Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Saturday, April 25, 2015, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

FREN 101
Beginning French I

A beginning course designed to give training in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding. This course is for students with no previous training in the French language. It is recommended that students take 101, 102, and 200 in three consecutive terms. Five class meetings per week. Units: 6.

FREN 102
Beginning French II

A continuation of French 101. It is recommended that students take 101, 102, and 200 in three consecutive terms. Five class meetings per week. Units: 6. Prerequisite: FREN 101

FREN 191
Directed Study in French

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

FREN 195
Internship in French

An opportunity for students to apply their French language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international level. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required. Repeatable for up to 6 units. Units: 2 OR 3. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

FREN 200
Intermediate French I

A continuation of French 102, structured to help students develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Five class meetings per week. Units: 6. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or placement by the department

FREN 201
Intermediate French II

Designed to help students attain facility in reading and oral comprehension and mastery of basic skills in writing and speaking. Includes grammar review that continues in French 202. Students with two to four years of high school French or the equivalent should contact the department about placement in this course. Four class meetings per week. Units: 6. Prerequisite: FREN 200 or placement by the department

FREN 202
Intermediate French III

A continuation of French 200 or 201, intended to develop further a student’s proficiency in the four language skills. Placement determined by examination and consultation with the instructor. Four class meetings per week. Units: 6. Prerequisite: FREN 200 or 201 or a minumum of three years of high school French or the equivalent

FREN 301
Introduction to French Literary Studies

This course introduces students to a wide range of literary genres through a careful selection of short texts and films. We study how the French have written their literary history to create and reinforce a unique national identity through a close reading of the works of writers such as Villon, Labé, Molière, Voltaire, Hugo, Maupassant, Camus, and Duras. Units: 6. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or consent of instructor

FREN 302
Cinematically Speaking

French films function as a springboard for readings, discussions, oral presentations, and short critical essays. We will briefly examine the history of French film from 1940 to the present, study cinematic techniques, the vocabulary of cinema, and explore the principal themes. Units: 6. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or consent of instructor
Also listed as Film Studies 302

FREN 303
Introduction to Francophone Literary Studies

This course aims at introducing students to the nature and role of literature in the francophone world. Selected pieces from various literary genres (folk tales, poetry, drama, and novels) by writers such as Césaire, Senghor, Diop, Bâ, Jalloun, Kateb, and Memmi will be read. Themes will include colonialism, resistance, and identity formation. Units: 6. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or consent of instructor

FREN 304
Pleasures of the Text

This course’s texts are chosen for their accessibility to advanced intermediate readers of French. Objectives include: increased fluency in reading, vocabulary building, mastery of idiomatic structures, and an exploration of what makes reading worthwhile as well as pleasurable. We sample medieval legends, love poetry, dramatic novellas, and short modern novels. Units: 6. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or consent of instructor

FREN 325
Destination Dakar

A required course for students who plan to take French 400 that will serve as an introduction to Dakar. Students will be asked to participate in weekly meetings. Units: 2.

FREN 390
Tutorial Studies in French

Topic of study and the structure of the term’s work depend on the interest of the student, the instructor, and the subject. Tutorials are not substitutes for courses but opportunities to pursue topics suggested by courses. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

FREN 391
Directed Study in French

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

FREN 395
Internship in French

An opportunity for students to apply their French language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international level. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required. Repeatable for up to 6 units. Units: 2 OR 3. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

FREN 399
Independent Study in French

A thorough investigation of a topic of a student’s choice, carried out in consultation with an instructor. Students considering an honors project in their senior year should register for this course, for one or more terms. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

FREN 400
Senegalese Culture

This course is part of the Lawrence Francophone Seminar in which students study in French-speaking West Africa for ten weeks. Offered in alternate years. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Must be attending the LU Francophone Seminar
Also listed as Anthropology 450

FREN 401
Senegalese Literature and History

This course is part of the Lawrence Francophone Seminar in which students study in French-speaking West Africa for ten weeks. Offered in alternate years. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Must be attending the LU Francophone Seminar

