Fall Course Guide

Romance Languages and Literatures

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

French, Italian, and Spanish Placement Tests

If you are planning to take an elementary French, Italian, or Spanish class and you are a new student, freshman or transfer student, or you have not yet begun the elementary language sequence on the Ann Arbor campus, you must take the placement test in order to register for the correct course. You must register for the class into which you have been placed.

If you have registered for a class prior to taking the test, you will still be required to take the test in order to verify that you are in the appropriate level class.

If you have already taken French, Italian, or Spanish 101-232 on the Ann Arbor campus, or if you have already taken the placement test once, you are not eligible to take the test again. For questions regarding the LS&A language requirement, please see a general academic advisor or call POINT-10 (764-6810).

Please Note: With the reduction in the number of classrooms throughout LS&A, departments must limit the number of classes offered between 10 am and 4 pm. There will be more classes open before 10 am and after 4 pm. Please take advantage of the opportunity to register for these classes and avoid the "Lottery" (see 2b below).

Instructions for students requesting overrides for French or Spanish 101, 103, 231, or 232.

1. Try to find a section that will fit into your schedule, since the Department cannot guarantee every student a space in a section of his/her own choice.

However, do not register for a class that you cannot attend. You will not be eligible to override into the section of your choice if you are registered for any section of 101-232, even if you cannot attend that section.

2. As it states in the Time Schedule any registered student who misses one of the first four class meetings will be dropped from the course, thereby leaving some open spaces for those students who have been closed out.

If there is absolutely no section open which will fit your schedule, you should follow this procedure:

(a) Start attending the section you would like to get into on the first day of class. You will receive a Proof of Attendance form which must be signed by your instructor every day. You must attend a class every day, but it does not need to be the same section. All students must take action through T-T Registration to make sure their official schedule of courses matches the courses they are taking.

(b) On Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m., there will be a meeting in the basement of the MLB, rooms to be announced later, for each of the above courses. At these meetings, students will be assigned to remaining vacated spaces in the most fair and equitable manner possible, using a lottery system. At no time, however, will any class be allowed to exceed 25 students. Students must bring their printout of classes and the Proof of Attendance form to the meeting!

3. Please note that you will not be allowed to change sections at these meetings. Beginning Wednesday, September 11, Elementary French Language Supervisors will hear requests for section changes and fill those requests to whatever degree is possible.

4. Please ensure when adding with the override that you also add modifiers for pass/fail, etc.

Courses in French (Division 371)

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Elementary Language Courses

Students who intend to continue a language begun in high school must take the Placement Test to determine the language course in which they should enroll. French 102 is NOT open to students who have begun instruction in high school. It is strongly recommended that students who began French at another college or university also take the placement test. Students must check with the Course Coordinator for any exceptions to the Placement Test level.

101. Elementary French. 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).
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. Credit is not granted for more than two courses from French 101, 102 and 103. Cost:3 WL: See statement above. Students with any prior study of French must take the Placement Test.
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102. Elementary French, Continued. 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).
See 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. French 102 is usually followed by 231. No credit granted to those who have completed 103.
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103. Review of Elementary French. Assignment by placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 102. (4). (LR).
French 103 is a course for students with some prior language study in French, and covers the same material presented in French 101/102. Entrance into the course is by placement or with the permission of the course coordinator. Because students are expected to be already familiar with some of the material, the course moves at a rapid pace, and students will need to plan on spending at least 8-10 hours each week preparing daily lessons. The objectives and methods of instruction are similar to those of French 101/102. Frequent quizzes (with both oral and written components) are administered to check students' assimilation of material. There are two hourly exams, a final and 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. (Mangiafico)
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231. Second-Year French. 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).
Students whose last French course was NOT at U of M Ann Arbor must take the placement test. The sequence French 231/232 is built upon the work done in French 101/102. It presents intensive and comprehensive grammar review, study of finer points of French grammar structure, and the reading of journalistic prose, short stories, and literary excerpts. Both courses include the use of French movies and video. The proficiency gained by the end of French 232 should enable students to express themselves in French on subjects of intellectual interest, to understand conversation on such topics. 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 grammar study, writing exercises, and laboratory work, both audio and video. There are comprehensive course-wide tests, compositions, and final examinations.
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232. Second-Year French, Continued. French 231; or assignment by placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112 or 230. (4). (LR).
In French 232, we will discuss several cultural themes (problems in society, racism, immigration, cooking, health, socialized medicine, and World War II France). You will continue to improve speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills by reviewing vocabulary and grammar related to these themes as well as through discussion of short weekly readings (advertisements, literary excerpts, and short stories). Throughout the term, students will listen to French songs, see several videos (from French television) as well as two French movies. 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 three course wide tests, composition, and a final examination.

