Upcoming Undergraduate Course Schedule & Descriptions
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE OFFERINGS
LANGUAGE COURSESInformation on placement into language courses can be found HERE. In addition, CAS's schedule of exams are available HERE.
Elementary French I
Open to students with no previous training in French. Not equivalent to FREN-UA 10. Only by following FREN-UA 1 with FREN-UA 2 can a student complete the equivalent of FREN-UA 10 and then continue on to the intermediate level.
Section 001: MWR, 8:00am – 9:15am (#6758) – Caitlyn Garcia
Section 002: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#6759) – Athena Fokaidis
Section 003: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#6760) – Emily Shuman
Section 004: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#6761) – Emelyn Lih
Section 005: MWR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#6762) – Jonathan Cayer
Section 006: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#6763) – Anna-Caroline Prost
Section 007: MWR, 2:00pm – 4:00pm (#6764) – Jennifer Gordon
Section 008: MWR, 3:30pm - 4:45pm (#6765) - Johann Voulot
Section 009: MWR, 4:45pm - 6:10pm (#6766) - Emily O'Brock
Section 0010: TWF, 12:30pm - 1:45pm (#6767) - Elizabeth Kirby
Section 0011: MTR, 9:30am - 10:45am (#6768) - Jonathan Cayer
Elementary French II
Continuation of FREN-UA 1. To continue on to the intermediate level, a student must complete both FREN-UA 1 and FREN-UA 2. This two-semester sequence is equivalent to FREN-UA 10.
Section 001: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#6768) – David Barny
Section 002: MWR, 11:00am – 12:45pm (#6769) – David Barny
Section 003: MWR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#6770) – Jennifer Gordon
Section 004: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#6771) – Jennifer Gordon
Section 005: MWR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#6772) – Jonathan Cayer
Section 006: MWR, 4:55pm – 6:10pm (#6773) – Jessamine Irwin
Section 007: TR, 2:00pm – 4:00pm (#8704) – Fatiha Bali
- Note: this section is reserved for Tisch students. Please contact the department for admission.
Intensive Elementary French (6 points)
Open to students with no previous training in French. Completes the equivalent of a year's elementary level in one semester.
Section 001: MTWRF, 8:00am – 9:15am (#6774) – Jean-Philippe Graff
Section 002: MTWRF, 9:30am – 10:45am (#6775) – Fatiha Bali
Section 003: MTWRF, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#6776) – Stephanie Dubois
Intermediate French I
Open to students who have completed the equivalent of a year's elementary level and to others on assignment by placement test. Not equivalent to FREN-UA 20. Only by following FREN-UA 11 with FREN-UA 12 can a student complete the equivalent of FREN-UA 20 and then continue on to the post-intermediate level.
Section 001: MTR, 8:00am - 9:15am (#6777) - Katie LaPorta
Section 002: MTR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#6778) – Aileen Christensen
Section 003: MTR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#6779) – Claire Reising
Section 004: MTR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#6780) – Samira Ait Jafour
Section 005: MTR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#6781) – Elise Bouhet
Section 006: MTR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#6782) – Elise Bouhet
Section 007: TWF, 12:30pm - 1:45pm (#6783) - Siham Hansen
Intermediate French II
Continuation of FREN-UA 11. To fulfill the MAP requirement and continue on to the post-intermediate level, a student must complete both FREN-UA 11 and FREN-UA 12. This two-semester sequence is equivalent to FREN-UA 20.
Section 001: MTR, 8:00am – 9:15am (#6784) – Mimi Zhou
Section 002: MTR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#6785) - Nils Froment
Section 003: MTR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#6786) – Nicolas Estournel
Section 004: MTR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#6787) – Jeff Fuller
Section 005: MTR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#6788) – Samira Ait Jafour
Section 006: MTR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#6789) – Samira Ait Jafour
Section 007: MTR, 4:55pm – 6:10pm (#6790) – Elise Bouhet
Intensive Intermediate French (6 points)
Open to students who have completed the equivalent of a year's elementary level and to others on assignment by placement test. Complete's the equivalent of a year's intermediate level in one semester.
Section 001: MTWRF, 8:00am – 9:15am (#6791) – Dan Benson
Section 002: MTWRF, 9:30am – 10:45am (#6792) – Mary Haslam
Section 003: MTWRF, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#6793) – John Moran
Section 004: MTWRF, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#6794) – Melanie Hackney
Conversation & Composition
Systemizes and reinforces the language skills presented in earlier-level courses through an intensive review of grammar, written exercises, an introduction to composition, lexical enrichment, and spoken skills.
