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 (#7733) – Katie LaPorta
Section 002: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7734) – Jonathan Cayer
Section 003: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7735) – Jonathan Cayer
Section 004: MWR, 12:30am – 1:45pm (#7736) – Katie LaPorta
Section 005: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7737) – Johann Voulot
Section 006: MWR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#7738) – Johann Voulot
Section 007: TR, 2:00pm – 4:00pm (#9213) – Fatiha Bali
- Note: this section is reserved for Tisch students. Please contact the department for admission.
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, 8:00am – 9:15am (#7739) – Emily Shuman
Section 002: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7740) – Athena Fokaidis
Section 003: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7741) – Emily O'Brock
Section 004: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7742) – Emelyn Lih
Section 005: MWR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7743) – Caitlyn Garcia
Section 006: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7744) – Elise Bouhet
Section 007: MWR, 3:30pm – 4:34pm (#7745) – Elise Bouhet
Section 008: MWR, 3:30pm – 4:34pm (#7746) – Olivier Berthe
Section 009: TWF, 12:30pm - 1:45pm (#7747) - Elizabeth Kirby
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 (#7748) – Jean-Philippe Graff
Section 002: MTWRF, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7749) – David Barny
Section 003: MTWRF, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7749) – Fatiha Bali
Section 004: MTWRF, 12:30pm - 1:45pm (#8622) - Stéphanie 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 002: MTR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7751) – David Barny
Section 003: MTR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7752) – Samira Ait Jafour
Section 004: MTR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7753) – Samira Ait Jafour
Section 005: MTR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#7754) – TBA
Section 006: MTR, 4:55pm - 6:10pm (#7755) – TBA
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 (#7756) – Maria Sanchez Reyes
Section 002: MTR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7757) - TBA
Section 003: MTR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7758) – Jeff Fuller
Section 004: MTR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7759) – Nils Froment
Section 005: MTR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7760) – Melanie Hackney
Section 006: MTR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#7761) – Samira Ait Jafour
Section 007: MTR, 4:55pm – 6:10pm (#7762) – Aileen Christensen
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 (#7763) – Hayet Sellami
Section 002: MTWRF, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7764) – Dan Benson
Section 003: MTWRF, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7765) – Mary Haslam
Section 004: MTWRF, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7766) – Jessamine Irwin
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 (#7767) – Jonathan Cayer
Section 002: MWR, 9:30am -10:45am (#7768) – Siham Hansen
Section 003: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7769) – Mary Haslam
Section 004: MWR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7770) – Aline Baehler
Section 005: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7771) – Jennifer Gordon
Section 006: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7772) – Jennifer Gordon
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, 9:30am – 10:45pm (#7773) – Nils Froment
Section 002: MTR, 11:00am – 12:15ppm (#7774) – Nils Froment
Section 003: MTR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7775) – Olivier Berthe
Section 004: MTR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7776) – Oliver Berthe
Prof. John Moran
TR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-18
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 (#7778) – TBA
Section 002: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7779) – Aline Baehler
- (Section 002 is an advanced section)
Section 004: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7781) – Dan Benson
Section 005: MWR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#7782) – Jenifer Gordon
TR, 9:30am – 10:45am
25 W. 4th St., C-9
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.
Advanced Techniques of Translation
W, 11:00am - 1:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-18
Provides intensive practice in translating. Every week is devoted to a different genre of writing (such as poetry, prose, journalism, or subtitling) or a different set of issues related to translating (such as cultural, grammatical and sentential, phonic/graphic and prosodic, or language variety).
TR, 9:30am – 10:45am
25 W. 4th St., C-10
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.
Creative Writing in French
Prof. Emmanuelle Ertel
R, 12:30pm - 3:15pm
15 Washing Mews, B03
This course is designed as an advanced language course in writing in French. Its main goals are three-fold: to further students’ grammatical and syntactical mastery of written French, to enable them to write more fluently in the language, and develop a deeper, more intimate knowledge of French literature. Each two-week section, part of an overall semester progression, will start with the preliminary study of a variety of texts taken from a wide-ranging selection of poetry, fiction and non-fiction pieces from different periods in time. The course will mainly take the form of a workshop, where students will share their productions and collectively discuss and edit them. (Pre-requisite: FREN-UA 105)
CORE COURSES(Conducted in French)
Readings in French Literature I: Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era
Prof. Sanam Nader Esfahani
TR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm
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. Claudie Bernard
TR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-11
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.
Approaches to Francophone Literature
Prof. Michael Dash
MW, 9:30am - 10:45am
25 W. 4th St., C-10
Examines literature from a network of French-speaking countries that form a Francophone space. Addresses the colonial past as well as the anticolonial and postcolonial situations in which French colonialism is replaced by more complex relationships and ideologies. Special attention is paid to language and the role of the writer in elaborating a postcolonial national identity. Writers studied may include Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau of Martinique, Jacques Roumain of Haiti, Ahmadou Kourouma of the Ivory Coast, and Assia Djebar of Algeria.
