Undergraduate Courses in French and Italian

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French Courses

FRIT F100: Elementary French I (4 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
8451MTWR8:00-8:50WH 119Devan Steiner
8453MTWR9:05-9:55WH 119Devan Steiner
8455MTWR10:10-11:00WH 119Sara Leslie
8456MTWR11:15-12:05FQ 012BAmanda Vredenburgh
8458MTWR12:20-1:10WH 119Flavien Falantin
8459MTWR1:25-2:15WH 119Flavien Falantin
8460MTWR1:25-2:15SY 106Kelly Farmer
8461MTWR1:25-2:15SY 108Amanda Vredenburgh
8457MTWR2:30-3:20SY 106Kelly Farmer
8462MTWR2:30-3:20WH 119Adeline Bordenave
8452MTWR4:40-5:30WH 119Christina Steinman
8464MW7:15-8:45 pmBH 135Kelly Farmer

Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of F100, F115, or F491. Watch video

Course supervisor: Kelly Farmer

FRIT F102: Beginning French Conversation I (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDay/Time
30772Arranged

Corequisite: F100.

This companion course to F100 gives beginning students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F115: Accelerated Elementary French (4 cr.)
Alisha Reaves

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8465MTWR10:10-11:00KH 200
14997 [CANCELLED]MTWR11:15-12:05KH 200

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

An accelerated treatment of material covered in both F100 and F150 designed for superior students and students with previous training in another foreign language. Credit given for only one of F115 and F100; Credit given for only one of F115 and F150. If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT F150: Elementary French II: Language and Culture (4 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
8466MTWR8:00-8:50SY 106Sarah Kay Hurst
8467MTWR9:05-9:55SY 106Jennifer Misran
8468MTWR10:10-11:00SY 106Sarah Kay Hurst
8469MTWR11:15-12:05SY 106Alan Ames
8470MTWR12:20-1:10SY 0006Jennifer Misran
8471MTWR1:25-2:15SY 0006Scott Cawthon
8472MTWR1:25-2:15SY 006Alan Ames
8473MTWR2:30-3:20SY 0006Jennifer Misran
8474TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 332Scott Cawthon

Prerequisite: F100.

Basic structures of the French language and selected topics of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of the following: F115, F150, or F491.

Course supervisor: Jennifer Misran

FRIT F152: Beginning French Conversation II (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDay/Time
30778Arranged

Corequisite: F150.

This companion course to F150 gives beginning students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F200: Second-Year French I: Language and Culture (3 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
8475MWF8:00-8:50JH A107Jessica Tindira
8476MWF9:05-9:55BH 345Jessica Tindira
8478MWF10:10-11:00BH 147Rodica Frimu
8477MWF11:15-12:05BH 149Laura Demsey
8480MWF12:20-1:10SY 210Cynthia Kanko
8481MWF1:25-2:15BH 149Rodica Frimu
8483MWF2:30-3:20BH 345Laura Demsey
8484MWF2:30-3:20BH 245Renata Uzzell
8482MWF4:40-5:30BH 314Renata Uzzell
8485MW7:15-8:30 pmBH 237Jill Owen
8486TR7:15-8:30 pmBH 231Jill Owen

Prerequisite: F150 or equivalent.

Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following third-semester courses: F200, F205, or F219.

Course supervisor: Rodica Frimu

FRIT F202: Intermediate French Conversation I (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDay/Time
30784Arranged

Corequisite: F200.

This companion course to F200 gives intermediate students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F250: Second-Year French II: Language and Culture (3 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
8488MWF9:05-9:55BH 245Noëlle Lindstrom
8489MWF10:10-11:00BH 307Noëlle Lindstrom
36042MWF10:10-11:00SY 0006Jamie Root
8490MWF12:20-1:10BH 345Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail
8491MWF1:25-2:15BH 147George Khabarovskiy
8492MWF2:30-3:20BH 322George Khabarovskiy
8487MWF3:35-4:25BH 015Martin Maillot
8493MW7:15-8:30 pmBH 336Martin Maillot
20380TR7:15-8:30 pmBH 333Jamie Root

Prerequisite: F200 or equivalent.

Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following fourth-semester courses: F250, F255, F265, or F269.

Course supervisor: Kelly Sax

FRIT F252: Intermediate French Conversation II (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDay/Time
30792Arranged

Corequisite: F250.

This companion course to F250 gives intermediate students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F265: Accelerated Second-Year French (4 cr.)
Rodica Frimu

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30800MTWR 11:15-12:05SY 0006

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

An accelerated treatment of material covered in both F200 and F250. Grammar, composition, and conversation coordinated with readings of short texts. Students who complete F265 cannot also receive credit for F200 or F250. If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT F300: Reading & Expression in French (3 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
8494
31304
TR9:30-10:45GY 436Emanuel MickelRegular section
Honors section
14155MWF10:10-11:00WH 009Vincent Bouchard
8497MWF11:15-12:05WH 008Vincent Bouchard
8496TR11:15-12:30SY 200Oana Panaïté
14808TR1:00-2:15SY 001Margaret Gray
8495TR2:30-3:45GY 436Guillaume Ansart

Prerequisite: F250, F255, F265, or consent of department.

Emanuel Mickel

Students will read an anthology of French poetry and a play, Le jeu de l'amour et du hasard, and Manon Lescaut. We shall begin the semester with the poetry learning how to read and analyze poems using the explication de texte method. Both the play and the novel illustrate the struggle between the intellect and the senses, a dominant theme in Western European literature. Le jeu de l'amour et du hasard has fun with the classic tradition and makes a play of words on philosophy and love. Manon Lescaut is certainly within the classic tradition but on the cusp of Romanticism as the young chevalier meets a different kind of woman.

Each student getting honors credit will give a brief (10 minutes) "explication" in French. Students will also write a paper in French. Honors students will write two five-page papers in French. There will be two one-hour exams and a two-hour final.

Vincent Bouchard

Ce cours propose une exploration historique, géographique et culturelle de l'Amérique du Nord francophone à travers des représentations littéraires ou audiovisuelles. Partant de la période coloniale (la Nouvelle-France et la Louisiane) jusqu'à l'époque contemporaine, nous verrons comment différentes communautés francophones (les Acadiens, les Créoles, les Canadiens français, les Québécois, etc.) ont inventé de nouvelles manières de vivre en fonction du contexte nord américain et en relation avec d'autres groupes : les britanniques, les protestants anglophones, les indiens, les métis, etc. Nous examinerons la place de ces 'Américains', minoritaires dans un continent principalement anglophone, et nous étudierons les spécificités de leurs cultures.

Oana Panaïté

Manger, boire et aimer en littérature et au cinéma

Ce cours d’introduction à la littérature et au cinéma en français offre aux étudiants l’occasion de perfectionner leur français écrit et oral, d’améliorer leurs capacités analytiques et de se familiariser davantage avec la culture française et francophone à travers les trois thèmes riches et complémentaires de la nourriture, de la boisson et de l’amour. Nous étudierons des œuvres classiques, comme celles de Jean de La Fontaine, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, et modernes, créées par le Sénégalais Léopold-Sédar Senghor, la Camerounaise Léonora Miano et le réalisateur belge Gérard Corbiau. La moyenne finale sera calculée à partir des critères suivants : la présence et la participation (20%) ; une présentation orale (20%) ; deux travaux écrits (20%) et leurs corrigés (30%) ; un examen partiel (10%).

Margaret Gray

An introduction to French literature, this course has three goals: a) to provide further exposure to a variety of literary genres in French, including poetry, theatre, the novel and the short story b) to develop and sharpen reading skills through practice in close reading and techniques of literary analysis c) to foster student progress in practical skills such as aural and written comprehension, as well as oral and written expression. Beginning with poetic texts of the Renaissance in the Petrarchan tradition, we will analyze the reprise and transformation of these forms in the Romantic lyrics of the nineteenth century, as well as their subsequent post-Symbolist ironizations. We will then proceed with our study of irony in the context of a different genre, theatre—as we see that Jean Anouilh’s manipulation of the ideal of romantic love in Bal des Voleurs becomes a vehicle for powerful social critique. Turning to the more intimate account of a first-person narrative, we will follow the adventures, setbacks, hopes, sorrows and joys recounted in Camara Laye’s coming-of-age novel, or “roman d’apprentissage”: L’enfant noir. The semester will conclude with a selection of short stories illuminating thematic and formal issues, from problems of moral responsibility (Albert Camus) to voice (Henri Thomas) and point of view (Jean-Louis Curtis). Exercises will include an in-class writing assignment, a midterm exam consisting of quotations to analyze and an essay question, a paper of literary analysis and a comprehensive final exam. One more thing: you have just had your last contact with English.

Guillaume Ansart

Contes fantastiques et cruels/Introduction à la poésie

Introduction to reading and analyzing literature in French. We will read fantastic or cruel tales: a novella by Théophile Gautier, Jettatura, and short stories by Balzac (Sarrasine), Mérimée (La Vénus d'Ille), Flaubert (La Légende de Saint Julien l'Hospitalier), Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (L'Intersigne), Barbey d'Aurévilly (Le Bonheur dans le crime) and Maupassant; as well as short lyric poems by Hugo, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud and Apollinaire. Students will write a take-home paper (two versions) and take a midterm and a final exam.

FRIT F305: Théâtre et Essai (3 cr.)
Guillaume Ansart

NumberDaysTimeRoom
14356TR11:15-12:30WH 008

Prerequisite: F300

We will read great plays from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as major essays about the theater. The course grade consists of two papers and two exams. Reading list:

  • Theater: Corneille, L’Illusion comique ; Molière, Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope ; Racine, Phèdre ; Marivaux, Le Triomphe de l’amour ; Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac ; Ionesco, Rhinocéros ; Genet, Les Bonnes
  • Essays: Corneille, Discours sur les trois unités ; Rousseau, Lettre à d’Alembert sur les spectacles ; Stendhal, Racine et Shakespeare ; Hugo, Préface de Cromwell ; Artaud, Le Théâtre et son double

FRIT F306: Roman et Poésie (3 cr.)
Nicolas Valazza

NumberDaysTimeRoom
14998TR1:00-2:15JH A105

Prerequisite: F300

Exile and Exoticism

The fascination for the unknown place has always played a prominent role in literature. At least since Ulysses’ peregrinations in his attempt to go back to Ithaca, as they are recounted by Homer in the Odyssey, the remote place has never ceased to provide writers with themes to unfold in their works. Yet this fascination is often of an ambivalent nature, for the enthusiasm that usually characterizes the discovery of a new place is frequently counterbalanced by a sense of nostalgia. Moreover, if many writers and literary characters were eager to leave home in order to travel the world and to relate their experiences, many others, on the contrary, were forced to depart from their place of origin and take the road of exile, sometimes finding in writing the only link with their native place.

In this course, we will study the ambivalence of feelings that an unknown place is likely to provoke in writers, by reading several narratives and a selection of poems that develop the motifs of exoticism and/or exile. Authors considered include Marco Polo, Diderot, Voltaire, Chateaubriand, Hugo, Senghor, Le Clézio, Djebar, among others.

The final grade will be based on class preparation and participation (10%), a mid-term exam (25%), an oral presentation (25%) and a final paper (40%). The course will be conducted in French.

FRIT F311: French and Francophone Studies in Film (3 cr.)
Brett Bowles

NumberDaysTimeRoom
17911TR11:15-12:30BH 229

This course is joint-offered with CMCL-C398 and WEUR-W406.

Marginality in Contemporary French Cinema

Historically, France has long boasted one of the highest standards of living in the world and formed one of the most culturally cohesive nations. Yet over the past twenty-five years the country has struggled with economic stagnation, a high unemployment rate, and increasing social disunity—problems that have generated criticism not only of social institutions and structures, but normative cultural priorities and values. Articulated around a dozen films made since 1985, this course approaches film as a form of social and political critique, linking cinematic form and narrative style to historical context and ongoing debates over race, gender, religion, and class. This course will be taught in English, with all readings in English. Films will be in French with English subtitles.

FRIT F313: Advanced Grammar (3 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
8499MWF10:10-11:00BH 345Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail
14999MWF12:20-1:10BH 245Eric MacPhail
8498MWF2:30-3:20BH 214Alison Calhoun

Prerequisite: F250

Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail

This course has two aims: to summarize the grammar learned up to this level and to practice and expand that knowledge to a higher level of French grammar. The textbooks used in class are the second edition of Contrastes by Denise Rochat and its workbook available both online and in the printed workbook. The semester goal is to give students a grammatical instrument in preparation for the courses at the 300 and 400 levels.

Eric MacPhail

This course has two aims: to summarize the grammar learned up to this level and to expand that knowledge of written and literary French grammar. In order to do so, we use Harper's Grammar of French by Samuel N. Rosenberg et al. and the exercise book. The semester goal is to give students a grammatical instrument in preparation for the reading-intensive courses at the F300 and 400 levels. The class will be graded through various types of small and big tests.

Alison Calhoun

The approach this course will take to advanced French grammar will be a fast-paced review of the material you have already covered coupled with an intensive study of that grammar in a literary and critical context supplied in our textbook as well as students' own writing. This course uses QUIA, meaning weekly grammar exercises are completed online, giving students instantaneous feedback on their progress. The goal of the course is to serve either as a complimentary grammar course to be taken simultaneously with F300 or as a springboard course preparing the student for F300 and beyond. Course grades will be based on the best 10 of 12 weekly quizzes (50%), a midterm (15%), a final (20%) and class preparation (15%).

FRIT F315: Phonetics and Pronunciation (4 cr.)
Kevin Rottet

Lecture

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8500MW
F
1:25-2:15BH 219
BH 115

Drill (choose one)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
8502TR1:25-2:15OP 107
8501 [CANCELLED]TR7:15-8:05 pmBH 206

Prerequisite: F250

French F315 has three objectives: (1) to develop students' communicative skills by practice in listening comprehension and conversational practice; (2) to improve students' pronunciation accuracy and oral fluency and to train them to evaluate their own pronunciation; (3) to learn about the sound system and its role in the grammar and vocabulary of the language, and also as a marker of social and geographical identity. The focus will be on the pronunciation of Standard French, that is, the speech of the educated Parisian that serves as a model in the French speaking world. However, students will be introduced to salient features of other varieties of French.

The course meets five times weekly: two small practice sessions, two lectures, and one session of practice in the language lab under the supervision of the instructors or tutorial instruction. All components of the course are taught in French. Choose one drill section to go with this lecture component.

FRIT F361: La France médiévale (jusqu’à 1500) (3 cr.)
Jacques Merceron

NumberDaysTimeRoom
17914TR1:00-2:15BH 149

Prerequisite: F300

La France médiévale (Histoire et Société jusqu’à 1500)

Dans cette introduction historique à la civilisation française, nous étudierons la période qui s’étend de l’arrivée au pouvoir des dynasties mérovingienne et carolingienne des Ve-VIIIe siècles (Clovis ; Pépin le Bref, puis Charlemagne et ses fils) à la fin du XVe siècle. Le cours combinera la présentation des « événements historiques » et l’étude de l’évolution des institutions politiques, économiques et sociales (l’aspect artistique et culturel de cette période est traité dans un autre cours : F463/1). Le cours sera un mélange de : 1) mini-exposés du professeur ; 2) présentations-discussions de documents historiques et iconographiques, ainsi que d’extraits de vidéos ; 3) discussions de groupe. Le cours sera fait en français.

Devoir et notation : 1) contrôle continu (5 ‘quizzes’) : 25% ; 2) participation orale active et continue : discussions et présentation (cela pourra aussi comporter la préparation de questions écrites, tapées à la machine, en vue d’une discussion) : 25% ; 3) composition écrite en français : 25% ; 4) examen final : 25%.

FRIT F375: Thèmes et Perspectives Littéraires (3 cr.)
Margaret Gray

NumberDaysTimeRoom
13817TR9:30-10:45BH 246

Prerequisite: F300 or equivalent.

Littérature et adaptation cinématique

A travers l’étude comparée d’œuvres littéraires et certaines des adaptations cinématiques qu’elles ont inspirées, ce cours se propose de poursuivre une méditation sur l’interprétation : ses possibilités, ses défis, ses limites, ses pièges. « Interpréter un texte », disait Roland Barthes, «ce n’est pas lui donner un sens […] c’est au contraire apprécier de quel pluriel il est fait » (S/Z). Qu’est-ce qui fonde et justifie une interprétation légitime? Par contre, quand est-ce qu’une interprétation « trahit » son texte ? A partir de l’étude d’œuvres prises dans quatre genres différents—légende, théâtre, roman, roman court (« novella »), et conte--, nous nous pencherons surtout sur des problèmes d’interprétation textuelle. Puisque toute adaptation cinématique dramatise l’acte d’interprétation, nous testerons nos conclusions en étudiant des extraits des films inspirés par nos œuvres. Il y aura une variété d’exercices à l’oral et à l’écrit, dont un exposé, une rédaction, un examen partiel (« midterm ») et un exercice de fin de semestre. Au programme :

  • Légende : Le roman de Tristan et Iseut, édition de Joseph Bédier (1900)
    Film : « L’Eternel retour », réalisé par Jean Delannoy sur un scénario de Jean Cocteau (1943)
  • Théâtre : Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand (1897)
    Films :« Roxanne », sur un scénario de Steve Martin (1987)
    « Cyrano de Bergerac », Jean-Paul Rappeneau (1990)
  • Roman: Le blé en herbe, Colette (1922)
    Film : « Le blé en herbe », Claude Autant-Lara, 1954
  • Nouvelle : Le Silence de la mer, Vercors (1942)
    Film : « Le Silence de la mer », Jean-Pierre Melville (1947)
  • Conte : « La belle et la bête », Mme LePrince de Beaumont, 1757)
    Film : « La Belle et la Bête », Jean Cocteau (1946)

FRIT F399: Reading for Honors (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8503Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Barbara Vance.

FRIT F402: Introduction to French Linguistics (3 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30807TR1:00-2:15BH 331

All students must have taken French through at least the F313 level (or have special permission from the instructor).

FRIT F423: 17th Century French Literature (3 cr.)
Alison Calhoun

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30814MW4:00-5:15SW 103
Obscenity in Early Modern France

We need not look far to find examples in American popular culture of our discomfort in the face of sexuality and the question of sexual indecency. Whether we are remembering Clinton's relationship with Lewinski, films like Brüno and Borat, Tiger Woods's infidelities, Janet Jackson's so-called "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl, we are constantly proving our obsession with defining and judging, most often censuring, what might fall under the category of the "obscene."

In this advanced French literature course, focusing on the seventeenth-century, we will take advantage of the fact that these same preoccupations proliferated in the early modern period, notably at a time when pornography (iconographical and literary) was regaining its place in society. We will read and analyze several authors writing in varying genres (comedy, tragi-comedy, short stories, letters, dialogues) in which the themes of sexual taboo, provocation, and desire are diversely articulated. We will additionally read current articles that dialogue with these works of literature, helping us understand their relevance to contemporary debates about obscenity. Grades will be based on rough and final drafts of two papers (15% per draft and 25% per final paper) as well as student preparation (10%) and the presentation of one of your paper topics in class (10%). This course will be taught entirely in French. The seminar will include visits to the Kinsey Institute.

FRIT F443: Great Novels of the 19th Century (3 cr.)
Nicolas Valazza

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30821TR2:30-3:45JH A105
The Figure of the Painter in the 19th-Century French Novel

In this course, we will read some key novels of the 19th century—Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu by Honoré de Balzac, La Toison d’or by Théophile Gautier, L’Œuvre by Émile Zola and À rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans—focusing on the figure of the painter as a literary character. The purpose of the course is to examine how the art of painting unveils some unexpected aspects of the art of the novel, while also unfolding some essential literary issues of the century: the status of the artist in society, the role of the woman in the novel, realist and naturalist esthetics, the emergence of symbolism and the question of decadence, etc. Our readings will be supported by visual examples taken from painters mentioned or implied in the novels: Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Moreau, among others.

The final grade will be based on class preparation and participation (10%), a mid-term composition (25%), an oral presentation (25%) and a final essay (40%). The course will be conducted in French.

FRIT F450: Colloquium in French Studies—Traditions and Ideas [CANCELLED] (3 cr.)
Vincent Bouchard

NumberDaysTimeRoom
17270CANCELLED
Les cultures populaires francophones

Ce cours vise à aborder la culture des pays francophones à travers le prisme de l'usage populaire de divers media : la parole, la musique, la machine à coudre, le théâtre, le cinéma, la bande dessinée, la télévision, le téléphone, l'Internet, etc. Avant d'être recyclées par les artistes et les musiciens du Pop Art et de devenir une culture de masse (Adorno, 1991), les cultures populaires constituaient la partie visible de manières de faire (de Certeau, 1980) inventées par une communauté afin de s'adapter à un contexte géo-sociologique et de répondre à ses principaux besoins (la survivance et la transmission). Tout en explorant cette transition, nous nous intéresserons à des objets de nature très diverse : la cuisine, les régionalismes, la musique, l'architecture, les faits de société, le dessin, les représentations audiovisuelles, etc. Le cours est organisé en trois parties : les techniques du corps ; les arts mécaniques ; les techniques électriques (Mauss, 1936). Dans chacune des parties, nous voyagerons dans les trois continents de la Francophonie : l'Afrique, l'Amérique du Nord et l'Europe.

