Autumn 2021 Course Offerings

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French 1801 - Masterpieces of the French-Speaking World: Do’s and Don’t of Love

French 1801

Instructor TBA, WF 2:20-3:40 pm, 3 credit hours, IN PERSON

GE Literature, GE Diversity: Global Studies. Taught in English. 

• Write your own “do’s and don’ts” for relationships as a way of studying French literature from the Middle Ages to the present.

• Study fairy tales that inspired Disney but are more subversive than you’d expect: Do be clever and kind as well as attractive. Do use fiction to invent a better society.

• Read Molière's comedies “The Misanthrope” and “Tartuffe”: don’t be a hypocrite; do use your wits to defeat predatorial men and overcome misunderstandings.

• Read Flaubert's ironic masterpiece, Madame Bovary: don’t marry a bore, cheat on him, or rack up debt dressing up for your lovers.

• Examine how poets have expressed emotion using different structures of lyrics and song: do find words for inexpressible feelings.

• Explore French-speaking spaces and cultures over time: do discover global diversity.

• Become a better critic and observer of your own culture.

• Gain techniques for reading faster and better.


French 2802 - Comics and Culture

French 1802

7-Week Session 2: Professor Maggie Flinn, TR 2:20-5:00 pm, ONLINE

GE Cultures and Ideas. Taught in English.

In this class we will study comic books and graphic novels of the Franco-Belgian tradition (“bande dessinée”), particularly as they engage in questions of the representation of cultures and identities. As a form of pop culture production, with both a specialized and eclectic readership, comics are a privileged location for addressing socio-cultural issues that often have a harder time breaking in to more highly regimented cultural spheres. Nonetheless, comics in the French-speaking world have attained a cultural legitimacy that makes them highly influential as an art form. This class is taught IN ENGLISH and we will read comics in English translation from a variety of French-speaking countries that deal with social issues such as race, immigration/migration, climate change, war, sexuality, disability, national identities, etc.


Italian 2051 - Italian Journeys

Italian 2051

Professor Jonathan Combs-Shilling, WF 11:10 - 12:30 pm, ONLINE

GE Literature; and Diversity: Global Studies. Taught in English.

This course examines cultural mobility in the Italian Renaissance through its many travelers: students and refugees, merchants and pilgrims, mercenaries and poets. We will follow Italian journeys—both historical and fictional—to the far reaches of Asia (Marco Polo), around the oceans of the world (Magellan), into the depths of Inferno (Dante) and up to the surface of the Moon (Ariosto). Through them we investigate how Italian identities were shaped by travel and the tales that travel inspires; and gain a new perspective on the place and power of travel in today’s mobile, multicultural world.


Italian 2056 - Love on the Italian Screen

Italian 2056

Professor Jonathan Mullins, MW 12:40 - 1:35 pm, IN PERSON

GE Visual Performing Arts and Diversity Global Studies. Taught in English. 

Why has love had such a long run in Italian cinema and television? 

This course explores this question through representations of eros, romance and friendship in Italian screen cultures. We will study depictions of love in cinema from the 1910s to the present, and also analyze how what we call love intersects with questions of gender, sexuality, class and race. 

Never study TV or cinema before? No worries. A crucial component of the course will be dedicated to studying the aesthetics of narrative cinema, and also understanding it as a complex industrial product with its own systems of production and reception. 


Italian 2055 - Mafia Movies

Italian 2055 Mafia Movies

Instructor Giuliano Migliori, WF 12:45 - 1:40 pm, ONLINE

*Distance synchronous WF 12:45-1:40 with asynchronous components.

GE Visual Performing Arts and Diversity Global Studies. Taught in English. 

