Course Listing

Spring 2019

Departmental Writing Requirements

The following writing requirements apply to courses in which the authorized enrollments do not exceed 20 (French 3031 and 3032) or 25 (literature and civilization courses beyond French 3032): FREN 3031 and 3032: 10-15 pages, typically divided among 4 to 5 papers. Peer editing is introduced during class and may be practiced outside. 3000-level literature and civilization courses: 10-15 pages, typically divided among 2 to 4 papers. The content is relatively less sophisticated than at the 4000-level. Peer editing outside of class may be offered to students as an option or it may be required. 4000-level literature and civilization courses: 15-20 pages, typically divided among 2 to 4 papers. The content is relatively more sophisticated than at the 3000-level. Peer editing outside of class may be offered to students as an option or it may be required. In all courses, the quality of students' written French (that is, the degree to which their use of grammar and vocabulary is correct and appropriate) affects the grades they receive on their papers, since it affects how comprehensible, persuasive, and impressive their writing is. As students move from 3000- to 4000- level courses, they are expected to show greater sophistication in sentence structure, grammar, and use of idioms.

Course Descriptions

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

French in Translation Course

FRTR 2552.001  French Culture

This course shall examine a varied body of literature which depicts and engages with the topic of war, in order to shed light on how war was understood in Medieval France (1100s-1450s). In covering a turbulent but crucial period of French history, we will read medieval texts treating the Norman Conquest of England, the Crusades, France’s persecution of the ‘heretical’ Cathars in Occitania, and the Hundred Years’ War.

The course will operate as a seminar, with discussions and analysis of the texts. Readings will include epics, chronicles, romances, satire, and troubadour songs from Medieval France. Both the class and the readings will be in English. No prior familiarity with French or the subject matter is required. Students of all academic disciplines are welcome to enroll.

TR 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm (Karalexis)

FRTR 3584 Topics in French Cinema

An introduction to masterpieces of French cinema, from the earliest short films of the Lumière Brothers and George Meliès, to feature-length works by Jean Vigo, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, and others. Students will study film genres and movements (Poetic Realism, the New Wave) in relation to social, cultural and aesthetic trends. They will also learn to identify and analyze film techniques (camera angle, camera movement, montage, and more). Students will view approximately one film/week, outside of class, complete accompanying reading assignments, participate in class discussion, write analytical papers, attend audiovisual workshops, and create original short video projects. All films are in French with English subtitles; all reading, writing, discussion, and audiovisual assignments are in English.

 Questions? Contact the professor: Alison Levine (alevine@virginia.edu)

MW 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm (Levine)

FRTR 3814 Gender & Sexuality in Pre-France

If you imagine the Middle Ages as a far-off land occupied by only “knights in shining armor and damsels in distress,” think again. This course will open your eyes to controversial figures of early society, including werewolves and monstrous women, knights in distress and women in shining armor, who openly challenged social norms. Their adventures – recorded in fiction, scientific works, legal cases, sermons, and conduct books –became the testing ground to explore questions that continue to preoccupy us today: What is the relationship between nature and nurture in shaping identity? What role should gender play in defining social and intimate roles? Can the law regulate sexuality and desire? 

MW 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (McGrady)

Elementary and Intermediate French Courses (FREN 1010-2320)

We offer multiple sections of elementary and intermediate French (FREN 1010-2320).  See the full schedule of these course offerings in SIS.  Click here for more information. See here for placement information.

Advanced Courses in French

FREN 3010 Oral & Written Expression in French  

* Prerequisite: Completion of FREN 2320 or equivalent. Permission of instructor for those having completed only FREN 2020. Students having completed French 3032 may not take this course.

Do you want to study, work, or travel in francophone countries?  Students in this course develop a better command of both present-day spoken and written French. Class discussion of news articles on current events (French and international), including but not limited to politics, economics, education, language, and entertainment, and including some articles which class members choose.  Practice with practical, current vocabulary.  Graded written or oral assignments include several one-two page papers, 1 oral and 1 written quiz, one guided short exposé, and a final exam. Consistent attendance and ACTIVE participation in a workshop-like approach constitute 30% of the semester grade.

