Autumn 2018 Course Offerings

GE Courses


French 1801 - Masterpieces of the French-Speaking World: “The French Mediterranean: Sea, Sex, and Sun,” GE Literature, GE Diversity: Global Studies

Professor Patrick Bray, WF 11:10-12:30 pm, 3 credit hours

This course will explore France’s geographical, historical, political, and cultural ties to the Mediterranean Sea in the modern era through film, literature, and popular culture. What place does the Mediterranean hold in the French imaginary? While the idyllic beaches of the Côte d’Azur evoke an image of luxury and decadence throughout France and the world, the docks of Marseille (the busiest port in the Mediterranean) and other port cities in the Mediterranean basin are subject to the often hidden workings of global capitalism. In this course we study how the Mediterranean offers contrasting images of tourism, desire, wealth, and power from the late nineteenth century to the present. Films and stories by Camus, Godard, Sagan, Zola, Hitchcock, Truffaut, and others. Taught in English.

French 2801 - Classics of French Cinema, GE Visual and Performing Arts

Professor Maggie Flinn, TR 9:35-10:55 am, 3 credit hours

This course functions as an introduction to the study of French cinema with a focus on the “Classic” period, the 1930s-1960s, that is, from early sound cinema through the French New Wave. Readings furnish film historical context and give examples of various scholarly approaches to the study of cinema. Students will be introduced to the critical vocabulary of formal and technical analysis, and will develop skills in argumentation based on such analysis through class discussion and writing assignments. A background in film studies or French cultural studies (literature, art history, language) is of course helpful, but NOT presumed—we will do exercises in basic shot-by-shot identification and formal analysis in the beginning weeks of the semester, cultural historical context will be introduced in lecture or readings as it is relevant to interpretation, and readings will be discussed both for their content and their methodological approaches to film. Language of instruction and readings is English, and all films are available in subtitled copies. FR 2801 satisfies the College of Arts and Sciences General education requirement for Visual and Performing Arts. Taught in English.

Italian 2051, GE

Professor Jonathan Combs-Schilling, WF 11:10-12:30 pm, 3 credit hours

At a time when #Resist has become a primary mode of challenging authority, this course turns to Italian culture and society to see what it teaches us about the question of resistance in our contemporary moment. How have Italian writers, artists and thinkers plotted their own resistance to the status quo? Through the contestation of religious, political and extant regimes of knowledge production, Italian intellectuals have developed powerful forms of dissent. In these practices, we can witness the  emergence of new forms of knowledge, utopian impulses and critiques of historical and social paradigms. This course explores dissent from the late Renaissance to the present through a broad range of texts including literature, political writing, modern art, and film, to name just a few. 

This course satisfies the GE Literature and Global Studies Outcomes through a sustained emphasis on close reading techniques and argumentative writing. The work produced in this course will allow us to understand the intersection of culture, politics and history through the case study of Italy. Taught in English.

Italian 2053, GE

Professor Dana Renga, MW 12:40-1:35 pm, 3 credit hours

GE Visual Performing Arts and Diversity Global Studies

This course looks at films and serial television by several important Italian directors and touches upon major movements in Italian screen history, including Neorealism, commedia all’italiana, political cinema, the spaghetti western, mafia movies, queer cinema, the film noir and quality television. Taught in English. 

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Introductory Language Courses


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French 1101.01, 1102.01, 1103.01 - Beginning French I, II, and III Classroom (4 credit hours)

French 1101.51, 1102.51, 1103.51 - Beginning French I, II, and III Individualized Instruction (1-4 credit hours)

French 1101.61, 1102.61, 1103.61 - Beginning French I, II, and III Individualized Distance Learning (4 credit hours)

French 1155.01 - Beginning French Review Classroom (4 credit hours)

French 1155.51 - Beginning French Review Individualized Instruction (1-4 credit hours)

