French

Mission

The Department’s primary goals are firstly to enable students to develop competence in spoken and written French, and secondly to expose students to the literature and culture of French and French-speaking countries. An important additional objective of the French Department is to encourage students to consider studying in France or a Francophone country. 

In regard to students’ linguistic competence, our specific goals are:

  1. To enable students to express themselves on a range of topics with an acceptable degree of fluency and accuracy.
  2. To facilitate their comprehension of a variety of texts (both from literature and the media) written in French.
  3. To foster students’ confidence in the possibility of their living and studying in a French environment.
 

In the context of the language requirement (the first and second years), this implies a competence premised on students’ ability to achieve, by Intermediate French II, oral and written fluency. Students will be able to use all tenses in the indicative and subjunctive, to deploy pronouns appropriately and understand the expressive and grammatical utility of conjunctions, rhetorical devices, and so on. Students will have the ability to write a cogent essay in French on a literary or cultural topic, and will possess a vocabulary beyond basic French, including rhetorical and conceptual vocabulary. In the context of the major requirement (the third and fourth years), students will progress to a greater competence in French, including advanced speaking skills, particularly in terms of discussing literary and cultural topics, and writing extended analytical essays. The culmination of a student’s progress is the one-semester cap stone experience in the spring semester of the senior year, where she will write a substantial thesis on a topic of her choice, supervised by senior members of the department, and defended before an appropriately selected committee.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in French are expected to satisfy the following learning outcomes:

  • Read literary texts closely and critically (explication de texte).
  • Discuss complex ideas in French with satisfactory proficiency.
  • Write analytical papers in French using appropriate theoretical and exegetical on given literary or cultural topics with satisfactory proficiency.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of French literature and other cultural materials.
  • Engage fully with another culture in a variety of intellectually sophisticated ways, including close textual analysis.
  • Conduct original research on a literary or cultural topic culminating in a 30 page thesis. For students in the Translation and Literature track the ability to translate a 30 page text from French into English accompanied by an introduction to the work.


All first-year, transfer, and/or returning students who studied French prior to entering Columbia/Barnard must take the placement exam before taking any Barnard French courses. Questions about the exam should be directed to the department chair.

Students entering Barnard in Fall 2016 and thereafter will receive points of credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, but these credits will not exempt students from General Education Requirements. Further information may be found on the Registrar's website. For additional information about language courses, students should consult the department chair.

Students who have satisfied the language requirement may immediately enroll in literature and culture courses (FREN BC3021 Major French Texts I, FREN BC3022 Major French Texts II, FREN BC3037 Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, FREN BC3055 ); and advanced language courses (FREN BC3006 Composition and Conversation-FREN BC3019 Advanced Phonetics).

In cooperation with Columbia College, the department offers a program at Reid Hall in Paris open to majors and non-majors. Visit the Study Abroad website for more information.

Co-Chairs
Anne Boyman, Senior Lecturer
Peter T. Connor, Professor

Professor
Caroline Weber
Kaiama L. Glover

Senior Lecturer
Laurie Postlewate
Brian O'Keeffe

Senior Associate
Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig

Lecturer
Karen Santos Da Silva

Requirements for the Major

There are three majors available to prospective students in the department:

Language and Literature: This program emphasizes the language, culture, and literature of France and other French-speaking countries.

Translation and Literature: This program teaches students to translate from French into English and English into French, within a context of French culture and literature.

French and Francophone Studies: This program emphasizes the historical and contemporary interrelationship between France and the French-speaking world in their social, literary, and cultural aspects.

Students are expected to declare an option by the end of the junior year. Programs may include additional courses in French literature, culture, and language, or in other subjects which vary with the interest of the student. Certain courses in the French and Romance Philology Department at Columbia University may be substituted with the approval of the chair. 

All students are required to write a thesis in their senior year. This thesis, of about 30 pages in length, will be written while the student is enrolled in FREN BC3091 Senior Thesis Seminar. Thesis specification will vary depending on the major program that has been chosen. 

A student who elects French as part of a combined double or interdisciplinary major will establish her individualized program with the departments concerned. All combined or interdisciplinary majors require approval from the Committee on Petitions and Academic Standing.