FREN 402
French Language

This course is part of the Lawrence Francophone Seminar in which students study in French-speaking West Africa for ten weeks. Offered in alternate years. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Must be attending the LU Francophone Seminar

FREN 403
Beginning Wolof

This course is part of the Lawrence Francophone Seminar in which students study in French-speaking West Africa for ten weeks. Offered in alternate years. Units: 3. Prerequisite: Must be attending the LU Francophone Seminar

FREN 404
Senegalese Music

This course is part of the Lawrence Francophone Seminar in which students study in French-speaking West Africa for ten weeks. Units: 3. Prerequisite: Must be attending the LU Francophone Seminar
Also listed as Music Repertoire-Perf Study 405

FREN 410
Romantics, Realists, and Rebels

Beginning with Rousseau’s idealistic notions of nature, gender relationships, and social responsibility, this course examines the diverse ways in which Romantics, Realists, and Rebels reacted to the social, cultural, and political upheavals of the 19th century. Through the works of novelists, artists, poets, and musicians such as Chateaubriand, Delacroix, Chopin, Hugo, Balzac, Sand, Flaubert, Baudelaire, and Rimbaud (among others), we trace the wide range of responses characteristic of this turbulent period. Units: 6. Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course in French or consent of instructor.

FREN 411
Fascism and Film

This course in French may be taken in conjunction with GER 411, taught in English. It will expand on the films made in France by Continental under the Nazi Occupation, 1940-1944. Concurrent registration in GER 411 is required. Units: 2. Prerequisite: One course in French at the 300 level or consent of instructor
Also listed as Film Studies 411

FREN 420
Defining Frenchness

This course examines the French national self-image over the centuries, including the creation of a national historical narrative. We will also consider how defining the non-French, the foreigner, and especially the immigrant helps to reify national self-image. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level French course or consent of instructor

FREN 440
Contemporary Issues in the French-Speaking World

This course is designed to give students insights into the realities of contemporary France and other parts of the French-speaking world (Belgium, Switzerland, Québec, Vietnam, francophone Africa, and the Islands of the Pacific and Indian Ocean) through the study and discussion of literature, essays, film, art, and recent newspaper and magazine excerpts, as well as radio and television broadcasts from the French media. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course or consent of instructor

FREN 445
Media and French Revolutions

In this course, we will think about how mediated representations shape our understanding of the world we live in by investigating the dynamic relationship between diverse forms of media (print, visual, and audio) and the French revolutions of the 19th century, as well as the Franco-Algerian War and the events of May 1968. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course or consent of instructor

FREN 452
Saint Louisian Literature

The first capital of French colonial West Africa, Saint Louis is arguably the cradle of Senegalese literature. This course is a study of the works of selected writers who contributed to the emergence of the literature of the historic city and critically analyzes its thematic concerns and place in the discourse of Senegalese nationhood. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level French course or consent of instructor

FREN 460
Translation and Stylistics

This course provides students with the knowledge and basic skills involved in translating between English and French. It surveys various approaches to translation, grammatical problems involved, and linguistic and cultural differences. Literary, business, and diplomatic texts will be used. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course or consent of instructor

FREN 464
Francophone Literature and Screen Adaptations

Focusing on the works of writers and filmmakers such as Sembene Ousmane, Joseph Zobel, Aimé Césaire, D.T. Niane, Dani Kouyate, Euzhan Palcy and Raoul Peck the course examines the interface between the literary and filmic media in raising consciousness about societal challenges, nationhood, power and identity. It also analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of each medium in accomplishing these objectives. Units: 6. Prerequisite: 300-level French course or consent of instructor
Also listed as Film Studies 464

FREN 480
Travelers’ Tales

This course will investigate the dynamic reciprocal relationship between travel, real or imagined, and the development of a discourse on the Other. Drawing on the works of Montaigne, Graffigny, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Loti, Celine, Maran, Dadié, and Beyala, the course will explore the writers’ fantasies in their attempt to acquaint us with the “exotic.” Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level French course or consent of instructor