Section 010 Contemporary French Culture. An introduction to the critical reading of French literary and non-literary texts; a review of French grammar; training in composition, conversation, and listening comprehension. We will analyze short stories, poetry, short articles on current events, and films. (Huet)
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Courses Taught in English (without language prerequisite)

240. French and Francophone Topics in Translation. Taught in English. A knowledge of French is not required. (3). (HU).
Section 001 The Philosophical Novel.
What can novels say or teach about how to live? About ethical and political choices, about the pursuit of happiness and about responsibility for evil? These are some of the central questions called for by the French-language philosophical novels that will be read and studied in English translation in this course. (No French is required; students who can read French will be encouraged to do so.) We will begin with several short works from the heyday of philosophical and critical fiction in the years preceeding the French Revolution, then continue with versions of the genre down to the present day. Works studied will include Diderot, Rameau's Nephew; Graffigny, Letters of a Peruvian Woman; Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons; Denon, No Tomorrow; Balzac, The Wild Ass' Skin; Camus The Fall; and Kundera, Slowness. Three essays or experimental writing projects of moderate length; one oral or written examination (depending on class size). Cost: 2 WL: 1 (Paulson)

Section 002 The Computer and the Rainbow: Science and Literature. This discussion course will move from the infinitesimal world of DNA and genetic replication to the measureless realms of the expanding universe and explore many scientific concepts that occur in literature, as well as consider differences between `science' and `literature'. Science explores and discovers `external reality' while literature deals with the world of creation and imagination. Is it true that science discovers that which already exists while literature creates that which does not (or might never) exist? Chance plays an important role in science and we will explore literary texts where chance and other scientific images are an important theme. The course will be in English and there are NO SCIENTIFIC PREREQUISITES. Those wishing to read the texts in French will be encouraged to. Grade based on regular and active class participation, oral presentation and term paper. (Maxwell)
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342. French and Francophone Film Taught in English. Taught in English. A knowledge of French is not required. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.
001 The French New Wave. This course is an in-depth exploration of one of the most important film "movements" in French film history: The New Wave. We will concentrate on the development of the New Wave and the history of France from the 1950s through the early 1970s. The first two parts of the course center on the close study of styles of individual film makers and the film "movement" (as perceived by critics), and the last part on the New Wave's contribution to international film culture. While the primary emphasis throughout the course will be on the style and culture of the film makers and critics most closely associated with the New Wave, we will also examine this "movement's" socio-political dimensions. Film makers studied include Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Alain Resnais, Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer and Agnes Varda. FR 342 fulfills the National Cinema elective for concentrators in the Program in Film and Video Studies. This course will be taught in English. M W 1:00-2:30 pm (lecture); M 6:00-8:00 pm (screenings) (Yervasi)
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Cultural and Literary Studies

270. French and Francophone Literature and Culture. French 232. (4). (HU). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.
Section 001 Les intellos et la politique Un siècle d'engagement.
This course will explore the participation of the French intellectual community in the twentieth-century political scene by focusing on a series of petitions, beginning with Emile Zola's defense of Alfred Dreyfus in 1898 and ending with the support of the "sans-papiers" by sixty-six filmmakers in 1997. Issues of nationalism, colonialism, ideology, and human rights will be examined in class discussions, debates, and an on-line discussion group. In addition to these petitions, representative works by authors on all sides of the issues will be read to determine how different genres (i.e., petitions, manifestos, essays, poems, films, etc.) treat the same topic. As a final project, you may choose to create two original petitions (both pro and con) on any issue which interests you, to read and analyze a supplemental text by one of the authors mentioned in the course, or to debate a topic of your choice with another student. (Diehl)