Language and Literature

11 courses are required for the major:

3 language courses, chosen from FREN BC3006 to FREN BC3019
1 of the following sequences:
Major French Texts I
and Major French Texts II
Introduction To French and Francophone Studies I
and Introduction To French and Francophone Studies II
2 literature courses, chosen from FREN BC3025 - FREN BC3036
3 literature courses, chosen from FREN BC3037 - FREN BC3110
FREN BC3091Senior Thesis Seminar

Translation and Literature

11 courses are required for the major:

4 language courses, chosen from FREN BC3006 - FREN BC3019
1 of the following sequences:
Major French Texts I
and Major French Texts II
Introduction To French and Francophone Studies I
and Introduction To French and Francophone Studies II
4 literature courses, chosen from FREN BC3025 - FREN BC3110
FREN BC3091Senior Thesis Seminar

Students majoring in Translation and Literature are strongly encouraged to take CPLT BC3110 Introduction to Translation Studies as well as FREN BC3014 Advanced Translation into English.

French and Francophone Studies

11 courses are required for the major:

FREN UN3420
 - FREN UN3421
Introduction To French and Francophone Studies I
and Introduction To French and Francophone Studies II
2 language courses, chosen from FREN BC3006 - FREN BC3019
4 literature courses, chosen from FREN BC3025 - FREN BC3078, of which two must be chosen from FREN BC3070 - FREN BC3078
2 relevant courses, chosen from other departments at BC or CU, pertaining to the major and chosen in consultation with the advisor
FREN BC3091Senior Thesis Seminar

Requirements for the Minor

Seven courses are required for a minor:

1 of the following sequences:
Major French Texts I
and Major French Texts II
Introduction To French and Francophone Studies I
and Introduction To French and Francophone Studies II
2 language courses, chosen from FREN BC3006 - FREN BC3019
3 courses chosen from FREN BC3025 - FREN BC3110

Elementary and Intermediate Language Courses

For satisfactory completion of the language requirement, students receiving a grade of C- or lower will have to repeat the course.

FREN BC1001 Elementary Full-Year Course. 4 points.

Basic elements of French grammar. Oral, writing, and reading skills. Students may take either or both of these courses at Columbia.

Fall 2018: FREN BC1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1001 001/06364 M T W Th F 10:00am - 10:50am
Room TBA
Hadley Suter 4 3/18
FREN 1001 002/02266 M T W Th F 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Sarah Lazur 4 4/18
FREN 1001 003/02110 M T W Th F 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Hadley Suter 4 4/18

FREN BC1002 Elementary Full-Year Course. 4 points.

Basic elements of French grammar. Oral, writing, and reading skills. Students may take either or both of these courses at Columbia.

Spring 2018: FREN BC1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1002 001/03849 M T W Th F 10:00am - 10:50am
225 Milbank Hall
Sarah Lazur 4 13/18
FREN 1002 002/05507 M T W Th F 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Ll104 Diana Center
Sarah Lazur 4 17/18
FREN 1002 003/09003 M T W Th F 12:00pm - 12:50pm
225 Milbank Hall
Hadley Suter 4 16/18

FREN BC1102 Review of French Fundamentals. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Primarily for students who need further instruction to qualify for the intermediate course. Credit cannot be granted for both FREN BC1002 and BC1102 (or its equivalent). Enrollment limited to 20 students per section.

Oral and written review of basic grammar and syntax. Readings in modern French and Francophone literature.

Fall 2018: FREN BC1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1102 001/07802 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Sarah Lazur 3 4/18
FREN 1102 002/07805 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Sarah Lazur 3 1/18

FREN BC1203 Intermediate I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN BC1001, BC1002, BC1102, C1101 and C1102, or an appropriate score on the placement test.

Further development of oral and written communication skills. Readings in French literature.

Spring 2018: FREN BC1203
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1203 001/07074 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
325 Milbank Hall
Sarah Lazur 3 16/18
FREN 1203 002/08004 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
302 Milbank Hall
Brian Kilgo-Kelly 3 15/18
FREN 1203 003/03295 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
501 Milbank Hall
Adam Cutchin 3 14/18
FREN 1203 004/08712 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
508 Lewisohn Hall
Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 3 13/18
Fall 2018: FREN BC1203
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1203 001/02609 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 3 9/18
FREN 1203 003/08004 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Brian Kilgo-Kelly 3 9/18
FREN 1203 004/08943 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Hadley Suter 3 15/18
FREN 1203 005/01692 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Brian Kilgo-Kelly 3 7/18

FREN BC1204 Intermediate II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN BC1203 or an appropriate score on the placement test.