Section 001: MWR, 8:00am – 9:15am (#6795) – David Barny
Section 002: MWR, 9:30am -10:45am (#6796) – Hayet Sellami
Section 003: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#6797) – Mary Haslam
Section 004: MWR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#6798) – Aline Baehler
Section 005: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#6799) – Aline Baehler
Section 006: MWR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#6800) – Anna-Caroline Prost
Section 007: MWR, 4:55pm - 6:10pm (#6801) - Anna-Caroline Prost
ADVANCED LANGUAGE COURSES
Spoken Contemporary French
Helps the student to develop vocabulary, improve pronunciation, and learn new idiomatic expressions. Introduction to corrective phonetics and emphasis on understanding contemporary French through a study of such authentic documents as radio and television interviews, advertisements, and spontaneous oral productions.
Section 001: MTR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#6802) – Nils Froment
Section 002: MTR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#6803) – Nils Froment
Section 003: MTR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#6804) – Olivier Berthe
Section 004: MTR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#6805) – Olivier Berthe
TR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-10
Ce cours est un cours de linguistique. Dans ce cours, on parlera de la phonétique et de la prononciation. Ce cours vous donnera l'occasion: (1) de mieux comprendre les systèmes phonologiques du français et de l'américain (oui, j’ai écrit l’américain!), (2) de découvrir et expliquer les problèmes typiques d'un anglophone américain qui apprend le français, (3) de découvrir et expliquer les problèmes typiques d’un francophone qui apprend l’américain, (4) de corriger ces mêmes problèmes (ce qu'on appelle «la phonétique corrective»), (5) d'améliorer votre prononciation du français et votre compréhension auditive, (6) de développer votre capacité de reconnaître vos propres erreurs et de les corriger, (7) d'apprendre l'alphabet phonétique international (API), qui vous sera un outil indispensable dans toutes vos études linguistiques, (8) de perfectionner votre façon d'expliquer un phénomène linguistique (ou n'importe quel autre phénomène) d'une façon nette et précise, (9) de maîtriser le vocabulaire linguistique en français et en anglais et (10) de mieux apprécier le français et votre(vos) propre(s) langue(s) maternelle(s).
Written Contemporary French
Designed to improve the student's written French and to provide advanced training in French and comparative grammar. Students are trained to express themselves in a variety of writing situations (for example, diaries, transcriptions, narrations, letters). Focuses on the distinction between spoken and written styles and the problem of contrastive grammar. Emphasis on accuracy and fluency of usage in the written language.
Section 001: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#6806) – Katie LaPorta
Section 002: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#6807) – Aline Baehler
(Section 002 is an advanced section)
Section 003: MWR, 11:00apm – 12:15pm (#6808) – Katie LaPorta
Section 004: MWR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#6809) – Johann Voulot
Section 005: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#6810) – Johann Voulot
MW, 9:30am – 10:45am
25 W. 4th St., C-17
Practice of translation through French and English texts taken from a variety of sources to present a range of contrasting grammatical and stylistic problems. Also stresses acquisition of vocabulary.
MW, 9:30am – 10:45am
25 W. 4th St., C-16
Use of dramatic situations and readings to help students overcome inhibitions in their spoken French. The graduated series of exercises and activities is designed to improve pronunciation, intonation, expression, and body language, via phonetic practice, poetry recitation, skits, improvisation, and memorization of dramatic texts. Reading, discussion, and performance of scenes from plays by renowned dramatists. Extensive use of audio and video material.
TR, 9:30am – 10:45am
25 W. 4th St., C-16
Designed for students who wish to learn the specialized language used in French business. Emphasis on oral and written communication, as well as the acquisition of a business and commercial vocabulary dealing with the varied activities of a commercial firm (for example, advertising, transportation, banking). Stresses group work in simulated business situations and exposure to authentic spoken materials.
CORE COURSES(Conducted in French)
Readings in French Literature I: Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era
TR, 11:00am – 12:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-18
Introduction to the central works in medieval and early modern French literature. By analyzing plays, chronicles, poems, and novels, students explore the role and status of literature within the era's larger intellectual, political, and social framework. Critical study of key themes, genres, and styles; focuses on analytical writing and literary analysis. Authors studied may included Marie de France, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne, Corneille, Diderot, and Voltaire.