Italian 1101.01, 1102.01, 1103.01 - Beginning Italian I, II, and III (4 credit hours)

Italian 1102.02, 1103.02 - Beginning Italian II and III Hybrid Instruction (4 credit hours)

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French Undergraduate Courses


French 2101.01 - Introduction to French and Francophone Studies

Section 8105: Instructor TBA, Tuesday/Thursday 2:20-3:40pm, 3 credit hours

Section 14313: Instructor TBA, Wednesday/Friday 9:35-10:55pm, 3 credit hours

Get to know French culture, geography, and history by reading texts and images critically. Learn techniques for reading and interpreting different kinds of French texts: prose, poetry, plays. Build your vocabulary, your comprehension, your conversation skills and your writing skills as you learn techniques for navigating longer readings. French 2101 is a course designed to help students transition from beginning and intermediate language courses to the more advanced reading required at the 4000-level. It should help students develop reading, writing, and analytical skills to enable them to function at the higher level, as well as develop cultural recognition to help them understand their reading in context. Conducted in French. Prereq: 1103 or 1104.

French 2101.01H - Honors Introduction to French and Francophone Studies

Professor Danielle Marx-Scouras, Tuesday/Thursday 2:20-3:40 pm, 3 credit hours

How can the act of opening a door constitute poetry? Why do contemporary French musicians make use of seventeenth and nineteenth century writers such as La Fontaine and Rimbaud? Is hip-hop poetry? Are love and war related topics? Why is Camus still the best selling author in France? Is the French spoken in Quebec still “French”? How do gender and ethnicity alter language and culture? Join us as we answer these and other questions pertinent to French and francophone studies, on a journey that will take us from France to Quebec, Algeria, Martinique, and other countries. Representative works from literature and the media will be read in conjunction with music and film.

This course prepares students for further work in culture, literature, composition, and conversation. Students will gain proficiency in analyzing literary texts and media materials. They are expected to engage in lively class discussions and give oral presentations. Writing is also an essential component of the course. There will be an intensive peer-edited writing workshop that will prepare you for advanced writing in French. The course will also introduce students to the workings of undergraduate research.

Non-honors students are welcome, but need the permission of the instructor to enroll.

French 3101 - French Grammar Review

Section 8106/8107: Instructor TBA, Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:40-1:35 9m, 3 credit hours

Section 33759: Instructor TBA, Monday/Wesneday/Friday 3:00-3:55 pm, 3 credit hours

In this course you will find all the information that you need to speak and write like the French. Review grammar you've seen, learn some you haven't, and practice translations in order to rid your French of those pesky anglicismes! We will look at usage examples in French popular songs, film clips, and short readings, and do plenty of conversation.

French 3102 - French Pronunciation and Performance

Instructor Audrey Bourriaud Hoffmann, Tuesday/Thursday 3:55-5:15 pm, 3 credit hours

Formation of French sounds, rules of pronunciation and diction.  Reading and performing poems, excerpts from plays, public performances, television or film scripts. 

French 3103 - French Conversation

Professor Garett Heysel, Wednesday/Friday 3:55-5:15 pm, 3 credit hours

Practice in speaking French on a variety of topics; building of practical vocabulary; emphasis on comprehension and oral expression.

French 3202 - Literary and Visual Texts of the Francophone World

Instructor TBA, Wednesday/Friday 2:20-3:40 pm, 3 credit hours

Readings and analysis of Francophone literary and multimedia texts that provide an appreciation and understanding of the French-speaking world.

French 3401 - Introduction to Contemporary French Culture

Instructor TBA, Tuesday/Thursday 9:35-10:55 am, 3 credit hours

Learn about the social, cultural, and political history of France from World War II to the present, then explore contemporary French culture and the often bewildering differences between it and American culture. In what ways do the French think about money, sex, religion, politics, Europe, and the United States? How does the multi-cultural make-up of contemporary France complicate the answers to these questions? Come find out!