Advanced work in language skills. Readings in French literature.

Spring 2018: FREN BC1204
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1204 001/03207 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
207 Milbank Hall
Hadley Suter 3 15/18
FREN 1204 002/01754 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
203 Diana Center
Brian Kilgo-Kelly 3 6/18
FREN 1204 003/03061 M W 1:10pm - 2:55pm
324 Milbank Hall
Brian Kilgo-Kelly 3 5/18
FREN 1204 004/06207 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
207 Milbank Hall
Hadley Suter 3 8/18
FREN 1204 005/03984 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
203 Diana Center
Brian O'Keeffe 3 14/18
Fall 2018: FREN BC1204
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1204 001/06200 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Karen Santos Da Silva 3 12/18
FREN 1204 002/07522 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Karen Santos Da Silva 3 7/18
FREN 1204 003/01576 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Brian O'Keeffe 3 12/18
FREN 1204 004/06207 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
0. FACULTY 3 2/18

Advanced Language and Literature Courses

FREN BC3001 Transatlantic Translation Workshop. 1 point.

Prerequisites: Application through Professor Laurie Postlewate. Previous translation course or experience required.

A workshop in which students from the BC/CU community collaborate with a team of students from the École Normale Supérieure-Lyon on two translation projects. In addition to video-conferenced group sessions, students will work virtually with their translation partner in France, and consult in-person with their Barnard instructor.  

Spring 2018: FREN BC3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3001 001/03001 F 10:10am - 12:00pm
202 Milbank Hall
Laurie Postlewate 1 9/16

FREN BC3006 Composition and Conversation. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Discussions on contemporary issues and oral presentations. Creative writing assignments designed to improve writing skills and vocabulary development. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

Spring 2018: FREN BC3006
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3006 001/04086 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
508 Lewisohn Hall
Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 3 8/12
FREN 3006 002/04094 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
501 Milbank Hall
Karen Santos Da Silva 3 8/12
FREN 3006 003/01172 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
325 Milbank Hall
Karen Santos Da Silva 3 9/12
Fall 2018: FREN BC3006
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3006 001/01886 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Karen Santos Da Silva 3 7/12
FREN 3006 002/06198 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 3 7/12
FREN 3006 004/03887 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Brian Kilgo-Kelly 3 4/12

FREN BC3007 Commercial-Economic French. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Fourth year French students only; Seniors have priority.,\nEnrollment limited to 12 students.

The socioeconomic language of contemporary French society. Practice of oral and written communications based on documents from the French press. Students who have completed the course may wish to take the Diplome du Francais des Affaires given by the Chambre de Commerce et d Industrie de Paris. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3010 Textual Analysis. 3 points.

This course is designed for students who have completed Intermediate French II or its equivalent. The aim is to help you transition from language courses to upper-level literature and culture classes, and specifically to equip you with the tools you will need to analyze literary texts and to comment upon them effectively in both oral and written form. Through close reading of selected texts and practice in the form of analysis known as the explication de texte, you will become familiar with a number of different methods of reading, and develop the critical thinking and interpretive skills you need to analyze arguments, and to speak and write persuasively in French. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3012 Advanced Grammar. 3 points.

Systematic study of morphology, syntax, and idiomatic expressions. Weekly writing assignments. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3013 Writing Workshop . 3 points.

Prerequisites: The French language requirement and approval of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Workshop format course to perfect writing skills in French. Writing formats that will be used over the semester include narration, portait, essai, dissertation, film and book reviews, and correspondence. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3014 Advanced Translation into English. 3 points.

Translation of various styles of prose and poetry from French to English. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

Fall 2018: FREN BC3014
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3014 001/09336 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Anne Boyman 3 13

FREN BC3016 Advanced Oral French. 3 points.

Prerequisites: At least one French course after completion of FREN BC1204: Intermediate II or permission of the instructor.

Oral presentations and discussions of French films aimed at increasing fluency, acquiring vocabulary, and perfecting pronunciation skills.

Spring 2018: FREN BC3016
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3016 001/02607 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Milbank Hall
Anne Boyman 3 10
Fall 2018: FREN BC3016
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3016 001/04113 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Anne Boyman 3 19

FREN BC3019 Advanced Phonetics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Detailed study of all aspects of French pronunciation; theoretical linguistic concepts will be followed up with intensive oral drills. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

Spring 2018: FREN BC3019
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3019 001/08814 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Milbank Hall
Anne Boyman 3 15

FREN BC3021 Major French Texts I. 3 points.

