Graduate Courses in French and Italian

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Fall 2014

French Courses

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (3 cr.)
TBA

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8505TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 237

The course provides an introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100-level.

FRIT F501: Medieval French Literature I (3 cr.)
Jacques Merceron

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30835TR3:35-5:30BH 106
Littérature française du Moyen Âge I : Introduction à l’ancien français

Ce cours a pour objectif, dans un premier temps, de préparer les étudiants à la lecture et à la traduction à voix haute des textes en ancien français, préparation nécessaire à leur étude littéraire. Pour ce faire, nous étudierons en premier lieu les bases phonétiques, morphologiques et syntaxiques indispensables. Les textes d’étude retenus sont : Le Roman de Renart (branches I à VI, éd.-trad. J. Dufournet et A. Méline, Garnier-Flammarion, t. 1) et la chanson de geste Ami et Amile (éd. P. Dembovksi, H. Champion, version en ancien français seulement). Nous étudierons aussi le contexte institutionnel et social médiéval permettant de resituer ces textes de fiction dans leur contexte historique. La spécificité fictionnelle et générique de ces deux textes sera aussi soulignée. Autres ouvrages à acheter : Sylvie Bazin-Taccella, Initiation à l’ancien français (Hachette, 2006) ; A. J. Greimas, Dictionnaire de l’ancien français (éd. Larousse). Ouvrage optionnel : Stéphane Muzelle, 100 fiches d’histoire du Moyen Age, éd. Bréal. Notation : Présence, participation en classe active et continue et exposé oral : 40% ; examen de mi-semestre : 30% ; examen final : 30%.

FRIT F564: Issues in Literary Theory (3 cr.)
Oana Panaïté

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30871W3:35-5:30 SY 0009
The Trouble with Literature

The course will examine concepts and theories which have shaped the Western idea of literature throughout the ages. Each session will address a major moment in the history of literary thought. Readings from Plato, Aristotle, Boileau, Du Bos, Rousseau, Diderot, Kant, Hegel, Freud, Lacan, Barthes, Genette, Foucault, Derrida, Said, Bhabha, Spivak, Rancière, Casanova, and Attridge will cover a wide range of questions such as: How is literature defined though the ages? What is the literary canon? What is literary authority? What roles do authors, readers and critics play in the making of literature? What is the moral and political responsibility of the writer? What are the geopolitical borders of literature? Class discussions and readings in French and English.

FRIT F572: College French Teaching Practicum (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

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8508F11:15-12:05BH 335

Graded on a pass/fail basis.

Focused classroom observations followed by discussions; identification and evaluation of teaching techniques. Required of new associate instructors of French.

FRIT F577: Introduction to French Syntax (3 cr.)
Laurent Dekydtspotter

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30878TR11:15-12:30BH 246

FRIT F603: History of the French Language I (3 cr.)
Barbara Vance

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34459TR8:00-9:15BH 137

F603 provides an introduction to the history of the French language, focusing on ‘internal’ developments while setting these against an ‘external’—historical and social—backdrop. We will investigate the evolution of the sound system (phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and vocabulary. In this first half of the 603-604 sequence, we especially cover early development (Popular Latin through 13th century Old French) and phonology/morphology. Diachronic study is complemented by readings from the Old French period.

FRIT F620: Studies in 16th Century French Literature (3 cr.)
Eric MacPhail

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30884M3:35-5:30SE 245
Between Renaissance and Classicism

This course proposes to study the literature of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century in France, not according to the esthetic category of the baroque but rather as a prolongation and parody of the Renaissance. We begin with Agrippa d’Aubigné’s epic poem Les Tragiques begun in the 1570’s and published in 1616. Then we will read Béroalde de Verville’s Le Moyen de parvenir from around 1610. Finally we will read some of the Petits traités sceptiques by François de La Mothe Le Vayer. These authors will be studied in parallel with their Renaissance models especially Béroalde in relation to Rabelais and La Mothe Le Vayer in relation to Montaigne. At the same time we will examine Marie de Gournay’s preface to the 1595 Essais. In our modest way we will strive to rescue these figures from the chronological isolation from which they suffer, stranded between Renaissance and Classicism. Students are expected to do an in-class presentation and write a 15 to 20 page term paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the professor.

FRIT F651: Studies in French Cinema (3 cr.)
Brett Bowles

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30891T5:45-7:45 pmBH 141

Joint-listed with CMCL-C596.

French Documentary Film, Society, and Politics

Using selected films from the silent era through the present, this course will examine the formal evolution of French documentary as a cinematic genre and as a form of social and political discourse. We will examine how the documentary medium (including newsreels, docu-dramas, and television news) has been deployed in various contexts to promote and to contest governmental policy, as well as to shape notions of identity, French national identity, and class. In addition, we will consider how the form and conventions of the medium have evolved over time, and why certain films have successfully impacted public perception and policy, whereas others have failed. Filmmakers and contexts to be covered include Jean Vigo and Jean Renoir in the context of the Popular Front; French and German newsreels during the Second World War; Alain Resnais, Jean Rouch, Gillo Pontecorvo, Chris Marker, Marcel Ophuls, and Agnès Varda during the New Wave. The course will be taught in English, but students enrolled under the French rubric will do their writing and at least some of their reading in French.

FRIT F677: French Lexicology/Lexicography (3 cr.)
Kevin Rottet

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30898TR2:30-3:45KH 200

From the marginal glosses of medieval manuscripts to the bilingual lexicons of Renaissance classicists to today’s electronic and online dictionaries such as the Trésor de la langue française informatisé and the OED, dictionaries have been essential repositories and even shapers of language. This course will survey major issues and techniques in lexicology (lexical morphology, lexical semantics, and the structure of the lexicon), and lexicography (the making of dictionaries and reference tools). Looking first at lexicology, we will consider topics such as componential analysis; semantic primitives (do all languages have a common semantic core?); prototype theory (why are some birds more “birdy” than others?); semantic relations including problems of homonymy and polysemy, metonymy and metaphor (in English, time is money; in French, money is food) and how these are deployed creatively throughout the lexicon of a language. Turning our attention to lexicography, we will examine, inter alia, definitions (how are they constructed and what is Aristotelian about them?), sense distinctions, and problems of etymology. We will examine the nature and techniques of lexicographic evidence, from 19th century volunteer readers to electronic concordances and corpora. Issues in the compilation of bilingual dictionaries, dictionaries of collocations, learners’ dictionaries, and research on the dictionary user will also be examined.

