French: Language, Literature, Linguistics, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LF 111: First-Semester French
    A multimedia approach for students who have never studied French. A variety of communicative tasks develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
  • CAS LF 112: Second-Semester French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 111; or placement test results.
    Continues CAS LF 111. A multimedia approach which develops speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, together with the grammar and vocabulary needed for more complex communicative tasks.
  • CAS LF 211: Third-Semester French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 112; or placement test results.
    Authentic literary selections by writers from diverse Francophone countries, cultural readings, and discussion of short-subject films by francophone filmmakers, accompanied by advanced study of grammar and emphasis on communicative skills.
  • CAS LF 212: Fourth-Semester French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 211; or placement test results.
    Refines the four skills through in-depth study of a modern novel. Creative oral and written exercises based on the novel and study of advanced grammar. Viewing of contemporary French films. Fulfills CAS language requirement, prepares for further study (LF 303).
  • CAS LF 221: Third-Semester French for Reading
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 122; or placement test results.
    Develops proficiency in translating French. Begins with intensive grammar review and close readings of short literary texts and culminates with the study of a mystery novel by Simenon. Study of Francophone culture through film and music. (Students intending to continue in CAS LF 303 must take LF 211, not 221.)
  • CAS LF 222: Fourth-Semester French for Reading
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 221; or placement test results.
    Refines accuracy and fluency of reading and translation skills. Develops an appreciation of complex sentence structures, idiomatic usage, and writing styles through study of a contemporary novel and play, newspaper articles, songs, films, and comic strips. Fulfills CAS language requirement. (Students intending to continue in CAS LF 303 must take LF 212, not LF 222.)
  • CAS LF 303: French Composition and Conversation I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; or equivalent, or placement test results.
    Discussion of literary texts by classic and contemporary writers and of films on pertinent cultural themes. Development of spoken and written French and aural comprehension. Review of advanced grammar.
  • CAS LF 304: Composition and Conversation II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303; or equivalent, or placement test results.
    Develops increased fluency and a more nuanced use of spoken and written French through discussion of contemporary fiction and film. Reading of articles from the press to explore current and historical issues in French society.
  • CAS LF 305: Advanced Written Expression
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 304; or equivalent, or placement test results.
    Intensive study of the art of writing. Development of individual style through explications de texte, free composition, and written reports. Reading and discussion of manuscripts; translation and transcription; individual projects and conferences.
  • CAS LF 306: Advanced Oral Expression
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 304; or equivalent.
    Advanced training in rapid and idiomatic French speech. Oral reports. Role playing; vocabulary building; targeted work on pronunciation, intonation, and aural comprehension. Lab required.
  • CAS LF 341: Topics in Contemporary French Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; or consent of instructor.
    Through current articles and headlines, films, songs and French comedians, this class explores the meaning and preservation of French "Culture"; looks into areas of social debate from a French perspective; and considers the identity crisis generated by globalization.
  • CAS LF 348: France Past to Postmodern: French Civilization Through Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303.
    Examines France's classic cultural symbols and evolution from monarchy into the revolutionary nation that introduced notions of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Survey of events in today's post-modern and post-colonial state. Uses film, video, articles to explore contemporary culture and politics.
  • CAS LF 350: Introduction to Analysis of French Texts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303; or equivalent.
    Development of techniques for reading and interpreting French literary texts. Special attention to the study of lyric poetry, drama, and short narrative. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LF 351: Introduction to the French Novel
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Close readings in the French novel from its origins to the nouveau roman. Attention to narration, themes, symbols, and schools. Investigation of the roman d'analyse, Romantic prose, realist fiction, and other types of narrative. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LF 369: Topics in Francophone Literature and Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Dakar and Paris: Youth and Migration Program.
    Topic for Summer 2013: Youth and Migration in Literature and Film. Examines questions of displacement, postcolonial culture, and indentity in works that represent "youth" in West Africa and France. Topics include post-colonial urban youth, the myth of France/the West, and concepts of "home," "here," and "there" across generations.
  • CAS LF 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LF 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LF 452: The Age of Versailles
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Seventeenth-century developments in classical theater, the novel, poetry, and fairy tales in relation to the vision of an all-powerful monarchy. Creative responses to a culture of constraint, as seen in works of Corneille, Racine, Molière, LaFayette, La Fontaine, Aulnoy. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS LF 562.
  • CAS LF 453: The French Enlightenment
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Topic for Spring 2013: Confession, Autobiography, and the Enlightenment Self. Focus on reading Rousseau's landmark Confessions (1782, 1789) in dialogue with precursors (Augustine, Montaigne) and later French (existentialist, avant-garde, feminist) reinventions of autobiography. Enlightenment cultural milieux. Motives, forms, plots, styles, enduring challenges of narrative life writing and subjectivity. Confession in everyday life and the contemporary blogosphere.
  • CAS LF 456: The Postcolonial Novel
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350
    An examination of postcolonial novels by contemporary writers. Discussion of linguistic and literary issues related to the process of decolonization, including debates about continued use of French by modern African novelists.