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


Graduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Spring 2015 semester


The aim of the course is to explore, in terms of strengths and weaknesses the evolution of French culture also named Francophonie world as it faces the challenges of globalization. Students will study how globalization offers both tremendous openings onto the world, and also a formidable vehicle for cultural standardization. For the French culture and broadly the Francophone world, there is a risk of seeing its specific features swamped under a tidal wave of dominant Anglo-Saxon culture. The course explore how globalization is an opportunity for French culture, since the Francophonie spans every continent and is an essential component of cultural diversity. The relation of French culture with the rest of the world will be studied in social, political and economic fields.  Topics such as human rights, economy, immigration, democracy, art, music, cinema, etc. will be discussed. 

FREN  655- 19Th CENTURY ROMANTIC NOVEL  3 credits Prof. Luke Bouvier

Study of major trends in the nineteenth-century French novel.  Specific topics will vary and may focus on a specific movement, author or theme.

Topic for Spring 2015: The Realist Movement. Still perceived as a minor genre at the end of the eighteenth century, the novel quickly emerged as the modern literary form of choice in the years following the French revolution. In this course we will trace the evolution of the novel with respect to the broad contexts of nineteenth-century French history and culture. We will focus in particular on the rise of French realism and its relation to the development of modernity in France, examining the treatment of such themes as revolution, money and the commercialization of culture, urban space (the street, the arcade, the barricade, urban planning and architecture), the changing roles of class and gender in French society and the emerging contours of modern identity -- along with its distinctively modern pathologies (alienation, boredom, addiction). We will also look at critical debates from the period on the nature of literary realism, as well as take up the question of realist representation in the visual arts, examining relevant work by artists, caricaturists and photographers. Taught in French, though students outside of French Studies may write their papers in English.

 FREN 683-TEXT & LIT ANALYSIS  3 credits  Prof. Dianne Sears

Course taught in French.  Combines theory and practice. Explores the potential for textual analysis based on literary texts from several different periods and genres, and in relation to a number of contemporary theoretical perspectives: feminism; Marxism, postcolonial studies; psychoanalysis; reader-response and reception theory; structuralist poetics and semiotics. Of particular interest to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences.

We also offer Independent Studies