FRIT F815: Individual Reading in French Literature and Linguistics (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

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8510Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8511ArrangedOn-campus
12825ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research in French (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDays/Time
8512Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Italian Courses

FRIT M491: Elementary Italian for Graduate Students (3 cr.)
Alicia Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8539TR7:15-8:45 pmWH 116

Introduction to the structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of M491 and any Italian course at the 100 level.

FRIT M501: Dante I (3-4 cr.)
H. Wayne Storey

NumberDaysTimeRoomCredits
30918
30924
T9:05-11:00BH 1353 cr.
4 cr.
The World of Dante’s Vita Nova

This seminar examines Dante’s earliest book, the Vita Nova, both as a socio-cultural narrative and as a work that has spawned diverse critical and textual methods and interpretations. Called the first book in Italian literature, its “world” calls into play the lyric poetry of Dante’s day, questions of dream interpretation, the interface of narrative prose and commentary within the same work, Dante’s scribal culture and the production of manuscripts, and, from 1907 until 2014, has been the “proving ground” for how a critical edition of a medieval work should be made. Boccaccio used it pivotally to influence a critical orientation toward much of early Italian literature; and yet, it was the last of Dante’s works to come out in print (1576, over a century after the first printing of the Divine Comedy, almost 90 years after the first printing of Dante’s unfinished Convivio).

FRIT M572: Italian Teaching Practicum (1 cr.)
Karolina Serafin

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13900M3:35-5:05BH 107

Graded on a pass/fail basis.

FRIT M605: Seminar in Modern Italian Literature (3-4 cr.)
Marco Arnaudo

NumberDaysTimeRoomCredits
33604
33605
T4:15-6:15CAHI3 cr.
4 cr.

Questo corso copre la storia del fumetto italiano dalle sue origini di primo Novecento sino al ventunesimo secolo. Il discorso sui testi chiave del fumetto italiano si imperniera' sullo specifico espressivo del medium fumetto, come anche sulle caratteristiche che esso assume nel contesto della societa' italiana. I testi analizzati includeranno, tra gli altri, fumetti di epoca fascista, selezioni significative dalla scuderia Bonelli, sperimentazioni visive di Crepax, Andrea Pazienza e del gruppo di Frigidaire, graphic novels dei piu' importanti fumettisti contemporanei, e una selezione dal best seller internazionale Sky Doll. In italiano.

FRIT M815: Individual Reading in Italian Literature (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

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8542Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M825: Seminar in Italian Literature & Culture (3 cr.)
Antonio Vitti

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20422W
R
3:35-5:30
7:15-9:30 pm
SE 009
CH 001
Lecture
Films
Rosso fuoco. The Cinema of a Transgressive Director: Giuseppe De Santis and Postwar Italian Cinema

This course will bring to the study of Italian cinema in general and of De Santis in particular, a perspective that is uncluttered by fashionable critical trends on either side of the Atlantic. Rather than rely on secondary sources and critical theory, this course will take students to the original historical, political, cinematic documents to validate my thesis on De Santis’ cinema. Students will explore and study a filmmaker and a theoretician, who stood for a different form of militant, political and erotic cinema whose films are fundamental to understand neorealism and postwar Italian Cinema.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature
Andrea Ciccarelli

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8543ArrangedOn-campus
12826ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research in Italian (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8513Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.



Spring 2015

French Courses

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students [CANCELLED] (3 cr.)

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18011TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 135

Prerequisite: F491 or consent of department.

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the B.A. language requirement in another language. Continuation of language and reading development from F491. Credit given for only one of F492 or any of the following: F150, F169, F200, F205, or F219.

FRIT F502: Medieval French Literature II (3 cr.)
Frontières sous influences ou l’art de conter au Moyen Âge
Jacques Merceron

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30594TR4:00-5:30BH 146

Dans ce cours, nous étudierons en particulier la question des limites, limites de toutes natures dans la littérature des 12e et 13e siècles, mais en particulier limites entre les genres narratifs et dramaturgiques, limites spatiales, limites temporelles, limites motivistiques, etc. Le concept et la pratique de la limite ou de la limitation engendrent à leur tour les notions d’intérieur et d’extérieur, donc de frontière et d’identité, mais aussi de seuil, de passages, de porosités possibles entre un extérieur et intérieur définis par la limite, donc d’influences (d’où le titre du cours), voire de transgressions. Sur le plan moral, la limite peut être conçue et pensée en termes de pureté et d’impureté, de rigueur et de laxisme (cf. la fuite hors du « vil siècle »). Sur le plan des personnages du récit, la limite et la transgression peuvent donner lieu à un parcours évolutif, à un itinéraire tant spatial que moral ou spirituel. Voici encore, sans idée de limitation, un bref échantillon de questions qui seront abordés dans ce cours : quels sont les formes matérielles ou immatérielles prises par les limites ? Quelles sont les soubassements idéologiques ayant, au départ, engendré le besoin d’instaurer des limites ? Y a-t-il des frontières intangibles, infranchissables ? Quels sont les risques encourus pour avoir transgressé l’interdit ou le tabou posé par une autorité ? Quel statut et quel sort sont réservés aux transgresseurs des limites ? Quid aussi des passeurs ou facilitateurs des passages, mais aussi des gardiens des passages ? Nous lirons (en éd. ‘bilingues’) des œuvres à contenu religieux (hagiographique, marial, allégorique), telles que La Vie de saint Alexis, Le Voyage de saint Brandan de Benedeit, Le Jeu de saint Nicolas de Jean Bodel, Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame, La Quête du saint Graal, ainsi que des romans d’aventures, d’armes et d’amour comme Le Roman d’Alexandre d’Alexandre de Paris et Le conte de Floire et Blanchefleur de Robert d’Orbigny.

