 116Armstrong,P.
FREN B204-001Le Siècle des lumières: La Liberté ou la mortSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall, Seminar RoomLe Menthéour,R.
FREN B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the HumanitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFThomas Hall 223Sanquer,M.
FREN B325-001Topics: Etudes avancées: Les femmes au MaghrebSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WThomas Hall 223Sanquer,M.
FREN B398-001Senior ConferenceSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THThomas Hall 118Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B425-001World Pulse Translation PraxisSemester / 0.5Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B655-001Rousseau polémisteSemester / 1LEC: 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM MThomas Hall 223Le Menthéour,R.

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
FREN B002-001Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM MWFSanquer,M.
Lecture: 7:55 AM- 8:45 AM TTH
FREN B002-002Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFSanquer,M.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH
FREN B002-003Elementary FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFSuaudeau,J.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH
FREN B002IN-001Intensive Elementary FrenchSemester / 1.5Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFPeysson-Zeiss,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
FREN B004-001Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFSuaudeau,J.
Lecture: Date/Time TBA
FREN B004-002Intermediate FrenchSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFLe Menthéour,R.
Lecture: Date/Time TBA
FREN B102-001Introduction à l'analyse littéraire et culturelle IISemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFMahuzier,B.
FREN B105-001Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFSanquer,M.
FREN B105-002Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFPeysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B206-001Topics: Le Temps des virtuoses: Beauty&theBeast in fin-de-siècSemester / 1LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFMahuzier,B.
FREN B217-001Drawing Disasters: Trauma and HealingSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWPeysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B260-001Atelier d'écritureSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFSuaudeau,J.
FREN B325-001Topics: Etudes avancées: Les MonstresSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WLe Menthéour,R.
FREN B350-001Voix médiévales et échos modernesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THArmstrong,P.

Fall 2018

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

2017-18 Catalog Data

FREN B000 French TA/Drill Sessions
Not offered 2017-18

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FREN B001 Elementary French
Fall 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 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 2017
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 2018
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 2018
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 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. Prerequisite: FREN B002 or placement required.
Course does not meet an Approach

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FREN B004 Intermediate French
Spring 2018
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 2017
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 2017
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, 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 2018
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 2018
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 B204 Le Siècle des lumières
Section 001 (Fall 2017): La Liberté ou la mort
Fall 2017
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.
Current topic description: How and why did Enlightenment thinkers inspire the main figures of the French Revolution? And how can we explain that the ideal of freedom led both to impressive reforms and to mass executions? We will read Enlightenment philosophers as well as political texts from the French Revolution. Authors include: Rousseau, Diderot, Beaumarchais, Sade, Olympe de Gouges, Robespierre, and Hugo. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 105.
Current topic description: How and why did Enlightenment thinkers inspire the main figures of the French Revolution? And how can we explain that the ideal of freedom led both to impressive reforms and to mass executions? We will read Enlightenment philosophers as well as political texts from the French Revolution. Authors include: Rousseau, Diderot, Beaumarchais, Sade, Olympe de Gouges, Robespierre, and Hugo.

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

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FREN B206 Topics: Le Temps des virtuoses
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Beauty&theBeast in fin-de-sièc
Spring 2018
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.
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.

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

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Critic Approaches to the World
Fall 2017
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 B217 Drawing Disasters: Trauma and Healing
Spring 2018
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)

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FREN B242 Focus: Les vies de Boris Vian
Not offered 2017-18
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 B254 Teaching (in) the Postcolony: Schooling in African Fiction
Not offered 2017-18
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 2018
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 B306 Libertinage et subversion
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017): Les femmes au Maghreb
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Les Monstres
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
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"; Proustl Baudelaire.
Current topic description: This course offers an insight into Francophone North-African colonial and post-colonial literature by focusing on the role of women in society, particularly through the lens of topics such as politics, religion and sexuality. In addition to literary texts by Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian writers, we will study historical and sociological sources as well as North African feminist traditions. Course will be taught in French.
Current topic description: Ce cours examinera les raisons pour lesquelles la monstruosité physique et morale a fondé une nouvelle esthétique littéraire en France, du XVIIème au XIXème siècle. Pourquoi préférer la peinture de la difformité physique et morale à l'idéal classique de la beauté? Quels sont les effets affectifs et esthétiques recherchés: horreur, indignation, sentiment du sublime? Nous lirons des œuvres de Perrault, Racine, Cazotte, Musset, Barbey d'Aurevilly et Baudelaire.

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FREN B350 Voix médiévales et échos modernes
Spring 2018
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 B356 Rousseau polémiste
Not offered 2017-18
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 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 B425 World Pulse Translation Praxis
This Praxis course is partnering with World Pulse, an action media network which supports grassroots women change leaders through media and empowerment training; this course will specifically work with the women leaders in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who advocate for an end to violence against women.
Counts toward Praxis Program

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FREN B600 Graduate Seminar
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topic course. Course content varies.

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FREN B655 Rousseau polémiste
Fall 2017
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 B701 Supervised Work
Not offered 2017-18

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FREN B701 Supervised Work
Not offered 2017-18

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 B201 Le Chevalier, la dame et le prêtre: littérature et publics du Moyen Age
Not offered 2017-18
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.

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 B205 Le Temps des prophètes
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Genius&Gender in Post-Revo France
Not offered 2017-18
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.

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 B207 Introduction à la littérature du 20ème et 21ème siècle
Not offered 2017-18
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.

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 B275 Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and Eugenics
Not offered 2017-18
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.

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 B302 Le printemps de la parole féminine: femmes écrivains des débuts
Not offered 2017-18
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.

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 B326 Etudes avancées
Not offered 2017-18
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"; Proustl Baudelaire.

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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