Courses above 312 are specialized in content and varied: conversation, literature, business, culture/civilization, advanced stylistics/writing, and film. They reflect the richness and diversity of the French and Francophone world. The crowning of French studies is the Minor thesis when the student writes an extensive research paper on a subject of his/her choosing relating to the French or Francophone world. All courses, from French 101 on, are taught in French.
FRENCH AND EXPERIENCE ABROAD
The experience of an extended stay abroad is invaluable for advanced mastery of the language and a better understanding of the country and culture under study.
FRENCH 313 - ADVANCED FRENCH STYLISTICS
This course stresses conversation and prepares students to function linguistically and culturally in French-speaking countries. So whether you go to France, Belgium, Québec, Sénégal or elsewhere, be it for leisure, study or work, soon or later, this is a course which will introduce you to genuine French for application in real life.
FRENCH 332 - STUDIES IN FRENCH LITERATURE
L'Amour en littérature et film
An introductory course to French/ Francophone literature through the theme of love, with excerpts of representative texts to gain familiarity in genre, authors, figures of speech, discourse analysis, historical and cultural contexts, etc. It includes reading, and oral and written analysis of the chosen texts, and the viewing of movies from corresponding time-periods on the theme of love. Hybrid.
Autour de la littérature
offers a unique approach to literature, encouraging students to play and create with the language as they explore both classical and non-traditional Francophone literature. It contains selections from short stories to poetry, even advertising and film, and will open your eyes and ears to a new appreciation of French literature.
Reading comprehension and writing skills are emphasized but also oral presentations and discussions in French with class participation in small groups and as a whole class. Hybrid.
FRENCH 333 - ADVANCED FRENCH LITERATURE
L'exil en littérature
This course will examine, through excerpts of francophone literature, various forms of exile, together with some of its ramifications like new possibilities, or on the contrary, marginalization and exclusion. It presents French/ Francophone literature through the theme of exile, with excerpts of representative texts to gain familiarity in some features of genre, various francophone authors (20th and 21st century mainly), figures of speech, discourse analysis, historical and cultural contexts, etc. It includes reading and oral and written analysis of the chosen texts.
There will then be an emphasis on reading and analytical skills but also on writing and speaking in class. Hybrid.
Words and food from the country whose cuisine has been declared "world intangible heritage" by UNESCO in November 2010. This course introduces French cuisine in its context, i.e. its various aspects: historical, social, societal, economic, together with some very current issues. It illustrates it through excerpts from French literature, XXth but mostly XXIst century writers, through film too, and insists above all on the pleasure of food and texts, of eating and writing. Hybrid.
FREN 371 - Specialized Studies in French Civilization & Culture
Voyages en France
Voyages en France invites you to a discovery of the variety and richness of France, the most visited country in the world, through some of its regions, nine out of twenty-six, metropolitan and overseas included. Based on a movie each week, the course leads you to probe deeper into the various regions past, politics, industry, social-economics, linguistics, architecture, art, music, literature and gastronomy. Hybrid.
La France et ses médias
La France et ses médias, is designed for students to understand how France operates, ticks and feels on national and international issues with an insider's view, through its written, spoken and audiovisual press, and to learn about current events and debates in France, and French-specific features of government, politics, society, welfare, and culture. Through the use of the internet, various documents and a text-book, it provides very up-to-date and immediate access to what is going on in the Hexagon. Intense practice of the four skills at an advanced level: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Hybrid.
Paris je t'aime
A study of the biggest francophone city of which Gertrude Stein used to say: "America is my country and Paris is my hometown". Its characteristics and identity will be apprehended through major historical and current events, economy, sociology, urbanism, and through reflections in literature, film and other arts. Hybrid.
FRENCH 411 - SPECIAL STUDIES IN ADVANCED FRENCH STYLISTICS
La Chanson française
French songs studied as a linguistic and cultural tool. Hybrid.
Dire et écrire
What is our daily life made of: "bread," routine, chores, fun, surprise, "métro, boulot, dodo" or "le bel aujourd'hui"? With daily life as a theme, learn how various texts from varied fields (literary, journalistic, comics, film, songs) express discourse, and by what means. Through a close study of style and discussion in class, students will practice the four skills, especially textual analysis and writing, by imitation and creation. Hybrid.
FRENCH 431 - SPECIALIZED STUDY IN ADVANCED FRENCH /FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE
The study of four contemporary novels on the theme of love.
Romans contemporains introduces you to four very successful contemporary novels that made the top of the list. You will discover some writers and works that the French are reading in these 21st century years, and be acquainted with contemporary French writing and themes. Hybrid.
La nouvelle francophone, hier et aujourd'hui
A study of XXth and XXIst century short stories from France and the Francophone world from contemporary writers from France, Martinique, Algeria, Québec, Vietnam, Belgium, Switzerland, etc…
Literature, the short story in this case, as mimesis or imitation of life, and therefore close attention will be paid to the atmosphere, plot and climax of the various texts but also to their cultural components and what they tell about people, mores, places, habits, history, politics, etc… Along the course, characteristics of the short story will be defined and what makes it a genre on its own. There will then be an emphasis on reading and analytical skills but also on writing and speaking in class. Hybrid.