FRIT F523: French 17th-Century Literature and Culture (3 cr.)
Action, Passion, Agency
Hall Bjørnstad

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30602W5:45-7:40BH 221

What does it mean to act, in the world and on the stage? Where do human actions come from? To what extent are they controlled by the passions? And under which circumstances does inaction imply agency? How did the men and women of early modern France think about these questions? What role did gender play in their responses to these questions? What function did literature, philosophy and the arts have in the shaping of human passions and agency? This course has its origin in the observation that many of the most pressing cultural struggles and Querelles of the seventeenth century can be recast as a negotiation about agency: the agency of a Christian believer in relation to divine grace; that of an author or artist towards tradition; that of a text or performance towards its public; that of a cognizing actor trying to make sense of the world, or a political actor trying to master it. We will especially focus on the language of agency. It is an intriguing fact that the mid-seventeenth century is the historical moment where the word "agency" first enters into the English language, while it never made it into French. Through which terms is agency attributed, negotiated, reflected upon in French seventeenth-century texts? Do other terms take on a new weight or new meanings in the absence of a French term for agency? ("creation," "independence," and "novelty") What are the implications of the shifts in the understanding of agency in the seventeenth century? Materials studied will include theatrical plays, theoretical texts, narrative fiction, moralist prose, and visual art. All readings in French (English translations available). Seminar conducted in English.

FRIT F573: Methods of College French Teaching (3 cr.)
Kelly Sax

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30610F10:10-12:05BH 337

FRIT F578: Contrastive Study of French and English (3 cr.)
Kevin Rottet

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30617TR8:00-9:15BH 147

This course focuses on aspects of grammar and pragmatics where French and English make use of different constructions (e.g., phrasal verbs, the expression of verbal aspect, achieving emphasis, etc.). Its objectives are: (1) to identify areas of grammar in which the two languages differ; (2) to explore why these differences exist and what they mean; (3) to distinguish differences that are imposed by the grammar of each language from those that serve as stylistic resources; and (4) to become better writers of French or English (or both) as a result of better understanding the structure of each language. Each week, one specific area of grammar or pragmatics is discussed; the discussion is supplemented and tested against practical problems of translation. Requirements for the course include regularly scheduled short assignments, short oral presentations on a specific area of contrast between French and English, and a term paper which investigates in detail one specific area of contrast by comparing its expression in one or more books and translation(s) thereof.

FRIT F579: Intro to French Morphology (3 cr.)
Barbara Vance

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30622MW4:00-5:15BH 206

Morphology is the study of word structure. In this course, which introduces morphology from the perspective of the structure of French, we will be concerned both with basic questions that must be answered in any theory (such as the elusive definitions of morpheme and word) and with the various approaches to morphology taken within Generative Linguistics in the last 30 years. Among the questions particular to French that we will investigate are the structure of verb endings and the role of the paradigm (inflectional morphology), the status of the feminine desinence (inflection & derivation), the building up of words from roots and suffixes or prefixes (derivation, e.g. emploi+eur), the process of compounding (e.g. la porte-parole, le cessez-le-feu), and the role of clitics (e.g. me, y) in the grammar. In each of these areas we find significant overlap with either phonology or syntax or both, so that a major issue for morphologists is to define the space of morphology in the grammar. Competing views on this matter, from “morphocentrism” (at one extreme) to the complete exclusion of any separate morphological component in the grammar (on the other extreme), are explored. Because issues in generative morphology interact so crucially with both syntactic and phonological theory, the course affords an opportunity for students to solidify their understanding of generative theory as a whole.

FRIT F604: History of the French Language II (3 cr.)
Barbara Vance

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30628TR2:30-3:45BH 107

In this course we will explore in greater theoretical and empirical depth some issues introduced briefly in F603, focusing especially—but not exclusively—on syntax, on the later medieval and early modern periods, and on areas of student interest. We will read texts from the 11th-18th centuries, develop (partial) accounts of their grammatical and phonological systems, and compare these accounts to the comments of 16th and 17th-century grammarians in an attempt to understand the origins of the spoken and written French of today. The semester projects may be on any aspect of the history of the French language as long as it involves close scrutiny of texts from several centuries.

FRIT F635: Studies in 18th-Century French Literature (3 cr.)
The Enlightenment & Other Cultures
Guillaume Ansart

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30634M3:35-5:30BH 235

We will examine representations of non-European cultures in French literature, both fiction and non-fiction, from the Renaissance to the 20th century, with a special focus on the 18th century.

Reading list:

  • Montaigne, "Des Cannibales", "Des Coches"
  • Montesquieu, Lettres persanes
  • Prévost, Histoire d'une Grecque moderne
  • Graffigny, Lettres d'une Péruvienne
  • Voltaire, L'Ingénu
  • Diderot, Supplément au voyage de Bougainville Raynal et Diderot, Histoire des deux Indes (extraits)
  • Rousseau, Discours sur les sciences et les arts, Discours sur l'origine de l'inégalité, Essai sur l'origine des langues
  • Chateaubriand, Atala Lévi-Strauss, Tristes tropiques

FRIT F810: Individual Readings in French and Francophone Civilization (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
21621Arranged

Independent study of a topic in French or Francophone culture/civilization not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

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18014Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
18015ArrangedOn-campus
21624ArrangedOff-campus

Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research (French) (6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18016Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Italian Courses

FRIT M492: Readings in Italian for Graduate Students (4 cr.)
Alicia Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18036TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 307

Prerequisite: M491 or consent of department.

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the B.A. language requirement in another language. Continuation of language and reading development from M491. Credit not given for both M492 and either of the following: M150 or M200.

FRIT M504: Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture (3-4 cr.)
Teorie e pratiche dell'anticlassicismo rinascimentale
Massimo Scalabrini

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30659
30665
T4:00-6:00BH 3213 cr.
4cr.

La straordinaria energia creativa del Rinascimento italiano è anche il risultato della sua profonda inquietudine. La produzione artistica e letteraria del Rinascimento si situa infatti in un contesto politico-militare di conflitto permanente e in un contesto culturale caratterizzato da scambi fruttuosi e da conflitti laceranti fra mondo antico e moderno, sfera aristocratica e popolare, dimensione locale e globale, centro e periferia, ‘alto’ e ‘basso’. Alle forme e ai valori caratterizzanti del modello culturale canonico del classicismo (dialogo, medietà, convenienza, decoro, conciliazione) rispondono così le forme e i valori di un modello alternativo che per brevità definiremo “anticlassicistico” e che costituirà l’oggetto della nostra ricerca. Ci concentreremo in particolare sui generi dell’epica, della commedia, dell’egloga e del dialogo e su autori quali Pulci, Folengo, Ruzante, Berni e Aretino. Il corso si terrà in italiano.