Although this course does not count for the major or minor, students simultaneously enrolled in 3031 or 3032 have found it helps their success in the other course.  The course is designed for students who have not had an extended stay in a French-speaking country. Students who have participated in a summer or semester study-abroad program must confirm placement and transfer credit with the instructor to avoid duplication. Students who have studied in a francophone setting for a year should enroll in FREN 3034 or above.

MW     2:00 pm – 2:50 pm and 6:00 pm  - 7:15 pm TR (Stuart)

FREN 3030   Phonetics

FREN 3030 is an introductory course in French phonetics.  It provides basic concepts in articulatory phonetics and phonological theory, and offers students techniques for improving their own pronunciation.  The course will cover the  physical characteristics of individual French sounds, the relationship between French sounds and their written representation (orthography), the rules governing the pronunciation of "standard French",  the most salient phonological features of selected French varieties, phonetic differences between French and English sounds, and ‘la musique du français’, i.e., prosodic phenomena (le rythme, l’accent, l’intonation, la syllabation).  Practical exercises in 'ear-training' (the perception of sounds) and 'phonetic transcription' (using IPA) are also essential components of this dynamic course.   – This is NOT a conversation course.  Taught in French.  Counts for major/minor credit in French and in Linguistics. 

MW     2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (Saunders)

FREN 3031 – Finding Your Voice in French

** Prerequisite: Completion of FREN 2020 or 2320; exemption from FREN 2020 by the UVA (F-Cape) Placement Test; a score of 3 on the AP French Language Exam; or a score of at least 660 on the SAT exam. FREN 3031 is a prerequisite for all undergraduate French courses at a higher level.

This course offers an opportunity for students to explore and develop their own “voice” in written and spoken French. Through reading and viewing a variety of cultural artifacts in French, and completing a series of individual and collaborative creative projects, students will have a chance to develop their own potential for self-expression. They will develop greater confidence in their communicative skills, command of grammar, and ability to revise and edit their own work. The course is conducted entirely in French.

MWF 11 am – 11:50 am (James)
MWF 10:00 am – 10:50 am (James)
TR  9:30 am -  10;45 am (Hall)
TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm (Krueger)

FREN 3032 – Text Image, Culture

In this course, students will discover and engage critically with a broad sampling of French and Francophone cultural production representing a variety of periods, genres, approaches, and media.  Students will learn how to become more sensitive observers of French and Francophone culture, attuned to the nuances of content and form. They will read, watch, write about, and discuss a range of works that may include poetry, painting, prose, music, theater, films, graphic novels, photographs, essays, and historical documents. They will also make significant progress in their oral and written comprehension and communication in French.  The course is conducted entirely in French.

Prerequisite: French 3031. FREN 3032 is a prerequisite for all French undergraduate courses on a higher level.

TR 9:30 am – 110:45 am (Ogden)
TR 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (Ferguson)
TR 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (Boutaghou)
TR 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm (Geer)

FREN 3035 Business French

In this course, students will learn general knowledge about the business world in France and the French-speaking world, and specifically concepts on organizational structures, the primary positions within those businesses and major industries. They will also gain experience in business research, will hone their oral and written French for use in a professional-setting, will have a practice job interview, and will learn the practical aspects of living and working in French.

At the end of the semester, students will have the possibility to take the Diplôme de Français des Affaires (B1) for a fee charged by the Chambre de Commerce et de l’Industrie de Paris.

Prerequisite: FREN 3031 and 3032

MWF 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm (Rajaonariso)

FREN 3043 French-Speaking World III:  Tradition et innovation: l'art de transposer à travers le temps, l'espace et la culture

Ce cours vous invite à réfléchir sur les questions essentielles qui se trouvent au cœur de toute entreprise humaine qui tente de créer une œuvre artistique et/ou intellectuelle: comment faire surgir le nouveau de l'ancien, l'originalité de l'imitation, le singulier du conformisme? Ainsi, nous explorerons la relation entre la tradition et l'innovation à travers les écrivains, les artistes et les penseurs modernes qui ont façonné leurs œuvres en dialogue explicit avec le passé et la voix des autres. Que pouvons-nous apprendre, par exemple, de l'écrivain franco-chinois Cheng qui, élu à l'Académie française, écrit en un français qui est traversé par la langue et la pensée chinoises?; ou de la philosophe belge Despret qui reprend la thèse cartésienne du 17ème siècle sur la supériorité des hommes sur les animaux et la resitue dans le contexte éthique, féministe et écologique de nos jours?; ou du musicien belgo-rwandais Stromae qui transpose en performance du 21ème siècle (vidéo/youtube et concert) la chanson de l'opéra de Bizet qui, à son tour, puise dans la nouvelle de Mérimée du 19ème siècle?

