Courses

Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for schedule information.

All students need a consent code to enroll in French Language Courses (FREN 10-106).

Fall 2018 Courses

Language Courses

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FREN 10A Beginning French

(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Harder

Prerequisite: Consent code required (please see instructions above).

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.

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FREN 20B Continuing French
(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Voiret
(2) M,W,Th,F 11:00–11:50, Voiret

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 10a or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above).

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.

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FREN 32A Intermediate French: Conversation
(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Theobald
(2) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Nenciu
(3) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Theobald

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 20b or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above).

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.

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FREN 104B Advanced Language Skills through Culture

(1) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Harder

Prerequisite: A 30-level FREN course or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above).

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) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50,  Nenciu

Prerequisite: FREN 104b, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above).

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.

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FREN 106B The Art of Composition

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Voiret

Prerequisite: FREN 105a, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above). Writing intensive.

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

FREN 110A: CULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Michael Randall Prerequisite: FREN 106b, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. COML Lit Course in a Language Other than English; IGS Elective in Media, Culture, and The Arts; ECS Courses in European Literature; Cross-Listed in Comparative Literature; Writing Intensive. How do socio-economic class structures, political situations, and social frameworks help to shape literary works? How do literary genres influence the texts and images they give birth to? Reading works of theatre, prose (novel), and poetry, we will explore the cultural portraits that only literature can reveal.(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Randall

Prerequisite: FREN 106b, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Comparative Literature Course in a Language Other than English; International and Global Studies Program Elective in Media, Culture, and The Arts; European Cultural Studies Courses in European Literature; Cross-Listed in Comparative Literature; Writing Intensive.

How do socio-economic class structures, political situations, and social frameworks help to shape literary works? How do literary genres influence the texts and images they give birth to? Reading works of theatre, prose (novel), and poetry, we will explore the cultural portraits that only literature can reveal.

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FREN 124A French Cultural Perspectives on Work and Business

FREN 124 Fall 2018 French Cultural Perspectives on Work and Business Wondering what a red rooster has to do with French perspectives on work and business? Monday, Wednesday, Thursday | 1:00 PM–1:50 PM Register this upcoming spring in FREN 124 and you will examine the cultural and practical elements of the French workplace. The course is designed for students who wish to better understand the complexity of the French social model as well as the distinctive cultural aspects of the French vision of work and business. Students will gain the communication skills necessary for entering into and advancing in the French-speaking workplace.Prerequisites: FREN 106b, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Students enrolling for the irst time in a French and Francophone Studies course at Brandeis should refer to brandeis.edu/registrar. Students who have already taken FREN 105a can also enroll in this new course and this will count towards their Minor/Major.

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Nenciu

Prerequisite: FREN 106b, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Business Program Elective in Business and Society.

In this course, students will examine the cultural and practical elements of the French workplace. The course is designed for students who wish to better understand the complexity of the French social model as well as the distinctive aspects of the French vision of work and business. Students will gain the communication skills necessary for entering into and advancing in the French-speaking workplace.

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FREN 142B City and the Book
FREN 142B: CITY AND THE BOOK M,W 2:00–3:20 Michael Randall Prerequisite: FREN 106b, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor COML Lit Course in a Language Other than English; ECS Courses in European Literature; Writing Intensive. Analyzes the symbolic appearance of the city in French literature and film from the Middle Ages to the present day. The representation of the city in literature and film is contextualized in theoretical writings of urbanists and philosophers. Literary texts include medieval fabliaux, Pantagruel (Rabelais) and Nana (Zola) as well as theoretical texts by Descartes, Ledoux, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, and Paul Virilio.(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Randall

Prerequisite: FREN 106b, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Comparative Literature Course in a Language Other than English; European Cultural Studies Courses in European Literature; Writing Intensive.

Analyzes the symbolic appearance of the city in French literature and film from the Middle Ages to the present day. The representation of the city in literature and film is contextualized in theoretical writings of urbanists and philosophers. Literary texts include medieval fabliaux, Pantagruel (Rabelais) and Nana (Zola) as well as theoretical texts by Descartes, Ledoux, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, and Paul Virilio.

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FREN 149B Le Livre Illustré: Word and Image in Francophone Texts from Bestiaries to Bandes Dessinées

FREN 149B Le Livre Illustré: Word and Image in Francophone Texts from Bestiaries to Bandes Dessinées M,W,Th 11: 00–11:50 Catherine Theobald Prerequisite: FREN 106b or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Writing Intensive. Explores the theories and practices of text-image interactions in illustrated francophone books of the past and present by addressing themes such as learning, travel, sentimentality, pornography, politics, and humor. This course will include archival work in the Brandeis library. (1) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Theobald

Prerequisite: FREN 106b or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Writing Intensive.

This course will explore the theories and practices of text-image interactions in illustrated francophone books of the past and present by addressing themes such as learning, travel, sentimentality, pornography, politics, and humour. It will include archival work in the Brandeis library.

Cross-Listed with French and Francophone Studies

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ECS 100A European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Modernism

(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Dowden

Core Course German Studies; Elective Course in History of Ideas; Cross-Listed in Comparative Literature; Cross-Listed in English; Cross-Listed in Music/Cultural Studies Track; Writing Intensive.

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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FA 156B Postimpressionism and Symbolism, 1880–1910

(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Scott

May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 174b in prior years.


Art History Course; European Cultural Studies Elective; Writing Intensive.

The course curriculum covers postimpressionist artists Seurat, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin, and more broadly, symbolist trends, expressionism, and art nouveau at the end of the nineteenth century. These trends are followed through chronologically to the early twentieth century in the art of Matisse and the fauves, and in German expressionism.