FRIT M505: Modern Italian Literature and Culture (3-4 cr.)
Teatro di Eduardo De Filippo
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
30671
30677
W4:00-6:00WH 2043 cr.
4 cr.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18039Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
18040ArrangedOn-campus
21625ArrangedOff-campus

Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research (Italian) (6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18017Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.



Summer 2015

First Six-Week Session
Tuesday, May 12–Friday, June 19

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
3944MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 305Kelly Kasper-CushmanGraduates only

The course provides an introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100-level.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
3949Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeNotes
3951ArrangedOn-campus
5681ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
3955Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeNotes
3957ArrangedOn-campus
5683ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

Second Six-Week Session
Monday, June 22–Friday, July 31

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
3946MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 319Carly BahlerGraduates only

Prerequisite: F491 or consent of department. Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the B.A. language requirement in another language. Continuation of language and reading development from F491. Credit given for only one of F492 or any of the following: F150, F169, F200, F205, or F219.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
3950Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeNotes
3952ArrangedOn-campus
5682ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
3956Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeNotes
3958ArrangedOn-campus
5684ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.



Fall 2015

French Courses

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4073TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 105B. Devan Steiner

The course provides an introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100-level.

FRIT F514: French Renaissance Poetry (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30438W3:35-5:30SE 009Eric MacPhail

This graduate survey of 16th-century lyric poetry will be divided into three sections, preceded by a preliminary review of prosody and of some salient features of Middle French literary usage and linguistic consciousness. The first section will be devoted to forms and genres inherited and invented by the Renaissance, and a survey of poetic schools and their manifestos. The second section will focus on the love poetry of Maurice Scève and Pierre de Ronsard. The third section will examine the poetry of the wars of religion, excluding the Tragiques which we read last semester. Students will do an in-class exposé and write a 15 to 20 page term paper on a subject chosen in consultation with the professor.

FRIT F540: Poie et Poique XIXe Sile (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
33565R4:00-6:00SY 105Nicolas Valazza

The French Revolution of 1848 and the subsequent proclamation of the Second Empire in 1852 coincided, on the literary level, with the decay or exile of the so-called mages romantiques (Lamartine, Vigny and Hugo). At the same time, poets saw their cultural prestige diminish in comparison with the growing success of popular novelists. Even worse, beginning with the trial of Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal in 1857, poetry entered a kind of “age of suspicion”: Poets were accused of infringing morals by concealing their intrinsic immorality under the obscurity of their verses. Yet many poets tried to make the most of this outcast condition by explicitly claiming the status of “cursed poets,” as evidenced by Verlaine’s critical anthology Les Poètes maudits (1884), dedicated to Corbière, Rimbaud and Mallarmé. The poet’s “curse”, whereby the latter defies the norms of bourgeois society and literature, thus became one of the main factors in the renewal of post-Romantic French poetry, from the emergence of prose poetry to the invention of free verse. In this course, we shall study selected works by several “cursed poets” (we may add to the above-mentioned names those of Desbordes-Valmore, Lautréamont, Cros, Laforgue, etc.), focusing particularly on the metamorphosis of the lyrical subject and the formal innovations that characterized the evolution of French poetry in the second half of the nineteenth century. Readings and class discussion will be in French.

FRIT F572: College French Teaching Practicum (1 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4076F11:15-12:05GA 1122Kelly Sax

Graded on a pass/fail basis.

Focused classroom observations followed by discussions; identification and evaluation of teaching techniques. Required of new associate instructors of French.

FRIT F576: Introduction to French Phonology (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30446TR2:30-3:45SE 009Julie Auger

This course deals with what it means to have knowledge of French phonology and how such knowledge is mentally represented. We focus on central issues in the phonology of French: nasal vowels, schwa, vowel alternations, final consonants, syllable structure constraints, and prosodic structure. There are two underlying themes: general conceptual advances in the understanding of phonological representations and the debate concerning the nature of phonological processes.

FRIT F580: Applied French Linguistics (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30455TR9:30-10:45CAHIKevin Rottet

Applied Linguistics is the field of study which seeks to apply findings from core areas of linguistics to real-world problems and concerns. Our focus will be the application of selected topics in linguistics to the pedagogy of French as a foreign language in the United States. Inter alia, we will draw on a sociolinguistically-oriented survey of the linguistic situation in various Francophone regions, enabling us to explore aspects of variability in French, including social, stylistic, and geographical variation, and implications of such variability for the FLE classroom. Our examination of French as found in multiple settings will lead us into an exploration of questions about what it means to be a native speaker, and how and why the construct has been problematized in the applied linguistic literature; the contentious literature on learning a second language in an immersion program, and why scholars have taken such polarized views on the success of its outcomes; issues of language policy in France and the Francophone world; and questions about language norms and pedagogical norms.

FRIT F652: Seminaire sur l’intermedialité (3 cr.)
Médiatisations de l'oralité : écriture, enregistrement audiovisuel, remédiations numériques

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
33566T3:35-6:00AC C107Vincent Bouchard

La parole, les gestes, l’apparence, la présence et la performance, sont généralement considérés comme la première forme de médiation (Mauss, 1936 ; McLuhan, 1964). Ainsi, c'est à travers différentes techniques du corps (Mauss, 1936) que l’Homme appréhende son monde, autant sur le plan de l’expérience que de la mémoire. Ce séminaire est organisé autour de la question de l'oralité, de sa forme directe (en présence) à sa forme médiatisée (écriture ou enregistrement). Nous envisagerons divers aspects de cette question, de l’oralité « active » lors d’une performance, en passant par la médiatisation de l’oralité (écriture, cinéma, radio, vidéo, télévision, numérique, etc.), jusqu’à différentes formes de mise en scène de l’oralité dans une oeuvre.

