Fall 2016 Courses

FREN 170

Introduction to the Study of Literature in French
Introduction to close reading and analysis of literary texts written in French.

Works by authors such as Marie de France, Molière, Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire, Duras, Proust, and Genet.


Advanced Language Courses

FREN 195

Advanced Writing Workshop
An advanced writing course for students who wish to work intensively on perfecting their written French.

Frequent compositions of varying lengths, including creative writing, rédactions (compositions on concrete

topics), and dissertations (critical essays). Recommended for prospective majors.

General fields courses

FREN 215

Introduction to Maghrebi Literature (Jill Jarvis)

An introduction to literature and cultures of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), from independence

through the Arab Spring.  Close analysis of fiction, poetry, and film. Focus on anticolonialism, decolonization,

violence, multilingualism, Islam, feminism, migration, and social justice.

FREN 233

French Fiction since the 1990’s (Morgane Cadieu, Alice Kaplan)
Exploration of literary life in contemporary France. Literature in the media; the figure of the writer, including

prizes, publishing houses, and literary quarrels; the legal status of texts, trials for plagiarism, and violation

of privacy; new literary movements and genres. Works by Modiano, Ernaux, Guibert, Angot, Houellebecq,

Darrieussecq, NDiaye, Garréta, Toussaint, and Echenoz. Conducted in French.

FREN 270/LITR 284

Mad Poets (Thomas Connolly)

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French poetry explored through the lives and works of poets whose ways

of behaving, creating, and perceiving the world might be described as insane. Authors include Nerval,

Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Mallarmé, Lautréamont, Apollinaire, Jacob, Breton, and Artaud.

Special topics courses

FREN 318

Renaissance Crises of Faith (Edwin Duval)
Literary expressions of sixteenth-century religious ferment from late medieval mysticism to the wars of

religion. Popular songs and plays, satires, epics, and polemics by Renaissance writers such as Marguerite de

Navarre, Marot, Rabelais, Ronsard, d’Aubigné, and Montaigne.

FREN 367

Disclosures of Marie Antoinette (Pierre Saint-Amand)
An examination of the life of the last queen of France, Marie-Antoinette, through memoirs, pamphlets,

correspondence, and films. Readings will include critical literature that has dealt with her legacy in

historiography (Hunt, Thomas) and fiction (Ch. Thomas). Taught in French.

FREN 368

Reasoning with Voltaire (Pierre Saint-Amand)
An investigation of the French Enlightenment through its principal representative philosopher: Voltaire. An

examination of Voltaire’s preoccupations, including philosophy, religion, tolerance, freedom, and human

rights. Readings include Voltaire’s contes, major plays, entries from the Dictionnaire philosophique, treatises,

and pamphlets. Taught in French.

FREN 388/HUMS 162

Feminine Voices in French Literature (R. Howard Bloch)
An exploration of women’s voices in French literature from the Middle Ages to the mid-twentieth century.

The specificity of the feminine voice, the plurality of feminine voices, love and sexuality, and social and

professional identity. Authors include Marie de France, Marguerite de Navarre, George Sand, Maryse Condé,

and Marguerite Duras.

FREN 398/FILM 415

Seventeenth-Century France in Cinema (Christopher Semk)
Introduction to seventeenth-century French literature and culture through cinematic adaptations of literary

works and representations of the period in film. The influence of seventeenth-century France on

contemporary French culture; ways in which the period and its literature continue to capture the imagination

of film directors.

FREN 410/LITR 299/AFAM 379

Colonial Narrative, Postcolonial Counternarrative (Christopher Miller)
Readings of paradigmatic, colonial era texts that have provoked responses and rewritings from postcolonial

writers and filmmakers. In some cases the rewriting is explicit and direct, in other cases the response is more

oblique. Both profound differences of perspective and unexpected convergences will emerge. Readings may

include: Aimé Césaire’s A Tempest after Shakespeare’s Tempest, Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation

after Camus’s The Stranger, and Claire Denis’s film Chocolat after Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy.

FREN 416

Social Mobility and Migration (Morgane Cadieu)

Mobility in the French social landscape and representations of class in contemporary French fiction. The

question of social change through gender, sexuality, and race; the representation of work and the workplace;

the interaction between social class and literary style. Works by Ernaux, Genet, Eribon, Louis, and Marivaux.