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FREN 103.02 Intermediate French 6 credits

Closed: Size: 16, Registered: 17, Waitlist: 0

Language & Dining Center 302 / Language & Dining Center 202

Synonym: 60440

Éva S Pósfay

This course continues the study of complex sentence structures and reviews basic patterns in greater depth, partly through the discussion of authentic short stories and cultural topics. Throughout the course, students practice all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Taught five days a week in French.

Prerequisite: French 102 or equivalent

FREN 353.00 The French Chanson 6 credits

Open: Size: 15, Registered: 7, Waitlist: 0

Language & Dining Center 202

Synonym: 60552

Éva S Pósfay

In Beaumarchais’s oft-cited words, “Everything ends with songs.” This course will study the distinctiveness of French chanson (song) and its unique role in French history and culture from Montmartre’s cafés-concerts to the present. We will examine iconic performances in Parisian cabarets, music halls, and nightclubs; the rise of the singer-songwriter; the changing dynamics between lyrics (poetry), music, and performance over time; song categories such as yé-yé, the protest song, and the chanson about Paris; rap and slam’s poetic affiliation with chanson; musical hybridity and identity politics; and the clout of the music industry. No musical experience necessary. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: One French course beyond French 204 or instructor permission

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