FRIT F680: Bilingualism & Language Contact in Francophonie (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30473TR1:00-2:015GA 0009Kevin Rottet

This course will focus on the linguistic and social phenomena surrounding language contact. We will examine the typology of contact situations and a broad range of outcomes including language maintenance, shift and death; diglossia; koineization; pidginization and creolization; language intertwining or the creation of mixed languages such as Michif, Ma’a, and Media Lengua; Sprachbunds and language areas; codeswitching, lexical borrowing, and grammatical borrowing including calquing and replication. We will also examine some of the basic findings on bilingualism: definitions, typologies of bilingualism, issues of bilingualism and the human brain, and issues of bilingual or multilingual speech communities. Much of the material examined in this course will be drawn from situations where French is one of the languages in contact, whether in North America, Africa, Europe or the South Pacific, and students will have opportunities in course assignments and a term paper to explore these varieties in greater detail. The course is cross-listed with L625.

FRIT F815: Individual Reading in French Literature and Linguistics (3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
4077Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (3 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeNotes
4078ArrangedOn-campus
7971ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research in French (6 cr.)

NumberDays/Time
4079Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Italian Courses

FRIT M500: Seminar in Italian Cinema (3 cr.)
Pasolini's Creativity and Legacy

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30534R4:00-6:00SY 210Antonio Vitti

In this course special attention will be given to Pier Paolo Pasolini's works in the early stage of his creativity in the fifties and sixties. We will study: La meglio gioventu', Le Ceneri di Gramsci, his Roman novels: Ragazzi di vita and Una vita violenta, and his Roman short stories. We will also focus on his early films: Accattone, Mamma Roma, La rabbia, La ricotta, Comizi d'amore, Il Vangelo secondo Matteo, Uccelli e uccellini, Che cosa sono le nuvole? His role as actor in Lizzani's film Il gobbo, his collaboration as scriptwriter with Fellini and Bolognini will also be analyzed. His legacy will be investigated by studying "Appunti per un poema sul terzo mondo," and Franco Cassano's Il pensiero meridiano, *Three memorable documentaries and a film made on Pasolini will also be screened to better understand one of the most significant, original and controversial Italian intellectuals.

FRIT M503: Medieval Italian Literature and Culture (3-4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
33556
33557
W4:00-6:00GA 0007H. Wayne Storey3 cr.
4 cr.

A close investigation of five Italian classics and their itinerary from manuscript to early print: Dante’s Commedia and Vita Nova, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, and Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata. This course will examine the ways that these five icon works were adopted for print from manuscript forms and how that process and the early editions affected interpretation of each work while establishing essential cultural information about the epoch and ethos that printed them. The printed editions that will be studied are owned either in the original or facsimile by the Lilly Library or the instructor (the 1472 Comedia printed in Foligno, the 1472 Valdezoco Fragmenta di Petrarca, the 1481 Dechamerone printed by Antonio da Strada and the Florentine 1527 (Venetian 1729) edition of the Decameron edited by Bernardo Segni et al., the 1576 Vita Nuova printed by Bartolomeo Sermartelli, and the Gierusalemme liberata printed by Febo Bonnà in July of 1581. Manuscripts will be consulted in facsimiles and digital editions. Readings will include secondary works on the PhD reading list: Michele Barbi’s Nuova filologia and Corrado Bologna’s Tradizione e fortuna dei classici italiani, and Gino Belloni et al, Commentario all’edizione in fac-simile dei ‘Rerum vulgarium fragmenta’.

FRIT M572: Italian Teaching Practicum (1 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8976T1:00-2:15GA 3170

Graded on a pass/fail basis.

Focused classroom observations followed by discussions; identification and evaluation of teaching techniques. Required of new associate instructors; offered only in fall semester.

FRIT M604: Seminar in Renaissance Italian Literature (3 cr.)
Literature & Culture—Italian Baroque

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
33563T9:05-11:00GA 0009Marco Arnaudo

Questo corso indaga i concetti e i testi basilari del Barocco letterario in Italia. Gli autori esaminati includono Marino, Galileo, Bartoli, Arcangela Tarabotti, e molti altri dai piu' diversi ambiti della produzione culturale del periodo. In italiano.

FRIT M815: Individual Reading in Italian Literature (3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
4103Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature

NumberDay/TimeNotes
4104ArrangedOn-campus
7972ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research in Italian (6 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
4080Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.



Spring 2016

French Courses

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students(3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoom
4876TR7:15-8:45 pmGA 3
4877TR7:15-8:45 pmGA 3

Prerequisite: F491 or consent of department.

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the B.A. language requirement in another language. Continuation of language and reading development from F491. Credit given for only one of F492 or any of the following: F150, F169, F200, F205, or F219.

FRIT F573: Methods of College French Teaching (3 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDaysTimeRoom
14939M3:35-5:30pmSY 0009

FRIT F582: Introduction to French Semantics (3 cr.)
Laurent Dekydtspotter

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30482TR1:00-2:15GA 0009

F582 introduces students to issues in the interpretation of French. The course focuses on major interpretive phenomena in French and on the nature of semantic representations as revealed by these phenomena. The goal is to show how fairly simple assumptions made precise by the tools of logical inquiry can reveal deep insights into knowledge of French and related issues of language acquisition. A pervading theme is the question of learnability of semantics knowledge. We discuss the nature of grammar and mental organization as revealed by semantic evidence.