Medieval, Renaissance, and Classical literature in their cultural context. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

Fall 2018: FREN BC3021
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3021 001/04912 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Laurie Postlewate 3 21

FREN BC3022 Major French Texts II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN BC3021 may be taken for credit without completion of FREN BC3022.

The Age of Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, and Symbolism. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

Spring 2018: FREN BC3022
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3022 001/05287 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
325 Milbank Hall
Brian O'Keeffe 3 23

FREN BC3025 Theater of the Classical Age. 3 points.

This course will provide a detailed introduction to the three great French dramatists of the seventeenth century, rightly known as the golden age of French theatre. Reading several canonical works by each of these three playwrights-Corneille, Racine, and Molière-students will closely examine the thematic concerns (the relationship between love and duty, the individual and the state, free will and divine providence; the problems of hypocrisy, dishonesty, sexual jealousy, and avarice; the nature of kingship and the extent or the limits of royal control; the differences between prescribed gender roles for men and for women; the recourse to and reworking of mythological and Biblical sources) the plays set forth, and the rhetorical strategies they employ (from classical, Greco-Roman devices such as metaphor, apostrophe, irony, preterition, prosopopoeia, and anagnorisis to the specifically French metrical pattern of the alexandrin). FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3035 Eighteenth-Century French Fiction. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN BC3021, BC3022, BC3023, BC3024, or the equivalent.

Readings of novels and novellas by Prevost, Rousseau, Diderot, Charriere, Laclos, and Sade, with a particular focus on issues of selfhood, gender, sexuality, authority, and freedom. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

Fall 2018: FREN BC3035
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3035 001/04738 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Caroline Weber 3 13

FREN BC3036 The Age of Enlightenment/L'AGE DES LUMIERES. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN BC3021, BC3022, BC3023, BC3024, or the equivalent.

This course examines the phenomenon that dominates and revolutionizes 18th-century philosophical, religious, sociological, and political discourse in the West: the Enlightenment. Calling into question the hitherto uncontested authority of an all-powerful church and state, the Enlightenment calls for the freedom of expression and of worship; condemns religious intolerance and cultural prejudice; denounces societal inequality; examines the merits and shortcomings of different forms of government; and subverts the oppressive and often hypocritical dogmas of the Catholic church and the absolutist monarchy--with far-reaching political and historical consequences (e.g., the American and the French Revolutions). With the exception of one German text (by Immanuel Kant, and assigned in English translation), readings will be limited to texts by the Enlightenment's leading Francophone authors: Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau, as well as by two "dystopian" novelists, Charrière et Sade. All discussion, coursework, and examinations will be in French.

Spring 2018: FREN BC3036
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3036 001/08718 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
202 Milbank Hall
Caroline Weber 3 5

FREN BC3037 Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Readings of poems by Lamartine, Hugo, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Mallarmé. Focuses on the turn from Romanticism to Modernism in the 19th century. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3038 The Nineteenth-Century French Novel. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Prerequisites: FREN BC3021, BC3022, BC3023, BC3024, or the equivalent.

Evolution of the novel, aesthetics of Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, and Symbolism. Particular attention is paid to the formal problems of narrative, the rhetoric of sentiment, decadence, and issues of sexual identity. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3043 Twentieth-Century French Women Writers. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Prerequisites: FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

Writings by women will be analyzed in the changing philosophical and literary contexts of the 20th century: Simone de Beauvoir, Nathalie Sarraute, Marguerite Duras, Hélène Cixous, and others.

FREN BC3044 Theater of the Absurd. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN BC3021, BC3022, BC3023, BC3024, or the equivalent.

Close reading and occasional screening of major plays associated with the Theater of the Absurd. Philosophical and literary origins of the concept of the absurd; social and political context of its emergence; theatrical conventions of early performances; popular and critical reception. Authors include: Jarry, Adamov, Arrabal, Beckett, Genet, Ionesco, Maeterlinck, Sartre, Camus.

Spring 2018: FREN BC3044
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3044 001/09163 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
308 Diana Center
Peter Connor 3 10

FREN BC3047 Topics in French and Francophone Culture. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

TBD

FREN BC3054 Translation Through FIlm. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Prerequisites: Course capped at 15.