Readings in French Literature II: The Modern Era (1789 – Present)
Prof. Ludovic Cortade
MW, 4:55pm – 6:10pm
25 W. 4th St., C-10
Introduction to central works in modern French literature. By analyzing plays, chronicles, poems, and novels, students explore the role and status of literature within the era's larger intellectual, political, and social framework. Critical study of key themes, genres, and styles; focuses on analytical writing and literary analysis. Follows but does not require completion of Readings I. Authors studied may include Colette, André Malraux, Céline, Simone de Beauvoir, Kateb Yacine, Georges Perec, and Marguerite Yourcenar.
French Society and Culture: Middle Ages - Present
Prof. John Moran
TR, 3:30pm - 4:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-18
Do you think history is nothing but a list of kings, battles and dates? If so, come find out what history is really all about in French Society and Culture. We will explore how history is never neutral as we trace how the lands and cultures that came to be called “France” evolved, developed and interacted, as their inhabitants never stopped rediscovering, reinterpreting, and recreating their history to different ends.
TR, 2:00pm - 3:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-12
An introduction to French history, politics, and social relations from 1900 to the present. Attention is paid to the successive crises that challenged France's stature, its national identity, and its Republican model. Topics include the French political and social systems; France's “exceptionalism” and relationships with Europe, the United States, and globalization; colonialism, immigration, and post-colonialism; and gender and class relations.
(Cross-listed as EURO-UA 288 and HIST-UA 169)
SENIOR SEMINARS(conducted in French)
Permission of the department must be obtained to register for these courses. Please contact Andrew Keough for information on receiving a permission code.
La Poésie Amoureuse de Ronsard à Éluard
Prof. Eugene Nicole
MW, 11:00am – 12:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-3
Love, which is probably the main theme of poetry in general, is particularly flourishing in some periods of French poetry. After an introduction devoted to the “courtly Love” of the Troubadours, this course will propose an in-depth readings of major works from the Renaissance (Ronsard), Romanticism (Musset, Hugo, Baudelaire) and the first half of the XXth century (Apollinaire, Éluard).
Les Lumières au present
Prof. Lucien Nouis
TR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm
25 W. 4TH St., C-18
Les philosophes de la deuxième moitié du xxe siècle n’ont pas cessé d’interroger les Lumières du xviiii siècle (the Enlightenment), que ce soit pour montrer qu’elles ont conduit au totalitarisme (Adorno), que les « grands récits » ou fictions qu’elles proposaient (le progrès, l’émancipation, la liberté) sont désormais bien dépassés (Lyotard), ou encore, de manière plus positive, que leur héritage demande à être exploré, prolongé ou récupéré (Habermas, Derrida). On pourrait donc dire avec Foucault que toute la philosophie se trouve directement ou indirectement confrontée à cette question : « Quel est donc cet événement qu’on appelle l’Aufklärung et qui a déterminé, pour une part au moins, ce que nous sommes, ce que nous pensons et ce que nous faisons aujourd’hui ? » Le but de ce cours sera de donner une vue d’ensemble des problèmes soulevés par les Lumières, tout en resituant ces idées à partir des préoccupations de notre présent.
Versailles: Literature at the Court of the Sun King (conducted in French)
Prof. Henriette Goldwyn
MW, 12:30pm – 1:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-13
The phenomenon of Versailles under Louis XIV, the Sun King, was the sum of all arts – and not just architecture and painting, but poetry, drama, music, dance, opera, landscaping– and all the technologies, from hydraulic engineering to pyrotechnics. This elevated everyday life into ceremony and monarch into divinity. In order to explore the rich, artistic, literary, philosophical, and moral life of the “grand siècle”, we will read plays, memoirs, essays and historical novellas. The artistic and literary culture will be anchored in a historical context with reflections on the political and religious history of the period.
FREN-UA 834.001 (conducted in English)
Rites of Resistance: Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbean
Prof. Michael Dash
MW, 4:55pm – 6:10pm
25 W. 4th St., C-5
The genre of autobiography and autobiographical fiction is relatively new to the French Caribbean. Its emergence has been provoked by an increasing preoccupation with loss, a longing for wholeness, and the need to salvage a lost past in the French Overseas Departments and Haiti. Using Frantz Fanon’s theories of the collapsed ego under colonialism and post colonialism’s concept of counter-discursive autobiography, this course will examine the ways in which six novelists deal with the crises of Antillean childhood, anxieties of colonial schooling, the urgency of rethinking the displaced subject and political refugee testimony at different historical periods and political circumstances under the headings – Novels of Childhood and Novels of exile and return.