The Mafia in Italy is referred to as an octopus as the organization pervades almost every facet of Italian cultural life. Tony Soprano, Don Vito and Michael Corleone, Lucky Luciano, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Ciro di Marzio, Peppino Impastato, Roberto Saviano, Christopher Moltisanti, and Donnie Brasco are some of the figures that contribute to the myth of the Italian and Italian-American Mafias. In this course we watch Italian and American mafia movie and television hits, and explore the myth of the Mafia that is so widespread in America, and trace its history as it passes across time and through multiple cultures. We will question whether there exists a unique American or Italian cinema and television treating the Mafia and explore how filmmakers from the two countries approach the subject in dissimilar fashions, especially in terms of stereotyping, gender, and representations of violence and alluring criminals.

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French 3101 French Grammar Review

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

French 1101.21, 1102.21, 1103.21 - Beginning French I, II, and III Classroom Synchronous Distance Learning (4 credit hours)

French 1101.61, 1102.61, 1103.61 - Beginning French I, II, and III Individualized Instruction Distance Learning (2-4 credit hours)

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


Italian 1101.03, 1102.03, 1103.03 - Beginning Italian I, II, and III Classroom Blended (4 credit hours)

Italian 1101.71, 1102.71, 1103.71 - Beginning Italian II and III Online (4 credit hours)

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French 2101.01 - Introduction to French and Francophone Studies

French 2101

Section 13670: Instructor TBA, TR 2:20 - 3:40 pm, IN PERSON

Section 23937: Professor Jennifer Willging, TR 12:45 - 2:05 pm, IN PERSON

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.


French 3101 - French Grammar Review

French 3101

Section 13671: Instructor TBA, TR 11:10 - 12:30 pm, IN PERSON

Section 13672: Instructor Gloria Torrini-Roblin, MWF 9:10 - 10:05 am, 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 3103 - French Conversation

French 3103 French Conversation
Professor Danielle Marx-Scouras, 7 week session 2: WF 2:20 - 5:00 pm, IN PERSON
 

*This course in not open to native and near-native students.

Watch Monsieur Nobek Teaches Français From Saturday Night Live

L'accent - Fabulous Trobador

“Parlez-vous Français?

Oui!

Parlez-vous Français?

Oui!

Si tu peux le parler allez tombez la chemise” (Art vs. Science)

Several decades ago, a colleague asked me why I was teaching slang in my conversation course considering that the students had not mastered French. I replied: “What’s ‘French’?”.

What’s “French” anyway? What does it mean to “master” a language? When someone tells you, “Mais vous n’avez aucun accent,” what are they actually saying? Is slang French? Is Marseillais French? What about French spoken in Quebec and Africa? These are only a few of the questions we shall address in this course.

As we listen to and practice French in a variety of contexts, we shall reflect on what it means for us–as individuals–to speak “French”.  I hope that each one of you will find your own idiolect amidst the endless possibilities that this local, national and world language affords us: an idiolect in which you affirm your unique identity and fluency.

You are expected to attend and actively participate in every single class. No perks for wallflowers! Please practice projecting your voice before the onset of the course so that everyone can hear you from the moment you arrive!

Quelques voix pour vous inspirer!

Recent OSU distinguished invited speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates (Middlebury French language program) (Vimeo) (YouTube)

Bradley Cooper (Studied in Aix-en-Provence for six months)

Angela Davis (French major at Brandeis University, junior year abroad in Paris)

Jodie Foster (attended the Lycée Français in LA)

Shan Sa (French writer)

Jack Kerouac (French-American writer of the Beat Generation)

Kim Thuy (Quebec writer)

David Sedaris (from Me Talk Pretty One Day)


French 3401 - Introduction to Contemporary France

French 3401

Instructor Beth Bishop, TR 11:10 - 12:30 pm, IN PERSON

Would you like to have a better understanding of French society and culture? Would you like to be able to better engage with French and international current events? In this course we will expand our knowledge of contemporary France, including cultural differences between the US and France and also within France’s borders. We will survey political, social, educational, and cultural structures through readings, lectures, film, a research project, and current events. Taught in French.


French 3403 - La Cuisine Française: Gastronomic Culture, Language, and Expression

French 3403

Professor Sarah-Grace Heller, WF 11:10 - 12:30 pm, IN PERSON

Taste fabulous French specialties and learn to cook to some simple and classic French dishes. Explore French and Francophone cultural ideas around dining, good table manners, and the meanings of food through short readings. We will spice things up with a pinch of grammar (sorry, cheesy metaphor!) and plenty of conversation. Learn to read and translate recipes. Discuss and write about your personal experiences with food and with experiencing other cultures. This will be a hands-on, practical, delicious language course.


French 3501 - Introduction to French for the Professions

French 3501
Instructor Kelly Campbell, WF 9:35 - 10:55 am, IN PERSON
 

Have you ever thought about working abroad in a francophone country? Or working domestically for an international company? In a global world where an increasing number of professionals are seeking international jobs, understanding foreign professional practices has become a critical skill.  In French 3501, we will cover resumé and cover letter writing, conduct mock interviews, and tackle a wide range of business, professional, and technological vocabulary to help prepare you for a profession where French is used in the workplace.


French 4100 - Advanced Grammar: Grammar Through Current Events

Instructor Gloria Torrini-Roblin, WF 12:45 - 2:05 pm, IN PERSON

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.


French 4401 - Le roman policier

French 4401

Professor Jennifer Willging, TR 9:35 - 10:55 pm, IN PERSON

If you grew up loving detective fiction, you’ll enjoy discovering new enigmas in the French tradition, from 19th-century whodunnits inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue (which takes place, as you might guess, in Paris), to 20th-century thrillers, to 21st-century pastiches of the genre. Also included in the course will be works by authors who, rather than specializing in le roman policier, take advantage of some of its particular structures and tropes to expose a number of social ills. In addition, we’ll view some cinematic adaptions of romans policiers, considering how adapting these texts to the screen might enrich them in certain ways and impoverish them in others. So come explore France’s fictional underworld while at the same time improving your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in French. Taught in French.


French 5401 - From the Sun King to WWI

French 5401

Professor Benjamin Hoffmann, TR 3:55 - 5:15 pm, IN PERSON

The aim of the course is to cover three hundred years of French history. It will focus on the major cultural and political events that have shaped the image of France over the centuries and have given rise to one of the most dynamic and influential cultures in the world. The themes and periods to be studied and illustrated via texts and films include the Age of the Sun King, the Enlightenment, the Age of Revolutions, the First and Second Empires, the Restoration, the Monarchy of July, the Second and Third Republic, the history of colonialism, and World War I. Authors to be studied will include Descartes, La Fontaine, La Bruyère, Saint-Simon, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Olympe de Gouges, Beaumarchais, Crèvecoeur, Balzac, Dumas, Hugo, Zola, Proust, Apollinaire, and Céline. Other works to be examined will include paintings by Watteau, Fragonard, Monet, and Renoir, as well as cinematic representations of the period by Guitry, Leconte, Enrico, and Tavernier. The course will be conducted in French. Prerequisites: Fr 3101 and Fr 3401.

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French 5401 - From the Sun King to WWI

French 5401

Professor Benjamin Hoffmann, TR 3:55 - 5:15 pm, IN PERSON

The aim of the course is to cover three hundred years of French history. It will focus on the major cultural and political events that have shaped the image of France over the centuries and have given rise to one of the most dynamic and influential cultures in the world. The themes and periods to be studied and illustrated via texts and films include the Age of the Sun King, the Enlightenment, the Age of Revolutions, the First and Second Empires, the Restoration, the Monarchy of July, the Second and Third Republic, the history of colonialism, and World War I. Authors to be studied will include Descartes, La Fontaine, La Bruyère, Saint-Simon, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Olympe de Gouges, Beaumarchais, Crèvecoeur, Balzac, Dumas, Hugo, Zola, Proust, Apollinaire, and Céline. Other works to be examined will include paintings by Watteau, Fragonard, Monet, and Renoir, as well as cinematic representations of the period by Guitry, Leconte, Enrico, and Tavernier. The course will be conducted in French. Prerequisites: Fr 3101 and Fr 3401.


