Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Creole Language Courses

CREO 1020 Elementary Creole II

Development of basic oral expression, listening and reading comprehension, and writing. 
Prerequisite: CREO 1010.

MWF 8:45 am -  9:45 am (Dramé)

CREO 2020 Intermediate Creole II

Develops the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Creole. 

Prerequisite: Three previous semesters of Creole required (1010, 1020, 2010)

MWF 8:45 am – 9:45 am (Dramé )

French in Translation Course

FRTR 2552 – French Culture:  Mad Love

Monstrous mates, complicated couplings, messy marriages--love can be unpredictable, dangerous and downright sickening. While we often think of romance when we think of France, this course explores the dark side of love through some of the greatest works in French film and literature. Examples will include Marie de France's medieval tales of secret, rebellious and sometimes fatal love (Lais); Gustave Flaubert's novel about a lonely housewife going rogue (Madame Bovary); and Jean-Luc Godard's iconic film about a sweet-talking French criminal and his American girlfriend (Breathless). Others works and excerpts of works considered will be Michel de Montaigne's Essays, Madame de Lafayette's The Princess of Cleves, and Alain Robbe-Grillet's Jealousy. By examining one of the great myths about France, romantic love, students will emerge with a more nuanced appreciation for French culture.  Course taught in English.  No previous knowledge of French language, literature, or culture required.  Required work will include regular contribution to the class Wordpress blog, a mid-term exam, and a final essay.

TR 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm (Labadie)

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 p.m. and EITHER 2:00-2:50 pm F  OR 6:00-6:50 R  (Stuart)

FREN 3030 – Phonetics: The Sounds of French

FREN 3030 is an introductory course in French phonetics, intended to present basic concepts in articulatory phonetics and phonology, and teach students techniques for improving their own pronunciation. It includes an examination of the physical characteristics of individual French sounds; the relationship between these sounds and their written representation (spelling); the rules governing the pronunciation of "standard French"; phonetic differences between French and English sounds; the most salient phonological features of selected French varieties; and much more. Practical exercises in 'ear-training' and 'phonetic transcription' (using IPA) are also essential elements in this dynamic course.

Taught in French. Counts for major/minor credit in French and in Linguistics.

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

FREN 3032 – Text, Image, Culture

Prerequisite: French 3031. This course is a prerequisite for all French undergraduate courses on a higher level.

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.

MWF  1:00 pm – 1:50 pm (Battis)
TR     12:30 pm – 1:45 pm (Dramé)
MW   2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (Tsien)
TR     3:30 pm – 4:45 pm (McGrady)

FREN 3034 - Advanced Oral and Written Expression in French

FREN 3034, which counts for major/minor credit, is an advanced course designed to improve students’ oral and written communication, with acute attention to rhetoric and style. Students will master a range of communication styles for conversational, creative, professional, and analytical purposes through discussions on topics of current interest, presentations, translations and compositions. The course focuses on language development in a Francophone cultural context, using authentic French-language materials as models, so that students can become familiar with French and Francophone cultures and comfortable expressing their viewpoints in French. Of course, consistent attendance and active participation are essential. This course is not intended for students who are native speakers of French or whose secondary education was in French Schools.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed French 3031 and French 3032 or their equivalent.

MWF 11:00 am – 11:50 am (Perrot)

FREN 3042 – French-Speaking World II

During the Classical Era, Louis XIV built Versailles, France colonized Canada and the Caribbean, philosophers dared to challenge the Catholic Church, and in the end, the Revolution changed France forever. In view of this tumultuous historical background, this course will provide an overview of the literature of this era, from the canonical works of Corneille, Molière, Voltaire, and Diderot to the lesser-known but significant works that grapple with issues of slavery, gender roles, atheism, and foreignness. We will examine how writers used wit, emotion, and logic to persuade readers to accept their controversial ideas.

Pre-requisite: FREN 3032

MW  3:30 pm – 4:45 pm (Tsien)

FREN 3050  - History and Civilization of France:  Middle Ages to Revolution

You love France and are intrigued by its long and rich history? This course offers you the opportunity to explore your interests and deepen your knowledge of the major events, political figures, and the artistic, cultural, and intellectual movements, prior to the Revolution, that have helped shape France as we know it and whose legacy is seen and felt to this day. Setting the stage with a survey of prehistoric and Roman Gaul, we will focus on the thousand-year period known as the Middle Ages, followed by the Renaissance, the Classical Age, and the Enlightenment. Subjects will be discussed both in terms of their original historical context and their evolving significance, sometimes contested, to later and present generations. Films, visual images, and primary documents will supplement readings from secondary historical texts. Assignments will include group projects, in-class presentations, written papers, and quizzes.