Section 002 The Eighteenth-Century Epistolary Novel. Originating in the tradition of personal correspondence and letter manuals of the seventeenth century, the epistolary genre, or the novel by letters, of the eighteenth century quickly became one of the century's most popular literary forms. Because of its ability to incorporate multiple points of view in letters penned by many different authors, the epistolary novel facilitated the exploration of women's issues, the role of the "other" in French society, the contemporary social situation, and current political topics from various perspectives. This course will address several representative works where the woman's voice, the voice of the other, the voice of social scandal, and the political voice are expressed and how letters aid this expression. (Waterouse)
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274. French and Francophone Societies and Culture. French 232. (4). (HU). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.
Section 001 -
Faits divers. The criminal, the diabolical, the strange, the illicit, the comical, the unexpected, the ironic, such is the fascinating world of the fait divers. These popular stories of everyday life, which fill the pages of newspapers and feed the plots of literary works, provide a window onto the norms, limits, preoccupations, and fantasies of members of French society. This course will explore and analyze faits divers in their varied forms and roles from the early-modern period to present day. We will examine the success and criticism of the fait divers and its influence on literary and filmic production. In addition to reading articles, short stories, and excerpts from novels, students will compose a dossier of current faits divers, write brief responses to readings and discussion, prepare a short presentation of a text, write two short essays and several creative pieces, and collaborate in the creation of a faits divers publication. (Dauge-Roth)

Section 002 Nineteenth And Early Twentieth Century French Detective Fiction From 1828. To 1907. This course will trace the development of nineteenth and early twentieth detective fiction from the crime story to the detective novel. All of the works studied will be short stories except for Gaston Leroux's Mystère De La Chambre Jaune (250 pgs. approx.). The focus of the course will be on the French tradition of detective fiction from Eugène Vidocq to Gaston Leroux and Maurice Leblanc. Careful consideration will be given to the development of the genre from a sociological as well as a literary perspective. During the course we will try to provide answers to the following questions: What were the precursors of detective fiction? In what type of political, sociological, historical and literary environment did the genre develop? How was the genre defined in the nineteenth century? How is it defined today? While the primary emphasis is on French detective fiction, we will also read Edgar Allan Poe's Murders In The Rue Morgue, The Purloined Letter, and Sherlock Holmes' A Study In Scarlet. Detective fiction also raises some interesting questions concerning the role of the detective. We will attempt to theorize the `detective' as a generalizable term that can be applied to various disciplines and explore how all of us as students, professionals, researchers and critics share something in common with Edgar Allan Poe's C. Auguste Dupin, Emile Gaboriau's Mechinet, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Gaston Leroux's Rouletabille, and Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin. There will be general discussion of the current fascination with the televised Police Drama, Court TV, the televising of live criminal trials. One of the things you may want to think about is: How are these programs the beneficiaries of a genre that was inaugurated over a century and a half ago and what makes them so fascinating? The discussion in class will be in French. There will be four or five very short position papers (written in French, typed, double spaced, no longer than three pages) on a topic that will be discussed in class. Films will be shown if available. (Ross)
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362. Quebec and French Canadian Studies. French 232, and 8 credits in courses numbered between French 250 and 299. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 A Nation within a Nation: Québécois Literature, Culture, and Identity.
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. One midterm paper, one final paper, and class presentations. (Hayes)
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364. African Studies (Maghreb). French 232, and 8 credits in courses numbered between French 250 and 299. (3). (Excl).
This course will examine a number of novels and films from the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) written in French from the interdisciplinary approach of Cultural Studies. We shall begin with the childhood narratives that mark the birth of a Francophone Maghrebian literature distinct from the literature of Metropolitan France. In the aftermath of World War II, this new literature coincided with the consolidation of national identity producing the nationalists movements that would end French colonial rule in the Maghreb. We shall consider examples of "combat literature," which articulated this resistance to colonialism in the form of the novel. And finally, we shall consider how Maghrebian literature reflects on the post-independence conditions of the Maghreb, what some have called the postcolonial condition, particularly through consideration of the connection between gender and sexuality and national identity. There will be two papers and class presentations. (Hayes)
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367/368/369 Introduction to French Literature.

The objective of this series of courses is to acquaint students with significant literary works and literary theories drawn from the entire range of French literature. Each work is analyzed (in French) individually for its own merit and is then placed within the context of its period. Students are asked to read carefully the assigned works, to reflect on them, and to express their reactions and ideas in class. The instructor holds class discussions, points out the artistic values of the work, and attempts in many cases to show the evolution of literature as it reflects various external factors. Grades may be based on discussions, papers, and a midterm and/or final examination.