French 6571 - French Reading for Pleasure and More!

French 6571

Professor Wynne Wong, TR 9:35 - 10:55 am, ONLINE

Do you wish you could read literary works in French or news on the internet from different parts of the French-speaking world? What about song lyrics or a recipe in French? Perhaps you need to read academic articles in French for your graduate degree. Or maybe you are a heritage speaker who wants to learn French grammar and read texts in your heritage language. This course will provide you with the foundational tools to read a variety of texts in French from different parts of the French-speaking world. Intensive reading in French is also an excellent way to begin your acquisition of the French language.

Taught mostly in English, this course is designed primarily for students who have no previous formal preparation in French. The course covers basic grammar and vocabulary with the goal of developing students' reading skills in French. FR 6571 is tailored to individual students’ professional and personal reasons for reading French. Optional discussion sessions in French may also available upon request for those who want to speak French.

Who can take this course?

There is no prerequisite for this course. This course is open to graduate students as well as to non-degree students in continuing education programs. Permission may also be granted to undergraduates to take the course on a case-by-case basis. Heritage speakers of French are welcome.

For degree-seeking graduate students, please note that credit does not apply to the minimum number of hours required for the master's or doctoral degrees. This course does not fulfill the GE requirement for world languages for undergraduates.


FRIT (French and Italian) 8602 - Contemporary Europe: Figures of Crisis

Professor Jonathan Mullins, Wednesday 2:20 - 5:00 pm, IN PERSON

Taught in English, this graduate seminar explores the intellectual bedrock of many of Europe’s current sociopolitical challenges. It does so through a turn to European postwar literature and film, the wager being that analysis of contemporary Europe demands slowing down to think about how intellectuals have long explored the themes that shape the present. We will concentrate on literature, film, performance and philosophy not only originally written in French and Italian, but also in German and Spanish. Intended for a broad range of graduate students in German, Spanish and English, as well as Political Science. All readings and viewings will be available in English. 

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Italian 2102 - Contemporary Italian Studies

Italian 2102 Contemporary Italian Studies

Professor Janice Aski, TR 9:35 - 10:55 am, IN PERSON

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 3220 - Italian Culture through the Ages

Italian 3220

Professor Jonathan Combs-Schilling, WF 2:20 - 3:40 pm, IN PERSON

This course will take you on a voyage through the major events, issues and figures in Italian cultural history (Ancient Rome, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, Italian Unification, Fascism, the Mafia, Immigration, etc.) through readings, music, art, films and other visual media. We will investigate both "high" and "popular" culture, ranging from the refined sonnets and saucy short stories of medieval Italian literature to the heartbreaking operas and bass-thumping hip hop of modern Italian music. Alongside our cultural odyssey, your Italian language skills will be refined through class discussion, and oral and web based presentations, and essays.


Italian 4225 - Italian Identities

Italian 4225

Professor Jonathan Mullins, TR 12:45 - 2:05 pm, IN PERSON

Examination of the experiences and perspectives of Italians (including emigrants) through reading, film, and discussion. Topics could include popular culture, Italian Americans, and immigration in Italy. Not open to native speakers of Italian.

 

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FRIT (French and Italian) 8602 - Contemporary Europe: Figures of Crisis

Professor Jonathan Mullins, Wednesday 2:20 - 5:00 pm, IN PERSON

Taught in English, this graduate seminar explores the intellectual bedrock of many of Europe’s current sociopolitical challenges. It does so through a turn to European postwar literature and film, the wager being that analysis of contemporary Europe demands slowing down to think about how intellectuals have long explored the themes that shape the present. We will concentrate on literature, film, performance and philosophy not only originally written in French and Italian, but also in German and Spanish. Intended for a broad range of graduate students in German, Spanish and English, as well as Political Science. All readings and viewings will be available in English.