Impressions d'Orient et d'Occident : parcours de femmes
From Nasser's Egypt to France in the 90's to contemporary Japan, four novels which describe women under different times and climes. How do these women work, love, laugh and cry, in a word cope with life ? What are their places and roles in the family and society ? What are their opportunities and/or constraints ? Such are some of the questions that will be examined in this class with textual analysis, or a feminist or cultural studies approach. Hybrid.
Regards croisés Europe/Amérique du Nord
A study through several literary works and/or excerpts of essays and news-articles from Québec, Belgium and France, of the United States as seen by "alien" eyes and minds. How do the country, its inhabitants, the American way of life appear to French, Québécois and Belgian writers in general? How does what is often called "America" in both languages also appear in French-speaking literature after September 11? How is also France seen through American or Québécois eyes? What is the value of an approach from beyond the USA borders or the Hexagon of these respective countries? Does it carry sharp and interestingly new, fresh insights, or clichés and prejudices? Does it reflect the foreign writer's gaze or reveal more than native, self-reflecting writing would? Such will be some of the issues raised in this study. Hybrid.
Souvenirs d'enfance : souvenirs d'en France et d'ailleurs
20th century childhood memories from France and elsewhere considered in their cultural context (time, place, social class, family structure, schooling...) and their literary dimension (self-narrative characteristics, role of memory, choice of genre: “memories”, novel, autobiography) .Hybrid.
Notre présent, notre monde
From the private, to the public, to the international sphere, how do French novelists see our times and our world? How are the family, globalization, postcolonialism, immigration, Islam and islamism, September 11 perceived through the prism of very recent fiction? Four novels will provide some answers. Hybrid.
L'Union européenne et la France
A study of the European Union from its beginnings to nowadays through its treaties, institutions, transformations, evolution, successes and failures, and of France in relationship to this evolving body, throughout the last six decades.
What is or is not this ever-enlarging EU with 10 new member countries in 2004 and Bulgaria and Rumania joining in 2007, other countries applying too? What is this new 27 countries configuration like in political, social, economic, foreign policy terms since its constitution was voted down by France and the Netherlands? How does the EU function in its own realm and in its interaction with the rest of the world? How can it evolve? These are some questions to debate. Hybrid.
WOMEN STUDIES COURSES (WMST)
WMST 240 - Women/Society Global Context
Women and Religion in the Middle East and South Asia (Team-taught. My part: The Middle East)
The course is a comparative examination of the role of religion and culture in the lives of Hindu women in South Asia and Muslim women in the Middle East. Does religion shape women's daily lives, politics, law concerning them, their role in society in Middle Eastern countries (with an emphasis on Egypt and Iran)? We will examine these issues along our readings and question Nawal el Saadawi’s statement in The Hidden Face of Eve: “Religion, in particular, is a weapon often used in traditionalist societies to cut short, and even cut down, the efforts of researchers, and seekers of truth. I have come to see more and more clearly that religion is most often used in our day as an instrument in the hands of economic and political forces, as an institution utilized by those who rule to keep down those who are ruled. In this it serves the same purpose as juridical, educational, police and even psychiatric systems used to perpetuate the patriarchal family, historically born, reinforced and maintained by the oppression of women, children and slaves. Thus in any society it is not possible to separate religion from the political system, nor to keep sex separate from politics" (3-4).
WMST 280 - Special Topics inWomen's Studies
Francophone African Women Writers: Displacement. From One Continent To Another
An introduction to the writing of Francophone women writers from Sub-Saharan Africa: Calixthe Belaya (Cameroon), Véronique Tadjo (the Ivory Coast), Mariama Bâ and Fatou Diome (Senegal). With each writer and book will be examined the status, roles and challenges of women in their respective societies. What is the role of women in nation formation and since? How do these women writers use writing to (re) define themselves and clear a discursive space for the discussion of the female condition? How do they challenge male domination and the Eurocentric nature of feminists' appraisal of the female condition in their societies when this applies? Also, how do they handle "displacement", whether it be literal or figurative? These questions will be addressed through close textual analysis.
Writing on the Body
A study of the female body, since "our bodies ourselves" to the present, dealing with such themes as the body as sexual object or reproductive womb, the body as social construct and the tyranny of the look, and related issues in politics, violence, sexism, fashion, peer-pressure, illness, age, etc.
Arab Women Writers
From Maghrebian Algeria and Morocco to Middle Eastern Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon, five Arab women writers depict life in their countries or an unnamed desert state, from the 1940s to the ongoing Iraq War, raising critical questions about society, politics, economics and woman's place in so doing.
FRENCH 480: The MINOR