Courses

FREN 103 - Elementary French I: Intensive Course

An intensive course in the basic elements of the language: pronunciation, structure of sentences, culture, conversation, and reading. Use of language laboratory required. Four hours of class per week.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 104 - Elementary French II: Intensive Course

An intensive course in the basic elements of the language: pronunciation, structure of sentences, culture, conversation, and reading. Use of language laboratory required. Four hours of class per week. Prerequisite: French 103 or placement by department.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 203 - Intermediate French: Intensive Course

An intensive course in more advanced elements of the language: pronunciation, structure of sentences, culture, conversation, and reading. Use of language laboratory required. Four hours of class per week. Prerequisite: Fren 104 or placement by department.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 300 - Advanced French

A continuation of the study of advanced French language, leading to readings from various authors, periods, genres, and Francophone countries. Specific grammatical structures are studied parallel to the readings, and progress in oral and written French is also stressed. The normal course for completing the language requirement. Prerequisite: Fren 203 or placement by department.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 301 - Discovering Paris

An interdisciplinary survey of Paris seen through history, culture, literature, and the arts. This course traces the development of Paris from its foundation by Gaulish boatmen of the Parisii tribe to its current status as a global city. Cinema, art, literature, and computer-mediated virtual tours are used to analyze the evolution of major political and cultural events in Parisian history. Taught in English. Prerequisite: Fren 203. Cannot be taken for credit if Fren 300 has been taken. Does not count toward a French and French Studies major.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 313 - Writing and Speaking French (writing-intensive)

Advanced language review and emphasis on accuracy of expression with intensive writing on diverse themes. Development of oral expression and vocabulary expansion; materials used include audio, video, and electronic sources, as well as readings. Prerequisite: Fren 300, or placement by department.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 314 - Introduction to Literature, Culture, and History of the French-Speaking World

Readings in representative authors, themes and periods from France and from other Francophone countries. Prerequisite: Fren 300 or 301 and preferably 313, or placement by department.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 320 - Advanced Language Abroad

A course designed to increase oral and written proficiency by offering students the opportunity to live and study in France, generally during the same time-frame as Sewanee's regular summer session. Normally taken in tandem with French 321. Prerequisite: French 300 and permission of the department. Next scheduled for the summer of 2013 and alternating summers.
(Credit, full course, writing intensive)

FREN 321 - Studies in Culture and Literature Abroad

Complementary on-site study of French language and civilization within the framework of the Sewanee Summer-in-France program, with emphasis upon cultural readings and literary topics that should be of particular interest when explored on site in France. Prerequisite: Fren 300 and permission of the department. Next scheduled for the summer of 2013 and alternating summers.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 400 - Directed Reading

This is a course designed to help majors who, for exceptional reasons, may need to complete reading in a certain area. Open only to French and French Studies majors.
(Credit, half or full course)

FREN 401 - Early French Literature

Readings and criticism in French literature from La Chanson de Roland to Montaigne, with an emphasis on the evolution of narratology and poetics, and on the role of women. Prerequisite: Fren 314.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 403 - The 17th Century

Readings in baroque poets, Descartes, Pascal, La Fontaine, moralistes, Boileau, as well as in the great dramatists of the century: Corneille, Molière, and Racine. Prerequisite: Fren 314.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 405 - The 18th Century

A study of the stylistic strains of the century, with particular emphasis on enlightenment writings and on the development of the novel and of comedy: Montesquieu, Marivaux, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Beaumarchais, Isabelle de Charrière, André Chénier, among others. Prerequisite: Fren 314.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 407 - The 19th Century

A survey of movements in prose and poetry from the Revolution into the years just following the Second Empire: Romantics, Parnassians, Realists. Emphasis on Chateaubriand, Lamartine, Vigny, Musset, Hugo, Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert, Baudelaire, and Zola. Prerequisite: Fren 314.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 409 - Contemporary Literature

A study of twentieth-century poetry, prose, and theater through cultural analysis. Prerequisite: Fren 314.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 411 - Culture through History

A study of the historical and societal frames within which the weave of French civilization has spun itself forward through the centuries. Close attention is paid to moments of national crisis and to political arrangements, to daily life within the periods examined, and to aesthetic achievement and stylistic trends along the way. Prerequisite: Fren 314.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 413 - Modern France through Films and Other Texts

A view of modern France since World War II examined through films selected for their historical-cultural revelations (along with preparatory study of scripts and/or written works tied to the films), through literary and journalistic texts echoing significant events and social trends, and through audio recordings of famous speeches and songs (the texts of which are likewise to be studied within their societal context.) Prerequisite: Fren 314.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 415 - History of French Cinema

A survey of French films from the invention of cinema to the contemporary period with an emphasis on points of connection with American cinema. From the Lumières brothers to Méliès, from Pathé and Gaumont to Surrealism (Clair, Bunuel, Cocteau), from Abel Gance to realism (Renoir, Carné), and from "New Wave" (Resnais, Godard, Truffaut) to "Modern Cinema" (Lelouch, Malle). Prerequisite: Fren 314.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 417 - Topics of the French-Speaking World

An examination of the French-speaking world and its language, literature, culture, art, music, and political life. Topics vary from year to year, but the course would typically include cultural themes, novels, short stories, poetry, film, and drama from France, French-speaking Europe, North and West Africa, Quebec, and the Antilles. This course is repeatable for credit when the course topic is different from the one studied in a semester for which the student has already received course credit. Prerequisite: Fren 314.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 419 - Introduction to French Linguistics

An introduction to French linguistics. A survey of historical and theoretical issues in the area of syntax, morphology, and phonology. Considerable emphasis on phonetics and pronunciation. Aspects of applied linguistics include language variation, usage, and acquisition, as well as pedagogical concerns. Prerequisite: Fren 314.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 435 - French and French Studies Senior Seminar (writing-intensive)

Preparation for oral comprehensive exams, directed readings, and preparation of an in-depth research paper on a topic approved by the professor pertaining to an aspect of French/Francophone literature or culture. Research strategies for obtaining source materials in French are explored, and writing techniques and style are fine-tuned. Required of all majors in French and French Studies.
(Credit, full course)

FREN 444 - Independent Study

For majors who wish to pursue, during the Advent semester of their senior year, a readings and research project culminating in a paper of some length on a chosen topic. Applicants for this project must have a 3.5 GPA in French and French Studies, and a brief abstract of the proposed study must be submitted to the department for approval prior to enrollment in the course.
(Credit, full course)