Cours requis: FREN 3032

TR 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (Lyu)

FREN 3584 – Topics in French Cinema:  Masterpieces of French Cinema

An introduction to great works of French cinema, from the earliest short films of the Lumière Brothers and George Meliès, to feature-length works by Jean Vigo, Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, Mathieu Kassovitz, Michael Haneke, Céline Sciamma and others. Students will study various film genres, movements, and trends (poetic realism, the new wave, cinema of the banlieue) in relation to larger social, cultural and aesthetic contexts. They will also spend time paying close attention to film form. Required work includes a series of short papers, a more substantial critical essay, regular contribution to group discussion, and the production, in small teams, of a short film inspired by one or more works on the syllabus. All films are in French with English subtitles.  Course conducted in French. 

TR 11:00 am  - 12:15 pm (Blatt)

FREN 3585.001 – Topics in Cultural Studies:  Beasts and Beauties

Werewolves, vampires, phantoms, and fairies: these are some the creatures who inhabit the eerie space of French fiction. In fables, legends, fairy tales, short stories, novels and film, outer beauty is associated often with virtue, often with inner monstrosity. We will study the presence of menacing fictional creatures in relation to physical and moral beauty, animality, and evocations of good, evil, comfort, fear, the uncanny, kindness and familiarity,

Prerequisites: FREN 3031 and 3032  (or equivalent courses/placement)

TR       3:30 pm - 4:45 pm (Krueger)

FREN 3585.002 Topics in Cultural Studies: Introduction to French Drama

Un livre qu’on lit ? Un enregistrement qu’on regarde à la télé ou qu’on écoute à la radio ? Une représentation à laquelle on assiste ? Tous sont du théâtre. Ces multiples formes font du théâtre un art vivant : à tout texte théâtral, on insuffle la vie, celle de l’imagination du lecteur, du metteur en scène, des acteurs, des spectateurs, de l’époque et de la société. Les plus vieilles œuvres théâtrales en langues romanes sont, d’ailleurs, dans la langue de Molière et la scène ne s’est plus arrêtée depuis. Dans notre voyage dans le temps, nous allons nous focaliser sur des œuvres théâtrales en français d’auteurs phares (comme Molière, Beaumarchais, Giraudoux…) et interroger leurs mouvements et tendances, tout en observant la langue et le style pour améliorer notre expression orale et écrite en français.

MW 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm (Gammar)

FREN 4035  Tools and Techniques of Translation

Survey of the main tools and techniques of translation. Written and oral translation exercises to and from the target language. Selection of texts will vary. Taught in French.    

** Prerequisites: B+ average in FREN 3031, 3032, and 4031 or instructor’s permission.

MWF 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm (Zunz)

FREN 4509 Seminar in French Linguistics:  L’individu bilingue / the bilingual speaker

Nearly half the people in the world speak more than one language every day; and in France, some 13 million speakers use regularly several languages. Yet, says expert (renowned psycholinguist) François Grosjean, “le bilinguisme reste méconnu et victime d’idées reçues” (especially in France where, historically, a linguistic policy of monolingualism has been promoted).  In this course, we shall explore the many facets of the bilingual and bicultural individual (focusing particularly on the two languages that everyone taking the course will speak: French and English).  Our guide will be Grosjean’s 2015 book, Parler plusieurs langues: le monde des bilingues (an excellent analysis of the complex field for the French audience). 

Students will conduct fieldwork, record and analyze oral interviews, assess case studies, examine autobiographies of celebrated bilinguals, and contribute daily to in-class discussions of readings and video clips (on subjects such as code switching, mixed linguistic systems, accent retention, language dominance, translating/ interpreting, simultaneous and successive language acquisition, and exceptional bilingualism).  Participants must feel comfortable speaking French inside the classroom and outside the classroom (as some field projects will require you to use your French).   Taught in French.   Counts for major/minor credit in French and in Linguistics.    

