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French and Francophone Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Graduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Spring 2016 semester

                                                    For more details on courses please contact the professor of the course.

FREN 597MN-LITERATURE, FILM, & FUNDAMENTLISM  3 credits  Prof. Kathryn Lachman

This seminar examines a wide range of French and Francophone responses to fundamentalism (of all kinds). Our corpus includes novels, essays, films, and graphic novels from North Africa, Iran, Afghanistan, and France, with occasional comparative readings from different contexts. We begin by considering the rise of Islamism in Algeria during the last decades of the 20th century and the diverse ways in which authors and filmmakers have responded. We then turn to examine French debates over the place of Islam in the secular nation. Finally, we will evaluate how Francophone writers have sought to address 9/11, the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine, the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the Syrian crisis, and the rise of ISIS. Students will encounter the work of major authors and filmmakers such as Tahar Ben Jelloun, Kamel Djaoud, Tahar Djaout, Assia Djebar, Yasmina Khadra, Boualem Sansal, Chahdortt Djavann, Marjane Satrapi, Ian Buruma, Jonathan Sfar, and Merzak Allouache. Strong reading knowledge of French is essential; class discussions will be conducted in English. The course requirements include active class participation, an oral presentation, short response papers, and a final research paper. Students may submit their papers in either English or French.

 FREN 597M-ST- EXOTISMES 3 credits Prof. Bouvier

 This course will examine the role of the exotic in nineteenth-century French literature. We will explore various aesthetic and epistemological functions of exoticism and the problems and paradoxes it raises in its evolution as a romantic, realist and decadent topos. We will pay particular attention to the problems of representing difference and the unknown, the role of the exoticizing gaze with respect to subjectivity and nineteenth-century discourses of identity - racial, gender, class and national - and the broader cultural and political uses of exoticism in nineteenth-century France. Readings from Chateaubriand, Balzac, Madame de Duras, Mérimée, Gautier, Baudelaire, Flaubert and Loti. Taught in French, though students outside of French Studies may write their papers in English.

 FREN 667-TWENTIETH CENTURY POETRY 3 credits Prof. Dianne Sears

 Picturing Poetry: Twentieth-Century French Poetry and the Visual.
Taught in French. An exploration of interactions between twentieth-century French poetry and the visual arts, with emphasis on the first half of the century.  Topics include calligrams; the connections between art and poetry in works by Apollinaire, Reverdy, Cendrars, and Desnos; the illustrated book, in which poems are accompanied by artists' renditions or in which artists' drawings are then "illustrated" by poems; the representation of objects in Breton and Ponge; Eluard's poems describing painters; and the ekphrastic poetry of Michaux and Heather Dohollau. . Requirements: in-class presentations, two short papers, one longer term paper.

We also offer Independent Studies