Level 3 Courses

311 Advanced French Grammar I

The focus is on complex sentence structure and writing techniques. Emphasis is on the idiomatic uses of all tenses of the indicative mood, on the correction of anglicisms, on the conjugation andmeaning of all fourtypes ofreflexive verbs, etc. Short literary texts will be discussed, analyzed in their socio-historic context. The selections aim to improve the students’ reading skills. Short compositions focus on the acquisition of vocabulary, the application of the grammar covered, and the organization of logical thought into a coherent paragraph. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 311 or FREN 215. Prerequisite: FREN 212(115) or completion of French School, or an exceptional result on the placement test. Three credits.

312 Advanced French Grammar II

The focus continues on complex sentence structure and writing techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on the uses of verb moods not studied in depth in FREN 311. Other complex grammatical structures are studied. Anglicisms will continue to be corrected. Written assignments will lead to the drafting of a coherent and logical essay on this novel: an outline, an introduction, several shorter analytical paragraphs, and conclusion. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 312 or FREN 215. Prerequisite: FREN 311(115) or permission of the department chair, or who are placed into the course through the placement test. Three credits.

314 Selected Topics in French Studies

The topic for 2019-2020 is Intercultural Communication. This course presents the structure of communication from the perspective of linguistics as based in sign recognition. It defines culture as the production of institutions and artefacts in relation to language use and likens it to artistic creation. Given the structure of communication, an encounter with a culture different from one’s own cannot but challenge the cultural construct known as the subject and lead to its transformation. Readings will be chosen in linguistics, philosophy, literature, and aesthetics.  Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at 200 level or permission of chair. Three credits.

318 Classical French Theatre

This class offers an introduction to seventeenth century French literature with a primary focus on representative works by three major dramatists: Corneille, Molière and Racine. It explores their vision of humanity and assesses their contribution to French literature and the history of ideas. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 318 or FREN 316.  Prerequisite:  6 credits of French at the 200-level or permission of the department chair. Three credits.  

319 Literary Works of the grand siècle (Les Moralistes)

This course studies a selection of primarily prose and poetry works from the classical period that was 17th century France. It includes a study of works by Pascal, Descartes, La Rochefoucauld, La Fontaine, Boileau, Mme de Lafayette, and La Bruyère. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 319 or FREN 316.  Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

321 French Cinema

A study of France’s unique contribution to the seventh art, starting with the Frères Lumières’ moving pictures in 1895 and covering the history of French cinema. Emphasis will be placed on such masterpieces as La Grande Illusion and Les Enfants du Paradis. Prerequisite: FREN 212 (115) or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

322 18th-Century French Theatre

An introduction to 18th-Century French theatre. This course focuses on the evolution of the field of theater during the Enlightenment. Presented in chronological sequence, the course gives special attention to works by Lesage, Voltaire, Marivaux, Diderot and Beaumarchais. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 322 or FREN 326. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level, completed or concurrent or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

324 18th-Century Literature: The Novel

An Introduction to the 18th century French novel, this course gives special attention to works by Lesage, Montesquieu, Prévost, Voltaire, Marivaux, Diderot, Rousseau and Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 324 or FREN 326. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

327 French Writing I

An introduction to the techniques of composition through the study and practice of appropriate sentence structure. This course is designed to improve students’ expression of complex thought and to familiarize them with the idiomatic use of French language in a variety of contexts. The course combines vocabulary enrichment, detailed analysis of texts and a variety of writing activities: descriptions, portraits, narrations, and correspondence. Emphasis is on describing and narrating. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

329 Children’s Literature

A critical survey of French children’s literature. Authors to be studied include La Fontaine, Perrault, Ségur, Daudet, Cendrars, Aymé, Gripari, Sempé et Goscinny, PEF, Tournier. Prerequisites: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

331 From Self-expression to Self-denial:  19th Century France

This presents 19th century texts in the context of events, ideas and schools of thought that shaped this period, events such as the French Revolution, the Napoleonic era, and the Franco-Prussian war. Major currants of thought of this period involve Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism and Symbolism. Readings will include extracts from well-known authors of the period. Credit will be granted only for one of FREN 331 or FREN 347/348. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

332 IDEAS IN FRENCH LITERATURE: THE 20th CENTURY

This course proposes to present literary texts in the context of events, ideas and schools of thought that shaped 20th Century French literature, events such as the two world wars, and ideas associated with movements such as phenomenology, surrealism, communism, existentialism, and feminism. Readings will include extracts from texts of the period. Credit will be granted only for one of FREN 332 or FREN 347/348. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

341 Linguistics I: Phonetics

An introduction to linguistics, this course presents the major concepts used in linguistics and outlines the phonetic structure of the French language as revealed in word formations and in sentence structures. It includes pronunciation exercises. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 341 and FREN 340.  Prerequisite:  FREN 115 or 211. Three credits.   

342 Linguistics II: Morphology, Syntax and Semantics

This course presents three of the major branches of contemporary linguistics, morphology, or word form, syntax, or sentence structure, and semantics, or word meanings. Students will acquire an understanding of linguistic concepts and linguistic analysis through the student of practical examples. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 342 or FREN 340. Prerequisite: one of FREN 115, 211 or 212 or higher-level French course. Three credits. 

351 Stylistic Comparison of French and English

This course develops theoretical and practical knowledge specific to the field of translation. Students will be initiated to the techniques and instruments of translation in order to reflect upon the notions of comparative stylistics and accordingly understand the fundamental differences between the English and French languages. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

361 Acadian Literature

A critical description of the historical, socio-cultural, linguistic, and literary significance of Acadian writing. Consideration will also be given to stylistic evolution, from oral literature to poetry, novels, and short stories.  Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 361 or FREN 376. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

362 Acadian Language and Culture

This course will examine the current linguistic situation in the Acadian communities of the Atlantic provinces. Students will study the cultural, social and historical circumstances which have influenced and contributed to the distinct cultural identity of the Acadian people. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 362 or FREN 376. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits.  

363 Québécois Literature I: Révolution tranquille to the Present

An introduction to the study of Québécois literature since the Quiet Revolution. Through a sampling of works representing the major literary genres, this course focuses on the role of literature in Quebec’s political and social affirmation as a society. Special attention is given to the works of Marie-Claire Blais, Pierre Vallières, Michel Tremblay, Gaston Miron and Gabrielle Roy. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

364 Québécois Literature II: Origins to the Révolution tranquille

A study of the major literary forms and authors of French Canada from the beginning of the colony to the Révolution tranquille (ca. 1960). Emphasis is placed on a structural and thematic approach to narrative, set against a background of cultural and ideological influences. Prerequisites: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits.