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Fall Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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FRENCH 101. Elementary French.

Elementary Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Students with any prior study of French must take the Placement Test. Credit is not granted for more than two courses from French 101, 102, and 103. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The sequence of French 101/102 presents the essential elements of French grammar, vocabulary, and culture which are needed in everyday life to understand French spoken at a moderate speed and to be understood by sympathetic native speakers. Vocabulary and structures are practiced in class primarily through communicative activities stressing listening and speaking. Authentic documents are used to develop reading skills and culture. Cultural awareness and listening skills are further developed through listening and video materials. Classes meet four hours per week in sections of 20-25 students. Daily homework assignments involve studying vocabulary and grammar, writing exercises or short compositions, and practice in listening comprehension. There are several quizzes and tests, as well as midterm and final examinations and speaking tests. Class participation is graded.

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FRENCH 102. Elementary French, Continued.

Elementary Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103. French 102 is NOT open to students who have begun instruction at the high school level. College or university transfer students who have received credit for one term are encouraged to enroll in French 103. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/french/102/001.nsf

See French 101. French 102 is the continuation of French 101. French 102 is NOT open to students who have begun instruction at the high school level. College or university transfer students who have received credit for one term are encouraged to enroll in French 103. It is STRONGLY suggested that transfer students see H. Neu for advice regarding placement in the appropriate course.

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FRENCH 103. Review of Elementary French.

Elementary Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Assignment by placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 102. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/french/103/001.nsf

French 103 is a course for students with some prior language study in French, and covers the same material presented in French 101 and 102. Entrance into the course is by placement or with the permission of the coordinator. Because students placed in French 103 are already familiar with some of the material, the course moves at a rapid pace. Students will need to plan on spending at least 8 to 10 hours each week preparing for daily lessons. Tests and quizzes (with both aural and written components) will be administered to check students' assimilation of the material covered in class. There will be two hourly exams, three 25 minutes quizzes, a final exam, compositions, and two speaking tests. By the end of the course, students will have a good working vocabulary and strong listening comprehension skills; they should be able to express themselves in French (both in writing and orally) using most of the basic structural patterns in the language. Students will also have a general knowledge of some French-speaking cultures. Technology (multi-media, the web) will be used to aid in developing writing, reading, and listening skills as well as cultural competency. Since active participation is essential to the development of strong communicative skills, regular attendance is required and participation will be included in the final grade.

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FRENCH 111. First Special Reading Course.

Other Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sabine Gabaron (sgabaron@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 111 and 112 are designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students interested in gaining a reading knowledge of the language. Completion of French 111-112 does not satisfy the LS&A language requirement. May not be elected for credit by undergraduates who have received credit for college French. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102, or 103. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is for undergraduate and graduate students who would like to gain a good reading knowledge of French in one term. The essentials of French grammar as well as vocabulary and idioms are presented for passive recognition, followed by translation and sight-reading exercises on materials taken from both humanities and sciences. The skills gained in the course should enable students to read technical writings of moderate difficulty. Toward the end of the term, students select a short article or a chapter of a book in their field of interest for outside reading. Classes meet four times per week in sections of 25 students. There are weekly quizzes as well as course-wide midterm and final examinations.

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FRENCH 231. Second-Year French.

Elementary Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 102 or 103; or assignment by placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112 or 230. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students whose last French course was NOT at U of M Ann Arbor must take the placement test. French 231 builds and expands upon the work done in French 101/102 or French 103. The primary goals of French 231 are to:

  • develop and refine your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills;
  • provide you with strategies that allow you to communicate and read more effectively;
  • help you review previously learned grammatical structures and acquire new structures and uses;
  • develop an awareness of French-speaking cultures the world over, and to discover both similarities and differences between the way French-speaking people live, think, and express themselves as compared to the way you live, think, and express yourselves;
  • utilize technology to help you in your study of French and to have greater access to Francophone cultural documents.

Classes meet four times per week in sections of 20-25 students. Since communicative skills are emphasized daily, regular attendance and active participation are essential. Homework consists of CD-ROM activities, writing exercises, and laboratory work, both audio and video. There are comprehensive course-wide tests as well as final examinations.

