Fall 2021 Course Descriptions

Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Advanced undergraduate students who have earned a B+ (or higher) in at least one 4000-level course may enroll in graduate level courses with instructor permission.

FREN 5510/8510  – Topics in Medieval Literature:  Race/Gender/Class in Late Medieval Francophone Literature

This course will challenge the contemporary perception that medieval Europe was an all-white privileged masculine space by turning to creative works of the late medieval francophone world in which racialized, gendered and classed bodies take shape. This course will draw on exile and war poetry, popular theatre, romances of conquest, history writing and travel literature to investigate the role of power and privilege in the formation of premodern identity, the politics of othering, and the question of subaltern agency in late medieval society. Contemporary critical identity studies will be used to deepen our understanding of medieval culture at the same time that our medieval material will be mined for the new insights it brings to this criticism. 

R         3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (McGrady)

FREN 5560/8560 – Topics in Nineteenth Centurey Literature:  Reading with Emma Bovary

In the 1857 obscenity trial against Madame Bovary, prosecutor Ernest Pinard argued that the book would corrupt the hearts and minds of its readers, particularly young marriageable women  (jeunes filles) and wives. Dangerous fiction is a dominant theme in the work itself. When Emma Bovary shows symptoms of “vaporous airs,” her husband and mother-in-law decide she must stop reading novels. This course focuses on Emma Bovary’s reading habits, and on what they say about Flaubert’s aesthetic project; the social and medical discourses that Madame Bovary reflects and reinforces; and the education of women. What did Emma Bovary read, how did she read it, and how have critics in the 19th-21st centuries read her reading?

  • Open to graduate students with reading knowledge of French
  • Course conducted in French and English (depending on students’ background)
  • Written work in French (for French MA or PhD students), and English
  • Most readings in French

M 3:30 – 6:00 pm (Krueger)

FREN 5585/8585 – Topics in Civilization/Cultural Studies:  Theater in France (17-20th c)

Theater, Beaumarchais wrote at the end of the 18th century, « is a giant whose blows are lethal ». He should have known, being the author of The Marriage of Figaro, a play held responsible for the fall of the Bastille by many of his contemporaries. This course will explore the disturbing powers of theater, from the Classical Age to our days. An ill-famed entertainment in the eyes of the Church, it has often been regarded as the most prestigious achievement within the Republic of Letters. Strategically situated at the crossroads of literature and the performing arts, it has maintained a constant dialogue with the visual arts, from painting to cinema and, more recently, multimedia productions. For centuries, theater has been both a laboratory of artistic innovation, and a political agora, a hothouse of new ideas and provocative agendas. In sum, we will explore theater as a mirror of French artistic, intellectual and political life, with a special emphasis on the querelles and scandales that shook France, as well as the stage, from the « Cid Quarrel» to Genet's Les Paravents and Koltès' Roberto Zucco.

T          3:30 pm – 6:15 pm (Roger)

FREN 7040 – Theories & Methods of Language Teaching

An introduction to pedagogical approaches currently practiced in second-language courses at the university level. Students will examine critically the theories behind various methodologies and the relation of those theories to their own teaching experience and goals. Assignments include readings and case studies on the teaching of French, development and critique of pedagogical materials, peer observation and analysis, and a portfolio project for collecting, sharing, and reflecting on teaching methods.

Required for all GTAs teaching French at UVa for the first time. Restricted to Graduate Teaching Assistants in French. 3 credits. Students will register for the graded (letter grade) option in the SIS. Graduate exchange instructors will take the course as auditors.

TR       2:00 PM – 3:15 PM (James)







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