Courses

  • FREN 101: Elementary French

    This course introduces the basic structures of the French language and everyday vocabulary in the context of common cultural situations. Students are exposed to all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Taught five days a week in French. Prerequisites: None. Placement score for students with previous experience in French 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017 · S. Rousseau, C. Lac, C. Shearer
  • FREN 102: Elementary French

    Building on the material covered in French 101, this course introduces complex sentences and additional verb tenses. Students apply the tools of narration in context through the reading of short literary and cultural texts. The focus of the course is on all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Taught five days a week in French. Prerequisites: French 101 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2018 · C. Briand, C. Lac
  • FREN 103: Intermediate French

    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. Prerequisites: French 102 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Spring 2018 · S. Cox, C. Keïta
  • FREN 107: Cameroon Program: Elementary French

    This course introduces the basic structures of the French language and everyday vocabulary in the context of common cultural situations. Students are exposed to all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), with practical emphasis on oral skills. Elements introduced in classroom instruction are further explored through direct practice in authentic language environments on program sites, and individual practice and study. Students will be engaged with local language instructors and their peers in dialogues and role-playing of authentic situations, and complete basic written homework assignments in preparation for oral and written classroom activities.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Carleton-Antioch Program required 8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017 · N. Hockin
  • FREN 108: Cameroon Program: Intermediate French

    Building on the material covered in Elementary French, this course introduces complex sentence structures and additional vocabulary and verb tenses. The focus of the course is on all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), with an emphasis on oral skills. Elements introduced in classroom instruction are further explored through direct practice in authentic language environments on program sites, and individual practice and study. Students will be engaged with local language instructors and their peers in dialogues and role-playing of authentic situations, and complete basic written homework assignments including the reading of short literary and cultural texts.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Carleton-Antioch Program required 8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017 · N. Hockin
  • FREN 204: Intermediate French

    Through discussion of book-length literary and cultural texts (film, etc.), and including in-depth grammar review, this course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression. Taught three days a week in French. Prerequisites: French 103 or equivalent 6 credit; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018 · C. Keïta, C. Yandell, C. Briand, É. Pósfay
  • FREN 206: Contemporary French and Francophone Culture

    Through texts, images and films coming from different continents, this class will present Francophone cultures and discuss the connections and tensions that have emerged between France and and other French speaking countries. Focused on oral and written expression this class aims to strengthen students’ linguistic skills while introducing them to the academic discipline of French and Francophone studies. The theme will be school and education in the Francophone world.

    Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2018 · S. Rousseau
  • FREN 208: Paris Program: Contemporary France: Cultures, Politics, Society

    This course seeks to deepen students' knowledge of contemporary French culture through a pluridisciplinary approach, using multimedia (books, newspaper and magazine articles, videos, etc.) to generate discussion. It will also promote the practice of both oral and written French through exercises, debates, and oral presentations.

    Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2018 · C. Yandell
  • FREN 210: Coffee and News

    Keep up your French while learning about current issues in France, as well as world issues from a French perspective. Class meets once a week for an hour. Requirements include reading specific sections of leading French newspapers, (Le Monde, Libération, etc.) on the internet, and then meeting once a week to exchange ideas over coffee with a small group of students.

    Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · C. Yandell, É. Pósfay
  • FREN 225: Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean

    Reading and discussion of literary works of different kinds: Oral epics and songs, novels and films dealing with social, historical and political issues such as French Colonialism, independence, urbanization and class conflicts in Africa and the Caribbean. In English translation.not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 233: French Cinema and Culture

    Incorporating the tools of film analysis, this course focuses on such questions as controversial historical moments, postcolonial culture, immigration, gender/ genre, and contemporary French society. It also attempts to answer the following questions: how does French cinema reflect, contradict, or create cultural norms? What in a particular historical moment incites the production of a particular film and catapults it to fame? In what ways does film provide another medium through which to “read” French culture?

    Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 237: Page and Stage: The Performance of Culture

    What better place to study notions of gender, identity, class, race (and more) than in the performative arena of the theater? In this class we’ll examine a broad range of plays while staging excerpts of many of them. What is the importance of blocking and costume? How do modernizations and other modifications affect the reception of a dramatic work? We’ll put these questions to the test while engaging with such authors as Molière, Marivaux, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Reza.

    Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · S. Carpenter
  • FREN 238: French Classics Reimagined

    What if Little Red Riding Hood wore a red burqa? And if Eurydice willingly relocated to the Underworld to join her cancan-crazed lover Pluto? In this course, we will explore bold and inventive acts of rewriting the French classics in a wide assortment of contexts. To do so, we will immerse ourselves in the often irreverent world of literary, musical, comic strip, and film retellings, adaptations, sequels, and spin-offs. Works by Perrault, Molière, Baudelaire, Offenbach, Camus, Ben Jelloun, Daoud, Prévert, Truffaut, and more. Songs from the cabaret era to raï. Special emphasis on developing analytical and communicative skills. In French. Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 239: Banned Books

    Recent events in France have highlighted the issues of free speech and religious intolerance, among other cultural questions. Some of the most fascinating and now canonized works in French and Francophone literature were once banned because they called into question the political, religious, or moral sensibilities of the day. Even now, books deemed to be subversive are routinely censored in certain Francophone cultures. Through readings of such writers as Rabelais, Voltaire, Sade, Camus, Franz Fanon, Assia Djebar, and Hergé (Tintin), as well as contemporary articles from Charlie Hebdo, we will explore the crucial role of forbidden works in their cultural contexts. Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 241: The Lyric and Other Seductions

    French lyric poetry occupies a privileged position in the literary landscape of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. However, it also shares a common heritage with less literary siblings, such as popular music and even advertising. Starting with the study of such poets as Lamartine, Desbordes-Valmore, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Valéry, and Bonnefoy, we will also investigate poetic techniques in popular songs and contemporary ads. Conducted in French. Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 242: Journeys of Self-Discovery

    What initiates the process of self-discovery? How does one's environment nurture or hinder this journey? What are the repercussions of being introspective? How do new discoveries about the self inform life choices? Such questions will animate this survey course, which proposes to examine a variety of paths towards self-knowledge through the prism of French and Francophone literature, music, and the visual arts. From ravishing fairy tale fugitives and intrepid travelers to lucid prisoners and uprooted exiles, we will explore the richly diverse literary landscape of the French-speaking world with special attention given to developing analytical and communicative skills. Conducted in French. Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 243: Cultural Reading of Food

    Through the thematic lens of food, we will study enduring and variable characteristics of societies in the French and Francophone world, with a comparative nod to the American experience. We will analyze various cultural texts and artifacts (fiction, non-fiction, print, film, and objects) from medieval times to the present with a pinch of theory and a dash of statistics.

    Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2018 · C. Lac
  • FREN 244: Contemporary France and Humor

    This class is an overview of France's social, cultural, and political history from 1939 onwards. The core units of this class (WWII, decolonization, May 1968, the Women's liberation movement, the rise of the National Front, globalization, and immigration) will be studied through their comic representations. Sources for this class will include historical, political, literary and journalistic texts as well as photographs, paintings, videos, blogs, and music. The contrast between comical and non-comical texts and objects will highlight the uses and functions of humor in communicating about history, and illustrate the impact of comic discourses in everyday culture. In French. Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 245: Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean

    Reading and discussion of literary works, with analysis of social, historical and political issues. Prerequisites: French 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 247: The Seven Deadly Sins

    The idea of the Seven Deadly Sins (the source of all vices) captured the medieval western imagination and continues to inspire diverse writers, artists, filmmakers, and graphic novelists to the present day. Through La Fontaine’s fables, Maupassant’s Carmen (and Bizet’s eponymous opera), the African tales of Amadou Koumba, Camus’s The Stranger, and Julie Mazoh’s graphic novel, Blue is the Warmest Color, this course explores literary and filmic representations of such vices as pride, envy, and lust. Interrogating the presence and power of these categories in both historical and contemporary culture, the course also develops students’ skills in analysis, writing, and discussion in French.

    Prerequisites: French 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 250: French History in 10 Objects

    This class is an overview of French history through the analysis of ten cultural objects borrowed from different socio-political, geographic and aesthetic spaces. Starting with the Gauls, this class will take students across centuries and ask how cultural productions (the Vix Krater, the Versailles Palace, the guillotine, etc.) come to represent a mentalité and often become integrated in the French nationalist project.

