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

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  • CAS LF 430: King Arthur Exploded: Beyond Boundaries
    Tradition and innovation in works of literature, paintings, and films inspired by King Arthur's court (6th- 21st centuries). Themes include spiritual and erotic love; history and imagination; conquest and nationalism; memory and forgetting; tropes of quest; sin and redemption. Conducted in English. Also offered as CAS EN 390 B1 and CAS XL 384 A1.
  • CAS LF 453: The French Enlightenment
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Topic for Fall 2014: Theaters of Deception. Paradoxes of the theater. Topics include: the spectator's deception and theatrical illusion; the actor's complicity and craft in generating emotions; conflicts between Church, State, and theater. Features student theater performances. Authors studied: Corneille, Molière, Rotrou, Marivaux, and Diderot.
  • CAS LF 455: Studies in Nineteenth-Century French Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Topic for Fall 2015: Paris in Nineteenth-Century French Literature. Representations of Paris in the works of such authors as Balzac, Baudelaire, Hugo, Flaubert, and Zola. Exploration of cultural contexts: Haussmann's renovations, photography, art, and popular culture.
  • 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, the usage of the French language today, and the renewal of aesthetics.
  • CAS LF 457: Medieval French Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Explores French literature at the time of France's political and cultural emergence. Analyzes France's nation-formation through military expansion, relationship with the Catholic Church, cultivation of language, and France's cultural prestige through chivalric ideals, women's roles and voices, scholastic education.
  • CAS LF 460: Twentieth-Century French Literature II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    A close study of the major literary movements from the beginning of the century to the "Nouveau Roman," through an analysis of representative works by Proust, Gide, Sartre, Camus, Beckett, Valéry, Apollinaire, and René Char.
  • CAS LF 469: Nouvelles Identités Françaises: Immigration et Citoyenneté dans le Cinéma Francophone
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CASLF350 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. If registering for CASLF469E: admission to the Paris Internship Program as well.
    Examines the shaping of French identity in French and Francophone films. Special attention to issues of family and education, discrimination, religion, and language. Questions of marginalization and of citizenship are discussed in relation to immigration and ethnicity. During Fall 2015, the Charles River Campus version of this course is also offered as CAS CI 490 B1.
  • CAS LF 481: Genocide in Literature and Film
    Topic for Spring 2017: Twenty Plus Years After: The Genocide of Tutsis in Literature and Film. Examines the emergence of new artistic forms in literature, film, and performance arts on the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda. Authors to be discussed: Diop, Tadjo, Mukasonga, Gatore. Films and BD by: Peck, Kivu, Karekezi, Ndiaye, Stassen. Taught in English.
  • CAS LF 491: Directed Study: French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Academic Advising, 100 Bay State Rd., Room 401.
    Application form available in CAS Academic Advising.
  • CAS LF 492: Directed Study: French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Academic Advising, 100 Bay State Rd., Room 401.
    Application form available in CAS Academic Advising.
  • CAS LF 500: French Phonetics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303; and CASLX250 as either a pre-requisite or as a co-requisite.
    Students improve their pronunciation and aural comprehension by applying linguistic principles governing the articulation and distribution of French sounds, liaison, "mute e," and intonation. Written exercises reinforce theoretical points; oral exercises and recordings allow focus on individual difficulties. Conducted in French. Also offered as CAS LX 372.
  • CAS LF 503: The Structure of French: Phonology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303; AND CASLX250 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
    The sound system of standard French and dialect variation in France, Canada, and other Francophone regions. Questions about mental representation of linguistic information, processes of word formation, and language variation and change. Students discover linguistic regularities through frequent problem sets. Conducted in French. Also offered as CAS LX 373 and GRS LX 673.
  • CAS LF 550: Studies in Eighteenth-Century French Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350 and CAS LF 351; or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2016: Scenes of Seduction. The novel's and comedy's flourishing as modern genres in pre-Revolutionary France. Eighteenth-century narrative and dramatic techniques and theories of pleasure and illusion as, for better and worse, an art of seduction. Novelists include Marivaux, Diderot, Laclos, Beaumarchais, and Voltaire.
  • CAS LF 556: French Cinema and Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Analysis of classic French films by Vigo, Renoir, Carné, Malle, Bresson, Godard, and Truffaut as well as later twentieth and early twenty-first century works. Weekly screenings, reading of literary models and film theory. Also offered as CAS CI 562.
  • CAS LF 563: French Tragedy of the Seventeenth Century
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350; 350 and one 400-level literature course.
    Development of French tragedy from the early part of the century though the classical period as illustrated in the plays of Corneille, Racine. Discussion of critical studies by Spitzer, Starobinski, Goldmann; contemporary critical theory from Foucault, Agamben, Butler, and Honig.
  • CAS LF 564: Medieval Lyric
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350; and one 400-level literature course.
    Examines medieval ideas about memory. Explores medieval notions of dreams, emotion, love (including the rise of Valentine's Day), personal change, history and historical revision, and the imagination itself.
  • CAS LF 565: Medieval Courtly Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350; and one 400-level literature course.
    Just what is "courtly literature"? Using le roi Arthur, Guenièvre, Lancelot, and Merlin as guides, this course follows the intertwined evolution of courtly romance and Arthur's very particular court romances. Also analyses issues of authorship and authority, social critique, and the emergence of "fiction".
  • CAS LF 569: Topics in Francophone Writing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350; and one LF 400-level literature course.
    Topics vary.
  • CAS LF 571: Topics in Nineteenth-Century French Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350; and one 400-level literature course.
    Topic for Spring 2016: Mallarmé and the Fate of Reading. An examination of the poetry and prose of one of the limit-cases of French literature and of the readings he has elicited from such crucial figures in the history of French thought as Sartre, Blanchot, Mauron, Richard, Derrida, and Rancière.