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FRENCH 232. Second-Year French, Continued.

Elementary Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 231; or assignment by placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112 or 230. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In French 232, we will use literature, magazine articles, movies, videos, and songs to explore the history of France and several other Francophone countries from the 1940's until the present. We will begin by studying life in France during the Second World War. Then, through some videos and the literature of several other Francophone cultures, we will examine the effects of colonization and decolonization on language use, culture and identity. The last part of the course will focus on the politics and social climate in modern French society. Throughout the course of the term, students will be expected to review and learn various grammatical elements and vocabulary in order to participate in classroom activities and discussions. Linguistically, we will focus on supporting opinions, making comparisons, hypothesizing, and composing more and more sophisticated sentences.

Classes meet four times per week in sections of 20-25 students. Since communicative skills are emphasized, daily, regular attendance and active participation are essential and will be included in the final grade. There will be several short writing assignments, two compositions, two tests, and a final examination.

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FRENCH 235. Advanced Practice in French.

Other Language Courses

Section 001, 003 – Contemporary Social Issues

Instructor(s): Yannick A Viers (yannick@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 232. Prerequisite to the concentration and academic minor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/french/235/001.nsf

In this course we will be dealing with some of the most recent issues and problems facing today's French/Francophone society through readings (press and textbook articles), videos (documentaries, news program exposes, film) and CDs:

  • The "French Republic?"
  • Europe
    • – The European Union (EU)
    • – The European Monetary Union (EMU)
  • Transatlantic relations: Globalization/"Exception française"
  • Some crucial issues: Unemployment/Social exclusions/Violence/AIDS
  • "Liberty, Equality, Diversity": Families/PACS/Gay rights: Adoption and "PMA"
  • Women: "Parite politique" / "Excision"
  • "Black, Blanc, Beur": France's multicultural society – Colonization/Immigration/Islam – "Laicite"/Rai music.

This "cultural" approach will offer us a jumping-off point for oral and written communication (respectively 50% and 50% of the final grade): three individual oral presentations (30%), three medium-length essays (30%) and a number of written exercises (20%). Active class participation and regular attendance (20%) are expected. Required texts: Course pack (French 235, Dollar Bill) and a French grammar book.

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FRENCH 235. Advanced Practice in French.

Other Language Courses

Section 002, 004 – Contemporary Social Issues

Instructor(s): Roger E Butler-Borruat (rebb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 232. Prerequisite to the concentration and academic minor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/french/235/001.nsf

In this course we will be dealing with some of the most recent issues and problems facing today's French/Francophone society through readings (press and textbook articles), videos (documentaries, news program exposes, film) and CDs:

  • The "French Republic?"
  • Europe
    • – The European Union (EU)
    • – The European Monetary Union (EMU)
  • Transatlantic relations: Globalization/"Exception française"
  • Some crucial issues: Unemployment/Social exclusions/Violence/AIDS
  • "Liberty, Equality, Diversity": Families/PACS/Gay rights: Adoption and "PMA"
  • Women: "Parite politique" / "Excision"
  • "Black, Blanc, Beur": France's multicultural society – Colonization/Immigration/Islam – "Laicite"/Rai music.

This "cultural" approach will offer us a jumping-off point for oral and written communication (respectively 50% and 50% of the final grade): three individual oral presentations (30%), three medium-length essays (30%) and a number of written exercises (20%). Active class participation and regular attendance (20%) are expected. Required texts: Course pack (French 235, Dollar Bill) and a French grammar book.

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FRENCH 235. Advanced Practice in French.

Other Language Courses

Section 005 – Contemporary Social Issues.

Instructor(s): Rachel Criso (rcriso@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 232. Prerequisite to the concentration and academic minor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/french/235/001.nsf

This course will be dealing with some of the most recent issues facing today's French/Francophone society through readings, videos and CDs:

  1. The "French Republic"
  2. Europe: The European Union – The European Monetary Union
  3. Transatlantic Relations: Globalization / "Exception française"
  4. Societal Issues: Employment / Social Exclusions / Violence / AIDS
  5. Families: Traditional / PACS / Gay Rights: Adoption
  6. Women: Political Parity / Abortion Laws / Excision
  7. France's multicultural Society: Colonization / Immigration / Islam / Raï Music

Your final grade will be based on three oral presentations (30%), three essays (30%), several written exercises (20%) and very active class participation (20%).

