Autumn 2021 Course Offerings

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French 1801 - French Existentialism: Texts, Contexts, and Legacy

Members of the French Existentialism movement chatting at a café

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

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

While French Existentialism was one of the most popular philosophies of the 20th century, its impact extended far beyond the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus. Their writings and ideas created a cultural movement that still reverberates today, though its official era has concluded. As such, this course will examine not only the origins and central themes of existentialism, but also its cultural, political and artistic implications. By studying literary works by Sartre, Camus, Boris Vian, Samuel Beckett and Richard Wright, films by Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard and Boots Riley, and the philosophy’s influence on social movements, this course unpacks the ideas and influences of existentialism and its enduring legacy.


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 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.


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. 

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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 Julie Parson, 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 - La magie et les metamorphoses: The need for enchantment in French-language texts and culture 

Professor Sarah-Grace Heller, TR 9:35 - 10:55 pm, IN PERSON

Where did Disney get his ideas? –From the sophisticated French tradition of contes de fees. Read the original versions of La Belle et la bête, Cendrillon, La Belle au bois dormant and others. Enter the subtly subversive world of French women writers in the age of Louis XIV who used tales of magic to imagine a better world of marriage and politics. Explore genres such as mysterious medieval lais from Bretagne by Marie de France, the réalisme merveilleux of Quebec and the Antilles, and le fantastique in Jean Cocteau’s cinema.  

Assignments will include short comprehension quizzes in Carmen, Discussion forums, exposés with a partner, and a choice of essays or creative magical writing in the styles we study. Taught in French.


French 5401 - From the Sun King to WWI

French 5401

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

In this course we will explore the major cultural and political events that shaped the image of France from the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715) to the First World War (1914-18) and gave rise to one of the most dynamic and influential cultures in the world. The themes and periods illustrated by the texts and films we will study include the Age of the Sun King, the Enlightenment, the Age of Revolutions, the Empires, the Second and Third Republics, colonialism, and World War I. Authors whose works breathe life into the events that punctuated this long period include Descartes, La Fontaine, Voltaire, Rousseau, Olympe de Gouges, Balzac, and Céline. Other works that will help us understand the evolution of French culture over this period include paintings by Watteau, Monet, and Renoir, as well as cinematic representations by Guitry, Leconte, and Tavernier. The course will be conducted in French. Prerequisites: Fr 3101 and a 3000-level culture or literature course.

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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

In this course we will explore the major cultural and political events that shaped the image of France from the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715) to the First World War (1914-18) and gave rise to one of the most dynamic and influential cultures in the world. The themes and periods illustrated by the texts and films we will study include the Age of the Sun King, the Enlightenment, the Age of Revolutions, the Empires, the Second and Third Republics, colonialism, and World War I. Authors whose works breathe life into the events that punctuated this long period include Descartes, La Fontaine, Voltaire, Rousseau, Olympe de Gouges, Balzac, and Céline. Other works that will help us understand the evolution of French culture over this period include paintings by Watteau, Monet, and Renoir, as well as cinematic representations by Guitry, Leconte, and Tavernier. The course will be conducted in French. Prerequisites: Fr 3101 and a 3000-level culture or literature course.


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

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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

Instructor TBA, 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

Instructor Giuliano Migliori, WF 2:20 - 3:40 pm, IN PERSON

This course will take you on a voyage through how Italian societies and cultures have imagined, examined and responded with resiliency to extreme situations (plague, pandemics, toxicity, pollution, natural disasters, ecomafia, etc…) and how these “texts” shaped our relationship between humans and the environment. From the dark ecology of Medieval times to today’s Pandemic, we will look at “natural-cultural worlds” in alignment and/or contrast to urban communities with their social, political and economic developments. 

How has COVID-19 affected Italy’s landscapes, imagination and communities? How do econarratives change throughout place and time? How media and poetic forms engage in presenting of environmental questions?  Alongside our cultural odyssey, your Italian language skills will be refined through class discussion, and oral and web-based presentations, and short 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

FRIT 8602 Flyer

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.