TR 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (Ferguson)

FREN 3559 – New Course in French Literature and General Linguistics: Beasts and Beauties

Pre-requisite:  FREN 3032 or equivalent

Werewolves, vampires, phantoms, and femmes fatales: these are some the eerie creatures who populate works of French fiction. In fables, legends, fairy tales, short stories, novels and film, outer beauty is associated with both virtue and 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, strangeness, kindness and familiarity.

MWF 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm (Krueger)

FREN 3570 – Topics in Francophone: African Literatures & Cultures

This course will explore aspects of African literatures and cultures. It will focus on selected issues of special resonance in contemporary African life. Oral literature and its continuing impact on all other art forms. Key issues in French colonial policy and its legacy in Africa: language, politics, education. The course will also examine the image of the post-colonial state and society as found in contemporary arts: painting, sculpture, music, and cinema.

** Pre-requisite: 3032 **

TR  3:30 pm – 4:45 pm (Dramé)

FREN 4035 – Tools & 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 10 :00 – 10 :50 (Zunz)

FREN 3747 Littérature et culture francophone au Maroc

Le Maroc, pays africain, arabe et berbère est un pays francophone qui se situe à 14 kilomètres de l’Europe.  Par sa situation géographique, son histoire millénaire est faite de rencontres de différentes civilisations dont témoignent sa culture et sa littérature.

Ce cours a pour but de vous familiariser avec une culture francophone riche à travers des themes variés allant de l’histoire ancienne au Printemps arabe, des problématiques du développement à celle de l’immigration, et de l’Islam au Judaïsme marocains.


  • Latifa Jbabdi:  Parlementaire élue; Presidente de l’Union de l’Action Feminine;
  • Mohamed Kenbib, Historien, Professeur a l’Université Mohamad V, Rabat
  • Ahmed Abadi, Secrétaire général de la Rabita Mohamedia des oulémas au Maroc.
  • Assia Belhabib, Professeur de Littérature, Université Mohamed V, Rabat
  • Abdellatif Kilito, écrivain.
  • Nouh Hamzaoui, Professeur a l’université Ibn Toufail, Kenitra.  Directeur du << Centre Arabe pour la Recherche Scientifique et les Etudes Humaines.

TR 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm (Bargach and Rajaonarisoa)

FREN 4509 Seminar in French Linguistics:  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, 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 seminar we shall explore the many facets of the bilingual and bicultural individual.  Our guide will be François Grosjean, renowned Francophone psycholinguist, whose newly published book, Parler plusierus langues: le monde des bilingues, 2015, presents an excellent analysis of the complex field for the French audience. 

Through our study of Grosjean and other related sources, we shall gain insight into some of the persistent myths about bilingualism and bilinguals; acquire deeper knowledge of the linguistic characteristics of the bilingual speaker (e.g., code switching, the principle of complementarity, language dominance, mixed linguistic systems); advance our understanding of  how one becomes bilingual (linguistic and psycholinguistic aspects); observe how bilingual/bicultural individuals are represented by others (writers, translators, etc.), and much more.  Students will also conduct fieldwork, interviews, and study autobiographies.  The seminar will be taught in French.  Participants must feel comfortable speaking French and in engaging in discourse with others.

TR 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (Saunders)

FREN 4560 Adv. Topics:  19th Century Literature:  Le Romantisme

Ce cours vous présente une sélection de textes littéraires de la période romantique française du 19ème siècle.  A travers une lecture approfondie des textes variés, nous examinerons la théorie esthétique, l'idéal, et la sensibilité du mouvement romantique.  Nous étudierons, entre autres, la mélancolie et la passion dont s'imprègne l'état d'âme romantique, l'esprit de la révolte, ainsi que la fascination devant la nature, le rêve, la folie, et la mort.  Nous essayerons de dégager le concept du "moi" et du "héros romantique" et d'articuler le rôle de l'écrivain et de l'écriture qui en ressort.  La manière dont le romantisme se détache et se libère du classicisme et annonce les autres mouvements littéraires du 19ème siècle sera également examinée.

Cours requis: FREN 3032 et au moins un autre cours de litérature, culture, ou de films.