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FRENCH 244. Issues in Race and Cultural Diversity in the Francophone World.

Courses Taught in English (without language prerequisite)

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Frieda Ekotto (ekotto@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Taught in English. A knowledge of French is not required. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

R&E First-Year Seminar,

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this course we shall study cultural productions and social issues related to race, racism and ethnicity in French-speaking societies. At one level of the presentation we shall discuss how discourses on race function within the general ideological state apparatuses that reproduce a given social order. At another level we shall analyze how discourses on race, racism, ethnicity, gender and social class are inscribed in the texts and films selected for the course. We shall also examine the implications of cultural diversity in different parts of the Francophone world. Selected examples of specific texts and films be used to put in context our examination of these issues.

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FRENCH 270. French and Francophone Literature and Culture.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 001 – Les Pensees Cachees: Censorship During World War II.

Instructor(s): Rachael Criso (rcriso@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235. (3). (HU). May be elected for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

During the Vichy Regime, life in war-torn France was difficult on many levels. Collaboration with the Nazis was the only acceptable way to act in the open. Behind closed doors and on the printed page, it was another matter. Patriotism, although repressed, was rife; and in many instances it was members of the literary elite who were able to fool the censors and reach out to their compatriots in this time of confused allegiences.

During the academic term, we will study texts and films written and produced under German censorship. We will try to discover just what and how was slipped by the watchful eyes of the censors – discovering the specific literary and artistic elements that helped the French maintain their patriotism and eventually triumph over the occupation of their beloved land. Modern censorship theory will lay the groundwork and provide us with a springboard from which to approach our texts. We will watch 2-3 films and read works or excerpts from authors such as: Sartre, DeBeauvoir, Saint-Exupery, Camus, Prevert, Valery, and Duras. Taught in French.

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FRENCH 270. French and Francophone Literature and Culture.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 002 – Nineteenth Century: The Era of Revolutions

Instructor(s): Yannick A Viers (yannick@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235. (3). (HU). May be elected for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

As the European nineteenth-century became known as "the age of revolution", the word 'revolution' was simultaneously associated with one country, France, and a privileged space of origin, Paris, where the founding event occurred: the 1789 French Revolution. With its succession of regimes and social uprisings, the influential 19th-century French political history can indeed be read as a constant "struggle between Revolution and Restoration" (Furet) aimed at repeating, completing, or eradicating the aftermath of the 1789 Revolution that was both admired and hated.

Leaning on these pro- and counter-revolutionary perspectives, this course will use as landmarks the most important revolutions, revolts, civil war, and political coups of 19th-century France, while presenting a selection of political, cultural discourses and practices reflecting these conflicting views. It will also evoke another revolution, industrial this time, an indispensable component to our understanding of the socioeconomic characteristics of this era.

This course will proceed as follows:

Introduction:

1. Survey of 19th-century French political and cultural history.
2. What are revolutions, revolts, civil wars and political coups?
3. Paris, capital of the revolutionary crowds and "of the 19th century." (Taine, Benjamin).

I. The 1789 French Revolution:

First "modern" revolution (Tocqueville, Michelet, Furet)
Universal rights:

a. Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (National Assembly, 1789)
b. Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Citizeness (Olympe de Gouges, 1791)

II. The Coup d'Etat of Napoleon Bonaparte: November 9, 1799 ("18th Brumaire Year VIII"):

The First Empire and the Bourbon Restoration: 1804-1830 (Stendhal)

III. The "July Days": The 1830 Revolution

The Barricade (Delacroix, Hugo)

IV. The "Beautiful" Revolution: February 1848

Socialism, Feminism, Utopia (Saint-Simon, Fourier, Tristan, Sand)
Print Culture: Newspapers, Lithography, Caricature (Girardin, Philipon, Daumier)