FRIT F477: French Conversation Group Leadership (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDay/Time
30828Arranged

Note: Contact Kelly Sax for permission to enroll in the course.

Under the guidance of their instructor, advanced students of French facilitate weekly French conversation groups for lower level students. Leaders are responsible for planning all group sessions, including discussion topics generated by magazine/newspaper articles and movies, and activities such as games and cooking. No credit for French major. May be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours.

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (4 cr.)
TBA

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8504TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 237

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the language requirement for the B.A. in another language. Introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. No credit for the French major or minor. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100 level.

FRIT F495: Individual Readings in French (1–3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8506Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of this semester's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT F499: Reading for Honors
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8507Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Barbara Vance.

Italian Courses

FRIT M100: Elementary Italian I (4 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
8514MWR8:00-8:50BH 135Roberto BorfecchiaOnline componenta
8515MWR9:05-9:55BH 135Roberto BorfecchiaOnline componenta
8516MWR10:10-11:00BH 135Iuri MoscardiOnline componenta
8517MWR10:10-11:00FQ 012BLisa DolasinskiOnline componenta
8518MWR11:15-12:05BH 135Stefano D'AlessandroOnline componenta
8519MWR12:20-1:10BH 135Lino MioniOnline componenta
8521MWR1:25-2:15BH 135Chris LaceyOnline componenta
8523MWR2:30-3:20BH 135Letizia MontroniItalian theater themeb
8524MWR2:30-3:20SY 108Lino MioniOnline componenta
8526TR7:15-8:45 pmWH 119Alicia VittiNo online componentc
33177Online - CANCELLED 8/12/14Online coursed

Introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that develop grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural topics and simple cultural comparisons are introduced. Credit given for only one of the following: M100, M110, M115, or M491.

a This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester, students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

b This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. The course covers the same grammar and vocabulary of a normal M100 course, but content will focus on Italian theater. Students will act out scenes and learn about Italian culture through theater. Students will practice all four basic language skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

c This evening section of M100 relies less on computer-based learning than the daytime hybrid sections, while still taking advantage of the enhancements available through the online components of the textbook. During the semester, students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

d This beginning Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

FRIT M110: Italian Language through Opera (3 cr.)
Lucia Gemmani

NumberDaysTimeRoom
34012MTWR11:15-12:05WH 119

This intensive beginning course covers the material of two semesters in one (M100 & M150). This course is intended for people who want to study Italian and are interested in opera and operatic world. The material and assessments will focus on Italian opera, but students will learn today's Italian spoken language. The course meets four times a week and also involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester, students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present, past and future tenses, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency. The course is fast-paced and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT M115: Accelerated Elementary Italian (4 cr.)
Letizia Montroni

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8527MTWR11:15-12:05WH 006

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

This intensive beginning course covers the material of two semesters in one (M100 & M150). The course meets four times a week and also involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present, past and future tenses, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency. The course is fast-paced it and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT M150: Elementary Italian II (4 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
8528MWR10:10-11:00SY 108Adriana VarelaOnline componenta
8529MWR11:15-12:05SY 108Adriana VarelaOnline componenta
8531 [CANCELLED]MWR12:20-1:10SY 108Online componenta
8530MWR1:25-2:15BH 206Karolina SerafinOnline componenta
33178OnlineKarolina SerafinOnline courseb

Prerequisite: M100.

Continued introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that build grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practice with new cultural topics and basic cultural analysis. Credit given for only one of the following: M110, M115, M150, or M491.

a This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. This course follows M100 and continues to present the beginning-level concepts of Italian language and culture. During the semester students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences with accuracy and fluency about familiar topics.

b This second-semester Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency.

FRIT M200: Intermediate Italian I (3 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
8533MWF10:10-11:00JH A107Lucia Gemmani
8534MWF12:20-1:10WH 106David Winkler
8535MWF1:25-2:15BH 148David Winkler
8532MWF3:35-4:25BH 214Austin Alexander
15842TR7:15-8:30 pmBH 222Austin Alexander

Prerequisite: M110, M115, M150, or equivalent.

This course meets three times a week and is a continuation of Elementary Italian II. In class the students concentrate on reviewing and refining structures learned at the 100-level, but this time at an intermediate level. During the semester students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in cultural context. The course features study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture. Credit given for only one of M200 or M215.

FRIT M215: Accelerated Second-Year Italian (4 cr.)
Mary Migliozzi

NumberDaysTimeRoom
13947MTWR1:25-2:15WH 006

Prerequisite: M115 or equivalent (M100 and M150), and permission from department.

This intensive intermediate-level Italian course covers the material of two semesters in one (M200 & M250). The course builds upon the first three semesters of beginning Italian (or equivalent) adding the unique feature of short films as the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar, and cultural concepts. The various activities aim to strengthen proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and students will gain the ability to understand, evaluate, compare, and appreciate many aspects of Italian culture. The course is fast-paced and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). Students must be recommended for this course by their Italian instructor in M150 or M115, or meet with the instructor for permission. Credit given for only one of the following: M215 or M200-M250.

FRIT M222: Topics in Italian Culture (3 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDaysTimeRoom
20420TR11:15-12:30BH 247
The Cultures of the Italian Renaissance

The aim of this course is to provide a clear and comprehensive picture of what the Italian Renaissance was. We will first try to understand historically the core event of the Renaissance—the rediscovery and conscious imitation of ancient Greek and Latin languages, literatures, and cultural artifacts—and we will then analyze the ways in which this rebirth fundamentally changed the languages, literatures, arts, philosophies, and politics of Italy at the dawn of the modern era. A key concern will be to demonstrate that while the Renaissance was ‘elitist’ in that only a few highly educated people could engage in this revolution, it produced far-reaching consequences in the way we speak, read, write, and study languages, literatures, and cultures. Students will write two short essays, take six quizzes and a final exam.

FRIT M250: Intermediate Italian II (3 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
8536MWF11:15-12:05BH 148Mary Migliozzi
11217MWF2:30-3:20BH 240Mary Migliozzi

Prerequisite: M200 or equivalent.

This second-year Italian course meets three times a week and builds upon the first three semesters of beginning and intermediate Italian (or equivalent). In M250, students concentrate on learning how to express their ideas and debate the pros and cons of certain situations as well as to offer advice and express opinions on a variety of familiar subjects, all in the Italian language. The students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The course includes study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture.

FRIT M300: Italian Conversation & Diction (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoom
11218MTWRF10:10-11:00ED 3284
16767MTWRF11:15-12:05ED 3284

Prerequisite: M250, M215, or consent of instructor.

Conducted in Italian, this course continues the study of advanced structures through a variety of media and authentic texts. While the focus is on accuracy and fluency in speaking, practice with other skills and the study of Italian culture will be integrated throughout.

FRIT M307: Masterpieces of Italian Literature I (3 cr.)
H. Wayne Storey

NumberDaysTimeRoom
17995TR2:30-3:45BH 319

Prerequisite: M301 or consent of instructor.

Study of language, texts, and cultural trends of representative works in medieval and early modern Italian literature as a base for advanced courses in Italian literature. Texts will include selections from Dante's Divina Commedia, Boccaccio's Decameron, Petrarch's Fragmenta, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, Machiavelli's Principe, and Veronica Franco's Lettere.

FRIT M463: Contemporary & Popular Italian Culture (3 cr.)
Antonio Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
30912TR
T
9:30-10:45
7:15-9:30 pm
AD A151
CH 001
Lecture
Film showings
Academy Award-Winning Italian Films

28 Italian films have been nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and 13 films have won the award. Among all countries that have submitted films for the award, Italy ranks first in terms of the number of films that won, and second in terms of the number of nominees.

In M463, we will study the 13 films that have won the award from cinematic, cultural, historical and interdisciplinary perspectives. Special attention will be given to the Italian directors who won multiple awards: Federico Fellini and Vittorio De Sica. Fellini received four awards for La strada, Le notti di Cabiria, 8 ½, and Amarcord, the most in the history of the Academy. De Sica received two Honorary Awards prior to the conception of the formal award for Shoeshine and The Bicycle Thief, and two actual Academy Awards for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.

We will also study Elio Petri’s Indagine di un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto, Tornatore’s Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor (an English-language film that won 9 Oscars), Salvatores’ Mediterraneo, Benigni’s La vita è bella and Sorrentino’s La grande bellezza.

Students interested in technical aspects of filmmaking can also research the 33 technical awards won by Italian art directors, directors of photography, make-up artists, designers, musicians, set designers, and costumes designers. We may also examine the many Italian actors and actresses who won awards for leading or supporting roles, and the Italian screenplay writers nominated for Oscars.

FRIT M491: Elementary Italian for Graduate Students (4 cr.)
Alicia Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8538TR7:15-8:45 pmWH 116

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the language requirement for the B.A. in another language. 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 M495: Individual Reading in Italian Literature (1-3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8540Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of this semester's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT M499: Reading for Honors
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8541Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in Italian, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Massimo Scalabrini.

Interdisciplinary Courses

FRIT G275: Thematic Studies (2nd 8 weeks; 3 cr.)
The Art and Fiction of War: Variations and Representations of a Model
Marco Arnaudo

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30905TR8:00-10:30HH 406

In this class we will use Machiavelli’s theories of warfare as a modern political tool as a reference point to analyze representations of war as a theme in fiction. Representations of war discussed in this class will span through different media, periods, and genres, and they will include texts such as Garibaldi's Autobiography, Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, Emilio Lussu's A Soldier on the Southern Front, and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. In English.

COLL C103: Critical Approaches to Arts and Humanities
A Question of Love
(3 cr.)
Emanuel Mickel

Lecture

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18465MW9:05-9:55BH 330

Discussion

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
19639F9:05-9:55BH 141Emanuel MickelHonors section
18467F10:10-11:00BH 139David Wagner
18466M11:15-12:05WH 204David Wagner
18468F11:15-12:05AC C114David Wagner

In the critical approaches course "A Question of Love" we shall explore our understanding of the various emotions and relationships we cover by the word love. As a basis for understanding the different aspects of love in human relationships as represented in western tradition, we shall read and analyze an anthology of fundamental passages from several classical and medieval works, ranging from Plato and the Bible to Ovid and the Romance of the Rose. We shall use our discussion of these texts to analyze the representations of love in two medieval romances, Chretien's Erec and Enide and Gottfried's Tristan; one seventeenth and one eighteenth century French novel, The Princess of Cleves and Dangerous Liaisons; and an English novel of Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

There will be three examinations during the semester including the final. Students will be asked to write two papers: one of two pages and one not more than three pages. In these papers students will learn to approach literary texts in a critical manner. Students taking this course for honors credit will write a fifteen-page paper in consultation with the instructor instead of the second three-page paper. Honors students will be expected to "discover" their own topic and create the outline. Meetings with the professor will help both in the "discovery" of the topic and in the drafting of an outline. In this course we shall discuss the psychology of love, the close relationship between love and philosophy, the question of love and chivalry in the Middle Ages, the importance of rhetoric and authorial use of persona. Analyzing these issues will add to the student's ability to understand the novel we shall read, to appreciate the many faceted aspects of the experiences we cover by the single word love, and to see the ways in which writers have represented these human emotions.

HON H234: Literature of Time and Place
1914-2014: World War I Issues and Legacies for the Global World of Today
(3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDaysTimeRoom
31419TR1:00-2:15BH 319

The shots that killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo (Bosnia) on June 28, 1914 resonated well into the rest of the century. The assassination was supposed to be a political gesture in favor of Serbian nationalism against the Hapsburg domination of the Balkans, but it resulted into the first of the two world wars that marked and transformed the geographical and political scene of the 20th-century. WWI (1914-1918) was called the Great War as it saw the intervention of countries far removed from Europe (the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa…), but also because it was supposed to be a war that—in the intentions of many of the participants—would redress old problems and put an end to any further conflict. This was, naturally, a grand illusion. The war caused the collapse of the Austrian empire (1918), which, together with the downfall of the Russian empire (1917) and the Ottoman rule (1923), triggered a series of geographical and political decisions that, in good measure, were responsible for the clashes that brought to the second world war, and its long-term consequences: the Cold War, the anti-colonial struggles, the fall of the Soviet Union, the 1990’s ethnic wars in the former Yugoslavia, that is, in those exact lands that ignited the escalation that prompted WWI. Many of today’s conflicts that inflame some of the former Soviet territories as well as the Middle and Near East are also, indirectly, a consequence of poorly thought or unwisely conceived geo-political agreements that go back to the end of WWI. But the Great War was also a remarkable turning point for the modern development of the arts: drama, figurative arts, cinema, literature, and music, they have all been marked by the experience of the Great War. WWI was also the first moment in modern history that brought to the attention of the public debate many issues that are still very much in the current debates. Scientific and ethical concerns related to weapon of mass destruction, the ethical treatment of prisoners, the effect of humankind on the environment, the psychological health of the veterans, gender and race equality, are all themes that originate from the cultural aftermath of WWI. In this class we will examine the historical aspects that surrounded WWI and its many factors, as well as the myriad of topics that were motivated by its magnitude in the arts, and how many of those topics are still very much in front of us, in today’s global world.



French Courses

FRIT F100: Elementary French I (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
17964MWR9:05-9:55BH 337Kelly Farmer
17968MWR10:10-11:00BH 337Kelly Farmer
17965MWR11:15-12:05BH 337Alan Ames
17966MWR12:20-1:10BH 337Laura Demsey
17967MWR1:25-2:15BH 337Jill Owen
17969MW7:15-8:45 pmBH 314Kelly Sax

Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of F100, F115, or F491.

FRIT F115: Accelerated Elementary French (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoom
24077MTWR11:15-12:05SW 103

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

An accelerated treatment of material covered in both F100 and F150 designed for superior students and students with previous training in another foreign language. Credit given for only one of F115 and F100; Credit given for only one of F115 and F150. If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT F150: Elementary French II: Language and Culture (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
17971MWR9:05-9:55SY 006
17972MWR10:10-11:00SY 006
17973MWR10:10-11:00SY 137
17974MWR11:15-12:05FQ 012B
17975MWR12:20-1:10BH 315
17976MWR1:25-2:15BH 315
17978MWR2:30-3:20SY 001 MW
WH 009 R
17979MW7:15-8:45 pmBH 233

Prerequisite: F100.

Basic structures of the French language and selected topics of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of the following: F115, F150, or F491.

FRIT F152: Beginning French Conversation II (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDay/Time
33552Arranged

Corequisite: F150.

This companion course to F150 gives beginning students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French fr-major.

FRIT F200: Second-Year French I: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
17987 [CANCELLED]MWF8:00-8:50BH 237
17981MWF9:05-9:55BH 317Rodica Frimu
17982MWF10:10-11:00BH 245Rodica Frimu
17983MWF12:20-1:10BH 237Renata Uzzell
17984MWF1:25-2:15BH 215Martin Maillot
17985MWF2:30-3:20BH 247Scott Cawthon
17986MW7:15-8:30 pmBH 332George Khabarovskiy

Prerequisite: F150 or equivalent.

Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following third-semester courses: F200, F205, or F219.

FRIT F202: Intermediate French Conversation I (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDay/Time
33553Arranged

Corequisite: F200.

This companion course to F200 gives intermediate students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French fr-major.

FRIT F222: Francophone Media Studies (2nd 8 Weeks; 3 cr.)
Vincent Bouchard

NumberDaysTimeRoom
35214TR5:30-8:00pmBH 232

In this course we will discuss the concepts of medium/media and mass media as they appear in the Francophone World, and base our reflection on specific cases and theoretical readings (Mauss, McLuhan, Certeau, Bolter). We will explore the ways in which we constantly interact with media, based on examples taken from the everyday life of Francophone people in North America, Europe and Africa. We will also study the importance of mass media (journal, magazine, radio, television) since the nineteenth century, question their convergence at a digital age, and examine our complex relation to them. In English.

FRIT F250: Second-Year French II: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
17988MWF8:00-8:50BH 232Devan Steiner
17989MWF9:05-9:55SY 210Devan Steiner
17990MWF10:10-11:00BH 217Cynthia Kanko
17993MWF11:15-12:05BH 217Cynthia Kanko
17994MWF12:20-1:10BH 232David Wagner
17991MWF1:25-2:15BH 149David Wagner
17995MWF1:25-2:15SY 137Flavien Falantin
17992MWF2:30-3:20SY 137Carly Bahler
17996MW7:15-8:30 pmBH 336Carly Bahler

Prerequisite: F200 or equivalent.

Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following fourth-semester courses: F250, F255, F265, or F269.

FRIT F252: Intermediate French Conversation II (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDay/Time
33551Arranged

Corequisite: F250 or F265.

This companion course to F250 gives intermediate students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French fr-major.

FRIT F265: Accelerated Second-Year French [CANCELLED] (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30570 [CANCELLED]MTWR11:15-12:05SY 006

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

An accelerated treatment of material covered in both F200 and F250. Grammar, composition, and conversation coordinated with readings of short texts. Students who complete F265 cannot also receive credit for F200 or F250. If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT F300: Reading & Expression in French (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
17997TR9:30-10:45BH 149Vincent Bouchard
17998TR1:00-2:15KH 203Oana Panaïté
17999TR2:30-3:45JH A107Nicolas Valazza

Prerequisite: F250, F255, F265, or consent of department.

Vincent Bouchard

L’Amérique du Nord francophone

Ce cours propose une exploration historique, géographique et culturelle de l’Amérique du Nord francophone à travers des représentations littéraires ou audiovisuelles. Partant de la période coloniale (la Nouvelle-France et la Louisiane) jusqu’à l’époque contemporaine, nous verrons comment différentes communautés francophones (les Acadiens, les Créoles, les Canadiens français, les Québécois, etc.) ont inventé de nouvelles manières de vivre en fonction du contexte nord américain et en relation avec d’autres groupes : les Britanniques, les Protestants, les Indiens, les Métis, etc. Nous examinerons la place de ces ‘Américains’, fr-minoritaires dans un continent principalement anglophone, et nous étudierons les spécificités de leurs cultures.

Oana Panaïté

Désir, souffrance et liberté

Ce cours d’introduction à la littérature et à la culture françaises offre aux étudiants l’occasion de perfectionner leur français écrit et oral, d’améliorer leurs capacités analytiques et de découvrir la richesse intellectuelle et affective des œuvres classiques de Madame de Lafayette, Voltaire, Charles Baudelaire et Gustave Flaubert et des créations modernes appartenant à Ahmadou Kourouma, Amélie Nothomb et Marie NDiaye. La moyenne finale sera calculée à partir des critères suivants : la présence et la participation (20%) ; un exposé oral (10%) ; deux travaux écrits (20%) et leurs corrigés (30%) ; un examen partiel (20%).

Nicolas Valazza

Adultery and Betrayal

As evidenced by the story of Helen of Troy, which lead to the events recounted in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, adultery and betrayal are at the foundation of Western literature. While society has always condemned infidelity and disloyalty for undermining social cohesion, adultery and betrayal have proven to be inexhaustible sources of inspiration for novelists, poets and playwrights, to the point of creating a moral exception for literature, intended as a space of transgression. This course aims to question the meaning of this transgression through the reading of a selection of novels, verses and theatrical plays, from the medieval narrative of Tristan et Iseut, to Camus’ novella “La Femme adultère,” through a selection of Fables by La Fontaine, Racine’s tragedy Phèdre, Molière’s comedy Tartuffe and a selection of Contes by Maupassant. Student grades will be based on class preparation and participation (10%), a 10-minute oral presentation (20%), two compositions (30%), a mid-semester exam (20%) and a final essay (20%). The course will be conducted in French.

FRIT F305: Théâtre et Essai (3 cr.)
Passion and Anguish, From Page to Stage
Margaret Gray

NumberDaysTimeRoom
23461TR9:30-10:45BH 315

Prerequisite: F300.

In this course, we will:

  • Suffer the anguish of forbidden passion in Jean Racine’s Phèdre
  • Endure the torment of being forever locked up with those who make us suffer in Jean-Paul Sartre’s Huis clos
  • Imagine Sisyphus’s absurd happiness as he forever rolls his eternally doomed rock up the mountainside in Albert Camus’s Le mythe de Sisyphe
  • Languish with Samuel Beckett’s Vladimir and Estragon as they wait for Godot
  • Grope stiffly for words with Marguerite Duras’s Anne-Marie Roche and Michel Nollet, who find themselves in the same hotel following the pronouncement of their divorce in La Musica Deuxième
  • Struggle with Edmond Rostand’s nose-challenged Cyrano to mask his love for Roxane, and with handsome but tongue-tied Christian to express it
  • Plot with Jean Genet’s maids to poison our mistress in Les bonnes
  • Embrace the challenge of writing from our bodies with Hélène Cixous’s Le rire de la Méduse

Student grades will be based on active class participation; a 10-minute oral presentation; two short (3.5 pp) papers over the course of the semester; midterm and final exams, with analysis of quotations and choice of essay questions.