FRIT F630: Studies in 17th-Century French Literature: “Expressions of Absolutism”(3 cr.)
Hall Bjornstad

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30483R4:00-6:00WH 205

Although everyone recognizes the reign of Louis XIV as the peak of French absolutism, it is important to remember that the term "absolutism" itself was never used in the period. As an analytic tool, the term is useful less on account of its indexical value – pointing to a stable definition or sparking discussion on what that definition should be – than because it brings into focus the practices of self-representation that found and sustain the power of the king. Indeed, the only place where absolutism incontestably exists is in its manifestations, in the image of itself that royal power projects outwards but also inwards. This course will study this dynamic by looking closely at various artistic expressions of absolutism (theater, poetry, architecture, portraiture, etc.) that respond to and help construct the image of Louis XIV. In doing so, we hope to take up the challenge formulated by prominent French historians Fanny Cosandey and Robert Descimon when they concluded a recent book-length survey of the immensely rich and varied research on French absolutism with the following surprising statement: "We end up, then [after 200 pages of reviewing recent scholarship], with the contradiction of an absolutism that we know incomparably well in its details but without a good grasp of its totality or coherence." The collective and interdisciplinary endeavor of the course, where each participant will specialize in a specific expression, is organized in the firm conviction that if not the totality, then certainly the coherence of French absolutism under Louis XIV best can be grasped through a careful examination of the various aspects of its expressions. Readings will include primary texts by Molière, Racine, Boileau, La Fontaine, Félibien, and Louis XIV himself, as well as critical essays by Louis Marin, Peter Burke, Roger Chartier, and Norbert Elias, among others. Weekly response papers and scaffolded final research project. All readings in French (English translations available). Seminar conducted in English.

FRIT F650: Etudes de litterature contemporaine (3 cr.)
French Avant-Gardes
Margaret Gray

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30481W3:35-5:30PY 113

In his 1917 lecture at the Théâtre du Vieux Colombier in Paris, poet Guillaume Apollinaire proclaims that « l’esprit nouveau, qui gonfle de vie l'univers, se manifestera formidablement dans les lettres, dans les arts et dans toutes les choses que l'on connaisse. » We will test such a claim by scrutinizing the various avant-gardes of Apollinaire’s time and beyond. The Montmartre neighborhood of Paris becomes the site of Apollinaire’s artistic involvement with cubist painters, even as Paris attracts émigrés such as Chagall and Diaghilev with his Ballets Russes from Russia, and Miró joins Spanish compatriot Picasso. With the Manifestes du Surréalisme (1924 and 1930), Breton formalizes the Surrealist project, joined by Eluard and Aragon: a project whose impact upon later twentieth-century poets will prove decisive. In his “ballet satirique” Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel (1921) —set to music by the Groupe des Six (Auric, Durey, Honegger, Milhaud, Poulenc and Tailleferre)—Cocteau sets out to correct “ce que le théâtre est devenu: un vieil album de photographies.” Such “correction” is also undertaken by Jarry’s Ubu roi (1896), which itself anticipates certain developments in the théâtre de l’absurde of Beckett and Ionesco. Proust’s manuscript--refused by three editors before a fourth agreed (while finding it “illisible”) to publish it at author’s expense—anticipates much of the nouveau roman’s innovations, as we will see in Sarraute’s manifesto L’Ere du soupçon. In other developments, however, the novel renews its meditation on the socio-political as Georges Bataille troubled novel Le bleu du ciel anticipates the far right’s rise in the Europe of the thirties in Le bleu du ciel (written in 1935, published in 1957, and dedicated to Surrealist painter André Masson). Through such a trans-disciplinary, trans-genre approach that will take us to the IU Art Museum and perhaps a recital or two of relevant musical works, we will demonstrate the prescience of Apollinaire’s claim in 1917. Final grades will be based on class involvement, a 20-minute presentation on the model of a conference paper, and a 20 pp. final paper on the model of a journal article. The language of the course will be French, but students from other departments will be invited to participate in English.

FRIT F672: French Dialectology (3 cr)
Julie Auger

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30484TR9:30-10:45PV 270 (SPEA)

Ce cours s’intéresse à la variation géographique et sociale en français. Après un bref rappel de l’histoire de cette langue et une description de la situation linguistique en France contemporaine, le cours sera divisé en deux grandes parties: dialectologie et sociolinguistique. On y discute les méthodes de la dialectologie traditionnelle et l’élaboration des atlas linguistiques, on compare ces méthodes avec celles de la dialectologie moderne et on y présente les principaux dialectes d’oïl. Nous traversons ensuite l’Atlantique pour voir comment le français hexagonal et les dialectes d’oïl se sont à la fois conservés et transformés. Finalement, nous verrons comment le besoin d’étudier la variation en milieu urbain a donné naissance à la sociolinguistique. Les questions de norme, de variation sociale, de types de français y sont abordées et exemplifiées à l’aide d’études variationnistes sur des phénomènes linguistiques précis.

FRIT F810: Individual Readings in French and Francophone Civilization (1-6 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/Time
8227Arranged

Independent study of a topic in French or Francophone culture/civilization not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/Time
4880Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F825: Seminar in French Literature (3 cr.)
Alison Calhoun

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30485T4:15-6:15WH 205

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar will tackle the thorny topic of how to talk and write about the relationship between music and literature, with a concentration on the early modern period. Each week, we will read a work of French literature that is related to vocal music, either because it was set to music or because it represents an author’s theoretical or satirical reflections on vocal music. Authors/composers will include: Guillaume de Machaut, Pierre Ronsard, Philippe Quinault, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Molière, René Descartes, Philippe Rameau, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot, Paul Verlaine, and Claude Debussy. Our first aim will be to analyze these works of literature through close readings supported by literary history. Alongside this analysis, we will study a different methodological, critical, or practical approach to the musical component of our reading drawing from music history, digital humanities, trends in musicology, sound theory, cultural studies, and performance (recital). Final grades will be based on one in-class exposé and one term paper. This seminar is open to all graduate students with good reading knowledge of French.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/TimeNotes
4881ArrangedOn-campus
8230ArrangedOff-campus

Obtain online permission from the Graduate Student Services Coordinator.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research (French) (6 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/Time
4882Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Italian Courses

FRIT M504: Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture (3-4 cr.)
Forms of Civility in the Italian Renaissance
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
14981
14986
M4:00-6:00SE 0093 cr.
4 cr.

In such seminal texts as Pontano’s De sermone (1509), Castiglione’s Cortegiano (1528), Della Casa’s Galateo (1558) and Guazzo’s Civil conversazione (1574) the Italian Renaissance created a new style of moral conduct: the style of civility. This graduate course examines the classical genealogy, the social and historical milieu and the rhetorical matrix of this new form of social interaction, which was to become the generative model of early modern European ethics, and which was governed by the values of moderation, convenience, conformity, adaptability, grace, and dissimulation. The course will be conducted in Italian.