    Prerequisites: French 204 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2018 · S. Rousseau
  • FREN 254: Paris Program: French Art in Context

    Home of some of the finest and best known museums in the world, Paris has long been recognized as a center for artistic activity. Students will have the opportunity to study art from various periods on site, including Impressionism, Expressionism, and Surrealism. In-class lectures and discussions will be complemented by guided visits to the unparalleled collections of the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, local art galleries, and other appropriate destinations. Special attention will be paid to the program theme.

    Prerequisites: French 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2018 · C. Yandell
  • FREN 255: Paris Program: Islam in France: Historical Approaches and Current Debates

    In this course, students will explore the historical, cultural, social, and religious traces of Islam as they have been woven over time into the modern fabric of French society. Through images drawn from film, photography, television, and museum displays, they will discover the important role this cultural contact zone has played in the French experience. The course will take advantage of the resources of the city of Paris and will include excursions to museums as well as cultural and religious centers.

    Prerequisites: French 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2018 · C. Yandell
  • FREN 259: Paris Program: Hybrid Paris

    Through literature, cultural texts, and experiential learning in the city, this course will explore the development of both the "Frenchness" and the hybridity that constitute contemporary Paris. Immigrant cultures, notably North African, will also be highlighted. Plays, music, and visits to cultural sites will complement the readings.

    Prerequisites: French 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2018 · C. Yandell
  • FREN 308: France and the African Imagination

    This course will look at the presence of France and its capital Paris in the imaginary landscape of a number of prominent African writers, filmmakers and musicians such as Bernard Dadié (Côte d' Ivoire), Ousmane Sembène (Senegal), Calixthe Beyala (Cameroun), Alain Mabanckou (Congo-Brazzaville), Salif Keïta (Mali) and others. The history of Franco-African relations will be used as a background for our analysis of these works. Conducted in French. Prerequisites: One French course beyond French 204 or instructor permission 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 309: Communication and Stylistics

    Learn what language can do for you when you use techniques that express ideas with clarity, convince readers and listeners, and create a sense of style. Beyond basic grammar, you will work on various strategies to enliven your writing and speaking and to communicate more effectively with a given audience. Sample projects in the course may include translations, subtitling, blogging, academic and creative writing, and formal oral presentations. Required for the major in French and Francophone Studies, and recommended for all advanced students.

    Prerequisites: One French course beyond French 204 or permission of instructor 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2018 · C. Keïta
  • FREN 340: Arts of Brevity: Short Fiction

    The rise of newspapers and magazines in the nineteenth century promotes a variety of short genres that will remain popular to the present day: short stories, prose poetry, vignettes, theatrical scenes. In this short course (first five weeks of the term) we'll study short works by such authors as Diderot, Sand, Balzac, Mérimée, Flaubert, Allais, Tardieu, Le Clézio. Conducted in French. Prerequisites: One French course beyond French 204 or instructor permission 3 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 341: Madame Bovary and Her Avatars

    Decried as scandalous, heralded as the first "modern" novel, Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (published in 1857) sparked debate, spawned both detractors and followers, and became a permanent fixture in French culture and even the French language. In this five-week course we will read the novel, study its cultural context and impact, and see how it has been variously re-interpreted in film and other media. Conducted in French. Prerequisites: One French course beyond French 204 or instructor permission 3 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 350: Middle East and French Connection

    PersepolisSyngue SabourLe rocher de Tanios—three prize-wining texts written in French by authors whose native tongue was not French but Arabic or Farsi. In this class we will direct our attention to the close—albeit problematic—relations between France and the Middle East (broadly considered) through an analysis of cultural and literary objects. What has this “French connection” meant for the Middle-Eastern and for French culture?

    Prerequisites: One French course beyond French 204 or instructor permission 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · S. Rousseau
  • FREN 351: Love, War and Monsters in Renaissance France

    The French Renaissance continues to intrigue students and critics by its propensity for paradox, ambiguity, and contradiction. Just as literature and the arts reached new levels of aesthetic achievement, the bloodiest civil war in French history was taking shape. Lyric poetry, bawdy tales, essays and chronicles depict beautiful bodies and monsters, war and peace, hatred and love. Through such authors as Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Ronsard, Louise Labé and Montaigne, as well as artistic and musical works, we will investigate the multiple worlds of French Renaissance culture.