FRIT F306: Roman et Poésie (3 cr.)
Aventures, quêtes et enquêtes
Jacques Merceron

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18000TR2:30-3:45BH 209

Prerequisite: F300.

Dans ce cours, nous explorerons par le poème et le roman les thèmes et notions d’aventure, de quête et d’enquête. Aventures et quêtes poétiques de la nature, de l’amour, de la beauté, de la vérité, du temps qui s’écoule, aventure de l’écriture aussi, à travers un choix de poèmes d’auteurs romantiques et postromantiques. Côté romanesque, nous suivrons dans La Vénus d’Ille (1835) de Prosper Mérimée l’enquête d’un archéologue s’efforçant de faire la lumière sur une série de malheurs liés à une mystérieuse statue antique de Vénus qui vient juste d’être découverte. Colomba (1840) de ce même auteur met en scène une histoire d’amour, de meurtres et de vengeances qui se déroule sur l’île de Corse dominée par la vendetta entre clans adverses. L’amour peut-il triompher de la violence ? L’Aiguille creuse (1909) est un roman policier classique de Maurice Leblanc. On y suit les aventures et la rivalité d’Arsène Lupin, un gentleman-cambrioleur, et du jeune détective Isidore Beautrelet, tous deux en quête du secret des rois de France, un fabuleux trésor déposé dans un château de l’Aiguille. Mais est-ce si simple ? Par ailleurs, comment une agression (un presque meurtre) a-t-elle pu être commise dans une chambre fermée à clé de l’intérieur et ne possédant qu’une seule fenêtre ? C’est cette énigme que le jeune reporter Rouletabille va s’efforcer de résoudre dans Le Mystère de la chambre jaune (1907) de Gaston Leroux. Mais Frédéric Larsan, un enquêteur de la police française, n’est guère disposé à l’aider… Le cours et les enquêtes seront menés en français.

FRIT F310: Topics in French/Francophone Culture (3 cr.)
Black Paris
Eileen Julien

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30579TR2:30-3:45BH 147

Joint-listed with CMLT-C363, HON-H303, AAAD-A304; Taught in English

As early as the 1800s, free New Orleanians of color journeyed to France, a country that seemed to offer them greater freedom. Since then, countless African Americans, including writers, musicians, visual artists, and performers, have made Paris (or France) their home, however temporarily. By examining the lives and work of prominent 20th century figures such as our own David Baker, Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Lois Mailou Jones, Claude McKay, Richard Wright, and their African, Caribbean, and French intellectual counterparts (Aimé Césaire, Jean Genêt, Paulette Nardal, Jean Paul Sartre, Léopold Senghor), we will consider the broad intellectual issues arising from this displacement: the historical and cultural ties of New Orleans to the Caribbean and France; diaspora, exile, expatriation and cosmopolitanism; “African primitivism” and the jazz age; the Harlem Renaissance and the négritude movement; transnationalism; race and the performance of identity. We will conclude with an examination of Paris as a diasporic crossroads today.

FRIT F313: Advanced Grammar (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
18001MWF9:05-9:55JH A107Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail
18002MWF11:15-12:05BH 319Laurent Dekydtspotter
24478MWF1:25-2:15BH 246Alison Calhoun

Prerequisite: F250. Taught in French

Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail

This course is designed to (a) build upon the intermediate student’s existing knowledge of fr-major French grammar points through intensive study and (b) develop a more sophisticated mastery of advanced structures in preparation for F300 and beyond (including possible study abroad). By the end of this course, students should be able not only to speak and write more precisely on a range of topics but also to read and produce literary and academic writing with greater ease. We will supplement the text, Grammaire française (Ollivier & Beaudoin), with supplemental readings and materials from French and Francophone culture (e.g., newspaper and magazine articles, literary works, film). Grades will be based on daily preparation and homework, class participation, short writing assignments, quizzes, tests, and a cumulative final exam.

Laurent Dekydtspotter

This section of F313 approaches advanced French grammar from the point of view of a language acquisition. We will use Contrastes: Grammaire du français courant, by Denise Rochat, with workbook and online resources that allow personalized learning foci. The course surveys of grammatical hot spots. The work will involve fast-paced targeted practice and will encourage each student to identify areas where he or she needs to concentrate effort. As part of this, some basic understanding of issues will be helpful. To provide context and understand what needs to be done, a limited component will focus on the cognitive sources of non-target performance in crucial areas, so that students can understand the issue of residual errors, so that effort can be spend to maximal effect.

Alison Calhoun

The approach this course will take to advanced French grammar will be a fast-paced review of the material you have already covered coupled with an intensive study of that grammar in a literary and critical context supplied in our textbook as well as students' own writing. This course uses QUIA, meaning weekly grammar exercises are completed online, giving students instantaneous feedback on their progress. The goal of the course is to serve either as a complimentary grammar course to be taken simultaneously with F300 or as a springboard course preparing the student for F300 and beyond. Course grades will be based on the best 10 of 12 weekly quizzes (50%), a midterm (15%), a final (20%) and class preparation (15%).

FRIT F316: Conversational Practice (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
18006 [CANCELLED]MWF10:10-11:00HU 108
18004MWF11:15-12:05BH 321Sarah Kay Hurst
25531 [CANCELLED]MWF12:20-1:10KH 200
18005MWF1:25-2:15KH 200Alisha Reaves
18003TR7:15-8:30 pmBH 336Jamie Root

Prerequisite: F250 or F265.

Recent and classic award-winning feature-length French films (comedies, dramas, thrillers) provide the basis for vocabulary expansion, in-class discussion and debates, and an increased understanding of various French cultural and historical issues, including immigration, WWII, regional differences, and religious conflict. Class time will maximize speaking opportunities. Grading is based on in-class participation, presentations, and oral and written exams. NOTE: Students are required to watch the films outside of class (online streaming).

FRIT F317: French in the Business World (3 cr.)
Guillaume Ansart

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18007TR9:30-10:45BH 148

Prerequisite: F250 or equivalent.

Introduction to the language of business activities in France and to the structure and functioning of various aspects of contemporary French economic life. Awareness of the general cultural context within which business activities take place in France will also be an important dimension of the course. Weekly exercises will include oral activities as well as reading and writing (translation, reading of articles from French newspapers and magazines on current economic issues, etc). Course taught in French. No previous knowledge of the world of French business is required.

FRIT F362: La France 1500-1800 (3 cr.)
Hall Bjørnstad

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30586TR2:30-3:45JH A105

Prerequisite: F300

This introduction to the cultural history of France from the Renaissance to the Revolution will be structured around what are often considered as four significant historical turning points: the trauma of the Saint Bartholomew massacre and the religious wars; the heyday of absolutism under Louis XIV; the unfolding of the Enlightenment; and the turmoil of the French Revolution. The course will open with a survey of the whole period covered by the course, to provide the background for the subsequent focus on specific issues of the four historical moments, which will be examined in greater detail through primary and secondary texts, as well as films set in the period. The aim of the course is to foster (1) mastery of the matter (the story told), (2) awareness of the disciplinary tools/methods (how the telling of the story influences our perception of the events), (3) mastery of academic French (the language in which the story is told), (4) awareness of why the story matters. In order to realize these four aims, this class will rely heavily on different types of writing: weekly reflective response papers, 3-4 short formal papers, scaffolded final writing portfolio. Furthermore, each student will work on a key concept as a subject of systematic reflection throughout the semester. The course will be conducted in French.

FRIT F363: La France 1800-Aujourd'hui (3 cr.)
Oana Panaïté

NumberDaysTimeRoom
27897TR2:30-3:45BH 141

Prerequisite: F300.

Le cours offre une introduction générale à l’histoire et à la civilisation de la France et de l’espace francophone allant de la Révolution de 1789 jusqu’à nos jours. On se concentrera tout particulièrement sur les périodes et les mouvements culturels suivants: le Premier et le Second Empire, le Romantisme, la Commune de Paris, l’Affaire Dreyfus, l’Impressionnisme, la Grande Guerre, Vichy et l’Occupation, le Féminisme, Mai 68, les guerres de décolonisation, les Trente Glorieuses et la France. La moyenne finale sera calculée en fonction des critères suivants : la présence, la ponctualité et la participation en classe (20%) ; un examen partiel (20%); un examen final (20%) ; un exposé oral (15%) ; des devoirs écrits hebdomadaires sur Oncourse (25%). Taught in French. Readings provided by the instructor.

FRIT F375: Thèmes et Perspectives Littéraires (3 cr.)
Heroines in French Theater
Alison Calhoun

NumberDaysTimeRoom
23131MWF12:20-1:10BH 246

Prerequisite: F300.

This course will focus on major French plays from the 16th to the 20th centuries in which female roles are central. We will read about clever cross-dressers who test their future husbands; mad housekeepers, whose tea party leads to a fatal end; captured women, driven to suicide, or buried alive; incestuous women, scorned women, and those who are tragically left behind. Serving as a introduction to French theater, students will learn to write and talk about drama and film adaptations. A selection of plays from the Renaissance will be read in short excerpts, while plays from later centuries, read in full, will include: Bérénice (Racine), La Fausse suivante (Marivaux), Les Caprices de Marianne (Musset), Antigone (Anouilh), and Les Bonnes (Genet). Film adaptations studied will include: La Fausse suivante (Benoît Jacquot) and Les Blessures assassines (Jean-Pierre Denis).

FRIT F399: Reading for Honors (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
18008Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Barbara Vance.

FRIT F401: Structure and Development of French (3 cr.)
Kevin Rottet

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18009TR11:15-12:30WH 008

Prerequisite: F313 or F314, or consent of instructor.

This course provides an overview of the structure of present day French, a perspective on its historical development, and an analysis of some of the current language-related issues in the French-speaking world. We will first consider the history of Modern French from an external perspective, by examining some important historical events in the history of the language, and from an internal perspective, by looking at some of the specific ways the language has changed over time. Then we will talk about variation in French, or how French differs geographically (i.e. dialects and regional varieties in France and in the French-speaking world), how it differs socially (i.e. how social categories such as socioeconomic class or sex are reflected in language use), and how it differs situationally (i.e. how people change the ways they speak depending on who they're talking to, the formality of the situation, etc.). Along the way we will look at spoken versus written French, slang, and français populaire. Next we will discuss directions for the future: how French creates new words (neologisms), copes with English influence (Anglicisms), and addresses issues concerning the feminization of the names of occupations traditionally practiced by males.

FRIT F451: French Studies—Literature and Arts (3 cr.)
Idealism to Decadence in 19th-Century France
Emanuel Mickel

NumberDaysTimeRoom
27901TR9:30-10:45BH 147

In this course students will read four novels and an anthology of poets including Lamartine, Hugo, Leconte de Lisle, Gautier, Nerval, Baudelaire, Verlaine, and Mallarmé. In the novels, René and Atala of Chateaubriand and La Recherche de l’absolu of Balzac, we shall explore Romantic idealism and its struggle with questions of religious faith, the dilemma of science , and the utopian fervor brought about by the revolution. In Zola’s L’Assemmoir and Barrès’ La Colline inspiré we shall look into what is called Naturalism and its tie to the fin de siècle’s decadence. We shall have two hour exams, a two-hour final, and a term paper concerning some of our readings.

FRIT F455: Le Roman au 20e Siecle (3 cr.)
Politique des Femmes Ecrivains
Margaret Gray

NumberDaysTimeRoom
27905TR1:00-2:15BH 105

Ce cours se propose d’étudier le roman de la deuxième partie du 20ème siècle à travers les interrogations menées par diverses romancières—à l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur de l’Hexagone—de leurs propres cultures. Nous commencerons avec Comment Cuisiner son Mari à l’Africaine (2000) de Calixthe Beyala, récit situé dans le Paris contemporain et hybride de l’immigration, et qui évoque la lutte entre un passé traditionaliste et un présent rempli de fausses solutions. Avec La Vagabonde de Colette (1910), nous étudierons la recherche—audacieuse et courageuse à cette époque--d’une indépendance littéraire, sentimentale, et financière chez une jeune actrice de music-hall. Ayant fui une union malheureuse, la narratrice doit s’affronter à une culture encore peu habituée aux femmes seules et professionnelles. Dans Les belles images (1966) de Simone de Beauvoir, nous scruterons une critique de la société technocrate et consommatrice d’après-guerre, et surtout son impact sur une nouvelle classe de femmes professionnelles. Nous nous trouverons ensuite en Belgique avec Jacqueline Harpman, dont le roman Orlanda (1996) reprend le topos de la dystopie de façon assez subtile—à travers l’histoire d’une héroïne professionnelle qui jouit d’une carrière réussie, tout en étant consciente d’un certain manque, un certain vide : roman qui résume et réunit ces questions d’identité, d’altérité et de transformation à travers une relation qui se noue entre deux parties d’une même personne, la timide Aline et son outrageux double masculin, Orlanda. A travers ces lectures différentes, nous serons attentifs aux capacités de la fiction de représenter et de critiquer les cultures de nos écrivain(e)s; aux façons dont le pouvoir (politique, social, sexuel, culturel, racial) et ses diverses formes sont étudiés dans ces textes; aux stratégies de résistance, voire d’opposition, personnelle et collective qui y sont explorées; et aux aspects formels—stylistiques et expressifs--de ces textes littéraires.

FRIT F477: French Conversation Group Leadership (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDay/Time
33550Arranged

Note: Contact Kelly Sax for permission to enroll in the course.

Under the guidance of their instructor, advanced students of French facilitate weekly French conversation groups for lower level students. Leaders are responsible for planning all group sessions, including discussion topics generated by magazine/newspaper articles and movies, and activities such as games and cooking. No credit for French fr-major. May be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours. Class graded on S/F basis only.

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18010TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 233

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 F495: Individual Readings in French

NumberDay/Time
18012Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of this semester's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT F499: Reading for Honors

NumberDay/Time
18013Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Barbara Vance.

Italian Courses

FRIT M100: Elementary Italian I (4 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
18018Online, with meetings on Tuesdays at either 9:30-10:45am or 7:15-8:30pmKarolina SerafinOnline coursed
18022MWR12:20-1:10AC C118Chris LaceyOnline componenta
18021MW
R
1:25-2:15WH 002
BH 321
Karolina SerafinItalian pop music themeb
18020TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 222Adriana VarelaNo online componentc
18019Online, with meetings on Tuesdays at either 9:30-10:45am or 7:15-8:30pmChris LaceyOnline coursed

Introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that develop grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural topics and simple cultural comparisons are introduced. Credit given for only one of the following: M100, M110, M115, or M491.

a This is a computer-enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester, students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

b This is a computer-enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. The course covers the same grammar and vocabulary of a normal M100 course, but content will focus on Italian pop music. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

c This evening section of M100 relies less on computer-based learning than the daytime hybrid sections, while still taking advantage of the enhancements available through the online components of the textbook. During the semester, students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

d This beginning Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

FRIT M110: Italian Language through Opera [CANCELLED] (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoom
33084 [CANCELLED]MW
TR
11:15-12:05WH 002
BH 315

This intensive beginning course covers the material of two semesters in one (M100 & M150). This course is intended for people who want to study Italian and are interested in opera and operatic world. The material and assessments will focus on Italian opera, but students will learn today's Italian spoken language. The course meets four times a week and also involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester, students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present, past and future tenses, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency. The course is fast-paced and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT M115: Accelerated Elementary Italian (4 cr.)
Lino Mioni

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18023MTWR11:15-12:05SY 106

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

An accelerated treatment of material covered in both M100 and M150 designed for superior students and students with previous training in another foreign language. Credit given for only one of M115 and M100; Credit given for only one of M115 and M150. If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT M150: Elementary Italian II (4 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
18028MWR8:00-8:50BH 331Lisa DolasinskiOnline componenta
21802MWR9:05-9:55BH 331Lisa DolasinskiOnline componenta
18025MWR10:10-11:00FQ 012BKarolina SerafinOnline componenta
18026MWR11:15-12:05SW 220Iuri MoscardiOnline componenta
20387MWR1:25-2:15BH 208Iuri MoscardiOnline componenta
18029MW7:15-8:45 pmBH 135Roberto Borfecchia
18027Online, with meetings on Tuesdays at either 9:30-10:45am or 7:15-8:30pmRoberto BorfecchiaOnline courseb

Prerequisite: M100.

Continued introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that build grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practice with new cultural topics and basic cultural analysis. Credit given for only one of the following: M110, M115, M150, or M491.

This course follows M100 and continues to present the beginning-level concepts of Italian language and culture. During the semester students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences with accuracy and fluency about familiar topics.

a This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online.

b This evening section of M150 relies less on computer-based learning than the daytime hybrid sections, while still taking advantage of the enhancements available through the online components of the textbook.

c This second-semester Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses.

FRIT M200: Intermediate Italian I (3 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
18031MWF11:15-12:05BH 245Mary MigliozziItalian pop music themea
24078MWF1:25-2:15BH 319Austin Alexander
18030Online, with meetings on Tuesdays at either 9:30-10:45am or 7:15-8:30pmMary MigliozziOnline courseb

Prerequisite: M110, M115, M150, or equivalent.

Building on Elementary Italian I and II, students further study and practice fundamental concepts and structures in Italian grammar. Through a variety of assignments and activities, they strengthen proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing, cultural analysis and understanding. Includes an introduction to brief literary texts. Credit given for only one of M200 or M215.

a The course covers the same grammar and vocabulary of a normal M200 course, but content will focus on Italian pop music.

b This course is conducted entirely online.

FRIT M215: Accelerated Second-Year Italian (4 cr.)
Mary Migliozzi

NumberDaysTimeRoom
22901MTWR1:25-2:15SB 138

Prerequisite: M115 or equivalent (M100 and M150), and consent of instructor.

An accelerated treatment of material covered in both M200 and M250. Designed for students who have completed M115 and other highly motivated students, students with extensive experience with another language, and/or students who aspire to study abroad. Credit given for only one of the following: M215 or M200-M250.

FRIT M222: Topics in Italian Culture (3 cr.)
Mystery, Thriller, and Horror
Marco Arnaudo

NumberDaysTimeRoom
25344TR1:00-2:15SY 108

This class covers the development of tightly interrelated genres such as mystery, thriller, and horror in Italian culture from the second half of the 19th-century to the present. Students in this class will have the opportunity to analyze a vast variety of narratives from Italy, from the "classic" mystery to the psychological thriller, the legal thriller, the revenge tale, the political mystery, the historical mystery, the serial killer story, and the ghost tale.

The class will encourage students to investigate the process of intercultural adaptation that originally English and American literary models underwent when reinvented in a strikingly different environment such as the Italian one. Materials for this class include short stories, novels, movies, graphic novels. Students will learn how to develop original analyses based on the specific modes of communication of each medium.

All materials for this class are in English. No previous knowledge of Italian language or history is required.

FRIT M250: Intermediate Italian II (3 cr.)
Staff

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
22311MWF9:05-9:55SY 108Alicia Vitti
18032MWF10:10-11:00BH 215Mary Migliozzi
18033MWF1:25-2:15SY 106Alicia Vitti
18034MWF2:30-3:20JH A107Alicia Vitti

Prerequisite: M200 or equivalent.

The study of more complex concepts and structures in Italian grammar. Through a variety of texts, media, and assignments, students practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and they analyze cultural topics and situations in greater depth. Increased attention to short literary texts. Credit given for only one of M250 or M215.

FRIT M301: Italian Reading & Expression (3 cr.)
Alicia Vitti and David Winkler

NumberDaysTimeRoom
20276MTWRF10:10-11:00WH 119
25667MTWRF11:15-12:05WH 119

Prerequisite: M250 or consent of instructor.

In this course students will learn to analyze texts from the main literary genres (lyric poetry, epic poetry, narrative, theater, songs, cinema) using specialized vocabulary, basic literary tropes and rhetorical figures, and basic principles of poetic rhyme and meter. Students will also improve their skills and deepen their understanding of intermediate and advanced grammar structures through daily practice in speaking and writing activities about the texts at hand and other cultural topics. Learning objectives for this course include a demonstrated ability to read and write analytically with greater accuracy and ease, and to speak and listen with greater fluency and confidence about literary and other cultural (musical, visual, journalistic) texts. Conducted in Italian.

FRIT M305: Civiltà Italiana Moderna (3 cr.)
Screening Italy
Antonio Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
30647TR2:30-3:45SY 003Optional film showings Tuesday evenings

Prerequisite: M301 or consent of Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian.

Imagine enjoying a movie and at the same time learning about historical moments that shaped Italy’s political and geographic makeup. In this course we will explore how Italian cinema has relived, anticipated and sometimes even forged changes in Italian society. Students will also learn how to read and analyze films, and they will improve their speaking, reading and writing abilities in Italian. After a theoretical discussion of the historical film genre, we will cover the unification of Italy, the southern revolt against the Unification, World War I, Fascism, Colonial Italy, WW II and the Resistance, Americanization and Separatism, and the Cold War. We will conclude with the new anti-mafia films and Berlusconi. We will not study history but see how it was lived and interpreted. Course taught in Italian.