MW 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (Lyu)

FREN 4585 Advanced Topics Cultural Studies: 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. Consider the following: she is the subject of well over 2000 creative works, ranging from poetry and painting to cinema and drama; she has served as the mascot for two of the most controversial political movements in modern France, including the Front national; more than two thousand statues of Joan are scattered throughout the world; and she enjoys her own secret “national” holiday while also being considered one of the most troubling figures in French history. Her role in France can appear as a mystery to the outsider:

What is the deep cultural significance of former French president Sarkozy’s announcement that Joan was his patron saint? How can we square France’s dedication to laïcité with the state’s instrumental role in having Joan officially recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church? How is it that Joan so often becomes the subject of some of the most controversial artistic creations – whether speaking of Voltaire’s sexualized Joan, mystical poetic revolutions, cinema’s most haunting imagery, or contemporary fiction’s preoccupation with the grotesque? Understanding modern France means knowing more than the language, it demands familiarity with a past that maintains a physical, intellectual and spiritual presence. This course promises not only to help students navigate Joan’s role in constructing the French nation and identity from her 1431 legal trial through 600 years of creative and political representation, but to provide students with the tools for reading beyond the contemporary to get the full story on what the past means to the France of today.

TR 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm (McGrady)

FREN 4838 – French Society and Civilization

Prerequisite: successful completion of at least one 3000-level course in literature or cultural studies beyond 3032.

French 4838 is designed to provide students with a background in social, cultural, political, and institutional aspects of contemporary French society in the context of recent history. We will first examine the role of geography, history, education, and politics in shaping contemporary French attitudes, cultural practices, and institutions since the Second World War. We will then focus on important social questions facing contemporary France: changing family structures, the role of

women, religion, immigration, and France’s place in the European Union. Course materials include readings from the French press and other published sources, films, music, internet exploration, and radio and television broadcasts. The course strongly emphasizes oral participation and discussion, and students are expected to follow current events throughout the semester.

TR 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (Horne)

Graduate Courses

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

FREN 5520/8520 – Topics in 16th Century Lit:  Masculine/Feminine: Writing the Self and the Other in Late Renaissance France

Through the lens of gender, this course will examine texts of a variety of genres in which men and women write about themselves and each other, constructing similarities and differences, expressing love or hatred, admiration or rivalry, perplexity or a claim to know. In a period marked by new humanist models of learning, the perennial querelle des femmes, and the outbreak of civil war, sexual, social, political, and religious categories are at once circumscribed and fluid; the stakes of writing are high; the exploration of the self and the other in history is an undertaking at once urgent, tentative, and contested.

Principal texts: Ronsard, Labé, D’Aubigné, Marguerite de Valois, Montaigne, Gournay, and others.

R 3:30 – 6:00 (Ferguson)

FREN 5560/8560 Topics in 19th Century Literature

Quel mode d'attention la poésie requiert-elle de nous?  Quelle relation y a-t-il entre le regard poétique et le regard quotidien?  Nous proposons d'examiner des textes poétiques et théoriques de l'époque moderne pour apprécier ce que nous apporte la poésie.  Nous examinerons en particulier comment la poésie nous apprend à être attentifs à ce qui est perceptible et imperceptible, et de ce fait, élargit l'horizon de notre vie. Nous lirons les poèmes de Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Ponge, Jaccottet, et les pensées théoriques d'autres auteurs selon nos besoins, pour voir comment la poésie laisse apparaître les choses et ainsi nous fait renaître

W 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Lyu)

FREN 5570/8570  Topics in 20th & 21st Century Literature:  Palimpsestic Culture: Remakes, Rewritings, Recyclings and Other Aesthetic Borrowings in Modern and Contemporary France

Pre-requisite:  Graduate students from departments other than French are welcome. Undergraduate students must obtain instructor permission prior to enrolling.

Every text, as Roland Barthes wrote, is “a tissue of citations.”  This course proposes to test that claim through a series of discussions around works of modern and contemporary French fiction and film, mostly, that borrow from, echo, steal, rewrite, remake, or recalibrate, sometimes explicitly and sometimes less so, other works of art or portions thereof.  Topics and artists under consideration will very likely include the following: New Novels, and the New New (Robbe-Grillet, Echenoz, Toussaint); Strangers, three ways (Camus, Daoud, Houellebecq); Waiting for the Apocalypse in Gracq and Rolin; Readymades, or Nothing New Under the Sun (Viel, Duchamp);  France? France. (Fienkielkraut, Zemmour, Bailly, Depardon); Traces and Shadows (Perec, Resnais, Haneke); Narrative as Theme (Flaubert, Ozon).  In addition to requiring the kind of pre-professional tasks that are usually required of students in advanced graduate seminars (oral presentation, reaction papers, a research project), this course will also invite participants to consider ways the material on the syllabus might be incorporated, which is to say taught, in an advanced undergraduate seminar.  Course taught in both French and English. 

T 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Blatt)