FRIT M573: Methods in Italian Language Teaching (3 cr.)
Colleen Ryan

NumberDay/TimeRoom
30550TR 11:15-12:30pm HU 217

In this course we will explore foreign language teaching and learning from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives that inform our daily decisions about effective methodologies for fostering second language acquisition. Students will read and discuss a variety of materials pertaining to all L2 skill areas and cultural proficiency. Additional components of this course include teaching for creative and critical thinking, multiple intelligences theory, second language acquisition research methods, an introduction to teaching literature, expertise in teaching, performative aspects of teaching and learning, ongoing professional development and the creation of a formal teaching dossier. Assignments range from short critical commentaries, discussion questions, annotated bibliographies, and collaborative presentations, to an oral exam and final teaching dossier materials.

FRIT M605: Seminar in Modern Italian Literature (3-4 cr.)
1968: Politics, Society and Artistic Movements in Italy after the “Spring" Revolution
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
30551
30552
W4:00-6:00BH 3213 cr.
4 cr.

In questo corso analizzeremo alcuni dei principali cambiamenti e avvenimenti storici e culturali avvenuti in Italia dopo il ‘68. Ci soffermeremo in particolare su tre aspetti:

  • I mutamenti sociali, economici, culturali, di costume e il loro impatto sul mondo artistico —specie musicale e visivo— e sulla vita quotidiana.
  • Le stragi degli anni sessanta-settanta e la nascita e lo sviluppo del terrorismo e della “lotta armata” durante gli “anni di piombo” (1969-1988).
  • Le stragi di mafia e il radicamento della mafia nel corpo politico dello stato italiano .

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/Time
4902Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/TimeNotes
4903ArrangedOn-campus
8231ArrangedOff-campus

Obtain online permission from the Graduate Student Services Coordinator.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research (Italian) (6 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/Time
4883Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.



Summer 2016

First Six-Week Session
Tuesday, May 10–Friday, June 17

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (4 credits)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
2607MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 305Kelly Kasper-Cushman

The course provides an introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100-level.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
2612Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then complete the permission form and bring it to the office in GISB 3169.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeNotes
2614ArrangedOn-campus
4213ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Services Coordinator.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
2618Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then complete the permission form and bring it to the office in GISB 3169.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeNotes
2620ArrangedOn-campus
4215ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Services Coordinator.

Second Six-Week Session
Monday, June 20–Friday, July 29

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students (4 credits)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
2609MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 319C. Scott Cawthon

Prerequisite: F491 or consent of department. Continuation of language and reading development from F491. Credit given for only one of F492 or any of the following: F150, F169, F200, F205, or F219.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
2613Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then complete the permission form and bring it to the office in GISB 3169.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeNotes
2615ArrangedOn-campus
4214ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Services Coordinator.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
2619Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then complete the permission form and bring it to the office in GISB 3169.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeNotes
2621ArrangedOn-campus
4216ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Services Coordinator.



Fall 2016

French Courses

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoom
3870TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 233

The course provides an introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100-level.

FRIT F572: Practicum - College French Teaching (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDaysTimeRoom
3873F10:00-10:50WH 114

Graded on a pass/fail basis.
Focused classroom observations followed by discussions; identification and evaluation of teaching techniques. Required of new associate instructors of French.

FRIT F577: Introduction to French Syntax (3 cr.)
Laurent Pierre Dekydtspotter

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30993TR1:00-2:15SE 009

F577 introduces students to issues in French syntax and to syntactic theory. The aim is to develop an understanding of syntactic categories, the principles governing syntactic representations and syntactic operations. Major syntactic differences between French and English will be examined and characterized in those syntactic principles

FRIT F603: History of the French Language I (3 cr.)
Barbara Vance

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30994TR2:30-3:45BH 016

F603 provides an introduction to the history of the French language, focusing on ‘internal’ developments while setting these against an ‘external’—historical and social—backdrop. We will investigate the evolution of the sound system (phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and vocabulary. In this first half of the 603-604 sequence, we especially cover early development (Popular Latin through 13th century Old French) and phonology/morphology. Diachronic study is complemented by readings from the Old French period.

FRIT F615: Studies in Medieval French Literature: Medieval Poetics of Desire(3 cr.)
Lucas Wood

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30996R10:00-12:00BH 221

This graduate-level introduction to medieval French literature focuses on the representation of desire as a central concern of vernacular poetics from the 12th through the 15th centuries. On the one hand, the development of conceptual and rhetorical vocabularies for writing variously directed desires—for God, for glory, for homosocial community, for the male or female beloved, for love (or sex) itself—helps to define the aesthetic specificity of major genres including the chanson de geste, hagiographic narrative, trouvère lyric, the lai, the chivalric romance, and the fabliaux. On the other hand, the ways in which medieval writers model subjectivity and orient the desires of their characters and their readers offer points of entry into their texts’ complex functioning as ideological vehicles that reflect, generate, critique, and transform social and political structures. With an eye to the inextricability of poetics from politics, therefore, we will devote special attention to the evolution of courtliness as a literary discourse and an aristocratic ideal. Turning first to the final quarter of the 12th century, we will scrutinize the supposedly complementary but profoundly fraught relationship between feudal chivalry and what has come to be known as “courtly love” (fine amors) in some of courtly culture’s founding myths. We will then explore courtly literature’s turn, in the wake of the paradigm-shifting 13th-century Roman de la Rose, from the heroic figure of the knight toward that of the virtuoso poet and masterful teacher of love (magister amoris). The resulting new genre, the dit amoureux, recenters courtly desire on the enjoyment of and the desire for poetry itself—but also, in conflating the art of love with the art of writing, invites an intensified critique of fine amors as a purely discursive construct, a beautiful but dangerously illusory mirage.

Key authors and texts will include the Chanson de Roland, Marie de France, Tristan, Chrétien de Troyes, Guillaume de Lorris, Richard de Fournival, Guillaume de Machaut, and Christine de Pizan. All primary texts will be assigned in the original Old French with facing-page modern French translations; reading knowledge of modern French is required, but no prior knowledge of Old French is assumed. Students will, however, be strongly encouraged to engage as closely as possible with the Old French texts, to which we will refer in class. Class discussion will take place in English.