FRIT M311: Italian Film and Culture (3 cr.)
Stardom Italian-Style: From the 50s to the 70s
Antonio Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
26147TR11:15-12:30BH 307Optional film showings Thursday evenings

Joint-listed with CMCL-C 398 and EURO-W 406 (taught in English)

This course will focus on the evolution of Divismo in Italian cinema from the fifties to the seventies, which marked the end of Italian-Style Comedy. Starting with an introduction to the rise of stardom during the silent era and what became of it under the Fascist Regime, we will then focus on the new Neorealist stars and on the reconstruction of the Italian film industry under the influence of American culture. In the second part of the course the analysis of the new films produced during the economic boom and the performance of new actors and actresses will help us understand national and regional concepts of femininity, masculinity, and religious or moral conflicts with emerging modernity.

FRIT M450: Seminar in Italian Literature (3 cr.)
Florence: Dante to Boccaccio
H. Wayne Storey

NumberDaysTimeRoom
31398TR4:00-5:15BH 241

From 1265, the year of Dante’s birth, until Boccaccio’s death in 1375, Florence underwent numerous changes, growing from a medieval town into a wealthy center of Humanist and Renaissance culture and economic and political power. This course examines the growth of Florence’s arts, literature, and political power from the city’s expansion in the 1260s to its struggles with factionalism and the plague, its artistic rebirth, and the beginnings of the political dominance of the Medici in the first half of the 15th century. In addition to the examination of Florence’s art and politics, readings will include works by Dante, Dino Compagni, Boccaccio, Petrarca, Coluccio Salutati, and Poggio Bracciolini. Taught in Italian with readings in Italian.

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

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18035TR7:15-8:45pmBH 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 M495: Individual Readings in Italian Literature [CANCELLED] (1-3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
18037Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of this semester's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT M499: Reading for Honors (3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
18038Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in Italian. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Massimo Scalabrini.

Honors and Cross-Listed Courses

COLL C103: Cloak & Dagger (3 cr.)
Marco Arnaudo

Lecture

NumberDaysTimeRoom
25585TR10:10-11:00WH 120

Discussion (choose one)

NumberDayTimeRoomInstructor
25605F10:10-11:00BH 139Lucia Gemmani
27987F10:10-11:00BH 144Letizia Montroni
25604F1:25-2:15BH 315Lucia Gemmani
25606F1:25-2:15BH 321Letizia Montroni
27988F2:30-3:20BH 335Letizia Montroni
27989F2:30-3:20BH 315Lucia Gemmani

This course introduces students to one of the most basic concepts of literary criticism - literary genres - with specific reference to a popular genre such as the so-called "thriller." "Thriller" is a term that came into use in the late nineteenth century and was applied not only to the detective story, the most famous examples of which were A. Conan Doyle's tales about Sherlock Holmes, but also to a closely related literary genre, the spy novel, that also attained great popularity during the period.

The primary focus of this course will be to teach students how to understand the conventions and traditions that govern any literary genre, with specific reference to the "thriller" as exemplified by selected detective and spy stories in both literature and film. Attention will be paid to critical concepts such as style, form, structure, point of view, and implied reader, in order to provide students with analytical tools that will be valuable in the years to come. It is my hope that students will apply the lessons they learn about genre in this class to any literary genre, not only genres typical of popular culture.

Readings will include the detective fiction of Poe, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt. We will also examine several detective-mystery movies, including the recent Sherlock Holmes (2009), and the classic masterpieces of the noir tradition, including The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. For the spy genre, we will read the pre-Cold War novel A Coffin for Dimitrios, a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, and a Cold War spy novel by John Le Carré. In addition, we will screen two very different James Bond films: one made during the height of the Cold War, and Martin Campbell's Casino Royale (2006).

HON-H 233: Great Authors, Composers, and Artists (3 cr.)
Rebels With and Without a Cause
Emanuel Mickel

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30462MWF9:05-9:55BH 235

In this course, students will study important works in the Western Tradition that represent aspects of the human being that make difficult a peaceful co-existence among the diverse peoples that populate the earth. We shall also explore those works that undergird the human being’s desire to be free from human-imposed restraints that prevent the freedom of people to enjoy equal opportunity and amicable discourse among diverse nations and peoples. In this course we also explore negative aspects of man’s behavior emphasized in philosophical, theological, and literary works that place the blame for man’s bad treatment of his fellow human being on his own selfishness. In other political, philosophical, and religious treatises, we see that same human being urging and demonstrating a behavior which is the antidote to the human being’s innate selfishness. In the four novels students read (French, English, Russian, and American) we analyze the characters and events in the terms of the theoretical works students have read and studied earlier.

HON-H 234: Literature of Time and Place (3 cr.)
The Pen and the Sword: Literature and Power in Early Modern Europe
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDaysTimeRoom
25450TR1:00-2:15BH 137

What advice did the “murderous” Machiavelli give to the prince of Florence? Was the Renaissance courtier obliged to obey the prince even when asked to do shameful and dishonorable things? How do we protect ourselves from a bestial and cruel tyrant? Should we run as far as we can or should we fight back? Must we always tell the truth or do we have the right to hide our secret thoughts?

These are some of the questions addressed in this course, which focuses on the culture of the Italian Renaissance courts and the modern European national states. We will examine the complex relationship between literary creation and political power in an age that witnessed the origin of modern Absolutism in European history. How is poetry to preserve its inner freedom as well as its open access to truth in the context of absolute and ruthless political power? The dilemmas of caution and resoluteness, simulation and dissimulation, heroism and conformity will be considered as some of the forces shaping early modern European literature.

The goal of the course is to read some of early modern Europe’s most representative works, to understand them in their diverse historical contexts, and -- on a more general note -- to develop a critical approach to literary texts. We will study the cultural and political circumstances in which these works were produced and read, as well as the rhetorical and stylistic notions indispensable to an analytical understanding of them. A selection of relevant introductory and critical essays will also be discussed. In order to develop and exercise these analytical skills, the students will write three short essays, give an oral presentation, take five quizzes and a final exam.

Readings will include works by Dante, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Guicciardini, Castiglione, Della Casa, Montaigne, F. Bacon, Accetto, Gracián, La Rochefoucauld, La Bruyère and Alfieri.



Summer 2015

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

FRIT F100: Elementary French I (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
3938MTWR12:40-2:10BH 317Jill OwenHybrid course
15203Kelly SaxOnline course

Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of F100, F115, or F491.

FRIT F200: Second-Year French I: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
3940MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 319Jessica Tindira

Prerequisite: F150 or equivalent. Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following third-semester courses: F200, F205, or F219.

FRIT F250: Second-Year French II: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
3941MTWRF12:45-2:00BH 319Flavien Falantin

Prerequisite: F200 or equivalent. Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following fourth-semester courses: F250, F255, F265, or F269.

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
3943MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 305Kelly Kasper-CushmanUndergraduates only

Although this course is designed for graduate students who seek to develop reading knowledge of French, it is also open to undergraduate students. However, it will not count toward the French major or minor, and it will not count toward fulfilling the undergraduate language requirement. 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 F495: Individual Readings in French (1-3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
3947Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of the department's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT M100: Elementary Italian I (4 cr.)

NumberInstructorNotes
8813Carlotta PaltrinieriOnline course
15771Sandro PuiattiOnline course

This course has online meetings twice a week, either MW 9:30-10:45am or MW 6:00-7:15pm.

Introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that develop grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural topics and simple cultural comparisons are introduced. Credit given for only one of the following: M100, M110, M115, or M491.

This beginning Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

FRIT M200: Intermediate Italian I (3 cr.)

NumberInstructorNotes
14062Lino MioniOnline course

Prerequisite: M110, M115, M150, or equivalent.

This course meets three times a week and is a continuation of Elementary Italian II. In class the students concentrate on reviewing and refining structures learned at the 100-level, but this time at an intermediate level. During the semester students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in cultural context. The course features study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture. Credit given for only one of M200 or M215.

FRIT M495: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
3953Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of the department's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

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

COLL C103: War as a Cultural Phenomenon (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
8257MTWR10:20-12:10BH 237Marco Arnaudo

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus described war as “the father and king of us all”; Sun Tzu wrote that understanding war is a matter of life and death, and its study should not be neglected; Machiavelli thought war to be the core element of all politics, and von Clausewitz defined it as an extension of politics by other means. War is an entirely human enterprise that has been with us since the dawn of civilization and is not likely to go away any time soon. Virtually every human being on Earth has had some contact with the reality or at least the effects of war, and yet systematic reflections on the nature of war as such are rarely addressed in classes outside of military academies.

This class aims at encouraging students to think critically and in an informed fashion upon a topic of such relevance, and it does so by exploring different ways in which war has been described and conceptualized throughout history, from military theory and history of warfare to representations of warfare in fiction. The class will also explore warfare through dynamic modeling of conflict. This component of the class will allow students to gain insights on the subject matter through the use of tabletop wargames, of the kind that has been traditionally used in the military for training purposes and to test strategies and tactics.

FRIT F150: Elementary French II: Language and Culture (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
15204MTWR12:40-2:10BH 208Cynthia Kanko

Prerequisite: F100. Basic structures of the French language and selected topics of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of the following: F115, F150, or F491.

FRIT F250: Second-Year French II: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
3942MTWRF12:45-2:00BH 206Loïc Lerme

Prerequisite: F200 or equivalent. Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following fourth-semester courses: F250, F255, F265, or F269.

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
3945MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 319Carly BahlerUndergraduates only

Prerequisite: F491 or consent of department. Although this course is designed for graduate students who seek to develop reading knowledge of French, it is also open to undergraduate students. However, it will not count toward the French major or minor, and it will not count toward fulfilling the undergraduate language requirement. The course includes a continuation of language and reading development from F491.

FRIT F495: Individual Readings in French (1-3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
3948Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of the department's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT M150: Elementary Italian II (4 cr.)

NumberInstructorNotes
14061Christopher LaceyOnline course

Prerequisite: M100.

Continued introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that build grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practice with new cultural topics and basic cultural analysis. Credit given for only one of the following: M110, M115, M150, or M491.

This second-semester Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency.

FRIT M250: Intermediate Italian II (3 cr.)

NumberInstructorNotes
14063Isabella MagniOnline course

Prerequisite: M200 or equivalent.

This second-year Italian course is conducted entirely online and builds upon the first three semesters of beginning and intermediate Italian (or equivalent). In M250, students concentrate on learning how to express their ideas and debate the pros and cons of certain situations as well as to offer advice and express opinions on a variety of familiar subjects, all in the Italian language. The students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The course includes study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture.

FRIT M495: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
3954Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of the department's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.



French Courses

FRIT F100: Elementary French I (4 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
4022MWR8:00-8:50SY 137Marcel TchatchouHybrid
4025MWR9:05-9:55BQ C232Carly BahlerHybrid
4026MWR11:15-12:05FQ 012BLiz MyersHybrid

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
4024MWF9:05-9:55SY 103Jennifer MisranHybrid
4032MWF9:05-9:55SW 221Charlène GilbertHybrid
4031MWF10:10-11:00SY 212Jennifer MisranHybrid
4028MW
F
12:20-1:10SY 108
HU 108
Carly BahlerHybrid
4029MW
F
1:25-2:15SY 200
WH 008
Jeff LongHybrid
4030MWF1:25-2:15FA 005Charlène GilbertHybrid

Evening (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
4033MW7:15-8:45 pmGA 1128Jessica Tindira
4023TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 135Jessica Tindira

Online

NumberInstructor
4027Georgy Khabarovskiy

Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of F100, F115, or F491.

FRIT F115: Accelerated Elementary French (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4034MTWR10:10-11:00BH 233B. Devan Steiner

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

An accelerated treatment of material covered in both F100 and F150 designed for superior students and students with previous training in another foreign language. Credit given for only one of F115 and F100; Credit given for only one of F115 and F150. If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT F150: Elementary French II: Language and Culture (4 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
4035MWR8:00-8:50BH 237Georgy Khabarovskiy
4039MWR12:20-1:10SY 001Georgy Khabarovskiy
4040MWR1:25-2:15MN 001ACyntia Vernhet
4037MW
R
4:40-5:30BH 229
BH 331
Jill Owen
4038MWR5:45-6:35BH 236Jill Owen

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
4036MWF9:05-9:55SE 010Amanda Vredenburgh
4041MWF1:25-2:15WH 104Amanda Vredenburgh

Evening (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
4042MW7:15-8:45 pmBH 322D. W. Rinker
4043TR7:15-8:45 pmGA 1128Jacob Ladyga

Prerequisite: F100.

Basic structures of the French language and selected topics of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of the following: F115, F150, or F491.

FRIT F152: Beginning French Conversation II (1 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeInstructor
14351ArrangedKelly Sax

Corequisite: F150.

This companion course to F150 gives beginning students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F200: Second-Year French I: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4044MWF8:00-8:50GA 1128Flavien Falantin
4045MWF9:05-9:55BH 314Flavien Falantin
4047MWF10:10-11:00BH 314Kelly Sax
4046MWF11:15-12:05BH 314Loïc Lerme
4048MWF12:20-1:10BH 333Loïc Lerme
4049MWF1:25-2:15BH 333Kate Bastin
4051MWF2:30-3:20WH 109Alisha Reaves
4052MWF2:30-3:20BH 237Kate Bastin
4050MWF4:40-5:30BH 206Alisha Reaves
4053MW7:15-8:30 pmGA 1100Kelly Kasper-Cushman
4054TR7:15-8:30 pmWY 101Kelly Kasper-Cushman

Prerequisite: F150 or equivalent.

Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following third-semester courses: F200, F205, or F219.

Course supervisor: Rodica Frimu

FRIT F202: Intermediate French Conversation I (1 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeInstructor
14356ArrangedKelly Sax

Corequisite: F200.

This companion course to F200 gives intermediate students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F226: Studies in French Civilization (3 cr.)
Blue, White, Red: Seeing the World Through French Eyes

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
33567
34954
TR1:00-2:15GA 1134Oana PanaïtéRegular section
Honors section

View a flyer about this course

What are the fundamental French values? Is France a socialist country? Is there a "French lifestyle"? Do the French work less than the Americans? How do the French see their country's mission in the world? Is there a French "melting pot"? Why did the Charlie Hebdo attack happen and how did French people respond to it?

This class will discuss a series of historical concepts and cultural examples that will help students understand French politics, business, international relations, everyday life, and Franco-American relations. Taught in English.

FRIT F250: Second-Year French II: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4056MWF9:05-9:55SY 0006Rodica Frimu
4057MWF10:10-11:00SY 105Rodica Frimu
15860MWF10:10-11:00SY 108Renata Uzzell
4058MWF12:20-1:10SY 0006Noëlle Lindstrom
4059MWF1:25-2:15SY 0006Noëlle Lindstrom
4060MWF2:30-3:20SY 0006Renata Uzzell
4055MWF3:35-4:25WH 109Sarah Kay Hurst
4061MW7:15-8:30 pmBH 105Scott Cawthon
13832TR7:15-8:30 pmGA 1122Scott Cawthon

Prerequisite: F200 or equivalent.

Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following fourth-semester courses: F250, F255, F265, or F269.

Course supervisor: Kelly Sax

FRIT F252: Intermediate French Conversation II (1 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeInstructor
14362ArrangedKelly Sax

Corequisite: F250.

This companion course to F250 gives intermediate students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F265: Accelerated Second-Year French (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
14370 [CANCELLED]

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

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An accelerated treatment of material covered in both F200 and F250. Grammar, composition, and conversation coordinated with readings of short texts. Students who complete F265 cannot also receive credit for F200 or F250. If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT F300: Reading & Expression in French (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
4062TR9:30-10:45GA 0007Jennifer Misran
9210MWF10:10-11:00GA 0007Lucas Wood
4065MWF11:15-12:05GA 0007Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail
4063TR2:30-3:45SY 103Nicolas Valazza
9765
14707
TR5:45-7:00pmGA 0007Margaret GrayRegular section
Honors section

Prerequisite: F250, F255, F265, or consent of department.

Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail

This course offers a general introduction to French literature through the reading of poetry, theater, and fiction. We will start the semester with poetry from the Course Packet. Each student will choose one poem and do an exposé in class and write an explication de texte. Then we advance to the 17th-century play by Jean Racine Phèdre and study the theater and the classic alexandrine verse which Racine perfected. We will then read the twentieth-century author and Nobel Prize winner André Gide’s Symphonie pastorale and also one of the earliest science fictions in European literature Micromégas by the French philosopher Voltaire. We end the semester with a fun short story Une fantaisie du docteur Ox written by the famous nineteenth-century science-fiction writer Jules Verne.

Margaret Gray

Le coeur et ses raisons

An introduction to French literature, this course has three goals: a) to provide further exposure to a variety of literary genres in French, including poetry, theatre, the novel and the short story b) to develop and sharpen reading skills through practice in close reading and techniques of literary analysis c) to foster student progress in practical skills such as aural and written comprehension, as well as oral and written expression. “The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know” wrote seventeenth-century thinker Blaise Pascal in assessing the tangled relationship between love and reason which underlies many of our texts. Beginning with Renaissance love poems in the Petrarchan tradition, we will analyze the reprise and transformation of these forms in the Romantic lyrics of the nineteenth century, as well as their subsequent post-Symbolist ironizations. We will then proceed with our study of irony in the context of a different genre, theatre, as we see that Jean Anouilh’s manipulation of the ideal of romantic love in Le Bal des Voleurs becomes a vehicle for powerful social critique. Along with its probing questions of class difference, however, the play offers a delightful mix of bumbling thieves attempting to get the best of a rich and canny dowager and her eligible nieces, as true love and personal honor triumph across social and economic differences. Turning next to narrative, we will study David Foenkinos’s acclaimed 2009 novel La délicatesse with its issues of self-reconstruction after loss in a different yet equally heart-warming love story, that of a young professional woman and an improbable subordinate. The semester will conclude with a selection of short stories illuminating thematic and formal issues, from problems of moral responsibility (Albert Camus) to voice (Henri Thomas) and point of view (Jean-Louis Curtis). Exercises will include an in-class writing assignment, a midterm exam consisting of quotations to analyze and an essay question, a paper of literary analysis and a comprehensive final exam. All discussion and written work will be conducted in French.

Jennifer Misran

L’identité en question

Ce cours introduit les concepts et les techniques de base nécessaires à l’appréciation des textes littéraires en français. Les étudiants apprendront des techniques d’analyse au moyen de lectures diverses (poésie, théâtre, essais, contes, nouvelles, romans ou bien encore bandes dessinées), venant de différents pays à travers les siècles. Nous aborderons la thématique de l’identité subvertie (qui peut aussi être subversive) dans des textes courts (compilés dans une brochure), mais également dans quelques œuvres intégrales. Nous lirons, entre autres, Tartuffe (1667), une pièce de théâtre écrite par Molière, puis Attentat (1997), roman d’Amélie Nothomb mais aussi le premier roman de la sénégalaise Mariama Bâ, Une si longue lettre (1979). Les étudiants auront aussi accès à un manuel d’écriture qui les aidera à composer leurs travaux écrits. À la fin du semestre, ils auront acquis une boîte à outils personnalisée, qui leur permettra des lectures raffinées, des discussions riches et des analyses bien développées. Le cours sera conduit en français.

Nicolas Valazza

Adultery and Betrayal

As evidenced by the story of Helen of Troy, which lead to the events recounted in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, adultery and betrayal are at the foundation of Western literature. While society has always condemned infidelity and disloyalty for undermining social cohesion, adultery and betrayal have proven to be inexhaustible sources of inspiration for novelists, poets and playwrights, to the point of creating a moral exception for literature, intended as a space of transgression. This course aims to question the meaning of this transgression through the reading of a selection of novels, verses and theatrical plays, from the medieval narrative of Tristan et Iseut, to Camus’ novella “La Femme adultère,” through a selection of Fables by La Fontaine, Racine’s tragedy Phèdre, Molière’s comedy Tartuffe and a selection of Contes by Maupassant. Student grades will be based on class preparation and participation (10%), a 10-minute oral presentation (20%), two compositions (30%), a mid-semester exam (20%) and a final essay (20%). The course will be conducted in French.

Lucas Wood

Écrire le moi

Language, especially written language, is a privileged mode of self-expression in Western culture. It is through the mediation of words that we make sense of experience and give voice to identity, both public and private. But describing subjectivity is a way of producing it; representing the self in literature means making choices about what a “self” is, and constructing its thoughts, feelings, memories and histories through processes that are at once artful and inevitably artificial. This course will examine various ways in which literary self-fashioning has been practiced and theorized in the French and francophone tradition while also serving as an introduction to literary analysis in French. We will encounter texts from various periods and genres. These may include medieval and modern lyric poetry, Montaigne’s Essais, confessional autobiographies by Rousseau and Sarah Kofman, and contemporary novelistic “autofiction.” Graded exercises will include short writing assignments, an oral presentation, a midterm exam, and a final essay. The course will be conducted in French.

