Spring 2017

Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses

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

FREN 5011 Old French

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

FREN 5400/8540 Literature of 18th Century I

The Enlightenment, or Les Lumières, was one of the most important movements in Western intellectual history. Its proponents fought against superstition and a corrupt monarchy with notoriously witty essays and with fictions that seemed, on the surface, to be about sentimentality, sex, or exotic lands. In this course, we will consider how famous philosophes such as Montesquieu, Voltaire, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau brought France into a new era and inadvertently inspired the American and then the French Revolutions. We will examine how their writings treated issues such as: slavery, women's sexuality, blasphemy, the conflict between religion and science, and moral relativism among various countries. We will also focus on strategies used by the authors to hide their provocative ideas from government censors.

R         3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Tsien)

FREN 5585/8585 Topics in Civ/Cultural Studies:  Approaches to Global France:  History, Education, Empire

This course has several related ambitions. First, to prepare students to think about France through a global lens and to familiarize them with important theoretical approaches--derived from history, anthropology, sociology and literature--to such an expansive object of study. In order to understand how scholars use theory, we will examine theoretical texts in tandem with scholarly works that exemplify them (Balandier, Geertz, Anderson, Bourdieu, Foucault, deCerteau, Chartier).

Then, to give focus to the broad objectives outlined above, our study will be anchored by three intersecting concerns: the writing of history, both national and global; the role of education, including schools, books, and reading; and the construction and deconstruction of empire.

This course will hopefully allow graduate students to fill any gaps they may have in their own understanding of modern French history and to think more deeply about how that history intersects with their own research and teaching agendas, particularly because they may one day be expected to teach an undergraduate course on French history and culture. Since students will enter this course with varying backgrounds and interests, I will want to meet with each student very early in the spring semester, or even now, prior to the end of this semester. Please contact me to set up an appointment.

This course will be taught in French and occasionally in English. Seminar participants are expected to read, write, and discuss readings in both languages.

W         3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Horne)

FREN 7500    Topics in Theory and Criticism:  Introduction to Literary Theory

This course serves as an introduction to theoretical texts we encounter most frequently in the discourses of literary criticism. Our aim is to gain a deeper understanding of how literature has been thought and debated as well as how literary criticism has been practiced over time.

In the first part of the course, we will read key texts of the critical tradition from antiquity to the early twentieth century. In the second part of the course, we will survey the major theoretical movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries such as formalism/ structuralism/ deconstruction, reader response theory, psychoanalysis, feminism/ gender studies/ queer theory, postcolonial studies, eco-criticism/ animal studies.

T          3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Lyu) French House