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Graduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Fall 2017 semester

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


FRENCHST  564 LIT AFRICA & CARIBBEAN  3 credits Prof. Patrick Mensah

Cultural colonization and decolonization, the Negritude movement, contemporary writing in francophone West Africa, Haiti, and the French West Indies.


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


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

Picturing Poetry: Twentieth-Century French Poetry and the Visual.
Course 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.


FREN 670- EXPOSITORY PROSE 3 credits Prof. Emmanuel Buzay

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.



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.


We also offer Independent Studies.