Using filmic dialogue as a medium, this course seeks to develop skills in "spoken" or "live" translation from French into English. This practice, close to consecutive interpretation (oral translation), will help students to augment and refine their fluency in French. All aspects of language will be involved: grammar, vocabulary, tone, register and context, but in a manner more "immediate" than with the translation of written texts. Six French films will be chosen from a variety of periods and genres from which segments will be isolated for interpretation (oral translation). A preliminary discussion of each film will precede the work in translation. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3056 Proust. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Prerequisites: FREN BC3021, BC3022, BC3023, BC3024, or the equivalent.

In this course, we will read the whole of Marcel Proust's 7-volume novel, A la Recherche du temps perdu. One of the greatest novels of all time, the Recherche addresses issues of: romantic and familial love; hetero- and homosexuality; social class; anti-Semitism; social life and friendship; the persistence of memory; and the relationship between art and life.

FREN BC3062 Women in French Cinema since the 60s. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

This course traces the evolving nature of the relationship between women and society in French cinema from the New Wave of the 60's to the present. Attitudes of women and towards women will be examined in the light of the changing social, political, and intellectual context. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3063 Structuralism and Post-Structuralism. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Introduction to the conceptual foundations of structuralism and post structuralism or to what is known as French Theory. Readings include works by Saussure, Levi Strauss, Lacan, Foucault, Cixous, and Deleuze. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3064 France on Film. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Films on and of the period from the 1930s to the present, focusing on the interplay between history, ideology, and culture. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required. 

FREN BC3065 Surrealism. 3 points.

An examination of the relationship between traditional & avant-garde literature and visual culture; the use of word-play & language games as tools of artistic expression; the thematization of the unconscious and dreams; the vexed relationship between aesthetics & politics; the poetics and politics of sexuality & gender.  Authors and artists will include Andre Breton, Louis Aragon, Man Ray, Dorothea Tanning, and Salvador Dali. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3070 Negritude. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Prerequisites: FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

Analysis of the theoretical and literary precursors of négritude; major figures of the movement; relations with the Harlem Renaissance; and the formulation of creolity by contemporary Caribbean writers and thinkers. Authors will include Gobineau, Maran, Price-Mars, Hughes, McKay, Césaire, Senghor, Damas, Fanon, Sartre, Glissant, and Chamoiseau. Taught in French.General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).

FREN BC3071 Major Literary Works of the French-Speaking World. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Introduction to major works of fiction from the French speaking countries of the Caribbean, West Africa, North Africa and Indochina. Considers some of the principal authors of these regions, and examines the sociopolitical, historical, and aesthetic considerations that have influenced Francophone literary production in the twentieth century. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3072 Francophone Fiction: Special Topics. 4 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Looks at the portrayal of women as unsettling figures in the Francophone Caribbean literary universe. Examining the uncanny heroines in the novels of both male and female writers, students will identify the thematic commonalities and specific configurative strategies that emerge in the fictional representation of women in the region. The symbolic import of zombies, schizophrenics, and other "disordering" characters will be analyzed as indicators of and reflections on broader social realities. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3073 Africa in Cinema. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Considerations of African-directed twentieth century films concerning French-speaking, sub-Saharan West Africa. Reflections on tradition and modernity, politics and popular culture, the status of women, youth problems, identity construction. Placement of African film within its own tradition. Class taught in English.

FREN BC3074 Women in Francophone Africa: Historical and Cultural Perspectives. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Emphasizes cultural and historical representation of Francophone women by both women and men. Works will include novels, films, and poems, by authors such as Sembéne Ousmane, Mariama Ba, Amadou Kourouma, Camara Laye, Calixthe Beyala.

FREN BC3077 La Jalousie dans la Litterature Francais. 3 points.

This course takes jealousy-in its psychosexual, socio-political, ontological dimensions, and in its formal implications-as a lens through which to view a series of seminal works of French literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. These works include: 12th-century Arthurian legend (Béroul); a late-medieval, proto-feminist short story (Navarre); 17th-century neo-classical tragedy (Corneille); 12th and 17th-century folkloric forms (Marie de France's lai and Perrault's fairy tale, respectively); the Enlightenment "philosophical" novel (Montesquieu); the 19th-century realist novel (Balzac); the early 20th-century modernist novel (Proust); and the nouveau roman (Robbe-Grillet). Two contemporary adaptations (Singer's 2008 novel based on the Navarre story, and Chabrol's 1996 film based on Proust's novel) will also be studied. In addition, a selection of highly condensed, relevant secondary readings (excerpts of 10 pages of less) will provide students with an introduction to an array of theoretical approaches to literary study: most notably, psychoanalysis, political philosophy, and literary theory. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

Fall 2018: FREN BC3077
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3077 001/00257 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Caroline Weber 3 19

FREN BC3078 Literature of Francophone North America. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Discussion of the literary production in French emanating from Canada, New England, and Louisiana with special consideration of the sociohistorical context of North American Francophone culture. Texts to include fiction, correspondence, historical narrative, theater and poetry. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required. 