Prof. Dan Benson
MW, 12:30pm - 1:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-9
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.
Mockery: From the Old Regime to the Meme
Prof. Katie LaPorta
TR, 9:30am – 10:45am
45 W. 4th St., B01
In France, the right to mock is sacrosanct. As several commentators noted following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the acerbic weekly builds on a long history of satire in the French canon. This course will trace some of that tradition, examining works that make a mockery of socio-political institutions in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Ancien Regime constitutes a particularly rich moment in which comedic forms were paradoxically seen as morally useful entertainment and as dangerous diversions. What makes laughter such powerful ammunition in articulating social and political critique? What are the lines between parody, satire, irony, and caricature? To understand precisely how laughter functions as an effective weapon for derision, we will juxtapose our reading of early modern texts with contemporary examples of satire in the U.S. and in France (Charlie Hebdo, Samantha Bee, Les Guignols, The Colbert Report, memes). We will also integrate web-based and computational methodologies to assess the emergence of the digital humanities in literary studies.
Heroes and heroism in French literature and culture
Profs. Hollier and Roger
TR, 2:00pm - 3:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-11
Is the figure of the hero a thing of the past? Or is it still relevant for our times? Do we still need heroes? Or can we do without them — and be better off? While sometimes longing for nobler and more heroic times, aren’t we relieved to be rid of those imposing presences? Is heroism essentially connected with courage, violence, and war? If not, when and how did the original figure of the hero as a fighter change? Can a hero stand by him or herself? Or must they be included in a collective, national history to exist? How can an individual whose status is one of exception, become the embodiment of a whole community? What comes first in the cult of heroes: their exploits or their celebration? To explore those questions, we need to ask another one: where do heroes come from ? The answer is clear: words are the fabric of the heroes, through legends, epics, poems, stories in general, myths; and it is through other words that heroes, after a long while, began to be demystified. Central to our inquiry will thus be literature as the cradle of heroism, then the furnace where heroic values were transmuted. This story of heroism and its demise will lead us, mostly but not exclusively through French history and literature, from Antiquity to modern times.
Lectures will be given in French, most of the reading will be in French; students will be asked to write four short papers in French. But participation is encouraged even in English.
FREN-UA 865.001 (conducted in English)
Topics in French Culture: The French Presidential Election of 2017: A Seismic Shift?
Prof. Stéphane Gerson
TR, 4:55pm - 6:10pm
15 Washington Mews, B03
These are epochal times for France, a country shaken by terrorist attacks, enduring unemployment, acrid debates about veils and burkinis, and deep distrust of the political system. This spring, the country faces a pivotal presidential election. The extreme-right candidate Marine Le Pen is almost assured to be one of the two final candidates; she may win it all. This would be a momentous shift for France and Europe.
How did France end up in this situation? What political, economic, and social forces have transformed this dominant global power (in 1900) into a nation in search of its place in the world, its national identity, and a political system in which all citizens feel included? For many French men and women — and scholars as well — the country is mired in a series of crises:
* An economic crisis that encompasses the very nature of work and the breadth of the welfare system;
* A social crisis around education, systemic inequality, and the ‘integration’ of immigrants and their children;
* A political crisis around the role of the state and the contours of French republicanism;
* A geopolitical crisis around France’s relationship with the broader world (the E.U., the U.S., and globalization more generally);
* A religious crisis centered on freedom of expression, pluralism, and laïcité —with Islam at its center;
* A cultural crisis around the import of French culture around the world.
Throughout the semester, we will seek to understand this critical moment by following the presidential campaign live, as it enfolds, and also situating it in French history. We will draw from sociological and political analyses, movies and literature, and journalistic investigations to grasp the trajectory of a country and a Republic that are running into severe crosswinds. The course will end on May 7 — with a live viewing of the election results.
(Cross-listed with EURO 983.003)
FREN-UA 868 (conducted in English)
Topics in French Literature: Acting Medieval Literature
Prof. Timmie Vitz
R, 9:30am – 12:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-12
In this course students read, discuss, and then perform in class major works of medieval literature—works that were originally intended for live, semi-dramatic performance. Focus is on narrative, rather than dramatic works. The works explored vary from year to year, but always include epic, romance, tales of various kinds; there is a wide range of narrative genres from France and from several different countries and traditions. Students work particularly on the skills required for the performance of different kinds of stories including the ability to impersonate all kinds of characters; rapid shifts from character to character, voice to voice; and effective use of body language, Most performances are done solo, but there is also some teamwork—performances in small groups. Students who can sing, dance, play an instrument, or have other performance skills are very welcome, but such skills are not necessary. Work for the course consists of reading and classroom discussion; several short performances over the course of the semester; short written responses to readings and “imaginary performances; and a final performance in groups.