French 3501 - Introduction to French for the Professions

Instructor Kelly Campbell, Wednesday/Friday 9:35-10:55 am, 3 credit hours

An introduction to business French with emphasis on basic business terminology, commercial correspondence, similarities and differences in business transactions, and international procedures.

French 4100 - Advanced Grammar: Grammar Through Current Events

Instructor TBA, Wednesday/Friday 12:45-2:05 pm, 3 credit hours

Why study advanced French grammar if you are interested in international affairs? Human rights? Food?  Finance?  Migrants?  Medicine? To follow these issues in the francophone media, you need to master the written language by becoming a more educated, informed reader, as well as a more skilled, articulate writer of French. This course replaces FR 5101 and is required for the French major for those have not yet taken 5101. Students who have already taken 5101 cannot register for this course.

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French 5000-level (UG/G) and Graduate Courses


French 5105 - Introduction to Medieval Occitan

Professor Sarah-Grace Heller, Wednesday/Friday 11:10-12:30 pm, 3 credit hours

Discover the language of the Troubadours.  Occitan, AKA Old Provençal or “langue d’oc,” is a language at the crossroads of French, Spanish, and Italian spoken across the south of France. It was considered the best of the romance vernaculars for lyric poetry by Dante and other contemporaries.  A culture of virtuoso poetic innovation flourished at courts such as those of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the counts of Toulouse, and Alfonso of Castille, from Auvergne to Catalonia. Occitan is still spoken by a minority. Learn the grammar of this medieval language and explore the culture of the south of France as you translate lyric texts and read one of the great humorous romances, Flamenca. A useful course if you are interested in translation, the broader culture and history of France, medieval studies, or romance linguistics.    

French 5206 - North Africa: Texts and Contexts

Professor Danielle Marx-Scouras, Tuesday/Thursday 11:10-12:30 pm, 3 credit hours

We shall study representative works taken from literature, film, and music that reflect the cultural diversity of the Maghreb and its peoples, whether they reside in North Africa or France. Our objective will be to examine these artistic, historical, and theoretical works with respect to such questions as colonialism and post-colonialism, national identity, linguistic pluralism, sexuality, racism, and terrorism. Texts by authors such as Mohammed Dib, Assia Djebar, Driss Chraïbi, Myriam Ben, Jean Sénac, Mehdi Charef, Djamila Amrane, Abdelkébir Khatibi, Frantz Fanon, Zohra Drif, and Tahar Djaout.

Videoconferences with intellectuals and university students from the Maghreb and France are foreseen.

Satisfies graduate requirement for francophone area.

Students having trouble registering for the course because of prerequisites should contact the instructor. 

French 5702 - Film in Canada: One Country, Multiple Nations

Professor Maggie Flinn, Tuesday/Thursday 12:45-2:05 pm, 3 credit hours

This class will provide an overview of filmmaking in Canada with a focus on the problem of the nation and national cinema in a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual society. Because Québecois film is arguably the preeminent “national cinema” within Canada, a majority of our time will be spent on French-language filmmaking, but an important portion of the semester will be dedicated to the study of works made by filmmakers of other linguistic and ethnic identities (including First Nations directors). Topics and themes covered in films and readings include documentary, the history of the Office National du Film/National Film Board, gender, racial/linguistic identities, Franco-Anglo Canadian relations, First Nations filmmaking, landscape, history. Directors to be studied may include Michel Brault, Erik Canuel, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Claude Jutra, Zacharias Kunuk, Jean-Claude Lauzon, Robert Lepage, Norman Maclaren, Guy Maddin, Deepa Mehta, Alanis Obamsawin, Pierre Perrault, Sarah Polley, Anne Claire Poirier, Léa Poole, Mina Shum, Jean-Marc Vallée. A knowledge of French, the history/culture of Francophone Canada, or film studies is helpful, but expertise in all of these areas is not required. The class will be taught in English, and all films are available in subtitled copies.