V. The "Class Struggle": June 1848 (Marx, Tocqueville)

VI. The Coup d'Etat of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte: December 2, 1851 The "New Paris" of the Second Empire: Napoleon III's and Haussmann's urban renovation and "strategic embellishment" (Benjamin)
Painters of Modern Life: Baudelaire, Manet
Separate (private and public) Spheres: Morisot, Caillebotte
Railway Stations: Monet, Manet

VII. "The Terrible Year": 1871 Civil War

The Commune (Vallés, Michel) / Crowd psychology (Taine, Le Bon, Freud, Zola)

VIII. The Centennial of the French Revolution and the 1889 Universal Exhibit:

The Eiffel Tower (Barthes)

Audiovisual material will be presented in class. A course pack and a French grammar book will be required. Final grade: one small oral presentation, two journals, two quizzes, one final essay (3-5 pages), and very active class participation.

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FRENCH 270. French and Francophone Literature and Culture.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 003 – Possession: poets, prophecy and property in French culture

Instructor(s): Katherine Almquist

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235. (3). (HU). May be elected for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

What is divine inspiration? Where does it come from? Can we sell it?

Since the Renaissance, writers have claimed their sources of inspiration to be from the outside; muse or lady, god or demon, patron or market. This originating source overtakes them and produces a work of art which becomes the writer's literary heritage. The question then arises as to who can claim ownership. Does the work belong to the source of inspiration who overtook the poet, giving him or her words as a 'ghost writer', or does it belong to the writer alone? How does the source of inspiration, whether god, human or demon, change the legitimacy of the work? How does a divinely inspired writer position himself inside or outside a market economy?

In this course we will examine sources of poetic inspiration in French culture from the Renaissance to the present day in poetry, novels, drama and cinema. We will place the writer in the context of French property laws that define ownership: classic, feudal and modern. We will see how French society has arrived at the rights and responsibilities of poetic authorship, whether the author be possessed by a poetic muse, by a demon, or by an object of love.

This course is intended to be an introduction to French literary and cultural values and an opportunity to build vocabulary, written and oral expression. Students will write one page weekly papers and deliver one, short oral presentation. The final exam will be fact-based.

Our study will include the works of Ronsard, DuBellay, Montaigne, Racine, Rosset, Voltaire, Nerval, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Proust, Valery, and the films "Dangerous Liaisons" and "With Friends Like Harry".

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FRENCH 274. French and Francophone Societies and Culture.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 001 – Small Change: Childhood Narratives and the Politics of Learning French

Instructor(s): Jarrod L Hayes (hayesj@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235. (3). (HU). May be elected for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The purpose of this course is twofold, to introduce students to French and Francophone societies and cultures and to allow students to develop their reading, writing, and speaking skills in French, skills they will need in more advanced courses in French and Francophone studies. We shall concentrate on French and Francophone childhood narratives (to be distinguished from literature written for children) in both novels and film and consider what these childhood narratives teach us about their cultural context and, especially, about the role (political, social, economic) of teaching and learning French in France and the French colonies (during the colonial period). The texts will be studied from the interdisciplinary perspective of cultural studies, which encourages intertextual analyses that incorporate literary as well as extra-literary texts (history, anthropology, popular culture, politics, etc.).

We shall read two Francophone novels to consider the relation between teaching French and colonization. Throughout the course we shall view French and Francophone films to study the representation of events such as the Algerian Revolution through childhood narratives, with special attention to how childhood narratives are sometimes allegories of the political conflicts to which children are sometimes thought to be immune. Finally students will have the opportunity to think about how their own experiences of learning French might relate to the narratives they will have studied. The objectives of the course will be to envision ways of learning French that empower students rather than alienate them.