Note: This is a course where faithful attendance is an absolute must. Students who are not comfortable performing should not sign up for this course.
(Cross-listed as MEDI-UA 868.001, DRLIT-UA 35.001, and THEA-UT 732.002)
FREN-UA 886 (conducted in English)
Seminars in French Literature: Writing Women: Transatlantic Feminist Theory
Prof. Laura Hughes
M, 11:00am - 1:30pm
Why has French feminist theory been so influential over the second half of the 20th century? How has it affected literature, art, cinema, and politics? How has it been in dialogue with other critical discourses? How does it respond to or critique philosophical traditions? What is its place in institutions such as universities? We explore major themes and issues of feminist theory including the body, being, becoming, time, space, intersectionality, and performance, through theoretical analysis and close reading of classic and less familiar texts and their application to novels and films, paying particular attention to the analysis of genre and gender in the writing of theoretical texts that are hard to classify.
Open to sophomores and higher. CAS students register first; students from other schools can register for this seminar starting on Friday, November 18.
(Cross-listed with AHSEM-UA 231.001 and COLIT-UA 141.002)
FREN-UA 965.001 (conducted in French)
Topics in French Culture: Race in France: Rethinking Diversity
Prof. Cécile Bishop
TR, 11:00am – 12:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-10
In recent years, France’s complex relationship with race has been the object of intense debates.
Traditionally, France has relied on a universalist ideal of color-blindness that does not recognize the existence of race and rejects its use in public discourse and political action. Today, however, a growing number of activists and intellectuals contend that the traditional republican ban on race has not only failed to prevent racism but makes it impossible to fully measure racist discriminations.
This course investigates how French and francophone writers, artists and filmmakers have engaged with these questions. While exploring the historical and political context of these questions, we will ask ourselves how artistic and literary practices can challenge established concepts of identity. In addition to introducing you to important intellectual and artistic debates in contemporary France, this course will also offer you the opportunity to rethink some of the categories that structure US debates on these questions by confronting them to a different cultural context.
Studied authors may include: Frantz Fanon, Alain Mabanckou, Léonora Miano, Marie NDiaye, Sembène Ousmane.
FREN-UA 968.003 (conducted in French)
Topics in French Literature: French Theater in the Age of Enlightenment
Prof. Laurence Marie
MW, 11:00am – 12:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-10
Thanks to its most famous playwrights, Marivaux, Voltaire, Diderot and Beaumarchais, as well as a myriad of lesser known but no less innovative authors, the Enlightenment was a time of pioneering experimentation in the writing and performance of drama in France.
How did dramatists and theorists challenge the categories that ruled classical drama? How did they consider the legacy of Molière, Racine and Corneille, and in what manner did they redefine tragedy and comedy, and create new genres, and particularly the “drame”? In which ways did they thus formulate new relationships between nature, the stage and the audience? And how, ultimately, did they contribute to the revolution of the concept of “aesthetics”?
Throughout the semester, we will investigate how the Enlightenment became the period when modern performance—and all our present-day notions of illusion, setting, costume, acting, and stage direction—was conceived and created, in close correspondence not only with the other fine arts (painting, dance, opera, sculpture and music), but also with philosophy and the sciences.
The course will introduce you to the French theater of the 18th century in its cultural and political contexts. It will also offer you the opportunity to refine your methodology of research, by constantly confronting primary and secondary sources, and by working with the new digital database of the Comédie-Française Registers.
In addition to analyzing a large collection of images, we will read plays and essays by the major authors of the period, along with excerpts from lesser known treatises, anecdotes, and memoirs, many of which were written by actors and actresses idolized in their day.
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.
From Cocodrie to CODOFIL: A Francophone Louisiana Immersion Program
Profs. Melanie Hackney and John Moran
T, 3:30pm - 4:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-16
In this French immersion course you will have the opportunity to work on improving your spoken French as we explore together the linguistic, historical, and cultural contexts of French-speaking Louisiana with a focus on Louisiana (Cajun) French. This course combines eight class meetings in New York with a week-long linguistic and cultural immersion program in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Arnaudville, Louisiana. This program is being run in partnership with NYU's Alternative Spring Break Program, and as such it will include a service learning component. In addition to a number of scholarly articles on a variety of both historical and modern-day aspects of francophone Louisiana, readings for this course will include a selection of Louisiana poetry and short stories as well as a novel.
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.
SPRING & SUMMER 2016
SPRING & SUMMER 2015
SPRING & SUMMER 2014
SPRING & SUMMER 2013
SPRING & SUMMER 2012