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 2019 Courses

Language Courses

FREN 10A Beginning French

(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Harder

For students with little or no knowledge of French language. 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.

FREN 20B Continuing French

(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Voiret

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

How does the attitude of a French student toward family and strangers differ from the experience of an American student ? How do the French view work and vacation? 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) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Theobald
(2) M,W,Th,F 11:00–11:50, 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 need more speaking and writing practice plus a grammar review? This Intermediate French class is for you!  Exploring social “controversies” like sexism and globalization, it focuses on essential communication skills such as comprehension, contemporary vocabulary use, and conversational practice. Our materials include videos, music, websites, articles, and short stories.

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, while focusing on key elements of French and Francophone culture, such as the perception of time and space, through the exploration of films, news articles, cultural studies, bande dessinée, and music. We will also examine currents in contemporary French and Francophone youth cultures.

FREN 105A France Today: French Conversation

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, 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.

FREN 106B The Art of Composition

(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Voiret

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

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.

FREN 110A Cultural Representations

(1) T,Th 2:00–3:20, Randall

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

This class looks at how novels, poems, films and other forms of cultural representations reflect larger social questions throughout the French-speaking world.  Authors include Faïza Guène, F. Oyono, Patrick Modiano, Pierre Corneille, Flaubert, and Marie de France.

FREN 134B Masculine/Feminine

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Voiret

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

Examines diverse representations of masculinity and femininity in French texts today and in the past with special emphasis on historical  and cultural aspects. Readings include Edward Louis, En finir avec Eddie Bellegueule, Duras, L'amant, excerpts from Rousseau and Beauvoir and films like l'Esquive et La loi du marché (on working class and minority conceptions of gender).

FREN 159B Wordplay: Humor in Francophone Texts

(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Theobald

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

Students will analyze the forms and functions of humor in francophone texts (French, Canadian, Caribbean) from the Middle Ages to the present day. Course themes will include farce, comedy of manners, wordplay, and satire. The course will include archival work.

FREN 161A The Enigma of Being Oneself: From Du Bellay to Laferrière

(1) T,Th 3:30–4:50, Randall

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

This class explores the relationship of identity formation and modern individualism in texts by writers working in France, Francophone Africa and Canada.  Authors range from modern and contemporary writers like Sarah Kofman, Dany Laferrière, Achille Mbembe, Alain Mabanckou, and Edouard Glissant to early-modern writers like Joachim Du Bellay and Michel de Montaigne. This course counts for the Difference and Justice in the World (DJW) Brandeis Core requirement.

Cross-Listed with French and Francophone Studies

ECS 100A European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Modernism

(1) M,W 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.

FA 155A Impressionism: Avant-Garde Rebellion in Context

(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Scott

Focuses on the major artists from the period 1863 - 1886, from the time of Manet and the Salon des Refusés through the eight group exhibitions of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, Pissarro, Morisot, and Cassatt and company. The antithesis of impressionism, its academic rivals, the backdrop of the sociopolitical context, the Second Empire, and the Third Republic will be provided, as well as the roots of the movement's dissolution.

HIST 192B Romantic and Existentialist Political Thought

(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Hulliung

Readings from Camus, Sartre, Beckett, and others. Examination and criticism of romantic and existentialist theories of politics.