FREN BC3079 History of the French Language. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Transformation and evolution of the French languages from the early Middle Ages to the present are studied from a socio-historical perspective. Primary texts include literary, legal, political, scientific, administrative, liturgical, and epistolary documents. Includes consideration of French outside of France and variations on the continent in the 20th century. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

Spring 2018: FREN BC3079
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3079 001/09614 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
325 Milbank Hall
Laurie Postlewate 3 11

FREN BC3080 Advanced Seminar: Flaubert. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Limited to 15 students; priority given to French majors and seniors.

In depth study of the life and works of Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880). Exploration of ‘literary realism’ and the novelist's representation of money, marriage, ambition, class, sex, stupidity, and sainthood. While you will be expected to read all of Flaubert’s major works, we will concentrate in class on Madame Bovary (1857),L’Education sentimentale (1869), Trois Contes (1877), Bouvard et Pécuchet (1881), and the Correspondance. We will consider also cinematic adaptations of Madame Bovary and Un Coeur simpleFREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required.

FREN BC3091 Senior Thesis Seminar. 4 points.

French majors will write their senior thesis under the supervision of the instructor. 

Spring 2018: FREN BC3091
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3091 001/01773 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
117 Barnard Hall
Laurie Postlewate 4 3

FREN BC3101 Love and Literature. 3 points.

This course offers an in-depth study of love as it has been treated in a variety of French literary texts. These texts will be related to a number of important philosophical and theological approaches to love, particularly in respect of certain ideas concerning ethical love, erotic love, and religious faith as an act of loving God. The first objective of this class is to show how one can relate literature to philosophy and theology; the second is to gain a broad, but thematically focused familiarity with French literature, and with some literary works beyond the French tradition. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required. 

Fall 2018: FREN BC3101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3101 001/00956 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Brian O'Keeffe 3 12

FREN BC3105 Existentialism. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intermediate II French or the equivalent.

In-depth survey of the writers who exemplified French existentialism: Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. The texts have been chosen for the richness with which they address fundamental philosophical questions about the meaning of life, especially questions of death and suffering, freedom and responsibility, legitimate and illegitimate violence. The first objective of this class is to show how existentialist thought combines literature and philosophy; the second objective is to gain a broad, but also deep familiarity with 20th-century French literature and thought. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required. 

FREN BC3110 French New Wave Cinema. 3 points.

This course traces the emergence and development of “New Wave” cinema in France in the 60s. Through a detailed analysis of some of its most iconic films: 400 Blows, Breathless, Hiroshima mon amour… the course will examine the radical artistic and social innovations of its major “auteurs”; Truffaut, Godard, Resnais et al. FREN BC1204: French Intermediate II or the equivalent level is required. 

FREN UN3420 Introduction To French and Francophone Studies I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN UN3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition or an AP score of 5 or the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

Examines conceptions of culture and civilization in France from the Enlightenment to the Exposition Coloniale of 1931, with an emphasis on the historical development and ideological foundations of French colonialism. Authors and texts include: the Encyclopédie; the Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen; the Code noir; Diderot; Chateaubriand; Tocqueville; Claire de Duras; Renan; Gobineau; Gauguin; Drumont.

Fall 2018: FREN UN3420
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3420 001/16086 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Katherine Raichlen 3 20/20

FREN UN3421 Introduction To French and Francophone Studies II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN UN3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition or an AP score of 5 or the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

Universalism vs. exceptionalism, tradition vs. modernity, integration and exclusion, racial, gender, regional, and national identities are considered in this introduction to the contemporary French-speaking world in Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Authors include: Aimé Césaire, Léopold Sedar Senghor, Frantz Fanon, Maryse Condé.

Spring 2018: FREN UN3421
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3421 001/13552 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
644 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Anais Maurer 3 16/19