Required Texts:
Camara Laye, L'enfant noir (Guinea)
Mouloud Feraoun, Le fils du pauvre (Algeria)
Alice Kaplan, French Lessons (USA)

Films:
L'argent de poche, dir. François Truffaut (France)
Les roseaux sauvages, dir. André Téchiné (France)

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FRENCH 274. French and Francophone Societies and Culture.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 002 – The Politics of Theater

Instructor(s): Rececca Graves

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235. (3). (HU). May be elected for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Through the investigation of French theater as social practice, this course will introduce students to the major philosophical and political movements of the twentieth century, as well as providing them with the opportunity to develop their spoken and written French. Emphasis will be placed on dramaturgical innovations in the last century, the philosophical underpinnings of particular plays, and the political implications of individual productions. After a brief introduction to the conventions of Neoclassical and Romantic theater, we will read a number of modern plays and analyze their relationship to contemporaneous philosophical schools (e.g., existentialism) and to their socio-political contexts (e.g., World War II, anti-colonialism, May 68, feminism). An overarching theme of the course will be the question of how and to what purpose twentieth-century theater makes use of classical mythology: why are essentially modern situations repeatedly transposed into the mythological past by twentieth-century dramatists, and, consequently, how is the classical notion of 'fate' redefined in this period? Student assessment will be based on class participation, one-page weekly responses to particular texts, and two short papers.

A list of possible authors includes: Jarry, Anouilh, Artaud, Cocteau, Camus, Sartre, Ionesco, Césaire, Genet, Beckett, Cixous, and the contemporary theater practice of Peter Brook and Ariane Mouchkine.

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FRENCH 276. Spoken and Written Performance in French.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William R Paulson

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is based on the idea that literature and culture in French are things that students should create and perform, not just learn or analyze.

So literature will be treated not as a group of texts to be studied, but as something to be produced, transformed, read aloud, played with, and invented. The main activities will be creative writing, oral interpretation, and small-scale theatrical performances, all of which will provide diverse opportunities for using and practicing the French language. Writing projects will often involve pastiche, parody, and other forms that emphasize creative responses to readings, as well as techniques such as those of the French group OuLiPo for producing original writing when one is not necessarily inspired. There will also be Web-based projects, especially exchanges and collaborative activities on the course Web site (not yet open). Authors encountered, exploited, and performed, largely in brief works or excerpts, will include Molière, Diderot, Rousseau, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Queneau, Perec, and Pennac.

Assignments will be frequent and generally not long. Grading will be based on written work and on class participation, which is extremely important. No final examination.

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FRENCH 350. Special Topics in French and Francophone Studies.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 001 – Literature and Suffering.

Instructor(s): Peggy S Mccracken (peggymcc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235, and 2 courses numbered between French 250 and 299. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines representations of suffering and the way that suffering is recognized and rewarded. It has several goals. The first is to read some good books. A second goal is to improve your reading, writing, and speaking skills in French. And the third is to think about how suffering is valorized (or not) in various French texts from different historical periods. We'll start with some saints' lives from medieval France, then move to modern fictions about people who suffer. When does suffering earn sanctity? What kind of suffering merits redemption? What kind of suffering is considered worthy of recognition – by whom and to what effect? Do notions of suffering change over time? What are the ideological or political effects of the refusal to validate suffering as worthy of sanctity? This class is taught in French.

Texts: La vie de Saint Alexis; Racine, Phedre; Flaubert, Trois contes; Colette, Chéri; Duras, Le ravissement de Lol V. Stein, Tremblay, Thérèse et Pierrette à l'école de Saints-Anges; Copi, Une visite inopportune.

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FRENCH 350. Special Topics in French and Francophone Studies.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 002 – Comic wit in seventeenth-century France

Instructor(s): Katherine Almquist

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235, and 2 courses numbered between French 250 and 299. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this course we will study the rise of classical French comedy. We will go outside of the theater to read about how theater troupes performed and to understand how being witty in conversation becomes a necessity for good French conversation, even today. Last words, anecdotes, quotable sayings, satire and irony will be studied in poetry and polemical writing, including the works of baroque poets, Guez de Balzac, and Pascal. The mechanics of theater comedy, including physical comedy, spectacle and improvisation, will be studied through works by Scarron, Corneille, Moliere, LaBruyere, and the films "Ridicule" and "Cyrano de Bergerac."

While the majority of coursework will consist in reading and in the writing of three short papers, a portion of the grade will go to the development of a skit for presentation and to participation in online, recorded chats whose aim will be to refine the students' ability to be witty in French.