FREN 482
Monsters and Deviants

Every culture has its own definition of social deviance and monstrosity. We will study some of the favorite deviants of French fiction. Characters and authors may include a medieval werewolf, Quasimodo, the phantom of the opera, the Marquis de Sade, Hugo, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Lautréamont, Genet, Foucault, and Labou Tansi. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level French course or consent of instructor

FREN 501
Immigrant Voices

This course examines the myths and realities of immigrant life through the writings of Maghrebin and sub-Saharan African francophone writers (Beyala, Diome, Boukedenna, Mounsi, Begag, and Chaouite). The course will address questions of identity, assimilation, acculturation, integration, alienation, and marginalization and various survival strategies. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 400-level French course or consent of instructor

FREN 502
Childhood

This course focuses on the representation of the child in French and Francophone literature. We will examine the construction of childhood by looking at changing notions of innocence, ongoing debates about education, cultural narratives about becoming gendered, and individual narratives about assuming an identity. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 400-level French course or consent of instructor

FREN 503
Women Writing in French

Seeking to uncover lives that had remained largely hidden, women writing in French have revealed and shared their innermost desires and frustrations. French and francophone women writers have braved ostracism to question their identity and their relationship to family and society. Authors may include Duras, Djebar, Cixous, Bugul, Kristeva, Sebbar, Sand, Colette, and Hébert. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 400-level French course or consent of instructor
Also listed as Gender Studies 503

FREN 504
Je t'aime, moi non plus: Franco-American Love-Hate Stories

How did the national friendship forged during the “sister” American and French Revolutions devolve into the post-9/11 enmity-filled era of  “freedom fries” and widespread French-bashing? In this course, we will examine a variety of each nation’s diverse mutual representations in order to better understand the dynamic and often volatile nature of Franco-American cultural relations. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 400-level course in French or consent of instructor

FREN 555
Myths of Paris

In this course, we will examine some of the major literary, cultural, and intellectual movements that have shaped the character of French depictions of Paris from the 18 to the 21st centuries. Special focus will be placed on literary and visual representations of Paris and the construction of its myths. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 400-level course or consent of instructor

FREN 557
The Story of "I": Contemporary Life Writing in France

This course is based on close reading of a variety of life writing forms including coming-of-age narrative, testimonial, the reinvented self, and texts of self-healing. We focus on the ethics of narration (self-distortion, misrepresentation of others, etc.). Our study extends in some cases to cinematic self-representations. Units: 6.

FREN 568
France Under Nazi Occupation

This course looks at France and its people under Nazi occupation. It examines well-known films and literature produced under German and Vichy censorship and the risks those cultural products did or did not entail. It compares those literary and cinematic texts with more recent attempts to make sense of the difficult period. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 400 level French course or consent of instructor

FREN 590
Tutorial Studies in French

Topic of study and the structure of the term’s work depend on the interest of the student, the instructor, and the subject. Tutorials are not substitutes for courses but opportunities to pursue topics suggested by courses. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

FREN 591
Directed Study in French

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

FREN 595
Internship in French

An opportunity for students to apply their French language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international level. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required. Repeatable for up to 6 units. Units: 2 OR 3. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

FREN 599
Independent Study in French

A thorough investigation of a topic of a student’s choice, carried out in consultation with an instructor. Students considering an honors project in their senior year should register for this course, for one or more terms. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

FREN 600
Senior Seminar

Seniors meet with the instructor early in Term I to select a specific topic. They read and discuss texts at the beginning of the Winter Term, then formulate their own projects, which may take them in a direction of their choice (literature, art, history, music, etc.). Units: 6.

FREN 690
Tutorial Studies in French

Topic of study and the structure of the term’s work depend on the interest of the student, the instructor, and the subject. Tutorials are not substitutes for courses but opportunities to pursue topics suggested by courses. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

FREN 691
Directed Study in French

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

FREN 695
Internship in French

An opportunity for students to apply their French language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international level. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required. Repeatable for up to 6 units. Units: 2 OR 3. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

FREN 699
Independent Study in French

A thorough investigation of a topic of a student’s choice, carried out in consultation with an instructor. Students considering an honors project in their senior year should register for this course, for one or more terms. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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