French 8202 - The French Enlightenment: Texts, Contexts, Intertexts

Professor Benjamin Hoffmann, Tuesday 2:20-5:00 pm, 3 credit hours

This graduate seminar will introduce students to the French Enlightenment through a close reading of foundational texts written by such authors as Voltaire, Casanova, Diderot, d’Alembert, Rousseau, Laclos, Helvétius, and Condorcet. Since the Enlightenment was less a unified intellectual movement with defined aims and goals than a set of raging philosophical debates, the class will be organized around the investigation of several key issues discussed by French philosophers, including: concepts of change and identity, intersubjectivity, pedagogy, progress, religion, and the quest for happiness. A particular attention will be devoted to the contexts of the French Enlightenment: what were the networks of production and circulation of these new ideas? What were their repercussions on French society? We will also study the intertexts of the French Enlightenment by looking at its dialogue with other intellectual traditions, in particular, the German Enlightenment and what was called “Oriental Philosophy”. Conducted in French

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Italian Undergraduate Courses


Italian 2102 - Contemporary Italian Studies

Instructor TBA, Tuesday/Thursday 12:45-2:05 pm, 3 credit hours

In this course you will learn about a variety of aspects of Italian contemporary society and culture, while at the same time focusing on the four language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Since you are transitioning from the elementary to the intermediate level, at this point more emphasis will be placed on developing your reading skills, so you will be exposed to a lot of authentic Italian in different genres. (However, your listening, writing, and speaking skills will not be ignored!) You will learn techniques to improve your reading in Italian and you will progress from reading relatively short texts to reading a short novel. Grammar will be reviewed and tested throughout the course. The targeted structures are: irregular plurals of nouns and adjectives, the forms and functions of the regular and some irregular present indicative verbs, direct and indirect object pronouns; the passato prossimo, the imperfect, and the past perfect (trapassato prossimo), and the remote past. 

Italian 3221 - Reading Italy: Italian Literature and Culture

Professor Jonathan Mullins, Wednesday/Friday 2:20-3:40 pm, 3 credit hours

An exploration of the culture and history of different periods through selected works of Italian literature. Not open to native speakers of Italian.

Italian 3332 - The Sounds of Italian

Professor Janice Aski, Tuesday/Thursday 12:45-2:05 pm, 3 credit hours

During the first half of the course you will examine the relationship between the written and spoken language through engaging activities. You will also learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), which will help you focus on pronunciation and the correct articulation of sounds. Once you have mastered the word-level, the second half of the course will focus on the phrase and discourse level. Recitation of texts is an important activity for improving pronunciation. You will begin by memorizing short statements, and then move to memorizing increasing longer texts, such as proverbs and jokes. This is followed by the recitations of poems and longer segments of narrative texts.

Italian 4330 - Structures of Italian 

Professor Janice Aski, Tuesday/Thursday 9:35-10:55 am, 3 credit hours

This course will begin with a study of the parts of speech and basic word order, with particular attention to: the use and position of adjectives and adverbs, pronouns (personal and indefinite), relative clauses, and quello che/ciò che. The rest of the course will focus on the verb phrase. We will examine the constructions that are typically challenging for intermediate learners of Italian who want to convey ideas such as: making or letting people do things, (the causative: fare + infinito/lasciare + infinito), conditions and hypothetical situations (the present and past conditional and hypotheticals of impossibility), opinions (the dreaded subjunctive), and actions in which the agent of the action is not expressed (the passive voice). In addition, we will refine understanding of the notorious double object pronouns. Readings and discussion will also explore the relationship between contemporary spoken Italian and the language presented in grammar books.

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Italian 5000-level (UG/G) and Graduate Courses


Italian 8221 - Studies in Italian Literature

Professor Jonathan Combs-Schilling, Wednesday 2:20-5:00 pm, 3 credit hours

Focus on one author from any time period. 

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