    Prerequisites: One French course beyond French 204 or instructor permission 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 353: The French Chanson

    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 especially since the post-World War II years. We will examine the rise of the singer-songwriter; the changing dynamics between lyrics (poetry), music, and performance over time; song categories such as yéyé, the politically engaged song, and the eclectic nouvelle chanson française; rap and slam’s poetic affiliation with chanson; and the clout of the music industry. Artists may include Trenet, Piaf, Gréco, Brel, Ferré, Brassens, Barbara, François, Aznavour, Renaud, Goldman, MC Solaar, Zaz, Stromae.

    Prerequisites: One French course beyond French 204 or instructor permission 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2018 · É. Pósfay
  • FREN 356: Women of Ill Repute: Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France

    From the libertine novels of the Marquis de Sade to the decadent tales of Rachilde, the figure of the prostitute pervades French art and literature of the nineteenth-century. We find her various avatars (including the "grisette" and the "courtisane") in works by Balzac, Sand, Mérimée, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Dumas, Zola--not to mention in the art of Manet and others. In this class we'll investigate why these representations rise to prominence--and what they mean. Prerequisites: One French course beyond French 204 or instructor permission 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 357: French and Francophone Autofiction

    How to transcribe the self? How is a self created, examined, or reinvented through storytelling? Is cultural context inextricable from the writing of a memoir? Such readings as Montaigne, Descartes, Nathalie Sarraute, and Assia Djebar, as well as the films of Agnès Varda and Gillaume Galienne, the graphic novel L’Arabe du futur, and the Franco-Rwandan singer Gaël Faye, will inform our inquiry. During the course of the term, students will also produce their own autobiographical/ autofictional projects.

    Prerequisites: One French course beyond French 204 or instructor permission 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2018 · C. Yandell
  • FREN 359: Paris Program: Hybrid Paris

    Through literature, cultural texts, and experiential learning in the city, this course will explore the development of both the "Frenchness" and the hybridity that constitute contemporary Paris. Immigrant cultures, notably North African, will also be highlighted. Plays, music, and visits to cultural sites will complement the readings.

    Prerequisites: French 230 or beyond or instructor permission 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2018 · C. Yandell
  • FREN 360: The Algerian War of Liberation and Its Representations

    Over fifty years after Algeria's independence from France, discourses and representations about the cause, the violence, and the political and social consequences of that conflict still animate public life in both France and Algeria. This class aims at presenting the Algerian war through its various representations. Starting with discussions about the origins of French colonialism in North Africa, it will develop into an analysis of the war of liberation and the ways it has been recorded in history books, pop culture, and canonical texts. We will reflect on the conflict and on its meanings in the twenty-first century, and analyze how different media become memorial artifacts. Prerequisites: One French course beyond French 204 or instructor permission 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • FREN 391: Cameroon Program: French Language Independent Study

    This course is designed to provide students who already possess an intermediate level of French with an opportunity to further master the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students gain a basic understanding of oral and written translation through the study of original French-language works by West African authors and their English translations, as well as practicing simultaneous oral translation in monitored situations, and composing and translating interview materials. Students connect the process of language acquisition with the local authentic French language environment and culture of everyday life in Cameroon through active engagement in daily situations.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Carleton-Antioch Program required 8 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017 · N. Hockin
  • FREN 400: Integrative Exercise

    During their senior year students will expand and deepen an essay in French from one of their advanced courses in the major. The director for this project will usually be the professor from that course. This essay may be completed during any term, but must be finished by the end of winter term. In the spring term, students will deliver an oral presentation (in English) of their work. Senior students may choose one of the following: Option One: A substantial individual essay. Option Two: A individual essay that complements work done in a second major (subject to approval by the Department). Option Three: Creation of a group multidisciplinary project (such as those organized by Global Engagement), subject to approval by the Department. Further details about these options are available on the Department's website. 1-3 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018