FREN-UA 868.001 (conducted in English)
Topics in French Literature: An Introduction to Derrida (1930 - 2004)
Prof. Lucien Nouis
TR, 4:55pm - 6:10pm
7 E. 12th St., 325
From Derrida’s critique of “Western” categorizations of universality and rationality (logocentrism, presence, the transcendental signified), to his later reflections on metaphoricity, translation, and performativity, this course will first explore the question of “writing” as it unfolds starting in the late 1960’s and throughout the 80’s. We will then focus on the political and ethical dimensions of Derrida’s later thought, and carefully examine his use of concepts such as hos(ti)pitality, forgiveness, democracy to come, and messianity without messianism, paying particular attention to his later conversation with Emmanuel Levinas and to his re-readings of Marx.
FREN-UA 965.001 (conducted in French)
Topics in French Culture: Slavery in the Francophone World
Prof. Cécile Bishop
MW, 3:30pm – 4:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-16
Between the 17th and 19th century, France was responsible for the kidnapping, forced transport and enslavement of over a million Africans. The deep cultural effects of this violent history, both in metropolitan France and in its former colonies, have only recently become the subject of wide discussion. In this course, we will examine the representations of slavery in French and francophone cultures across a variety of genres and media, including literature, film, painting and architecture. This will lead us to consider broader questions concerning the ethical and political aspects of representation, such as: Is this testimony always more legitimate than fiction? Is it ever acceptable to laugh about slavery? In the face of horror, does beauty still matter?
FREN-UA 968.001 (conducted in French)
Topics in French Literature: From the New World to the Moon: Discovery & Invention in Early Modern France
Prof. Sanam Nader-Esfahani
MW, 4:55pm - 6:10pm
Meyer Hall, 261
What is the difference between discovery and invention, and what are the implications of innovation and novelty when it comes to understanding our world and our place in it? How are these instances or objects represented, and to what ends? By drawing on literary texts, historical documents, iconography, and contemporary scholarship, we will address these questions through our examination of two case studies, both of which challenged the boundaries of human knowledge: (1) the navigational explorations that brought Europeans to the Americas, and (2) the invention of the telescope. Primary readings include (but are not limited to) Cartier, Cyrano de Bergerac, Descartes, Fontenelle, Galileo, La Fontaine, Léry, Montaigne and Rabelais.
FREN-UA 968.002 (conducted in French)
Topics in French Literature: French Short Fiction
Prof. Claudie Bernard
MW, 9:30am – 10:45am
25 W. 4th St., C-4
An examination of the structure, thematics, and historical development of short fiction in French, from the medieval fabliau to the contemporary one-page instantané, through the Renaissance nouvelle, the traditional fairytale, the classical histoire tragique, the Enlightenment philosophical table, fantastic and romantic contes, realist anecdotes, decadent, surrealist and existentialist novellas, and a variety of humorous texts. You will have an opportunity to discover, analyze, and comment on short fiction in French, and even write your own.
FREN-UA 883 (conducted in English)
Cinema and Literature
Prof. William Wolf
W, 2:00pm – 4:45pm
This course examines the relationship between film and literature with a view toward broadening viewer and reader response and enabling understanding of properties shared by both art forms. Rather than focusing exclusively on film adaptations of texts, the course treats the problems of film, novels, and theater as a literary phenomenon. While French film plays the key part in the structure of the course, films to be shown and assigned reading reflect a wider international spectrum. There will be emphasis on the connection between different cultures in different time frames, and stress will also be placed on works that have a special relationship with the concerns of humanity.
The course is interdisciplinary and uses critical methods pertinent to the media involved. Its juxtaposition of one of the most important contemporary art forms against literature serves the needs of a liberal education and aims to lead the students to question assumptions about both cinema and literature.
(Cross-listed as DRLIT-UA 504.001)
OTHERPermission of the department must be obtained to register for these courses. Please contact Andrew Keough for information on receiving a permission code.
Honors Thesis Workshop I (2 points)
Prof. Eugene Nicole
T, 3:30pm – 6:10pm
19 University Place, room 605
Only for students who have applied to the honors program and also intend to complete the spring section of the workshop. For information on completing an honors thesis during your senior year, please speak to your adviser.
Independent Study (2 – 4 points)
Speak to your adviser for more information on completing an independent study.
Internship (2 - 4 points)
Speak to your adviser for more information on completing an internship for credit.
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