378. Studies in Genre. French 232, and 8 credits in courses numbered between French 250 and 299. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Section 001 Short Genres.
One focus of this course is on short genres (sonnets, fables, short stories, prose poems-but also: proverbs, dictionary definitions, postcards, comic-strips, magazine ads, TV commercials, etc.). Why is brevity the "soul of wit"? Why does short writing make for long reading? The other focus is on what can be learned from short genres about using French as a foreign language. The speaker of a foreign language needs wit, resourcefulness, and flexibility (special forms of creativity and dibrouillardise) that go way beyond the so-called skills of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. The skill we'll be interested in is the skill of "savoir faire" and "making do" (faire avec). Expect plenty of practice in reading (long) and writing (short), but also in using your wits linguistically. All reading and writing and most class work in French; midterms by interview with instructor. No finals. Textbooks (for purchase): Julie Doucet, Ciboire de Criss!; Jean de la Fontaine, Fables; Guy de Maupassant, Contes du jour et de la nuit; Francis Ponge, Le parati pris des choses. Course pack (anthology of sonnets and other short texts) (Chambers)
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384. Origins of Contemporary France: From the Gauls to de Gaulle. French 235. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
Section 001 Cultural History of France: From the Middle-Ages to the Revolution.
A survey of French civilization: literature, history, art, and society. We will discuss Romanesque and Gothic art, the role of women in medieval society, witchcraft and the Church, Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the centralization of power, and the emergence of absolutism. Slides and films will complement lectures, reading, and discussions of monuments, events, and social structures. Conducted in French. (Huet)
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450(460). Special Studies. Three courses in French numbered 300 or above. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.
Section 001 Women's Cinema: Film, Event, and Community.
This undergraduate/graduate seminar is organized around contemporary representations of gender and society in film. We will focus our discussion on the themes of community and event in film. Throughout the term we will question the notions of community and event: what constitutes them? what maintains them? what regulates them? We will study, among other topics, the relationship of gender to family, to friendship, and to communities based on race and ethnicity from the 1960s to the present. The course will place emphasis on films that address the roles of women in society and the category of gender (femininity and masculinity) in relation to community formation/maintenance at "eventful" moments in contemporary history. Readings will address social movements, feminism, and film theory and criticism. Some of the films, among others, to be studied are by directors Chantal Akerman, Claire Denis, Assia Djebar, Martine Dugowson, Marguerite Duras, Nelly Kaplan, Diane Kurys, Euzhan Palcy, Coline Serreau, and Agnes Varda. This course will be offered in French. (Yervasi)
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465(455). Literature of the Nineteenth Century. Three courses in French numbered 300 or above. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Literature, History, and Revolutions.
The French nineteenth century was an era of intense political and social change, punctuated by the revolutions of 1830, 1848, and 1871, all of which could be described as the aftershocks of the French Revolution of 1789-1799. History and revolution loom large in French fiction and poetry of the period, both as overt subject matter and as points of reference for writing about everything from politics to private life. In this course, we'll study short stories, novels, poems, and a brief "Introduction to Universal History" by the romantic historian Jules Michelet; our aim will be to understand better the culture and history of France and the relations between literature and history. Authors studied will include Madame de Duras, Stendhal, Balzac, Sand, Flaubert, Hugo, Baudelaire, and Rimbaud. Two papers (6-8 pages); active participation in class activities; one oral examination. Cost: 2 WL: 4 (Paulson).
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Other Language Courses

111. First Special Reading Course. 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).
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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235(361). Advanced Practice in French. French 232. (3). (Excl). May not be included in a concentration plan in French.
In this course we will be dealing with some of the issues and problems facing today's French/Francophone society through readings (press and textbook articles), videos (documentaries, news program exposes, film) and Cds: What is the "French Republic?" France and "the crisis of authority"; The European Union (Transparency and opacity of the governing powers); Unemployment and exclusion; The "family" (traditional and new models); Young people (suicide, violence, AIDS); Women (American and French feminisms; a "backlash" for women in France?); Colonization and its sequels (the "immigrants", France and Sub-Saharan Africa, Islam in France, the Algerian tragedy); Racism and xenophobia; Fighting racism ("SOS Racisme", hardcore Rap ). This "cultural" approach will offer us a jumping-off point for oral and written communication (respectively 50 % and 50 % of the final grade). Four individual oral presentations, a number of short essays. Active class participation and regular attendance are expected. (Viers)
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438(428)/Rom. Ling. 456/Educ. D456. Topics in Learning and Teaching French. French 232, and 8 credits in courses numbered between French 250 and 299. (3). (Excl).

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. Issues such as curriculum development and instructional models of teaching will be addressed. 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. (Mangiafico)
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