FRIT F305: Théâtre et Essai (3 cr.)
Le poids de l’existence

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
9379MWF10:10-11:00SY 0008Hall Bjørnstad

Prerequisite: F300

What is the meaning of life? Does our existence have an obvious, pre-given purpose? If it has, how can it be that people don’t agree on this purpose? Is the purpose rather to search such a meaning—or are these just the wrong questions altogether? Is the weight of these questions something we should embrace or escape? In this course we will study masterpieces from French literature that confront the question of the weight of existence in different ways. Alternating between early modern and 20th-century texts, we will explore essays by Montaigne, Pascal and Camus, and plays by Molière, Racine, Sartre and Beckett. The course will be writing-intensive and conducted seminar-style with focus on in-class discussion. Through our ongoing reflection and dialogue, the participants will improve (a) their skills as interpreters of French literature in general; (b) their grasp of the genres of the essay and theater in particular; (c) their mastery of academic French, both written and spoken. Course requirements include weekly response papers, three 2-page papers and final portfolio with rewrites of these. All class discussion, reading, and writing will be done in French.

FRIT F306: Roman et Poésie (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
9944TR9:30-10:45BH 148Guillaume Ansart

Prerequisite: F300

Une moitié du cours sera consacrée à une lecture approfondie d'un grand roman réaliste du XIXe siècle, Le Rouge et le Noir de Stendhal. Parallèlement, nous lirons des poèmes des XIXe et XXe siècles sur le thème de la fonction du poète et de la nature de l’art poétique. Devoirs : une composition à la maison (deux versions), un examen de mi-semestre et un examen final.

FRIT F311: French and Francophone Studies in Film (3 cr.)
French and European Cinema

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
12354TR2:30-3:45GA 1100Brett Bowles

This course is joint-offered with MSCH-F398 and EURO-W406, and is taught in English.

This course offers an overview of the symbiotic evolution between European cinema and society from the silent era through the present, focusing on representative films from France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the Soviet Union. We will approach film not only as art form whose stylistic and technological dimensions have shifted over the past century, but also as a collective representation that provides insight into social, political, and cultural issues. We will also investigate how cinema has shaped national identities and promoted both international competition and collaboration. In so doing, our study of film will naturally open onto a variety of other disciplines, such as history, psychology, sociology, political science, and gender studies.

FRIT F313: Advanced Grammar (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4067MWF9:05-9:55SY 0008Hall Bjørnstad
9945MWF12:20-1:10GA 1134Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail
4066MWF1:25-2:15GA 1134Rodica Frimu

Prerequisite: F250

Hall Bjørnstad

This course offers an intensive study of French grammar with the very practical purpose of preparing the participants for more advanced literature and culture courses at the F300 and 400 levels. We will both review central grammar points and expand the students’ understanding of more advanced grammatical structures. The course will strengthen the participants’ skills in oral and written comprehension and expression. We will use Contrastes: Grammaire du français courant, by Denise Rochat, with online resources that allow personalized learning. Grades will be based on daily preparation and participation (20%), weekly quizzes (45%), a midterm (15%) and a final (20%).

Rodica Frimu

This course is designed to (a) build upon the intermediate student’s existing knowledge of major French grammar points through intensive study and (b) develop a more sophisticated mastery of advanced structures in preparation for F300 and beyond (including possible study abroad). By the end of this course, students should be able not only to speak and write more precisely on a range of topics but also to read and produce literary and academic writing with greater ease. This section of F313 also approaches advanced French grammar from the point of view of language acquisition. A limited component will focus on the cognitive sources of non-target performance in crucial areas, so that students can understand the issue of residual errors, so that effort can be spent to maximal effect.

We will supplement the text, Contrastes (Rochat, 2nd Edition), and the Workbook with supplemental readings and materials from French and Francophone culture (e.g., newspaper and magazine articles, literary works, film). Grades will be based on daily preparation and homework, class participation, short writing assignments, an oral project, quizzes, tests, and a cumulative final exam.

Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail

This course has two aims: to summarize the grammar learned up to this level and to practice and expand that knowledge to a higher level of French grammar. The textbooks used in class are the second edition of Contrastes by Denise Rochat and its workbook available both on-line and in the printed workbook. The semester goal is to give students a grammatical instrument in preparation for the courses at the 300 and 400 levels.

FRIT F315: Phonetics and Pronunciation (4 cr.)

Lecture

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4068MW1:25-2:15GA 1100Kelly Sax

Drill (choose one)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4070TR1:25-2:15BH 335
4069TR2:30-3:20SY 0008

Prerequisite: F250

FRIT F361: La France médiévale (jusqu’à 1500) (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
12357MW5:45-7:00pmBH 237Lucas Wood

Prerequisite: F300

This course serves as a general introduction to the cultural history of medieval France from the Carolingian Empire to 1500. The course will begin with a survey of the entire period so as to provide the background necessary for our subsequent focus on several key milieux (the court, the church, and the university) and moments (the Crusades and the Hundred Years’ War). With the help of both primary and secondary texts, we will approach each focus area as a site of cultural production and transformation. Throughout the course, we will also turn a critical eye back on the practices and presuppositions that condition our own historical understanding. In particular, we will ask from a number of angles the question that the course’s title seems to beg: given the cosmopolitanism of aristocratic and religious cultures in the Middle Ages and the predominance of political models other than that of the nation-state, what does it mean to talk about “medieval France”? The course will be taught in French.

FRIT F363: La France 1800-Aujourd'hui (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30411TR9:30-10:45SY 212Oana Panaïté

Prerequisite: F300

Le cours offre une introduction générale à l’histoire et à la civilisation de la France et de l’espace francophone allant de la Révolution de 1789 jusqu’à nos jours. On se concentrera tout particulièrement sur les périodes et les mouvements culturels suivants: le Premier et le Second Empire, le Romantisme, la Commune de Paris, l’Affaire Dreyfus, l’Impressionnisme, la Grande Guerre, Vichy et l’Occupation, le Féminisme, Mai 68, les guerres de décolonisation, les Trente Glorieuses et la France. La moyenne finale sera calculée en fonction des critères suivants : la présence, la ponctualité et la participation en classe (20%) ; un examen partiel (20%); un examen final (20%) ; un exposé oral (15%) ; des devoirs écrits hebdomadaires sur Oncourse (25%). Taught in French. Readings provided by the instructor.

FRIT F375: Thèmes et Perspectives Littéraires (3 cr.)
Comedy: Moliere and Marivaux

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
8901TR1:00-2:15GA 0007Guillaume Ansart

Prerequisite: F300 or equivalent.

Close readings of major works by the two greatest playwrights of French classicism.Course grade based on 2 in-class exams (midterm and final) and a take-home paper (2 versions).
Reading list:

  • Molière: L’École des femmes, Les Femmes savantes, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope, Dom Juan
  • Marivaux: La Double inconstance, La Fausse suivante, Le Jeu de l’amour et du hasard, Le Triomphe de l’amour, La Dispute

FRIT F399: Reading for Honors (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
8503Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Barbara Vance.

FRIT F450: Culture/Society in French Studies (3 cr.)
Politics and Religion at the Crossroads of Modernity

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
11843TR2:30-3:45SB 231Eric MacPhail

If indeed by the end of the 17th century, religion had become the insoluble problem of the state, as Hans Blumenberg maintained, then the problem was mutual. The tension between religion and the state played a formative role in the emergence of the modern world, and this course will explore this tension through a selection of literary texts and archival documents from early modern France. We will cover the period from the beginning of the wars of religion in 1560 to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. During the first half of the semester, we will read political treatises, royal edicts, essays, and poems from Jean Bodin, Étienne de La Boétie, Philippe du Plessis-Mornay, Estienne Pasquier, and Michel de Montaigne. The second half will focus on Pierre Bayle, a French Protestant refugee in the Netherlands and author of the infamous Pensées diverses sur la comète of 1683, which proposed the incendiary hypothesis of an atheist society, where religion has no role in the state. Course readings, essays, and tests in French. Students who want to take the class for graduate credit will do an exposé and a term paper.

FRIT F460: La Francophonie nord-américain (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30420TR11:15-12:30GA 0005Vincent Bouchard

Ce cours vise à aborder différents aspects des cultures francophones de l’Amérique du Nord : l’architecture, la cuisine, la musique, le conte, la littérature, le cinéma, la radio, les arts numériques… Partant de la période coloniale (la Nouvelle-France et la Louisiane) jusqu’à l’époque contemporaine, nous étudierons les productions cultuelles créées dans des conditions spécifiques aux différentes communautés francophones (Acadiens, Canadiens français, Créoles, Franco-Ontariens, Québécois, etc.) : minoritaires dans un continent principalement anglophone ; en relation avec d’autres groupes (dont les Britanniques, les Protestants, les Indiens, les Métis, etc.) ; en lien avec les reste de la Francophonie (la France, la Belgique, l’Afrique francophone, etc.).

FRIT F461: La France Contemporaine: Cinema et Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30428TR1:00-2:15BH 147Brett Bowles

FRIT F477: French Conversation Group Leadership (1 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeInstructor
14393ArrangedKelly Sax

Note: Contact Kelly Sax for permission to enroll in the course.

Under the guidance of their instructor, advanced students of French facilitate weekly French conversation groups for lower level students. Leaders are responsible for planning all group sessions, including discussion topics generated by magazine/newspaper articles and movies, and activities such as games and cooking. No credit for French major. May be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours.

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4072TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 105

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the language requirement for the B.A. in another language. Introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. No credit for the French major or minor. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100 level.

FRIT F495: Individual Readings in French (1–3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
4074Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of this semester's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT F499: Reading for Honors (1-12 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
4075Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Barbara Vance.

Italian Courses

FRIT M100: Elementary Italian I (4 cr.)

Hybrid Courses

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4081MWF8:00-8:50BH 307Mary Migliozzi
4082MWF9:05-9:55WH 005Mary Migliozzi
4084MWF10:10-11:00FQ 012BBinyan Li
4083MWF11:15-12:05BH 247Karolina Serafin
4086MWF12:20-1:10BH 332Anna Love
30491MW
F
12:20-1:10FA 005
SW 219
Letizia Montroni
4087MWF1:25-2:15WH 109Anna Love
4089MWF2:30-3:20BH 238Letizia Montroni

Evening Course (no online component)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4090TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 246Iuri Moscardi

Online Course

NumberInstructor
15027Anna Love

Introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that develop grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural topics and simple cultural comparisons are introduced. Credit given for only one of the following: M100, M110, M115, or M491.

Hybrid course: This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester, students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

Hybrid course with theater: This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. The course covers the same grammar and vocabulary of a normal M100 course, but content will focus on Italian theater. Students will act out scenes and learn about Italian culture through theater. Students will practice all four basic language skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

Evening course: This evening section of M100 relies less on computer-based learning than the daytime hybrid sections, while still taking advantage of the enhancements available through the online components of the textbook. During the semester, students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

Online course: This beginning Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

FRIT M110: Italian Language through Opera (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
15364MTWR11:15-12:05AC C116Julia Puglisi

This intensive beginning course covers the material of two semesters in one (M100 & M150). This course is intended for people who want to study Italian and are interested in opera and operatic world. The material and assessments will focus on Italian opera, but students will learn today's Italian spoken language. The course meets four times a week and also involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester, students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present, past and future tenses, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency. The course is fast-paced and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT M115: Accelerated Elementary Italian (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4091MW
TR
11:15-12:05BH 336
WH 116
Sara Dallavalle

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

This intensive beginning course covers the material of two semesters in one (M100 & M150). The course meets four times a week and also involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present, past and future tenses, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency. The course is fast-paced it and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT M150: Elementary Italian II (4 cr.)

Hybrid course

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4094MWR1:25-2:15PH 012Carlotta Paltrinieri
4093 [CANCELLED]

Online course

NumberInstructor
15028Sara Dallavalle

Prerequisite: M100.

Continued introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that build grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practice with new cultural topics and basic cultural analysis. Credit given for only one of the following: M110, M115, M150, or M491.

Hybrid course: This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. This course follows M100 and continues to present the beginning-level concepts of Italian language and culture. During the semester students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences with accuracy and fluency about familiar topics.

Online course: This second-semester Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency.

FRIT M200: Intermediate Italian I (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4097MWF10:10-11:00SY 210Leonardo Cabrini
4098MWF12:20-1:10BH 307Pietro Tripano
4099MWF1:25-2:15BH 105Marzia Bagnasco
10710TR7:15-8:30 pmBH 241Rosa Borgonovi

Online courses

NumberInstructor
4096Mary Migliozzi
36451Karolina Serafin

Prerequisite: M110, M115, M150, or equivalent.

This course meets three times a week and is a continuation of Elementary Italian II. In class the students concentrate on reviewing and refining structures learned at the 100-level, but this time at an intermediate level. During the semester students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in cultural context. The course features study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture. Credit given for only one of M200 or M215.

FRIT M215: Accelerated Second-Year Italian (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
9015MTWR1:25-2:15GA 0013Alicia Vitti

Prerequisite: M115 or equivalent (M100 and M150), and permission from department.

This intensive intermediate-level Italian course covers the material of two semesters in one (M200 & M250). The course builds upon the first three semesters of beginning Italian (or equivalent) adding the unique feature of short films as the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar, and cultural concepts. The various activities aim to strengthen proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and students will gain the ability to understand, evaluate, compare, and appreciate many aspects of Italian culture. The course is fast-paced and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). Students must be recommended for this course by their Italian instructor in M150 or M115, or meet with the instructor for permission. Credit given for only one of the following: M215 or M200-M250.

FRIT M222: Topics in Italian Culture (2nd 8 weeks; 3 cr.)
Eat, Live, Die: Food and Family in Italian American Culture

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
13862T11:15-12:30BH 319Colleen Ryan
35011R2:30-3:45BH 205Colleen Ryan

This course is taught in English.

Meatballs, mothers, and mafia? Maybe! Nearly 18 million Italian Americans comprise about 6% of America’s population. For decades, Italian American writers, directors, and artists have represented their cross-cultural identity in ways that reflect the joys, conflicts and social concerns of this (our fifth largest) heritage group. To no surprise, food is often central to their narratives about immigration, assimilation, and ethnic identity and fuels the commonplaces and stereotypes that this course contests. From Mario Puzo to Francis Ford Coppola, Dean Martin to Madonna, Helen Barolini to Nancy Savoca, and Tony Soprano to Martin Scorsese, we will explore the rituals, traditions, and myths about food that characterize the family relationships, sexual mores, and socio-political issues that come to the fore in Italian-American novels, poetry, theater, music, television, and film.

FRIT M238: Italian Visual/Music/Literature Culture (3 cr.)
Fellini from Realism to Fantasy

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30500TR2:30-3:45SY 210Antonio Vitti

This course is taught in English.

This course will study Federico Fellini's early films before he became a larger-than-life maestro and Italy's synonym for cinema. Special attention will be given to his early career; Fellini was both a screenwriter for neorealist pioneer Roberto Rossellini and a newspaper caricaturist in postwar Rome. We will start with his first film made with Lattuada: Luci del varieta', a collaboration that he later used for his 1963 masterpiece 8 ½ which will also be included in this course. Lo sceicco bianco, Amore in citta', I vitelloni will be studied from a new perspective. Fellini broke away from neorealism with La strada, and from there we will follow his obsessions with the circus, societal decadence, spiritual redemption, and controversial construction of women in films such as Nights of Cabiria and La dolce vita. The course will conclude with Amarcord, Fellini's memories of his childhood in Fascist Italy and La voce della luna, Fellini's reflection on modern life. Che strano chiamarsi Federico by Ettore Scola, an affectionate tribute to his friend and Maestro will be our last screening. The course will include interviews with Fellini.

FRIT M250: Intermediate Italian II (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4100MWF11:15-12:05SB 231Alicia Vitti
6555 [CANCELLED]

Online course

NumberInstructor
31320Carlotta Paltrinieri

Prerequisite: M200 or equivalent.

This second-year Italian course meets three times a week and builds upon the first three semesters of beginning and intermediate Italian (or equivalent). In M250, students concentrate on learning how to express their ideas and debate the pros and cons of certain situations as well as to offer advice and express opinions on a variety of familiar subjects, all in the Italian language. The students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The course includes study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture.

FRIT M300: Italian Conversation & Diction (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
6556MWF
TR
10:10-11:00AC C107
WH 203
Anna Love and Alicia Vitti
11463 [CANCELLED]

Prerequisite: M250, M215, or consent of instructor.

Conducted in Italian, this course continues the study of advanced structures through a variety of media and authentic texts. While the focus is on accuracy and fluency in speaking, practice with other skills and the study of Italian culture will be integrated throughout.

FRIT M308: Masterpieces of Italian Literature II (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
33554TR9:30-10:45BH 235Mary Migliozzi

Prerequisite: M300/M301 or consent of instructor.

Did you know Italy didn’t become the independent country as we know it until 1861, that is, that Italy is younger than the United States? In this course we will explore the making of Italy as we know it today through the study of Italian literature—across decades and genres—from the nineteenth century through our current day.

FRIT M435: Theatre Workshop (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30509TR1:00-2:15BH 331Colleen Ryan

Love the Italian language, but feel too self-conscious to just speak it? Leave your preconceptions and inhibitions at the door and join the Italian Theater Workshop in Fall 2015! Engage your mind, body, and creative spirit to experience culture and simply “be” Italian. In this exciting Italian immersion environment, you will study a series of theatrical texts and traditions, develop your intercultural awareness and analytical skills, probe your aesthetic dispositions for various art forms, hone your pronunciation and diction, develop your proficiency and communicative competence, and work collaboratively to create a series of short Italian performance events.

FRIT M495: Individual Reading in Italian Literature (1-3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
4101Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of this semester's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT M499: Reading for Honors (3-12 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
4102Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in Italian.

Interdisciplinary Courses

COLL C103: Freshman Seminar in Arts & Humanities (3 cr.)
Laughter, Humor and Wit in the Italian Renaissance

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
12585TR11:15-12:05SB 150Massimo Scalabrini

Renaissance artists and writers were as committed to advocating the dignity of humankind and its central place in the universe as they were to making fun of or laughing at themselves and each other. This course will examine the comic literature of the Italian Renaissance. We will explore the nature and various expressions of comedy in genres such as the short story, the facetia (‘witty anecdote’), the apologue, the comic play, the epic and satiric poem and the treatise. In doing so we will address the following questions, among others: What is the relation of laughter and ignorance, error, moral and physical deformity? Does laughter bring people together or does it set them apart? How does comedy articulate the ethical concepts of innocence and guilt? How are conflicts dealt with in comic texts? We will read texts by Boccaccio, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Aretino, Castiglione and Della Casa, among others, and we will also discuss a selection of relevant historical and critical/theoretical materials, particularly the reflections on comedy by Plato, Aristotle and Cicero. While this course is firmly grounded in Italian Renaissance literature, we will also read texts from other European traditions that were inspired or prompted by the Latin and vernacular models produced in the Italian peninsula. Students will write three short essays, take six quizzes and a final exam.

HON H234: The Myth of Rome (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
14796MW1:00-2:15HU 111Andrea Ciccarelli

In this class we will examine how the historical, cultural, artistic and political status of the City of Rome has changed throughout the centuries, from ancient Rome to the present times. We will read historical sources and literary texts, analyze artistic works, and view films related to the Eternal City. We will also discuss the presence of the Vatican State within the city of Rome and the role played by religion and political power in shaping the artistic and cultural setting of the city. In addition, we will examine how non-Italian writers and artists viewed Rome and utilized its powerful image for their own artistic, literary, or cinematographic works.

FRIT G275: War—Representation and Simulation (3 cr.; 2nd 8 Weeks)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
36478MW8:00-10:30ED 3004Marco Arnaudo

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus described war as “the father and king of us all”; Sun Tzu wrote that understanding war is a matter of life and death, and its study should not be neglected; Machiavelli thought war to be the core element of all politics, and von Clausewitz defined it as an extension of politics by other means. War is an entirely human enterprise that has been with us since the dawn of civilization and is not likely to go away any time soon. Virtually every human being on Earth has had some contact with the reality or at least the effects of war, and yet systematic reflections on the nature of war as such are rarely addressed in classes outside of military academies.

This class aims at encouraging students to think critically and in an informed fashion upon a topic of such relevance, and it does so by exploring different ways in which war has been described and conceptualized throughout history, from military theory and history of warfare to dynamic modeling of conflict. This component of the class will allow students to gain insights on the reality and experience of war through the use of tabletop wargames, of the kind that is currently employed by historians to test hypotheses about past conflicts, and that has been traditionally used in the military for training purposes and to test strategies and tactics. A part of the semester will be devoted to the theory behind the abstraction of a complex event like war into a flexible and yet reliable model, giving the students the necessary tools to create their own simulations in the future.

p.s. no, Risk is not a wargame, and if you take this class, you will easily see why!



French Courses

FRIT F100: Elementary French I (4 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
4833 MWF 9:05-9:55 JH A107 Marcel Tchatchou Hybrid
4834 MWF 11:15-12:05 WH 5 Marcel Tchatchou Hybrid
4835 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 236 Jacob Ladyga Hybrid
4836 MWF 1:25-2:15 SY 105 Jacob Ladyga Hybrid
4837 MWF 10:10-11:00 WH 2 Jennifer Misran Hybrid

Monday, Wednesday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
4838 MW 7:15-8:45 BH 322 Charlène Gilbert Hybrid

Online

Number Instructor
30171 Jennifer Misran

Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of F100, F115, or F491.