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FRENCH 362. Quebec and French Canadian Studies.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 001 – A Nation within a Nation: Québécois Literature, Culture, History, and Identity

Instructor(s): Jarrod L Hayes (hayesj@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235, and 2 courses numbered between French 250 and 299. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

After French-speaking Canada was conquered by England in 1763, former French subjects became subjects of the British throne. In spite of Anglo-Canadian efforts to assimilate their French-speaking compatriots (or the exodus that the British forced on Acadians), Québec and other French-speaking regions have maintained an identity and culture distinguished from those who, in time, became the majority. Likewise, Québécois identity has distinguished itself just as strongly from European French culture. Yet in spite of an armed rebellion in the 1830s, the Silent Revolution, the "terrorist" acts of the FLQ (Front de Libération du Québec), and two referenda on the separation of Québec (both of which narrowly failed to pass), Québec remains a nation within a nation with a strong sense of a unique national identity yet without a sovereign state.

In this course, we shall read Québécois literary and other cultural texts as articulations of Québécois national identity. We shall consider these texts in their historical and political contexts. Special attention will be devoted to the writing of history through literary forms (particularly in the form of combat literature), the role of the Catholic church (which had a monopoly on the Québécois school system until the 1960s) as a stronghold of the French language and Québécois culture, the unorthodox ways catholicity is lived on a day-to-day basis, and the importance of sexuality (in particular, non-normative sexualities) in Québécois identity (often in contradictory cohabitation with the religious aspects of national culture). We shall also examine the specific forms Québécois feminism has taken, the role of intellectuals in public culture, and the implications of incorporating joual, or the popular Québécois dialect, into literary texts.

Required Texts (tentative list):

Brève histoire du Québec
Louis Hémon, Maria Chapdelaine
Louis Caron, Le canard de bois
Roch Carrier, La guerre, yes, sir!
Gabrielle Roy, Bonheur d'occasion (selections)
Hubert Aquin, Prochain épisode
Michel Tremblay, Damné Manon, Sacrée Sandra
Antonine Maillet selections from La sagouine)
Michèle Lalonde, "Speak White" (In French)
Nicole Brossard, selection from L'amèr ou le chapitre effrité
Selections from the writings of Jacques Cartier, Marguerite Bourgoys, Samuel de Champlain, and François-Xavier Garneau

Films:

. Jésus de Montréal, dir. Denys Arcand QuébeCanada Complex

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FRENCH 369. Literature, History, and Culture of Modernity.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 001 – The Object in Twentieth-Century France.

Instructor(s): Rebecca Graves

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235, and 2 courses numbered between French 250 and 299. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The twentieth century was marked by a preoccupation with objects: André Breton was mesmerized by a woman's glove, Marcel Duchamp placed a urinal in a museum, Francis Ponge wrote a series of poems about things, Jean-Paul Sartre was afraid of a fork, and Georges Perec dissected a young couple's attempt to define themselves through the objects they acquired. Writers, visual artists, and filmmakers of this period explored the aesthetic aspect of objects, both quotidian and unusual, while new philosophical theories investigated the human subject's complicated relationship to the physical world and the things contained in it.

This course will use the physical object and the philosophical category of the object as primary points of access to the major literary and philosophical movements of the twentieth century. We will begin with an investigation of the significance of the technological object in Futurism and early twentieth-century poetry. Other sections of the course will address the representation of the object in Surrealism, Existentialism and the New Novel. A final section will focus on the object's socio-economic significance in various depictions of French society and culture.

A parallel goal for this course is the improvement of students‚ mastery of spoken and written French. Evaluation will be based on one-page weekly response papers, class participation, and a final exercise.

A list of possible authors/visual artists/filmmakers includes: Marinetti, Beauduin, Léger, Apollinaire, Cendrars, Benjamin, Breton, Buñuel and Dalì, Dulac, Man Ray, Duchamp, Sartre, Beauvoir, Heidegger, Ponge, Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute, Perec, Barthes, and Godard.

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FRENCH 380. Intermediate Business French.

