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

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  • 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 459: French Lyric Poetry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    A survey of French poetry from Ronsard to Apollinaire. Concentrates on the giants of the nineteenth century: Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Verlaine, and Rimbaud. Poems read in detail, and placed in historical and cultural context. Attention to the emergence of new forms: the prose poem and vers libre.
  • 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.
  • CAS LF 475: Senior Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior French concentrators only.
    Topic for Fall 2011: The Gaze in the French Novel. Study of texts, from La Princesse de Clèves to Proust's La Prisonnière, in which the gaze plays an important, dynamic role. Topics include gender and the gaze; theories of looking in art, literature, and cinema.
  • CAS LF 491: Directed Study: French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS 105.
    Application Form available in department.
  • CAS LF 492: Directed Study: French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS 105.
    Application Form available in department.
  • CAS LF 500: French Phonetics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303; AND CASLX250 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
    Students work to improve their own pronunciation through study of the distribution and articulation of French sounds, liaison, "mute e," and intonation, and through oral practice in the language laboratory. Written exercises and phonetic transcription reinforce theoretical points. Conducted in French.
  • CAS LF 502: The Structure of French: Syntax
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303; AND CASLX250 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
    Investigation of the syntactic and logical relations in French, with occasional comparison to Quebecois, and to English and other languages. Students will discover structural properties through frequent problem sets.
  • CAS LF 504: History of the French Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303; AND CASLX250 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
    Prosodic, phonetic, and morphosyntactic changes from Classical Latin to Modern French, highlighting common roots between French and other Romance languages. Sociopolitical events in the history of French. Standardization, linguistic unification of France post-Revolution, and the worldwide spread of French. Conducted in French.
  • CAS LF 506: Topics in French Linguistics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303; AND CASLX250 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
    Topics vary by semester. Taught in French. Also offered as CAS LX 506.
  • CAS LF 550: Studies in Eighteenth-Century French Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350 and CAS LF 351; or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2013: Seductive Fictions. The novel's flourishing and firm establishment as a modern genre in pre-Revolutionary France. Eighteenth-century narrative techniques and theories of storytelling as, for better and worse, an art of seduction. Novelists include Marivaux, Diderot, Rousseau, Laclos, and Charrière.
  • CAS LF 551: Modern French Theatre
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350; and one 400-level literature course.
    Origins and definitions of major theatrical forms, especially tragedy. Close analysis of both theoretical and theatrical texts. Application of dramatic theory (Artaud, Grotowski) to plays by Claudel, Cocteau, Giraudoux, Anouilh, Genet, Beckett, and others.
  • CAS LF 555: The Epistolary Novel
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Fictional letter writing, 1669-1784, as inspired by Ovid, Héloïse and Abélard, and letter-writing manuals. Masterpieces by Guilleragues, Montesquieu, Mme de Grafigny, Laclos, and Mme de Charrière. Revivals of epistolary storytelling in twentieth century novels by Colette and Gide.
  • 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.
  • CAS LF 558: Colonial Fictions: Modern French Writing and the Colonies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350; and one 400-level literature course.
    Literary representations of the people, cultures, and places of the former colonies in works by Baudelaire, Camus, Céline, Duras, Gide, Leiris, and Robbe-Grillet. Attention to colonialist discourse in historical perspective, including exoticism, primitivism, and fetishism.
  • 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.
    Topic for Fall 2012: Algeria in Words and Images: from Yesterday to Today. Close reading of selected texts and films by major writers and filmmakers. Attention to postcolonial criticism, imaginary, imagery, gender, location. Focus on re-appropriation of history, writing of violence, exoticism, memory, migration.
  • CAS LF 570: Topics in Twentieth Century/Twenty-First Century French Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350; and one LF 400-level literature course.
    Topic for Fall 2012: French Lives. A consideration of three generations of French intellectual history through the lives and major autobiographical texts of three masters of French prose. Readings include André Malraux's Antimémoires, Claude Lévi-Strauss' Tristes Tropiques, and Régis Debray's Loués soient nos seigneurs.
  • CAS LF 571: Topics in Nineteenth-Century French Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350; and one 400-level literature course.
    Topic for Spring 2013: Decadence. The literary and philosophical roots of the Symbolist movement and the paradoxes of an anti-progressive vanguard; readings from such fin-de-siècle masters as Baudelaire, Barbey d'Aurevilly, Huysmans, Laforgue, Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Bloy.