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

Courses

Graduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Fall 2016 semester

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

FREN 592S- MICROTEACHING: PRE PRACTICUM 2 credits Prof. Rhonda Tarr

FREN 597LM-ST- LATE MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE STORYTELLERS 3 credits Prof. Baillargeon

The purpose of this seminar is to acquaint the participants with some works of late-medieval and Renaissance storytellers (French "conteurs"). We will read a variety of texts in the storytelling tradition, from Les Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles to Béroalde de Verville's Le Moyen de parvenir. We will place emphasis on genre definition, narratology, aesthetics and cultural history. Among the problems we will discuss together are the following: the relationship between ideology (courtly love, feudalism, humanism, evangelism, etc.) and literature; rhetoric and truth; historicity and exemplarity; imitation, intertextuality and "vraisemblance"; authority, authorship and gendered discourse, self-referentiality and identity.

FREN 644- EIGHTEENTH CENTURY THEATRE & NOVEL 3 credits Prof. Patrick Mensah

The French Enlightenment involved a critical renewal of European political and philosophical self-understanding through an iconoclastic revision of literary and philosophical representational forms associated with the ancien regime. This “renewal” entailed a rethinking of the role of reason in political and social life, a re-conception of gender relations, and a redefinition of Europe’s relationship with non-European cultures. We will follow the staging of this triple agenda in the works (novels and plays) of Montesquieu, Beaumarchais, Marivaus, Rousseau, Diderot, Laclos, Prevost, Voltaire, and other luminaries of the Encyclopedie movement.

FREN 670- EXPOSITORY PROSE 3 credits Prof. Eva Valenta

Course taught in French.  The purpose of the course is to improve the ability to write effective French prose, in particular for the purposes of literary and cultural analysis.  Coursework includes discussion of short literary works in French, regular compositions on these works (including rewrites), stylistic exercises, vocabulary-building exercises and short translations.

Requirements:  Frequent short papers, rewrites, written exercises, translations.

FREN 672- WORKSHOP TEACHING ASSISTANTS I credits 2 Prof. Tarr

Course taught in English.

A weekly workshop/class for all M.A. and M.A.T students teaching French and Italian language classes for the first time. The course will introduce current methods and ideas of language teaching and testing and will focus on the courses they are actually teaching. There are no exams or papers but there will be biweekly presentations.

FREN 697A- M.A.T. PRAC: TEACHING FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE LIT & CIV IN HIGH SCHOOL 3 credits Prof. Sears

A practicum designed to prepare graduate students to teach French and Francophone literature and culture on the high school level.

We also offer Independent Studies