French Studies
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Spring Quarter

Dept Course No and Title Instructor
FRENCH (S18)1C  FUNDAMENTALSMIJALSKI, M.
Students are taught to conceptualize in French as they learn to understand, read, write, and speak. Students develop an awareness of and sensibility to French and Francophone life and culture through reading, film, the media, and class discussion. Classes are conducted in French and meet daily.
FRENCH (S18)1BC  INTENSV FUND FRENCHKLEIN, L.
Accelerated second half of first-year French. Students are taught to conceptualize in French as they learn to read, write, and speak. Students develop an awareness of and sensibility to French and Francophone life and culture through reading, viewing, and discussion.
FRENCH (S18)2C  INTERMEDIATEMIJALSKI, M.
Texts of contemporary literary or social interest provide the focus for more advanced conversation, reading, and composition. Classes are conducted entirely in French.
FRENCH (S18)50  FRENCH INTELLECTUALS: IMAGINING THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL REVFREI, P.
50 years after the legendary student revolts of May 1968 in Paris, which durably challenged the social and political order of the West, this course will offer the opportunity to revisit key thinkers of the 20th-century who have contributed to reshape the ways we imagine the world we live in. Focusing on France, which since the French Revolution of 1789 is a model for revolutionary ideas, we will begin with the famous “J’accuse” of the Dreyfus Affair in which the novelist Emile Zola risked his life to defend the innocence of a man against the political and military powers – and the overall specter of antisemitism – of his time. We will then pay special attention to post-war Europe and the world-wide influence of writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre – who redefined the political responsibilities of the intellectual, making him a major source of inspiration for many liberation movements, especially in a time of decolonization – as well as the legacy of Simone de Beauvoir, author of “The Second Sex”, the founding text of modern Women’s and Gender Studies. We will also take a closer look at the work of thinkers that continue to shape the debates in the Humanities and beyond, namely Michel Foucault’s notion of power, Pierre Bourdieu’s deconstruction of the mechanisms of domination at play in our modern societies and Jacques Rancière’s reimagining of the “people”.
This course will be taught entirely in English. The course material will be made available on Canvas at the beginning of the quarter.
Grading: short reading/writing assignments (20%), midterm (40%) and final (40%) exams
FRENCH (S18)97  FUNDMTLS OF READINGMIJALSKI, M.
Designed primarily for students interested in acquiring a solid reading knowledge of French, and to facilitate the understanding and translating of French texts dealing with a variety of disciplines.

Restriction: No French Majors.
FRENCH (S18)101B  FRENCH CLASSICSFREI, P.
This course will offer an overview of Early Modern French Literature, from the Renaissance of the 16th to the Enlightenment of the 18th century. We will read and discuss key passages from the works of classics such as Rabelais, Labé, Du Bellay, Montaigne, Molière, Racine, Rousseau, Montesquieu and Voltaire.

Reading, writing and discussions will be in French. The course material will be made available on Canvas at the beginning of the quarter.

Grading: short presentation and class participation (1/3 of the final grade), 2 short (about 2 pages each) papers (1/3 of the final grade each)
FRENCH (S18)150  WORK AND PLAYFARBMAN, H.
What is child's play and what becomes of it when the child grows up and enters the world of employment and unemployment? What is the relationship between creative writing and play? Acting and play? How does the idealization of these and other "creative" professions relate to the pain and frustration of the division of labor? What happens to play when it is professionalized, for example as it is in professional sports (not only baseball, basketball, etc, but also, more recently, "extreme" sports and e-sports)? What should be counted as unpaid work and how? Under what circumstances is unpaid work ok? What is the meaning of "free time"?

This course will explore these and other questions through readings in classic texts by Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bataille, Caillois, Leiris, Bifo, Adorno, and Arendt. These classics will be supplemented by short selections from major contemporary thinkers.
 
FRENCH (S18)185  JR/SR SEM IN FR LITSTAFF
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