FRIT F115: Accelerated Elementary French (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
10436 MTWR 11:15-12:05 WH 119 Jamie Root

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

An accelerated treatment of material covered in both F100 and F150 designed for superior students and students with previous training in another foreign language. Credit given for only one of F115 and F100; Credit given for only one of F115 and F150. If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT F150: Elementary French II: Language and Culture (4 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4839 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 229 Liz Myers
4840 MWF 10:10-11:00 SY 137 Jeff Long
4841 MWF 10:10-11:00 SY 106 Georgy Khabarovskiy
4842 MWF 11:15-12:05 FQ 012B Liz Myers
4844 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 333 Jeff Long
4845 MWF 2:30-3:20 GA 11 Dylan Rinker

Monday, Wednesday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4846 MW 7:15-8:45 WH 109 Dylan Rinker

Online

Number Instructor
4843 Georgy Khabarovskiy

Prerequisite: F100.

Basic structures of the French language and selected topics of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of the following: F115, F150, or F491.

FRIT F152: Beginning French Conversation II (1 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
15888 Arranged Kelly Sax

Corequisite: F150.

This companion course to F150 gives beginning students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F200: Second-Year French I: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4848 MWF 10:10-11:00 SY 105 Noelle Lindstrom
4849 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 337 Amanda Vredenburgh
4850 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 232 Kelly Kasper-Cushman
4851 MWF 2:30-3:20 GA 13 David Wagner

Monday, Wednesday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
4852 MW 7:15-8:30 BH 314 Kate Bastin

Online

Number Instructor
4847 Alisha Reaves

Prerequisite: F150 or equivalent.

Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following third-semester courses: F200, F205, or F219.

Course supervisor: Rodica Frimu

FRIT F202: Intermediate French Conversation I (1 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
15889 Arranged Kelly Sax

Corequisite: F200.

This companion course to F200 gives intermediate students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F225: Studies in French Culture (3 cr.)
Comtemporary France

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30169 TR 1:00-2:15 BH 15 Brett Bowles

This course offers a critical perspective on the evolution of French politics, society, and culture since the Second World War, with a focus on France's place in Europe and in relation to the United States. Topics covered will include national identity, cultural pluralism / minority rights, race relations, educational / political / legal institutions, gender (in)equality, and the mass media. The course will be taught entirely in English.

FRIT F250: Second-Year French II: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4855 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 138 Rodica Frimu
4856 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 229 Aiko Okamoto-Macphail
4857 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 134 Jessica Tindira
4858 MWF 2:30-3:20 BH 140 Scott Cawthon
4859 MWF 11:15-12:05 WH 106 Aiko Okamoto-Macphail
4860 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 16 Cyntia Vernhet
4861 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 336 Cyntia Vernhet

Monday, Wednesday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
4862 MW 7:15-8:30 BH 217 Loic Lerme

Online

Number Instructor
4854 Rodica Frimu

Prerequisite: F200 or equivalent.

Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following fourth-semester courses: F250, F255, F265, or F269.

Course supervisor: Kelly Sax

FRIT F252: Intermediate French Conversation II (1 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
15887 Arranged Kelly Sax

Corequisite: F250.

This companion course to F250 gives intermediate students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F265: Accelerated Second-Year French (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
32964 MTWR 12:20-1:10 MW: BH238
TR: BH315
F. Falantin

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

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An accelerated treatment of material covered in both F200 and F250. Grammar, composition, and conversation coordinated with readings of short texts. Students who complete F265 cannot also receive credit for F200 or F250.

If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT F300: Reading & Expression in French (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
4863 TR 11:15-12:30 GA 11 Brett Bowles
4864 TR 1:00-2:15 SY 212 Vincent Bouchard
4865 TR 9:30-10:45 GA 9 Lucas Wood

Prerequisite: F250, F255, F265, or consent of department.

Brett Bowles

This course examines various genres of French literature (poetry, theater, the short story, the essay, novella) as expressions of social and political thought, focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Thematic units will include inter-class power relations; religious hypocrisy; race and colonialism; anti-war protest; love, power, and gender relations This course will be taught entirely in French.

Vincent Bouchard

Cinéma francophones et genres

(Prerequisite: F250, F255, F265, or consent of department.)

Étude des genres selon des découpages historiques et géographiques : de la forme classique aux nouvelles formations génériques. À partir d'études de cas, nous interrogerons quatre genres importants de l'histoire du cinéma : le burlesque (slapstick), la comédie musicale, le film noir et la parodie. Afin de questionner la notion de genre, ses principes d'apparition et de développement, nous l'envisagerons suivant différents axes (économique, esthétique, technique, social, politique, etc.) et dans des contextes socio-culturels particuliers : nous étudierons des films provenant des trois continents de la Francophonie (Afrique, Amérique du Nord et Europe).

“Un genre est ce que collectivement, on croit qu’il est à un moment donné” (Iris, Jean-Louis Leutrat, 1895 films). Objectifs : Ce cours permettra à l’étudiant de développer son niveau de lecture, d’écriture et de conversation en français, tout en s’initiant aux études filmiques et francophones : l’étude des genres sera autant l’occasion de s’initier au vocabulaire de l’analyse cinématographique, que d’explorer les cultures francophones à travers le prisme des films.

Ouvrage : (les autres textes sont disponibles sur Canvas) Raphaëlle Moine, Les genres du cinéma, (2e édition). Paris: Nathan. 2008.

Lucas Wood

Écrire le moi

Language, especially written language, is a privileged mode of self-expression in Western culture. It is through the mediation of words that we make sense of experience and give voice to identity, both public and private. But describing subjectivity is a way of producing it; representing the self in literature means making choices about what a "self" is, and constructing its thoughts, feelings, memories and histories through processes that are at once artful and inevitably artificial. This course will examine various ways in which literary self-fashioning has been practiced and theorized in the French and francophone tradition while also serving as an introduction to literary analysis in French. We will encounter texts from various periods and genres. These may include medieval and modern lyric poetry, Montaigne's Essais, confessional autobiographies by Rousseau and Sarah Kofman, and contemporary novelistic "autofiction."  Graded exercises will include short writing assignments, an oral presentation, a midterm exam, and a final essay. The course will be conducted in French.

FRIT F305: Théâtre et Essai (3 cr.)
Théâtre(s) politique(s)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
9865 TR 2:30-3:45 BH 214 Lucas Wood

Prerequisite: F300

Politics is in many ways a form of theater, debating questions of justice and power and acting out provisional answers to those questions on the public stage. Perhaps for this reason, theater is often political; the stage has historically been a place to represent, critique, and imaginatively transform the conditions under which individuals and groups live and act. This course focuses on the relationship between art and politics in the French dramatic tradition, grappling with enduring ethical and social problems alongside such authors as Racine, Genet, Ndiaye, Musset, and Ionesco. It also uses the genre of the essay to explore other theaters of politics, including the punitive justice system as analyzed by Foucault and popular culture as deconstructed by Barthes, where the machinery of power and ideology operates invisibly in plain sight. Graded work for the course will include submitting reading responses at regular intervals, writing and revising midterm and final essays, and serving as designated discussion leader for one class meeting. The course will be conducted in French.

FRIT F306: Roman et Poésie (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4866 TR 11:15-12:30 GA 9 Eileen Julien

Prerequisite: F300

Nous allons lire deux romans "classiques" d'époques et de régions distinctes qui représentent, tous les deux, une tension entre le passé et "le moderne," mais de manière très différentes. Le premier, Une si longue lettre (1980) de Mariama Bâ, raconte une crise à la fois personnelle et sociale dans les années post-indépendance du Sénégal; le deuxième, Combray (1911) de Marcel Proust, baigne dans l'enfance et la mémoire et met en relief certains aspects de la société française du début du 20ème siècle. Nous allons poser la question: qu'est-ce qu'un roman? Nous voudrons apprécier aussi les effets de la narration et l'originalité de chaque roman par rapport au contexte littéraire, culturel et social dont il émane. Notre lecture de Bâ et de Proust sera ponctuée par la lecture de divers genres et modes de poèmes depuis les plus anciens jusqu'à ceux de nos jours, pour là aussi appécier les contraintes et capacités des formes poétiques et la spécificité des époques.

FRIT F310: Topics in French and Francophone Culture (3 cr.)
Forbidden Passion in Literature and Film

Number Days Time Room Instructor
14910 TR 2:30-3:45 GA 11 Margaret Gray

This course will scrutinize the theme of forbidden passion—its transgressions, implications, and consequences--across a variety of temporal and cultural contexts, as well as across a variety of literary genres. We will consider the codes and conventions, the rules and traditions, that construe passion as forbidden--including self-imposed interdiction-- within particular circumstances. Attentive to the struggle of internal as well as external social and cultural pressures, we will ask what such love stories tell us about the human heart in the face of individual or collective attempts to control it; about one’s relationship to various cultural dictates; about issues of normativity and conformism confronted by powerful opposing forces. Our texts (and film excerpts) will include:

A novel: David Foenkinos’s Delicacy (2011), with scenes from the author’s and his brother’s film adaptation of the same year.

A play : Edmond de Rostand’s 1897 “heroic comedy” Cyrano de Bergerac, with scenes from four films:

  • Augusto Genina, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1922
  • Michael Gordon, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1950 with Academy-Award Winner José Ferrer in the role of Cyrano
  • Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1990
  • Steve Martin, Roxanne, 1987

A fairy tale : Mme LePrince de Beaumont’s 1757 tale, "Beauty and the Beast" , with scenes from Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film

A legend : "Tristan and Iseult", as retold by Joseph Bédier in The Romance of Tristan and Iseult, and using scenes from Jean Cocteau’s 1943 modernized adaptation, The Eternal Return

A novella : Vercors’s The Silence of the Sea, set during the German occupation of France during World War II and compared to scenes from Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1949 adaptation.

Student final grades will be based on class participation; regular short response papers; a 10-minute oral presentation; an in-class midterm; an in-depth analytical paper; and a comprehensive final exam.

FRIT F313: Advanced Grammar (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4867 MWF 10:10-11:00 WH 104 Eric MacPhail
4868 MWF 11:15-12:05 WH 109 Kevin Rottet
10821 TR 2:30-3:45 GA 13 Alison Calhoun

Prerequisite: F250

Eric MacPhail

Comprehensive grammar review with in depth study of the most complex features of written French. Four tests including final. Texts are Harper's Grammar of French and the workbook, both available as ClassPaks.

Kevin Rottet

This course is designed to (a) build upon the intermediate student's existing knowledge of major French grammar points through intensive study and (b) develop a more sophisticated mastery of advanced structures in preparation for F300 and beyond (including possible study abroad). By the end of this course, students should be able not only to speak and write more precisely on a range of topics but also to read and produce literary and academic writing with greater ease. We will supplement the text, Contrastes (Rochat, 2nd Edition), and the Workbook with supplemental readings and materials from French and Francophone culture (e.g., newspaper and magazine articles, literary works, film). Grades will be based on daily preparation and homework, class participation, short writing assignments, quizzes, tests, and a cumulative final exam.

Alison Calhoun

This section of Advanced Grammar will be a fast-paced, dynamic, and playful review of the material you have already covered coupled with an intensive study of that grammar in a literary and critical context supplied in readings as well as students' own writing. This course uses online workbook exercises, giving students instantaneous feedback on their progress. Classroom work will always be based on active learning. F313 can serve either as a complimentary grammar course to be taken simultaneously with F300 or as a springboard course preparing the student for F300 and beyond. Course grades will be based on the best 10 of 12 weekly quizzes (50%), a midterm (15%), a final (20%) and class preparation (15%).

FRIT F316: Conversational Practice (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4869 MWF 12:20-1:10 WH 205 Jill Owen
4870 MWF 11:15-12:05 WH 205 Sarah Kay Hurst
4871 MWF 1:25-2:15 WH 202 Renata Uzzell

Prerequisite: F250 or F265.

Course description coming soon!

FRIT F317: French in the Business World (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4873 TR 9:30-10:45 GA 11 Guillaume Ansart

Prerequisite: F250 or equivalent.

Introduction to the language of business activities in France and to the structure and functioning of various aspects of contemporary French economic life. Awareness of the general cultural context within which business activities take place in France will also be an important dimension of the course. Weekly exercises will include oral activities as well as reading and writing (translation, reading of articles from French newspapers and magazines on current economic issues, etc). Course taught in French. No previous knowledge of the world of French business is required.

FRIT F362: La France 1500-1800 (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
14917 TR 2:30-3:45 BH 236 Hall Bjornstad

Prerequisite: F300

This introduction to the cultural history of France from the Renaissance to the Revolution will be structured around what are often considered as four significant historical turning points: the trauma of the Saint Bartholomew massacre and the religious wars; the heyday of absolutism under Louis XIV; the unfolding of the Enlightenment; and the turmoil of the French Revolution. The course will open with a survey of the whole period covered by the course, to provide the background for the subsequent focus on specific issues of the four historical moments, which will be examined in greater detail through primary and secondary texts, as well as films set in the period. The aim of the course is to foster (1) mastery of the matter (the story told), (2) awareness of the disciplinary tools/methods (how the telling of the story influences our perception of the events), (3) mastery of academic French (the language in which the story is told), (4) awareness of why the story matters. In order to realize these four aims, this class will rely heavily on different types of writing: weekly reflective response papers, 3-4 short formal papers, scaffolded final writing portfolio. Furthermore, each student will work on a key concept as a subject of systematic reflection throughout the semester. The course will be conducted in French.

FRIT F375: Thèmes Littéraires et Culturels (3 cr.)
Tragic History in France

Number Days Time Room Instructor
9610 MWF 11:15-12:05 WH 104 Eric MacPhail

Prerequisite: F300 or equivalent.

In the second half of the sixteenth century, the French people experienced their own history as a tragedy because of the religious wars between Protestants and Catholics. At the same time, French authors invented the fictional genre of the “histoire tragique,” which in turn influenced the development of the tragic theater in the seventeenth century. This course will study tragic histories and tragedies from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century. Our starting point will be the consciousness, reflected in art and literature, of history as a tragic spectacle. Students will have the opportunity to improve their written French by writing and rewriting essays on topics of their choice.

FRIT F399: Reading for Honors (1-12 cr.)

Number Day/Time
4874 Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Margaret Gray.

FRIT F401: Structure and Development of French (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4875 MWF 12:20-1:10 WH 109 Kevin Rottet

Prerequisite: F313 or F314, or consent of instructor.

This course provides an overview of the structure of present day French, a perspective on its historical development, and an analysis of some of the current language-related issues in the French-speaking world. We will first consider the history of Modern French from an external perspective, by examining some important historical events in the history of the language, and from an internal perspective, by looking at some of the specific ways the language has changed over time. Then we will talk about variation in French, or how French differs geographically (i.e. dialects and regional varieties in France and in the French-speaking world), how it differs socially (i.e. how social categories such as socioeconomic class or sex are reflected in language use), and how it differs situationally (i.e. how people change the ways they speak depending on who they're talking to, the formality of the situation, etc.). Along the way we will look at spoken versus written French, slang, and français populaire. Next we will discuss directions for the future: how French creates new words (neologisms), copes with English influence (Anglicisms), and addresses issues concerning the feminization of the names of occupations traditionally practiced by males.

FRIT F435: Enlightenment Narrative (3 cr.)
Love, the family, and social order: the novel from Enlightenment to Romanticism (1730-1815)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30170 TR 1:00-2:15 BH 138 Guillaume Ansart

This course will be devoted to close readings of six short novels written between the early eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries four of them by men and two by women which explore conflicts of love and passion with the institutions representing social order: the family, religion, patriarchy, class divisions, etc...

We will read the following works:

  • Prévost, Manon Lescaut
  • Mme de Tencin, Mémoires du comte de Comminges
  • Mme de Charrière, Lettres de Lausanne
  • Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie
  • Chateaubriand, Atala
  • Constant, Adolphe

Students will be asked to write a paper (two versions) and take a midterm and a final exam.

FRIT F451: Literature and the Arts in French Studies (3 cr.)
The Colonial Imagination in French Literature and Film

Number Days Time Room Instructor
13320 TR 11:15-12:30 BH 15 Oana Panaite

This course will delve into the fascinating topic of France's colonial legacy by engaging with its current manifestations in literature and cinema. We will discuss novels by Faïza Guène (Kiffe kiffe demain) and Marie Darrieussecq (Il faut beaucoup aimer les hommes), and movies by Abdellatif Kechiche (La Graine et le mulet) and Claire Denis (Chocolat and White Material). To understand how the past ideology of the "civilizing mission" has translated into post-colonial politics and neo-colonial policies, we will read excerpts from the works of anti-colonial intellectuals such as Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, and a few short essays on the "colonial fracture." This notion characterizes France's fraught relation to its imperial past and informs issues of race, gender, religion, law, and geopolitics, as well as the arts and letters. Taught in French. .

FRIT F477: French Conversation Group Leadership (1 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
15886 Arranged Kelly Sax

Note: Contact Kelly Sax for permission to enroll in the course.

Under the guidance of their instructor, advanced students of French facilitate weekly French conversation groups for lower level students. Leaders are responsible for planning all group sessions, including discussion topics generated by magazine/newspaper articles and movies, and activities such as games and cooking. No credit for French major. May be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours.

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4876 TR 7:15-8:45 pm GA 3 D. Steiner
4877 TR 7:15-8:45 pm GA 3 D. Steiner

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 F495: Individual Readings in French (3 cr.)

Number Day/Time
4878 Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of this semester's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT F499: Reading for Honors (1-12 cr.)

Number Day/Time
4879 Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Margaret Gray.

Italian Courses

FRIT M100: Elementary Italian I (4 cr.)

Hybrid Courses

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4885 MWF 11:15-12:05 SY 212 Binyan Li
4886 MWF 9:05-9:55 WH 8 CANCELLED
4887 MWF 1:25-2:15 WH 106 Chris Lacey
4888 MWF 12:20-1:10 WH 104 Chris Lacey

Online Course

Number Instructor
4884 Binyan Li

Introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that develop grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural topics and simple cultural comparisons are introduced. Credit given for only one of the following: M100, M110, M115, or M491.

Hybrid course: This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Friday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester, students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

Online course: This beginning Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

FRIT M115: Accelerated Elementary Italian (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4889 MTWR 11:15-12:05 BH 240 Karolina Serafin

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

This intensive beginning course covers the material of two semesters in one (M100 & M150). The course meets four times a week and also involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present, past and future tenses, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency. The course is fast-paced it and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

If you have any trouble with the form please email us at the Department of French and Italian and we can help with this.

FRIT M150: Elementary Italian II (4 cr.)

Hybrid course

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4890 MWF 10:10-11:00 FQ 012B Marzia Bagnasco
4891 MWF 11:15-12:05 SY 108 Rosa Borgonovi
4893 MWR 8:00-8:50 WH 109 Marzia Bagnasco
4894 MW 7:15-8:45pm BH 240 Leonardo Cabrini
*7059 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 331 Letizia Montroni
8386 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 333 Rosa Borgonovi

*The above section 7059 has a cultural focus on FOOD.

Online Course

Number Instructor
4892 Leonardo Cabrini

Note: Contact Instructor Karolina Serafin for permission to enroll in the above online course section.

Prerequisite: M100.

Continued introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that build grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practice with new cultural topics and basic cultural analysis. Credit given for only one of the following: M110, M115, M150, or M491.

Hybrid course: This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. This course follows M100 and continues to present the beginning-level concepts of Italian language and culture. During the semester students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences with accuracy and fluency about familiar topics.

Online course: This second-semester Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency.

FRIT M200: Intermediate Italian I (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4896 CANCELLED
10437 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 214 Pietro Tripano

Online Course

Number Instructor
4895 Iuri Moscardi

Note: Contact Instructor Karolina Serafin for permission to enroll in the above online course section.

Prerequisite: M110, M115, M150, or equivalent.

This course meets three times a week and is a continuation of Elementary Italian II. In class the students concentrate on reviewing and refining structures learned at the 100-level, but this time at an intermediate level. During the semester students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in cultural context. The course features study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture. Credit given for only one of M200 or M215.

FRIT M215: Accelerated Second-Year Italian (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
9408 MTWR 1:25-2:15 SY 6 Karolina Serafin

Prerequisite: M115 or equivalent (M100 and M150), and permission from department.

This intensive intermediate-level Italian course covers the material of two semesters in one (M200 & M250). The course builds upon the first three semesters of beginning Italian (or equivalent) adding the unique feature of short films as the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar, and cultural concepts. The various activities aim to strengthen proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and students will gain the ability to understand, evaluate, compare, and appreciate many aspects of Italian culture. The course is fast-paced and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). Students must be recommended for this course by their Italian instructor in M150 or M115, or meet with the instructor for permission. Credit given for only one of the following: M215 or M200-M250.