MW 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm (Saunders)

FREN 4582 Advanced Topics in French Poetry:  Baudelaire et la modernité

Nous lirons une sélection de textes de Baudelaire (Les Fleurs du mal, Les Petits poèmes en prose, Les Paradis artificiels, et les critiques d'art) pour apprécier l'ensemble de la production littéraire de l'un des poètes les plus célébrés dans la culture occidentale. Nous procèderons par des lectures et des analyses attentives et examinerons la sensibilité et l'esthétique de la modernité baudelairienne: le problème du mal et l'éthique de la poésie, la structure et la déstructuration de la forme poétique, et la question de l'inspiration et de la lucidité dans l'entreprise poétique. De façon plus générale, nous nous intéresserons à la nature et au pouvoir du langage poétique ainsi qu'à la relation entre la poésie et la vie.

Pre-requisite: FREN 3032 plus one additional 3000-level literature, civilization, film, or cultural history course in French.

TR 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm (Lyu)

FREN 4585: Joan of Arc: From Medieval to Modern Times

Does the past matter in modern France? To what extent does history shape contemporary culture? This course will turn to the medieval heroine Joan of Arc and her role in French society to tease out these questions. Students by the end of the semester will have not only mastered the historical facts of Joan’s life but will also be able to discern Joan’s use over time to achieve different artistic and political ends in French society. We will begin with contemporary writings of Joan and then her full trial record before turning to her reception in modern society, where we will discover multiple versions of Joan – as harlot, saint, warmonger, nationalist, and feminist icon. 

Pre-requisite: FREN 3032 plus one additional 3000-level literature, civilization, or cultural history course in French.

MW 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm McGrady)

FREN 4743 Africa in Cinema

This course is a study of the representation of Africa in American, Western European and African films. It deals with the representations of African cultures by filmmakers from different cultural backgrounds and studies the ways in which their perspectives on Africa are often informed by their own social and ideological positions as well as the demands of exoticism. It also examines the constructions of the African as the “other” and the kinds of responses such constructions have elicited from Africa’s filmmakers. These filmic inventions are analyzed through a selection of French, British, American, and African films by such directors as John Huston, S. Pollack, J-J Annaud, M. Radford,  Ngangura  Mweze, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Souleymane Cissé, Gaston Kaboré, Sembene Ousmane, Dani Kouyaté, Fanta Régina Nacro,  Jean-Marie Teno, A. Sissako on a variety of subjects relative to the image of Africa in cinema. Attendance is mandatory. The final grade will be based on one oral presentation (20%) and a short paper (20%), contributions to discussions in class (10% of final grade), and a Final Research Paper (50%).

For the oral presentation select a film from the syllabus and provide an analysis of an aspect -style or theme- of the film; followed by Q&A session (10-15 minutes). Write a paper (3 pages) on the subject of your presentation. The paper is due one week after the presentation. 

The final research paper should study a theme or technique using at least 2 films. The paper should be analytical, well documented and written in clear, grammatically correct French using correct film terminology (10 pages, including bibliography).   

Prerequisite: FREN 3032 and FREN 3584 or another 3000-level literature, culture, or film course in French. 

Reading material in Course Packet available at n. k. print & design, on Elliewood Avenue.

TR       2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (Dramé)

FREN 4744 -  The Occupation and After

The Occupation and After…

While in 2014 the French spent a year commemorating the centenary of the start of the “Great War” (“la Der des Ders,” the so called “war to end all wars”), in the summer of 2015 the nation marked another important anniversary: namely, seventy years since the Liberation of Paris during World War II.  The German occupation of France, which lasted from 1940 until 1945, was one of the most consequential periods in the nation’s history, one that left an indelible mark on the French national psyche that continues to rouse the country’s collective memory to this day. After an initial examination of the political and social conditions in France under the Nazi regime, this seminar proposes to explore the enduring legacy of those “Dark Years” by investigating how the complex (and traumatic) history of the Occupation has impacted French culture during the last half of the twentieth century and into the twenty first. Discussions will focus on a variety of documentary and artistic sources—novels and films, mostly, though we will also explore photographs and graphic novels—that attest to what historians refer to as contemporary France’s collective “obsession” with the past.

