Before you enroll in French language courses (FREN 10–106):

PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

1. Students currently enrolled in FREN language courses (FREN 10-105) will receive instructions about consent code distribution before the beginning of registration.

2. All others should email Professor Harder (harder@brandeis.edu) as soon as possible with a description of their background in French, including classes taken, standardized test scores, and/or other exposure to the language. She will reply with further instructions about obtaining a consent code for the appropriate language course.

Fall 2014 French and Francophone Studies Courses


Schedule information is tentative. Please see http://www.brandeis.edu /registrar/schedule/classes/2014/Fall/2400/all/ for current listings.

ALL STUDENTS NEED A CONSENT CODE TO ENROLL IN FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSES (FREN 10–106). PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS IN BAR TO RIGHT.


FREN 10A Beginning French
(2) MTWR 11:00–11:50, Theobald
Prerequisite: Consent code required. Students with no previous knowledge of French and those with a minimal background, please see instructions in bar to right.
What do Montréal, Paris, and Dakar have in common? What are the rules regarding how many times one kisses a friend on the cheeks? Why is France called l’Hexagone? This course will introduce learners to French language and culture and will help them speak, listen, read, and write about everyday situations in France and Francophone countries.

FREN 20B Continuing French
(1) MWRF 10:00–10:50, Voiret
(2) MWR 12:00–12:50, F 12:30–1:20, Voiret
(3) MTWR 9:00–9:50, Staff←NEW!
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 10a or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
How do the French perceive space? How does the experience of an American student differ from that of a French student in high school and university? How do the French plaisirs de la table differ from American attitudes toward food? Learners will deepen their knowledge of French and Francophone cultures while expanding their ability to speak, read, listen, and write in French.

FREN 32A Intermediate French: Conversation
(1) MWRF 9:00–9:50, Voiret
(2) MWRF 10:00–10:50, Donlan
(3) MWR 12:00–12:50, F 12:30–1:20, Donovan
(4) MWRF 11:00–11:50, Donovan
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 20b or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Did you study French in the past and feel now that what you need most is to be able to speak? The French Conversation class is for you! It will focus on oral communication skills: pronunciation, oral comprehension, acquisition of common vocabulary, and conversational practice. Our materials will include radio and television programs, film, and newspapers.

FREN 104B Advanced Language Skills through Culture
(1) MWR 1:00–1:50, Alquier
Prerequisite: a 30-level FREN course or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Students advance their study of the French language and culture by continuing to hone speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. We will focus on contemporary youth and pop cultures through the exploration of a wide variety of materials including films, articles, songs, and graphic novels as well as touch upon the position of France and French-speaking countries in the world.

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FREN 105A France Today: French Conversation
(1) MWR 10:00–10:50, Donovan
Prerequisite: a 30-level FREN course, FREN 104b, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Improve your speaking skills while learning about and discussing socio–cultural issues that distinguish the French view of the world from that of Americans. Students will focus on expressing themselves better orally while continuing their work on reading, listening, and writing.

FREN 106B The Art of Composition
(1) MWR 12:00–12:50, Theobald
(2) MWR 12:00–12:50, Alquier
Prerequisite: FREN 104b, FREN 105a, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Study of French composition through analysis of passages from novels, poems, short stories and newspaper articles. Emphasis will be placed on techniques of writing in French, such as dissertation and explication de texte.

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FREN 110A Cultural Representations
(1) TF 11:00–12:20, Alquier
Prerequisite: FREN 106b, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Examines how alienation, which is often understood as exemplifying western modernity, manifests itself in literary works and films from throughout the Francophone world and French history. We will look at authors such as Assia Djebar, Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Mohammed Dib, Albert Camus, Joachim Du Bellay, Pierre Corneille, and Molière.

FREN 139B Proust’s Artistic Vision and the Beauty of Ordinary Life
(1) MWR 1:00–1:50, Harder
Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Key readings from Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu engage students in an interdisciplinary exploration of themes (imagination and disappointment, time and memory, jealousy and desire, everyday life and redemption through art) and the author's revolutionary writing techniques.
poster for FREN 139b

FREN 186B Literature and Politics
(1) MWR 11:00–11:50, Randall
Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

We will be interested in how the literary is political and the political literary. We will organize the class around the relationship of the individual and the community. Texts include: Montaigne’s Essais, Corneille’s Horace, Genet’s Les nègres, Arendt’s What is Politics?, Dumont’s Essays on Individualism, Fanon’s Peau noire, masques blancs.

Cross-listed with French and Francophone Studies:

ECS 100A European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Modernism
(1) MW 2:00–3:20, Dowden
Explores the interrelationship of literature, music, painting, philosophy, and other arts in the era of high modernism. Works by Artaud, Baudelaire, Benjamin, Mann, Mahler, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Kandinsky, Schiele, Beckett, Brecht, Adorno, Sartre, Heidegger, and others.

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Schedule information is tentative. Please see http://www.brandeis.edu /registrar/schedule/classes/2014/Fall/2400/all/ for current listings.