French Studies
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Fall Quarter

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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.
French and Francophone texts of contemporary literary or social interest, films, art, and the media provide the focus for more advanced conversation, reading, and composition. Classes are conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: normally three years of high school French or one year of college French.
This course will study some key literary, cultural, and political episodes in the relationship between France and the New World, focusing particularly on contact-points in Haiti and what is now the United States. Reading will include texts by Montaigne, Toussaint Louverture, Thomas Jefferson, Chateaubriand, and Tocqueville, along with documents of exploration and revolution. All reading, writing, and discussion will be in English
This course is an introduction to the problems and stakes of French-to-English and English-to-French translation. Working on various kinds of materials (literary texts, news articles, comic books, films, cartoons…), you will improve your writing skills both in French and English, develop fundamental techniques to evaluate a translation, and learn about fundamental theoretical and practical issues pertaining to translation. The class is taught both in French and in English.
Corneille, Molière and Racine are the three glorious playwrights of the French “Great Century.” This class sets out as an introduction to some of their most important tragic and/or comic works (Le Cid, Horace, Le misanthrope, Don Juan, Britannicus, Phèdre). While we will adopt a socio-political and historical contextualizing approach, we will also reflect directly on what makes those works live and resonate in different contexts as we watch and analyze videos of contemporary productions of these plays. Moreover, as we learn about the codes and the theory of French classical theater, we will also discuss its relationship to French “street” theater and “theater of cruelty”.
This course will sample some of the exciting new combinations and permutations of prose genres that have emerged in French writing since 1945. Topics will include: the “New Novel”; the récit; hybrid genres; “autofiction;” and the relationship between writing and other media, especially film. Texts by Samuel Beckett, Maurice Blanchot, Marguerite Duras, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Roland Barthes, and Annie Ernaux.