Readings and films may include (but are not limited to) work by Némirovsky, Vercors, Perec, Duras, Modiano, Salvayre, Daeninckx, Claudel, Sartre, Clouzot, Melville, Resnais, Ophüls, Berri, Malle, Chabrol, and Audiard.  Course conducted in French.

TR 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm (Blatt)

5000-Level Graduate Courses

Advanced undergraduate students may enroll in graduate level courses with instructor permission.

FREN 5540/8540 Topics in Eighteenth Century Literature:  Pre-Colonialism: Early French Explorations

The topic of this course is French exploration and attempts at colonization from the beginnings to the Napoleonic era, with a focus on North America. How did Frenchmen perceive what they saw in Canada, Louisiana, and the Caribbean and how did they fit their new experiences into their old paradigms? What did they learn from lifestyle of the native Americans? What was France's strategy in colonizing the Americas and why did it largely fail?

Primary readings include excerpts from exploration journals, ethnological and scientific writings, and reflections on the "New World" by Early Modern philosophers. Secondary readings will include selections of post-colonial theory.

Assignments for Ph.D. students will include one article-length paper that will be rewritten throughout the semester and one oral presentation in the format of a conference paper.

W 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Tsien)

FREN 5581/8581 Topics in African Literature and Culture

This course is a survey of 20th century Francophone literature of Africa. Colonial literature and Assimilation; Negritude, Nationalism and Identity; Postcolonial literature; Feminism; Literature and Censorship; Language and Literature; Theatre and ritual performance; and Oral literature as a major inter-text will all be examined through novels, poems, and plays by contemporary African writers in French. 

Oral presentations, response papers, and a final research paper are required.

R  3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Dramé)

FREN 5585/8585 Topics in Civilization/Cultural Studies

« Questioning the archive in Postcolonial Studies? or How do we write cultural history in postcolony? »

This course will question nineteenth century archives in postcolonial francophone studies and their impact in writing cultural history. Colonialism destroyed cultural archives partly or completely. To understand the writing of cultural history in postcolonial contexts, it is urgent to have a better understanding of where the archives are and how we can explore them to write a decolonized cultural history. How do we think the foundation of the archive? What kind of periodization can we imagine? What are the specific questions scholars need to ask when confronted to period of History lacking cultural resources? How can we then fill the gaps left by colonization?

T 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Boutaghou)

Spring 2019

Course Descriptions

Advanced undergraduate students may enroll in graduate level courses with instructor permission.

FREN 5540/8540 Topics in Eighteenth Century Literature:  Pre-Colonialism: Early French Explorations

The topic of this course is French exploration and attempts at colonization from the beginnings to the Napoleonic era, with a focus on North America. How did Frenchmen perceive what they saw in Canada, Louisiana, and the Caribbean and how did they fit their new experiences into their old paradigms? What did they learn from lifestyle of the native Americans? What was France's strategy in colonizing the Americas and why did it largely fail?

Primary readings include excerpts from exploration journals, ethnological and scientific writings, and reflections on the "New World" by Early Modern philosophers. Secondary readings will include selections of post-colonial theory.

Assignments for Ph.D. students will include one article-length paper that will be rewritten throughout the semester and one oral presentation in the format of a conference paper.

W 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Tsien)

FREN 5581/8581 Topics in African Literature and Culture

This course is a survey of 20th century Francophone literature of Africa. Colonial literature and Assimilation; Negritude, Nationalism and Identity; Postcolonial literature; Feminism; Literature and Censorship; Language and Literature; Theatre and ritual performance; and Oral literature as a major inter-text will all be examined through novels, poems, and plays by contemporary African writers in French. 

Oral presentations, response papers, and a final research paper are required.

R  3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Dramé)

FREN 5585/8585 Topics in Civilization/Cultural Studies

« Questioning the archive in Postcolonial Studies? or How do we write cultural history in postcolony? »

This course will question nineteenth century archives in postcolonial francophone studies and their impact in writing cultural history. Colonialism destroyed cultural archives partly or completely. To understand the writing of cultural history in postcolonial contexts, it is urgent to have a better understanding of where the archives are and how we can explore them to write a decolonized cultural history. How do we think the foundation of the archive? What kind of periodization can we imagine? What are the specific questions scholars need to ask when confronted to period of History lacking cultural resources? How can we then fill the gaps left by colonization?

T 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Boutaghou)