FRIT F640: Studies in 19th-Century French Literature (3 cr.)
Literature & the Press in 19th Century France
Nicolas Valazza

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30998R4:00-6:00BH 011

This seminar will explore the close, and often conflictual, relationship between literature and the press in France throughout the 19th century, by examining the reciprocal influence these fields had upon one another. The emergence of modern newspapers in the 19th century is indeed inseparable from the transformation of the French literary field, characterized by the triumph of the popular novel and the decline of classical genres like tragedy and lyric poetry. The increase of literacy and the democratization of reading that accompanied the industrialization of the press thus provided the modern novel with a crowd of new readers craving for thrilling fictions. Conversely, serialized novels such as Dumas’ The Three Musketeers and Sue’s The Mysteries of Paris, published daily in newspapers as “feuilleton” before being bound in volumes, significantly increased the loyal consumers of the press, who bought the paper every day eager to discover how the plot of their favorite novel was unfolding. Moreover, many canonical literary authors such as Balzac, Dumas, Gautier, Zola and Vallès were also professional journalists. Seminar topics will include: the appearance of the serial novel (with Dumas and Sue), the industrialization of literature (with Balzac and Sainte-Beuve), the professionalization of journalism (with Goncourt and Vallès), the role of literary and art criticism (with Gautier), the rise of the public intellectual (with Zola), as well as the new relationship between literature, press and politics (with the Affaire Dreyfus). Readings and class discussion will be in French and in English.

FRIT F674: Advanced Practicum Teacher Training (1 cr)
Kelly Sax

NumberDays/Time
32734Arranged

Advanced graduate students develop teacher training skills by working with first-year Associate Instructors on lessons plans, activities, and evaluation methods for teaching French language. This course is particularly recommended for students interested in a career in teaching training and language program direction. Registration requires permission of instructor.

FRIT F679: French based Pidgins & Creoles (3 cr.)
Kevin Rottet

NumberDaysTimeRoom
31000TR9:30-10:45BH 140

Few areas of linguistics are as fraught with controversy as the study of the fascinating group of contact languages known as pidgins and creoles. Significant questions concern how these languages came about and in what kinds of historical settings, with different scholarly positions regarding the relative roles played by the colonial language(s), the substrate languages, and language universals in their development. Moving away from origins to the contemporary profiles of these languages, we will examine the question of whether a creole language can be identified as such synchronically, just by viewing its structure, or whether the category only exists from a socio-historical perspective. In addition to surveying the variety of ways these questions have been answered, we will examine some of the linguistic structures commonly associated with creole languages (e.g. TMA markers, aspect prominence, serial verbs, bimorphemic interrogatives, predicate clefting and ideophones, among others) and we will explore questions of where these features come from and where they might be going, for instance in settings where it is claimed that decreolization is underway. The course meets in conjunction with L636. Students enrolled in F679 will focus particularly on French-based pidgins and creoles, though data will also be drawn from English- and Portuguese based varieties, among others.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/Time
3874Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then fill out the permission form and return it to the office in GISB 3169.

FRIT F825: Seminar in French Literature (3 cr.)
Francophone Cinemas

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
31001T4:00-6:30BH 217Vincent Bouchard

Joint with CULS

Description: In this seminar we will explore various forms of Film aesthetics as they appear in the Francophone World since the 1930’s. We will specifically study the ‘cinéma d’auteur’ tradition [author theory], throughout the Francophone film production in Africa, North America, and Europe, addressing four of its main characteristics: the direct sound; the social focus; the political and post-colonial substratum; the ‘essai cinématographique’ [Essay Film].

Objectives: This course will encourage students to develop their historical, cultural and philosophical knowledge of the French-speaking world, their understanding of film aesthetics, as well as their academic research skills. In exploring a new theoretical framework, students will be lead to appropriate new concepts and to develop new avenues in their own research field.

Taught in English, with discussions in French and English

Textbooks: All texts and videos will be available on Canvas.

Evaluation & Grading: - Reading Response (10%).
- Oral presentation (20%, during the session).
- Research project (3 steps): Proposal (10%) – Oral paper (20%) – Final paper (40%).

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FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/TimeNotes
3875ArrangedOn-campus
7431ArrangedOff-campus

Obtain online permission from the Graduate Student Services Coordinator.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research (French) (6 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/Time
3876Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Italian Courses

FRIT M572: Italian Teaching Practicum (1 cr.)
Karolina Serafin

NumberDayTimeRoom
8364T1:00-2:15pmTV 250

Graded on a pass/fail basis.

Focused classroom observations followed by discussions; identification and evaluation of teaching techniques. Required of new associate instructors; offered only in fall semester.

FRIT M600: Studies in Italian Film (3-4 cr.)
What is neorealism?
Antonio Carlo Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
31034R4:00-6:00BH 332

In this course through vast selections of films from various filmmakers and documentaries, critical essays, books, critics and historians, personal testimonies and interviews we will study Italian neorealism and its influence on international cinema. The course will also explore the historical period and the so called neorealism before neorealism, the influence of Soviet Cinema, Hollywood and European cinema. We will record and compare the many and often contradictory definitions of this style of filming prominent in Italy after World War II, characterized by so many concerns, perspectives, moral issues, ideologies, styles and beginning of modernity that cannot be reduced to social issues and on location shooting with untrained actors.

Film showings are on Thursday evenings from 7:15-10:00 pm, location to be announced. (The showings are optional but if students do not attend they are responsible for viewing the film independently.)

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/Time
3895Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then fill out the permission form and return it to the office in GISB 3169.

FRIT M825: Seminar in Italian Literature & Culture (3 cr.)
Neo-Baroque Culture
Marco Arnaudo

NumberDayTimeRoomNotes
31039 T9:05-11:00SE 2453 cr.

Covers the concept of "Neo-Baroque" as defined by Calabrese, Ndalianis, and many other contemporary thinkers. Includes examples of Neo-Baroque culture from contemporary literature, film, tv shows, games, interactive fiction, and social media. Includes sociological, esthetic, and semiotic considerations.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/TimeNotes
3896ArrangedOn-campus
7432ArrangedOff-campus

Obtain online permission from the Graduate Student Services Coordinator.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research (Italian) (6 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDay/Time
3877Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

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