French Language & Literature

  • GRS LF 621: Reading French for Graduate Students
    Designed for graduate degree candidates preparing for language reading examinations. Develops skills in interpreting written French with minimal phonological or cultural references. Practice in translating passages relating to the sciences and humanities. No previous knowledge of French required. Students will not receive graduate credit for this course and there is no tuition charge.
  • GRS LF 641: Topics in Urban Imaginaries in Literature and Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350 or CAS LF 351; or consent of instructor.
    Students examine the filmic and literary representations of urban environments in France and the francophone world; the phenomenon of urbanization, the historical development, cultural and artistic context of its attractive power; fluxes of migration of the city; streets and monuments as characters. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Aesthetic Exploration, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • The Individual in Community
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • GRS LF 642: Geographies of the Imagination: Writing (beyond) the Island
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350 or CAS LF 351; or consent of instructor.
    Approaches to real and imagined spaces in their literary representations. Emphasis on relation between cultural and political heritage and aesthetic forms. Discussion of themes such as exile, displacement, mobility, and empire in critical discourse. French, Francophone, and related traditions. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • GRS LF 655: Studies in Nineteenth-Century French Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    Examines major themes and works in the literature of nineteenth-century France. Attention to cultural context and dialogue between the arts, literature, politics, and popular culture. Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • GRS LF 664: Author/Auteur
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    In-depth study of a single author or film maker. Attention to critical/theoretical debates about the author's work(s); their relation to aesthetic, political, and/or historical debates of the time; and questions about relation to tradition and/or legacy and ongoing influence. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • GRS LF 678: Topics in The Voice in the Text: Gender and Authorship
    Explores how French and Francophone women writers and theorists engage with cultural, social, and political issues. Draws on works such as novels, autobiographies, plays, and essays, situating these writings at the intersection of gender, language, nationality, and collective memory. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Historical Consciousness, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • The Individual in Community
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • GRS LF 683: Topics in Literature and Politics: Revolution, Power, Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    Close interpretive, critical, and theoretical study of philosophical questions posed by selected works of literature [and related arts] with emphasis on the political. Themes such as vengeance, justice, and injustice; political theatre / theatre of politics; representations of war; exile and imprisonment as the scene of writing; cross-fertilization between law, diplomacy, and narrative; or transgression and invention. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • GRS LF 687: Topics in Memory & Monument
    Through interdisciplinary, in-depth study, explores the history, legacy, and future of a single 'lieu de m?moire'--an iconic 'site of memory' that serves as a cultural touchstone. Sources include manuscripts, architecture, literary texts, music, film, photography, and others. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Aesthetic Exploration Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • GRS LF 850: Topics in French Literature
    Satisfies departmental theory requirement. Topic for Fall 2021: From Literary Theory to Theories of Culture. This course presents an historical survey of literary theory as it emerged from and outgrew the study of literary texts, from the early modern period to the twentieth century and beyond.
  • GRS LF 860: Seminar: Topics in French Literature
    Topic for Spring 2021: Off-Frame: Hidden Stories in 20th and 21st Century Literature and Film. This course explores the complexities of representing personal and collective traumas--from the Holocaust to the Algerian War of Independence to the current migrant crisis--in contemporary novels and films. Authors include Alice Zeniter and Mati Diop.
  • GRS LF 951: Directed Study: French Language and Literature
    Hours arranged. Consent of instructor and department.
  • GRS LF 952: Directed Study: French Language and Literature
    Hours arranged. Consent of instructor and department.