FRIT M236: Dante's Divine Comedy (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30210 TR 1:00-2:15 BH 317 H. Wayne Storey

A work devoted to justice, the critique of governments that are stymied by the self-interest of their citizens, and a political righteousness that shows neither favoritism nor mercy, Dante’s influential masterpiece of retribution and salvation teaches us to reflect upon the history of Florence, its art, economics, civic and religious reform, and ethics from the point of view of a writer who has been unjustly exiled and has a divine vision of the afterlife and the inhabitants of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. The course includes readings from Dante’s fellow citizen Dino Compagni’s unfinished and suppressed chronicle of Florence and examines how Dante’s culture lays the groundwork for modern Italy.

FRIT M250: Intermediate Italian II (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4897 MWF 10:10-11:00 WH 106 Alicia Vitti
4898 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 322 Alicia Vitti
4899 CANCELLED

Online Course

Number Instructor
8855 Pietro Tripano
35662 Iuri Moscardi

Note: Contact Instructor Karolina Serafin for permission to enroll in the above online course sections.

Prerequisite: M200 or equivalent.

This second-year Italian course meets three times a week and builds upon the first three semesters of beginning and intermediate Italian (or equivalent). In M250, students concentrate on learning how to express their ideas and debate the pros and cons of certain situations as well as to offer advice and express opinions on a variety of familiar subjects, all in the Italian language. The students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The course includes study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture.

FRIT M301: Italian Reading & Expression (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6968 MTWRF 9:05-9:55am GY 407 Alicia Vitti & Anna Love
11836 CANCELLED

Prerequisite: M250 or consent of instructor.

In this course students will learn to analyze texts from the main literary genres (lyric poetry, epic poetry, narrative, theater, songs, cinema) using specialized vocabulary, basic literary tropes and rhetorical figures, and basic principles of poetic rhyme and meter. Students will also improve their skills and deepen their understanding of intermediate and advanced grammar structures through daily practice in speaking and writing activities about the texts at hand and other cultural topics. Learning objectives for this course include a demonstrated ability to read and write analytically with greater accuracy and ease, and to speak and listen with greater fluency and confidence about literary and other cultural (musical, visual, journalistic) texts. Conducted in Italian.

FRIT M307: Masterpieces of Italian Literature I (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30548 TR 4:00-5:15 BH 321 H. Wayne Storey

Prerequisite: M250 or consent of instructor.

Study of language, texts, and cultural trends in works from Dante's Divine Comedy and Boccaccio's bawdy Decameron to Machiavellia's Principe and the Venetian courtesan Veronica Franco's letters. The course offers students the opportunity to continue as well the study of advanced grammar.

FRIT M311: Italian film and culture (3 cr.)
La commedia all'italiana

Number Days Time Room Instructor
12204 TR 11:15-12:30 BH 336 Antonio Vitti

Prerequisite: M250 or consent of instructor.

In the wake of postwar cinema a new genre emerged that lasted from the late 1950s to the mid 1970s: La commedia all'italiana - Italian Style Comedy, influenced by the Neo-realist movement, continued social critique by combining it with comic techniques. From this new style a series of directors managed to satirize the Italy of the economic boom by presenting it as a “Miracolo economico all’italiana” in a genuinely popular form of cinema. Despite its artistic and box-office success, Italian Style Comedy is rarely studied. In this course we will look at the emergence of this genre, its key works, and compare and contrast the way in which different directors developed the unique features of the commedia. We will also examine the relationship between cinematic creation, social issues and the historical conditions that gave rise to the popularity of this particular form of comedy and shaped its development. We will spend the last three weeks of the course on the new Italian comedy which developed in the nineties. Class discussion will be in English, the films will be shown with English subtitles, and students may write their papers in either English or Italian, the choice of language will not be a factor in the final grade.

FRIT 455: Readings in the Italian Cinema (3 cr.)
Masters of Italian Cinema

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30549 TR 2:30-3:45 WH 7 Antonio Vitti

Prerequisite: M250 or consent of instructor.

Beginning with the works of Blasetti and Camerini, during the cinema of the Regime, we will look at new names that take the spotlight during Neorealism: Visconti, Rossellini, De Sica and De Santis. We then proceed to look at the “classic” cinema of the Fifties and Sixties and the work of Antonioni, Fellini, Germi, Monicelli, Pasolini, and Risi. In 1968, along with Bellocchio and Bertolucci, other young rebels come to the forefront such as the Taviani brothers and directors Leone, Rosi, Maselli and Scola. The course concludes by looking at the latest generation of directors and their impact on contemporary cinematic culture.

FRIT M495: Individual Reading in Italian Literature (1-3 cr.)

Number Day/Time
4900 Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of this semester's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT M499: Reading for Honors (3-12 cr.)

Number Day/Time
4901 Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in Italian.

Interdisciplinary Courses

COLL C103: Critical Approaches in Arts & Humanities (3 cr.)
Cloak & Dagger

Number Days Time Room Instructor
11762 TBA TBA TBA Marco Arnaudo

This course introduces students to one of the most basic concepts of literary criticism - literary genres - with specific reference to a popular genre such as the so-called "thriller." "Thriller" is a term that came into use in the late nineteenth century and was applied not only to the detective story, the most famous examples of which were A. Conan Doyle's tales about Sherlock Holmes, but also to a closely related literary genre, the spy novel, that also attained great popularity during the period.

The primary focus of this course will be to teach students how to understand the conventions and traditions that govern any literary genre, with specific reference to the "thriller" as exemplified by selected detective and spy stories in both literature and film. Attention will be paid to critical concepts such as style, form, structure, point of view, and implied reader, in order to provide students with analytical tools that will be valuable in the years to come. It is my hope that students will apply the lessons they learn about genre in this class to any literary genre, not only genres typical of popular culture.

Readings will include the detective fiction of Poe, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt. We will also examine several detective-mystery movies, including the recent Sherlock Holmes (2009), and the classic masterpieces of the noir tradition, including The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. For the spy genre, we will read the pre-Cold War novel A Coffin for Dimitrios, a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, and a Cold War spy novel by John Le Carré. In addition, we will screen two very different James Bond films: one made during the height of the Cold War, and Martin Campbell's Casino Royale (2006).

HON H 233: Great Authors, Composers & artists (3 cr.)
A Question of Love

Number Days Time Room Instructor
14804 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 235 Emmanuel Mickel

In the critical approaches course "A Question of Love" we shall explore our understanding of the various emotions and relationships we cover by the word love. As a basis for understanding the different aspects of love in human relationships as represented in western tradition, we shall read and analyze an anthology of fundamental passages from several classical and medieval works, ranging from Plato and the Bible to Ovid and the Romance of the Rose. We shall use our discussion of these texts to analyze the representations of love in two medieval romances, Chretien's Erec and Enide and Gottfried's Tristan; one seventeenth and one eighteenth century French novel, The Princess of Cleves and Dangerous Liaisons; and an English novel of Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

There will be three examinations during the semester including the final. Students will be asked to write two papers: one of two pages and one not more than three pages. In these papers students will learn to approach literary texts in a critical manner. Students taking this course for honors credit will write a fifteen-page paper in consultation with the instructor instead of the second three-page paper. Honors students will be expected to "discover" their own topic and create the outline. Meetings with the professor will help both in the "discovery" of the topic and in the drafting of an outline. In this course we shall discuss the psychology of love, the close relationship between love and philosophy, the question of love and chivalry in the Middle Ages, the importance of rhetoric and authorial use of persona. Analyzing these issues will add to the student's ability to understand the novel we shall read, to appreciate the many faceted aspects of the experiences we cover by the single word love, and to see the ways in which writers have represented these human emotions.

Course texts:
De Laclos, Dangerous Liasons
Von Strassburg, Tristan
Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Marie de Lafayette, The Princess of Cleves
Chretien de Troyes, Erec and Enide

HON H 234: Literature of Time & Place (3 cr.)
Visions of Italian and Italian-American Masculinity

Number Days Time Room Instructor
11658 TR 1:00-2:15 HU 217 Colleen Ryan

Mambo Italiano: Visions of Italian & Italian American Masculinity

In any culture, the concept of masculinity seems intrinsic to what it means to be a man. Italian and Italian American cultures are no exceptions to this rule. Men are masculine, right? Well, what exactly does masculine mean? This course explores the concepts of manhood and masculinity in a comparative light through the, historical, social geographical contexts of Italians in their homeland and Italian immigrants in the US throughout the 20th and now 21st centuries. Class materials will help develop our working notion of gender and ethnic identities, beyond the positive and negative images portrayed in literature and on screen, and beyond basic assumptions about how appearances and behaviors, whether in Italy or abroad, define Italian men as men.

We will conduct a brief overview of Italian and Italian American history for these periods, we will trace themes and issues relating to gender, ethnic, and national identity, and we will analyze the political, economic, and social realities of Italian men in both nations. Through a close reading of several works across genres, we will consider the ways in which masculinity has been socially and politically constructed in the last century. We will consider how certain concepts and stereotypes have been sustained, reconfirmed, destabilized, or revised through literature and films from Italy, Canada, and the United States. We will investigate the notion of multiple “masculinities,” based on class, race, religion, and the dynamics of social cohesion. We will also explore the ways in which the fascism, patriarchal family structures, and mafia culture have influenced Italian masculinity.

HON H 234: Literature of Time & Place (3 cr.)
The French Exception

Number Days Time Room Instructor
31162 TR 9:30-10:45 SY 108 Oana Panaite

In the age of globalization, France has been fighting to reaffirm its standing in the international community and protect its cultural and linguistic identity from the perceived threat of “Americanization”. This course aims to provide a broad background on modern France through the lens of the idea of “French exception.” It is open to all students interested in learning and exploring various aspects of French culture such as the notions of “Frenchness,” “cultural exception,” citizenship, human rights, secularism, cultural diversity, and women’s and gay rights. Each class session will focus on such a keyword and its representations in the French public forum while also engaging with stereotypical representations of France, its history and culture in the US. Textbook required (sold by IU bookstore) with additional materials provided by the instructor. Taught in English.

HON H 236: Use of Force: Conflict vs Cooperation(3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30606 TR 1:00-2:15 HU 108 Marco Arnaudo

This class explores the interrelated concepts of conflict and cooperation. The course includes essays about the history and theory behind significant manifestations of these concepts, coupled with in-class activities that will present the students with different types of conflict simulations. These activities span from role-playing games and storytelling games, to various examples of tabletop wargames, cooperative games, semi-cooperative games, diplomatic games, and traitor games. As for conflict, we will be talking about theory of warfare throughout history, taking into account the role of diplomacy and war theory's application to civilian life (as it happens when Sun Tzu's The Art of War is used as a textbook for business practices). We will then explore the social, cultural, and even biological implications of cooperation, and simulate situations where cooperation may be the only way to achieve a specific goal. Finally we will explore more ambiguous contexts where conflict and cooperation both have a role, as in games where only one player can win in the end but no one can win without the help of others along the way (or think of the system of alliances and betrayals in Game of Thrones).

We will also include a consideration of the concept of interactivity as the inescapable link behind both conflict and cooperation, and we will do so by exploring interactive forms of fiction and art.



Summer 2016

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

FRIT F100: Elementary French I (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
*2602MTWR12:40-2:10BH 317Noelle LindstromOnline meetings either MW 9:30-10:45
or MW 6:00-7:15
7302 Online courseAlisha ReavesOnline meetings either MW 9:30-10:45
or MW 6:00-7:15

*This class has been canceled (F100 #2602)

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of F100, F115, or F491.

FRIT F200: Second-Year French I: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
2603MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 319Flavien Falantin

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: F150 or equivalent. Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following third-semester courses: F200, or F265.

FRIT F250: Second-Year French II: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
2604MTWRF12:45-2:00BH 319Jessica Tindira

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: F200 or equivalent. Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following fourth-semester courses: F250, or F265.

FRIT X490: Individual Readings in French (1-3 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeInstructor
2610Arrangedvariable

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of the department's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form and bring it to the office area in GISB 3169.

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

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
2606MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 305Kelly Kasper-Cushman

Although this course is designed for graduate students who seek to develop reading knowledge of French, it is also open to undergraduate students. However, it will not count toward the French major or minor, and it will not count toward fulfilling the undergraduate language requirement. 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 M100: Elementary Italian I (4 cr.)

NumberInstructorNotesTime
6938Leonardo CabriniOnline courseOnline meetings either MW 9:30-10:45
or MW 6-7:15
7505Letizia MontroniOnline courseOnline meetings either TR 9:30-10:45
or TR 6-7:15

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that develop grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural topics and simple cultural comparisons are introduced. Credit given for only one of the following: M100, M110, M115, or M491.

This beginning Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

FRIT M200: Intermediate Italian I (3 cr.)

NumberInstructorNotesTime
7176Lisa DolasinskiOnline courseOnline meetings either TR 9:30-10:45
or TR 6-7:15

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: M110, M115, M150, or equivalent.

This intermediate Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students concentrate on reviewing and refining structures learned at the 100-level, but this time at an intermediate level. During the semester students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in cultural context. The course features study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture. Credit given for only one of M200 or M215.

FRIT X493: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-3 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeInstructor
2616Arrangedvariable

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of the department's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

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

FRIT F150: Elementary French II: Language and Culture (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
*7303MTWR12:40-2:10BH 208Carly Bahler
13898onlineOnline meetings either MW 9:30-10:45
or MW 6-7:15
Jamie Root

*This class has been canceled (F150 #7303)

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: F100. Basic structures of the French language and selected topics of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of the following: F115, F150, or F491.

FRIT F250: Second-Year French II: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
2605MTWRF12:45-2:00BH 206Loic Lerme

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: F200 or equivalent. Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following fourth-semester courses: F250, or F265.

FRIT X490: Individual Readings in French (1-3 cr.)

NumberDay/Time
2611Arranged

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of the department's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form and bring it to the office area in GISB 3169.

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

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
2608MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 319C. Scott Cawthon

Prerequisite: F491 or consent of department. Although this course is designed for graduate students who seek to develop reading knowledge of French, it is also open to undergraduate students. However, it will not count toward the French major or minor, and it will not count toward fulfilling the undergraduate language requirement. The course includes a continuation of language and reading development from F491.

FRIT M150: Elementary Italian II (4 cr.)

NumberInstructorNotesTime
7175Lino MioniOnline course Online meetings either TR 9:30-10:45
or TR 6-7:15

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: M100.

Continued introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that build grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practice with new cultural topics and basic cultural analysis. Credit given for only one of the following: M110, M115, M150, or M491.

This second-semester Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency.

FRIT M250: Intermediate Italian II (3 cr.)

NumberInstructorNotesTime
7177Pietro TripanoOnline courseOnline meetings either TR 9:30-10:45
or TR 6-7:15

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: M200 or equivalent.

This second-year Italian course is conducted entirely online and builds upon the first three semesters of beginning and intermediate Italian (or equivalent). In M250, students concentrate on learning how to express their ideas and debate the pros and cons of certain situations as well as to offer advice and express opinions on a variety of familiar subjects, all in the Italian language. The students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The course includes study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture.

FRIT X493: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-3 cr.)

NumberDay/TimeInstructor
2617Arrangedvariable

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of the department's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.



French Courses

FRIT F100: Elementary French I (4 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
3823 MWF 9:05-9:55 GA 0009 Kathryn Bastin Hybrid
3829 MWF 10:10-11:00 GA 0009 Kathryn Bastin Hybrid
3822 MWF 11:15-12:05 WH 106 Jeffrey Long Hybrid
3824 MWF 11:15-12:05 FQ 012B Alana Duncan Hybrid
3826 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 307 Scott Evans Hybrid
3827 MWF 1:25-2:15 SB 220 Noëlle Lindstrom Hybrid
3828 MWF 1:25-2:15 SY 212 Jeffrey Long Hybrid
3830 MWF 2:30-3:20 WH 104 Scott Evans Hybrid

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
3820 MWR 8:00-8:50 BH 333 Yuanshuai Cui Hybrid
3831 MWR 4:40-5:30 SY 006 Noëlle Lindstrom Hybrid

Tuesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
3821 TR 7:15-8:45 BH 322 Rishani Merinnage De Costa Traditional

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
*3825 canceled Online meetings Tues. 11:15-12:30
or 7:15-8:30 pm

*This class has been canceled (F100 #3825 online class)

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of F100, F115, or F491. See our online and hybrid courses page for more information about teaching and learning methods.

FRIT F115: Accelerated Elementary French (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3832 MTWR 10:10-11:00 GA 0013 Amanda Vredenburgh

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

An accelerated treatment of material covered in both F100 and F150 designed for superior students and students with previous training in another foreign language. Credit given for only one of F115 and F100; Credit given for only one of F115 and F150. If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT F150: Elementary French II: Language and Culture (4 cr.) GenEd World Languages

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
3834 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 246 Cristina Robu hybrid
3837 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 247 Amber Panwitz hybrid
3835 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 246 Cristina Robu hybrid
3838 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 134 Marcel Tchatchou hybrid
3839 MWF 1:25-2:15 GA 0013 Amber Panwitz hybrid
3836 MWF 2:30-3:20 BH 237 Marcel Tchatchou hybrid

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
3833 MWR 8:00-8:50 BH 238 Leila El-Murr Hybrid

Tuesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
3841 TR 7:15-8:45 BH 337 Manali Allen Traditional

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
3840 Amber Panwitz Online meetings Thurs. 11:15-12:30
or 7:15-8:30 pm

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: F100.

Basic structures of the French language and selected topics of French civilization and culture. Credit given for only one of the following: F115, F150, or F491. See our online and hybrid courses page for more information about teaching and learning methods.

FRIT F152: Beginning French Conversation II (1 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
12685 Arranged Kelly Sax

Corequisite: F150.

This companion course to F150 gives beginning students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

FRIT F200: Second-Year French I: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3843 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 011 Charlène Gilbert
3845 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 246 Charlène Gilbert
3844 MWF 11:15-12:05 SY 212 Kate Bastin
3846 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 238 Jessica Tindira
3847 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 307 Jake Ladyga
3849 MWF 2:30-3:20 BH 229 Jessica Tindira
3850 MWF 2:30-3:20 BH 333 Jake Ladyga

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3848 MWR 4:40-5:30 GA 1100 Flavien Falantin

Evenings

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3851 MW 7:15-8:30 GA 0009 Martin Maillot
3852 TR 7:15-8:30 GA 0005 Martin Maillot

Online

Number Instructor Notes
3842 Kelly Sax Online meetings T 11:15-12:30
or 7:15-8:30 pm

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: F150 or equivalent.

Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following third-semester courses: F200 or F265. See our online and hybrid courses page for more information about teaching and learning methods.

FRIT F202: Intermediate French Conversation I (1 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
12689 Arranged Kelly Sax

Corequisite: F200.

This companion course to F200 gives intermediate students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

*FRIT F222: Media Studies in the Francophone World (3 cr.)

*This class has been changed to a second 8 week class (F222 #36344)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30932 (canceled)
36344 (2nd 8 weeks)
MW 4:00-6:30 SB 231
(Student Building)
Vincent Bouchard

This class provides COLL A&H, COLL Global Civ & Culture, and GenEd World Cultures credits.

Description: What did McLuhan (famous for his “the medium is the message”) mean when he spoke of “media as extensions of ourselves”? How are human activities such as speaking, walking, texting, or dancing a prelude to Mass Media (such as printing, filming, recording, broadcasting, etc.)? In this class we will examine our complex relationship with Mass Media (Journals, Magazines, Film, Radio, Television) and question their convergence at a Digital Age. We will focus on three cultural clashes: the introduction of literacy at the end of the Middle Age in Europe; the presence of audio-visual media in 20th c. Africa; and the uses of digital media in contemporary North America.


Objectives: This course will encourage students to develop their cultural, historical and geographical knowledge of the French-speaking world, their understanding of media configurations, and their academic research skills. This course will thus lead students to question their relationship to 'new' media by providing alternative historical and cultural benchmarks. This course will also be an opportunity to learn how to synthesize examples and how to develop a coherent argument, based on a specific focus (question, thesis, hypothesis) – a skill applicable to all scholarly spheres, and beyond.

Taught in English

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FRIT F227: French Style: Food, Fashion and Flair (3 cr.)
The Flavors of French Culture

Number Days Time Room Instructor
32373 TR 2:30-3:45 BH 134 Kelly Sax

This class provides COLL A&H, COLL Global Civ & Culture, and GenEd A&H credits

How and when did everything French become “chic”? Why have other cultures long considered the French culinary authorities in the world? What is the art of French cooking? What explains the French paradox (the average French person consumes more animal and saturated fat than the average American, but has significantly lower rates of cardiovascular disease and obesity than said American)? What is the secret of French fashion? Which French designers have been most influential? What is the relationship between French food, fashion and French society? What does the study of French food and fashion teach us about ourselves?

Through the lens of French food, fashion, and general savoir faire, by way of textual descriptions, film, and experiential learning, we will inhabit the 17th century France of Louis XIV, meet some of the most important culinary and fashion movers and shakers across history, travel through modern-day France to discover its striking geographical variation, learn the meaning of terroir and its impact on food and wine--among other forms of cultural expression-- to come to a more global comparative understanding of the way in food and fashion are intertwined with society and ourselves as individuals.