Other Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rachael Criso (rcriso@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235 and one additional course numbered 250 and above. A maximum of six credits of French 380, 414, and Business Administration 415 may be counted toward a degree. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Having attained a solid base in comprehension and communication strategies in French, this class will offer students the opportunity to enhance their linguistic skills while learning about one of the most dynamic aspects of French culture: the Francophone business world. Class participants will be exposed to the differences between business situations in France and those in the U.S.; and they will learn to function comfortably within the linguistic and cultural register of the Francophone business domain. We will study basic elements of French and Francophone commerce, industry, and international trade; as well as the more practical skills of telephone conversations, formal letter writing, interview techniques, and general cultural interface in a business setting. Typical examples of French-speaking companies will be studied and presented by students, using the Internet as their research source for the most up-to-date information. Guest speakers will illustrate differences between business in the U.S. and abroad. Video (French Business Culture) will complement out text Carte de Visite which itself includes video, audio, and supplementary conversation materials. We will use the grammar explanation and exercise book Le Francais au present to continue improving linguistic skills. Grades will be determined by writing assignments (4), class presentations (2), midterm, final, grammar exercise preparation, and class participation. This class will be conducted entirely in French.

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FRENCH 399. Independent Study.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235, and 2 courses numbered between French 250 and 299; permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Readings and topical studies relating to French-speaking cultures (in Europe, Africa, North America, and Indian Ocean) not addressed in other courses, as well as to aspects of French and Francophone culture that may require special treatment.

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FRENCH 438 / ROMLING 456 / EDCURINS 456. Topics in Learning and Teaching French.

Other Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alain E Martinossi (alainm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: French 235, and 2 courses numbered between French 250 and 299. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/french/438/001.nsf

This course is specifically intended for prospective teachers of French. Although students will be introduced to theories which can be applied to the teaching of any language, practical applications of these theories will all be done in French.

The purpose of this course is to present methods of teaching secondary level foreign languages. The course is designed for prospective middle and high school teachers who are competent in their language skills and now seek to focus that competency into a personal teaching style in a foreign language classroom. Throughout the course, student will actively and reflectively practice their teaching skills in preparation for effective student teaching. Please note that this course should be taken by students enrolled in the teacher certification program at the School of Education, and preferably the term just prior to student teaching.

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to:

  • become familiar with the 5 goals of the standards for foreign language learning
  • become familiar with current theories of second language acquisition/teaching through readings and class discussions
  • participate in a range of activities (i.e., development of instructional material targeting various skills, teaching demonstrations, class observations) through which they will demonstrate their understanding of theoretical concepts discussed in class.
  • learn and apply various teaching techniques consistent with the current theories of second language acquisition and teaching
  • observe and critique teaching performances
  • become acquainted with technology for the foreign language classroom and implement it in their teaching
  • participate in professional electronic discussions in order to further explore issues discussed in class.

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FRENCH 461 / MEMS 444. Reading of Old French Texts.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Section 001 – The Romance of the Rose and Thirteenth-Century Paris.

Instructor(s): Peggy S Mccracken (peggymcc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Three courses in French numbered 300 or above. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course takes as its focus the thirteenth-century allegorical romance, Le roman de la rose. We'll read this romance slowly, thinking about it as both a work of literature and as a cultural document. We'll ask what allegory does and how it does it; why allegory is useful for describing love and how allegory might complicate the representation of love in unexpected and potentially subversive ways. We'll also situate this romance in the context of thirteenth-century Paris. We'll do research to figure out what Paris looked like when the romance was written, what kind of debates (in the University of Paris, in the church, in the monarchy) may be represented in the text, and we'll study the production of manuscripts during this period. Toward the end of the term we'll read the late medieval debates about Le roman de la rose that were initiated by Christine de Pisan and that focused on language, gender, and violence.

This course is taught in French. It is open to advanced undergraduates and to graduate students. Graduate students will be responsible for supplementary critical readings.

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FRENCH 491. Senior Honors Course.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open only to seniors by permission of the departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Supervised independent studies; a program of selected readings and conferences, term papers, or reports; and written examinations.

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FRENCH 492. Senior Honors Course.

Cultural and Literary Studies

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open only to seniors by permission of the departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Supervised independent studies; a program of selected readings and conferences, term papers, or reports; and written examinations.

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