FREN 597E - ST-TEACHER IN THE MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM 2 credits Prof. Rhonda Tarr
FREN 597LN-ST-FRENCH COLONIAL EMPIRE IN AFRICA 3 credits Prof. Alfred Babo
This course goes beyond French literature to rather introduce francophone areas where this literature and the French culture are expressed. The course aims to study the idea of colonialism and its supporter in France. Then we will discover the economy, the cultures and the politics of African societies which have been affected by the French colonialism for a better understanding of this part of the world. We will study the countries making use of the French language in North, West and Central Africa. In addition to Madagascar, the large island of the Indian Ocean. We will study the colonial administration, people identities, ethnicities and cultures that have been influenced by the long colonization of France. To this end, the course will cover topics such as three major periods hinged on three parts: (i) colonial, (ii) post - independence and (iii) post-democratic called otherwise “neo-colonialism”.
FREN 597S-ST- LITERARY CHILDHOODS 3 credits Prof. Bouvier
This seminar will examine the development of the modern French autobiographical tradition through the emergence and evolution of the récit d'enfance, or childhood narrative, from the late eighteenth century to the present. Seven primary works will be the focus of our study: Rousseau, Les Confessions (excerpts); Chateaubriand, Mémoires d’outre-tombe (excerpts); Stendhal, La Vie de Henry Brulard; Vallès, L'Enfant; Proust, Combray; Sartre, Les Mots; Sarraute, Enfance. In these works, we will attempt to elucidate the problems and paradoxes of the autobiographical project, focusing in particular on the concept of childhood as a privileged autobiographical entity, the emergence of subjectivity, the paradoxes of figuring and disfiguring the self, the peculiar status of fiction within the textual creation of the self, and problems of voice and orality in self-representation. Selected critical texts drawing on a variety of theoretical perspectives, including deconstructive and psychoanalytic approaches. Taught in French, though students outside of French Studies may write their papers in English.
FREN 697PL-ST-NORTH AFRICAN FICTION 3 credits Prof. Kathryn Lachman
This course offers a rigorous introduction to the francophone literature of the Maghreb, focusing on major writers from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. We will trace the development of the contemporary North African novel from foundational works by Camus, Memmi and Yacine to more recent novels by Khadra, Ben Jelloun and Cosséry. Our readings will include popular crime fiction, political satire, auto fiction, and historical novels. By placing fiction in a rich interdisciplinary context alongside film and critical essays, we will explore how writers engage with issues such as the Arab uprisings, nationalism and identity, the rise of fundamentalism, colonial and post-colonial history, and gender. Students will be expected to participate actively to class discussions, prepare an oral presentation, and write a 10-15pg research paper. Competence in French is required, as texts will be discussed in the original.
FREN 809 GENRE COURSE -THEATER 3 credits Prof. Dianne Sears
Course taught in French. A diachronic study of French and Francophone theater from Medieval Drama to the contemporary stage, with reference to a wide range of theoretical approaches. The course will examine major movements in the rich history of French theater, including Classicism, romanticism, realism, surrealism, and the theater of the absurd. Theater as social commentary; relationships between theater and religion, political movements, postcolonialism, and questions of gender and race. Team-taught, drawing on the expertise of the French and Francophone Studies faculty.
We also offer Independent Studies