Taught in English

FRIT F250: Second-Year French II: Language and Culture (3 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3854 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 206 Jill Owen
3855 MWF 10:10-11:00 SB 138 Mark Black
13572 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 005 Jill Owen
3856 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 138 Mark Black
3857 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 237 Scott Cawthon
3858 MWF 2:30-3:20 BH 140 Scott Cawthon
3853 MWF 3:35-4:25 BH 336 Mark Black

Evenings

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3859 MW 7:15-8:30 BH 315 Loïc Lermé

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
12433 Loïc Lermé Online meetings Thurs. 11:15-12:30
or 7:15-8:30 pm

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: F200 or equivalent.

Grammar, composition, conversation coordinated with the study of cultural texts. Credit given for only one of the following fourth-semester courses: F250 or F265. See our online and hybrid courses page for more information about teaching and learning methods.

FRIT F252: Intermediate French Conversation II (1 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
12695 Arranged Kelly Sax

Corequisite: F250.

This companion course to F250 gives intermediate students the opportunity to practice conversational French in a relaxed setting with peers. Led by advanced students of French working under faculty guidance, group activities may include discussion, games, magazine/newspaper/movie discussions, cultural events, cooking, etc. S/F grading. No credit for French major.

*FRIT F265: Accelerated Second-Year French (4 cr.)

*This class has been canceled (F265 #30938)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30938 MTWR 11:15-12:05 GA 0013 Staff

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

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An accelerated treatment of material covered in both F200 and F250. Grammar, composition, and conversation coordinated with readings of short texts. Students who complete F265 cannot also receive credit for F200 or F250.

If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT F300: Reading & Expression in French (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
3862 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 237 Eric MacPhail Intro to French Literature
3860 TR 9:30-10:45 BH 206 Guillaume Ansart Intro to French Literature
8569 TR 1:00-2:15 SE 245 Alison Calhoun French Theater Workshop:
Joint with THTR-T483
3861
12894 (honors section)
TR 2:30-3:45 BH 208 Nicolas Valazza Revolutions & Literature
9051 TR 4:00-5:15 GA 007 Lucas Wood Writing the Self

This class provides COLL A&H credits

Prerequisite: F250, F265, or consent of department.

Eric MacPhail

Intro to French Literature

This course serves as an introduction to the study of French literature. We will begin by reading a selection of lyric poems from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Each student will select one poem from the reader on which to give a class presentation and write a short essay, which will be revised according to the professor’s comments. Next we will read a 17th-century comedy, L’École des femmes by Molière. Students will take an essay exam on the play after preparing the essay questions together in class. Then we will read a selection of short stories from the anthology Contes et nouvelles and students will write and rewrite an essay on the story of their choice. To conclude we will read Françoise Sagan’s 1954 novel Bonjour tristesse, which will be the subject of the final exam. Grades are based on tests, papers, and participation in class discussion. The students will learn how to read and interpret literary texts and how to write an essay in French.

Guillaume Ansart

Intro to French Literature

Introduction to reading and analyzing literature in French. We will read stories by three 19th-century masters of prose fiction: Balzac (Le Colonel Chabert, Sarrasine), Prosper Mérimée (Carmen, La Vénus d’Ille) and Flaubert (Un Cœur simple, La Légende de Saint Julien l’Hospitalier), as well as short lyric poems by Hugo, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Valéry, Apollinaire and Éluard. Students will write a take-home paper (two versions) and take a midterm and a final exam in class.

Alison Calhoun

French Theater Workshop: Joint with THTR-T483

The French Theater Workshop, taught entirely in French, will offer students an introduction to French reading and expression using both traditional analytical approaches and acting techniques. The idea at the heart of this course is that the demands of learning and performing a literary text (not just a dramatic text, but any text from any genre) serve the pedagogical purposes both of language learning and close reading. Part of class meetings will be used to develop language and analytical skills in French, while each meeting will also involve experimenting with how acting techniques can help students read, understand, interpret, and convey their interpretation of the readings. Students will choose one text to work on throughout the semester, which they will both analyze and perform.

Nicolas Valazza

Revolutions & Literature

From an etymological perspective, the word ‘revolution’ defines an astronomic phenomenon in which a celestial body moves round in a circular course, or the time in which such a body completes a full circuit. Revolution is therefore originally meant to describe a cyclic movement in which everything is supposed to return to its place. But soon this concept came to describe, paradoxically, a major, sudden and violent alteration in the order of things, designating for instance the upheavals of political regimes, as we see in the case of the French Revolution, the Revolution “par excellence.” Given the polysemy of the word, writers across the centuries have been fascinated by the concept of ‘revolution’, making the most of its multiple meanings in their works, and sometimes providing it with new meanings. In this course, we will read several texts belonging to different centuries and literary genres (essay, fiction, theatre and poetry) in which the topic of revolution, whether in its astronomical or political meaning (or both), is developed in various manners. Works studied include: the 17th-century novel Voyage dans la lune by Cyrano de Bergerac, the 18th-century short story Micromégas by Voltaire, the play L’Île des esclaves by Marivaux, some excerpts of the essay on L’Origine de l’inégalité parmi les hommes by Rousseau, the Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen, a 19th-century selection of poems by Hugo and the 20th-century play Les Justes by Camus. We will also watch two films set at the time of the French Revolution: Danton by Wajda and L’Anglaise et le Duc by Rohmer. Student grades will be based on class preparation and participation (10%), a 10-minute oral presentation (20%), two compositions (30%), a mid-semester exam (20%) and a final essay (20%). The course will be conducted in French.

Lucas Wood

Writing the Self

Language, especially written language, is a privileged mode of self-expression in Western culture. It is through the mediation of words that we make sense of experience and give voice to identity, both public and private. But describing subjectivity is a way of producing it; representing the self in literature means making choices about what a "self" is, and constructing its thoughts, feelings, memories and histories through processes that are at once artful and inevitably artificial. This course will examine various ways in which literary self-fashioning has been practiced and theorized in the French and francophone tradition while also serving as an introduction to literary analysis in French. We will encounter texts from various periods and genres. These may include medieval and modern lyric poetry, Montaigne's Essais, confessional autobiographies by Rousseau and Sarah Kofman, and contemporary novelistic "autofiction."  Graded exercises will include short writing assignments, an oral presentation, and two essays. The course will be conducted in French.

FRIT F305: Stage and Page (3 cr.)
Passion and Anguish, From Page to Stage

Number Days Time Room Instructor
8715 TR 1:00-2:15 BH 245 Margaret Gray

This class provides COLL A&H credits

Prerequisite: F300

In this course, we will:

  • Suffer the anguish of forbidden passion in Jean Racine’s Phèdre
  • Endure the torment of being forever locked up with those who make us suffer in Jean-Paul Sartre’s Huis clos
  • Imagine Sisyphus’s absurd happiness as he forever rolls his eternally doomed rock up the mountainside in Albert Camus’s Le mythe de Sisyphe
  • Languish with Samuel Beckett’s Vladimir and Estragon as they wait for Godot
  • Grope stiffly for words with Marguerite Duras’s Anne-Marie Roche and Michel Nollet, who find themselves in the same hotel following the pronouncement of their divorce in La Musica Deuxième
  • Struggle with Edmond Rostand’s nose-challenged Cyrano to mask his love for Roxane, and with handsome but tongue-tied Christian to express it
  • Plot with Jean Genet’s maids to poison our mistress in Les bonnes
  • Ponder the difference between philosophy and literature with Simone de Beauvoir’s “Littérature et Métaphysique”

Student grades will be based on active class participation; a 10-minute oral presentation; two short (3.5 pp) papers over the course of the semester; midterm and final exams, with analysis of quotations and choice of essay questions.

*FRIT F306: Fiction and Poetry (3 cr.)

*This class has been canceled (F306 #9213)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
9213 TR 9:30-10:45 PV 275 Guillaume Ansart

This class provides COLL A&H credits

Prerequisite: F300

Une moitié du cours sera consacrée à une lecture approfondie d'un grand roman réaliste du XIXe siècle, Le Rouge et le Noir de Stendhal. Parallèlement, nous lirons des poèmes des XIXe et XXe siècles sur le thème de la fonction du poète et de la nature de l’art poétique. Devoirs : une composition à la maison (deux versions), un examen de mi-semestre et un examen final.

FRIT F311: French/Francophone Studies Through Film (3 cr.)
History of French Cinema (Joint with EURO-W 406 and MSCH-F398)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
11260 TR 11:15-12:30 TV 226 Brett Bowles

This class provides COLL A&H, COLL Global Civ & Culture credits

Organized chronologically, this interdisciplinary course traces the development of French cinema from its origins through the present using fourteen exemplary films. We will approach film not only as a form of art and as an expression of French cultural specificity, but as an economic commodity, a tool of socio-political discourse, and a repository of collective memory. Methodologically, we will integrate close analysis of the films' form and content with contextual information related to their production, distribution, and reception. Assignments will include reading response papers, longer analytical essays, in-class exams, and active participation in discussions.

This course will be taught entirely in English. All readings will be in English. Films will be in French with English subtitles.

Does not count for minor but DOES count for major in French.

FRIT F313: Advanced Grammar (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3863 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 214 Eric MacPhail
3864 TR 2:30-3:45 SY 210 Alison Calhoun

Prerequisite: F250

Eric MacPhail

Comprehensive grammar review with in depth study of the most complex features of written French. Four tests including final. Texts are Harper's Grammar of French and the workbook, both available as ClassPaks.

Alison Calhoun

This section of Advanced Grammar will be a fast-paced, dynamic, and playful review of the material you have already covered coupled with an intensive study of that grammar in a literary and critical context supplied in readings as well as students' own writing. This course uses online workbook exercises, giving students instantaneous feedback on their progress. Classroom work will always be based on active learning. F313 can serve either as a complimentary grammar course to be taken simultaneously with F300 or as a springboard course preparing the student for F300 and beyond. Course grades will be based on the best 10 of 12 weekly quizzes (50%), a midterm (15%), a final (20%) and class preparation (15%).

FRIT F314: Creative and Critical Writing in French (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30969 TR 1:00-2:15 SB 231 Guillaume Ansart

Designed to improve command of written French and build vocabulary through intensive writing. Practice with a variety of literary, expository, and communicative writing styles. Preparation or reinforcement for 300-level classes and study abroad.

FRIT F315: The Sounds and Rhythms of French (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
3865 TR 11:15-12:05 BH 317 Kevin Rottet Lecture
3866 MW 11:15-12:05 BH 319 Liz Myers Drill
3867 MW 1:25-2:15 BH 246 Liz Myers Drill

Students choose one of two drill sections and attend drill plus lecture.

French F315 has three objectives: (1) to develop students' communicative skills by practice in listening comprehension and conversational practice; (2) to improve students' pronunciation accuracy and oral fluency and to train them to evaluate their own pronunciation; (3) to learn about the sound system and its role in the grammar and vocabulary of the language, and also as a marker of social and geographical identity. The focus will be on the pronunciation of Standard French, that is, the speech of the educated Parisian that serves as a model in the French speaking world. However, students will be introduced to salient features of other varieties of French. The course meets four times weekly: two lectures with the professor, and two practice sessions with an associate instructor. All components of the course are taught in French. Prerequisite is FRIT F 250 or equivalent. Choose one drill section to go with this lecture component.

FRIT F363: La France 1800-Aujourd'hui (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
13737TR11:15-12:30BH 214Oana Panaite

This class provides COLL A&H, COLL Global Civ & Culture credits

Prerequisite: F300

Le cours offre une introduction générale à la civilisation, l’histoire et la culture de la France moderne et contemporaine. L’objectif principal du cours est d’améliorer votre compétence culturelle en vous familiarisant avec la géographie, l’histoire, la politique, l’économie, la société et la culture française. Ces notions vous seront extrêmement utiles nos seulement pour vos études de français mais également pour tout autre formation qui exige une compétence culturelle internationale. Vous comprendrez la tradition et les coutumes d’un autre pays, en faisant des comparaisons avec votre propre expérience et en ayant l’occasion de vous approprier ces informations de manière critique et originale. Nous utiliserons le manuel La France contemporaine, 5e édition, par W. Edmiston et A. Duménil (Cengage Learning). La moyenne finale sera calculée en fonction des critères suivants : la présence, la ponctualité et la participation en classe (20%) ; un examen partiel (20%); un examen final (20%) ; un exposé oral (15%) ; des devoirs écrits hebdomadaires sur Oncourse (25%).

FRIT F375: Thèmes Littéraires et Culturels (3 cr.)
Living, Loving and Fighting under the Nazi Occupation

Number Days Time Room Instructor
8296 TR 2:30-3:45 GA 007 Oana Panaite

This class provides COLL A&H, COLL Global Civ & Culture credits

Prerequisite: F300 or equivalent.

What was life like in France during War World II? What did it mean to be a member of the resistance or a collaborator? Could one be both? How can we reconcile the French values of “liberté, égalité, fraternité” with dictatorship and xenophobia? Are such dilemmas still relevant today? Using episodes from a popular French TV drama – Un village français (2009-2016) – and period writings (literature, history, journalism), we will explore in detail the major issues French people were faced with after the 1940 defeat and the German occupation of the country until 1944. We will address issues such as collaboration and resistance, Communism, nationalism, anti-Semitism and the Vichy Régime, women’s social roles, personal sacrifice and collective responsibility, and the (im)possibility of loving the enemy. The course emphasizes cultural and literary analysis; the final grade is decided based on active class participation (15%), oral exposé (15%), in-class midterm (20%), and two take-home essays with re-writes (25% each). Taught in French.

FRIT F399: Reading for Honors (1-12 cr.)

Number Day/Time
3868 Arranged

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, contact the Faculty member listed on our honors page, here.

FRIT F402: Intro to French Linguistics (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30972 TR 2:30-3:45 SY 212 Julie Auger

This class provides COLL N&M credits

Prerequisite: F313 or F314, or consent of instructor.

In this course, we look at the structure of the French language from the point of view of descriptive linguistics, picking up where ordinary grammar books leave off. We will investigate the building blocks of language from the smallest up the largest units – sounds (phonetics and phonology), word structure (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), meaning (semantics), and how it all adds up to make meaning on the larger level ( discourse/pragmatics) – and see how the French language is both similar in structure to other human languages and unique in its particulars. We will be interested in how native speakers of French think they should speak, but also in how they do speak and in the kind of systematicity that underlies both casual and formal speech. Class lectures, discussion, and homework assignments will be done in French.

FRIT F424: Ideas & Culture in 17th Century France (3 cr.)
Feminine Voices in Early Modern France

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30986 TR 9:30-10:45 BH 305 Hall Bjornstad

The turmoil and transformations of early modern France were central in the shaping of modern conceptions of readership, literature, public and politics. This course will examine the role of women in these developments by attending to female voices in central and lesser-known French texts written by seventeenth-century women and men. Texts will include letters, poetry, biographies, a tragedy, fairy tales, and what is often considered the first modern novel, Mme de Lafayette’s La Princesse de Clèves. This corpus will allow us to think about questions of decorum and duty, freedom and modern selfhood, and the imagining of alternative gender roles. Weekly response papers, scaffolded final writing portfolio. The course will be conducted in French.

FRIT F455: Le Roman au vingtième siècle (3 cr.)
Politique des Femmes Écrivains

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30989 TR 4:00-5:15 SE 240 Margaret Gray

This class provides COLL A&H, COLL Global Civ & Culture credits

Ce cours se propose d’étudier le roman du 20ème siècle à travers les interrogations menées par diverses romancières—à l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur de l’Hexagone—de leurs propres cultures. Nous commencerons avec Comment Cuisiner son Mari à l’Africaine (2000) de Calixthe Beyala, récit situé dans le Paris contemporain et hybride de l’immigration, et qui évoque la lutte entre un passé traditionaliste et un présent défini par de fausses solutions. Avec La Jongleuse de Rachilde (1900), nous étudierons la recherche—audacieuse et courageuse--d’une femme indépendante et iconoclaste aux origines exotiques, qui refuse, en « outsider », les conventions et contraintes de son époque. Nous nous trouverons ensuite en Belgique avec Jacqueline Harpman, dont le roman Orlanda (1996) reprend le topos de la dystopie de façon assez subtile—à travers l’histoire d’une héroïne professionnelle qui jouit d’une carrière réussie, tout en étant consciente d’un certain manque, un certain vide : roman qui résume et réunit ces questions d’identité, d’altérité et de transformation à travers une relation qui se noue entre deux parties d’une même personne, la timide Aline et son outrageux double masculin, Orlanda. Nous conclurons avec L’homme à l’envers (1999), roman policier (« rompol », selon l’auteure) de Fred Vargas (notez l’ambiguïté—accentuée par l’abréviation—du prénom mixte) qui interroge certaines conventions littéraires aussi bien que socioculturelles. A travers ces lectures différentes, nous serons attentifs aux capacités de la fiction de représenter et de critiquer les cultures de nos auteures; aux façons dont le pouvoir (politique, social, sexuel, culturel, racial) et ses diverses formes sont étudiés dans ces textes; aux stratégies de résistance, voire d’opposition, personnelle et collective qui y sont explorées; et aux aspects formels—stylistiques et expressifs—de ces textes littéraires. Seront demandés : une participation active à la discussion ; un exposé oral ; un examen de mi-semestre ; une rédaction de 7 pp ; un examen ou une rédaction de fin de semestre.

FRIT X471: French Conversation Group Leadership (1 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
12713 Arranged Kelly Sax

Note: Contact Kelly Sax for permission to enroll in the course.

Under the guidance of their instructor, advanced students of French facilitate weekly French conversation groups for lower level students. Leaders are responsible for planning all group sessions, including discussion topics generated by magazine/newspaper articles and movies, and activities such as games and cooking. No credit for French major. May be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours.

FRIT X490: Individual Readings in French (3 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
3871 Arranged Variable

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of this semester's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
3869 (undergrad.)
3870 (grad.)
TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 233

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the language requirement for the B.A. in another language. Introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. No credit for the French major or minor. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100 level.

FRIT F499: Reading for Honors (1-12 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
3872 Arranged Massimo Scalabrini

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, contact the Faculty member listed on our honors page, here.

Italian Courses

FRIT M100: Elementary Italian I (4 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Hybrid Classes

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3879 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 217 Alicia Vitti
3881 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 319 Alicia Vitti
3880 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 247 Lino Mioni
3882 MWF 12:20-1:10 FQ 012B Leonardo Cabrini
13800 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 105 Anna Love
**3883 MWF 1:25-2:15 GA 0009 Leonardo Cabrini
3884 MWF 2:30-3:20 BH 105 Sara Dallavalle

**This section focuses on fashion & design

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Hybrid Classes

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
3878MWR8:00-8:50 BH 331Alicia Vitti

Evening Class (Traditional)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
*3885TR7:15-8:45 pmGA 0009canceled

*This class has been canceled (M100 #3885)

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
13099 Karolina Serafin Online meetings T 9:30-10:45 am
or 6:15-7:30 pm

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that develop grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural topics and simple cultural comparisons are introduced. Credit given for only one of the following: M100, M110, M115, or M491.

**This section (3883) focuses on fashion & design: This course combines the materials of the first semester of Italian language with a focus on art, design, fashion and merchandising. It is designed for AMID majors and others interested in fashion and design. Through this course you will be exposed to culture and vocabulary connected to your interests while moving forward with your language requirement. You will get the double benefit of studying what you have chosen as your future career in the language that played a crucial role in creating the world of fashion and design. We plan to offer the continuation of this thematic course in the Spring with the second semester of Italian. We hope that by following the language courses connected to your interests you will be able to study in Italy and take courses in Italian as well as discuss topics that interest you in the target language.

Hybrid course: This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets in class three days a week and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester, students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

Evening class (traditional): This evening section of M100 relies less on computer-based learning than the daytime hybrid sections, while still taking advantage of the enhancements available through the online components of the textbook. During the semester, students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

Online Class: This beginning Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on present and simple past tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency, employing basic conversational strategies.

FRIT M110: Italian Language through Opera (4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
13277MTWR11:15-12:05BH 138Rosa Borgonovi

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

This intensive beginning course covers the material of two semesters in one (M100 & M150). This course is intended for people who want to study Italian and are interested in opera and operatic world. The material and assessments will focus on Italian opera, but students will learn today's Italian spoken language. The course meets four times a week and also involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. During the semester, students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on present, past and future tenses, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency. The course is fast-paced and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

FRIT M115: Accelerated Elementary Italian (4 cr.)
A Journey in Italian Beauty (A College Themester Course)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3886 MTWR 11:15-12:05 GA 0009 Karolina Serafin College Themester Course

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: Obtain authorization from department.

Through this course you will be exposed to centuries of Italian beauty in art, music, design and fasion while learning the Italian language. You will analyze the concept of il Bel Paese, discover Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, learn about the beauty of Italian architecture, explore Italian fashion, Italian culinary art, Italian design, and learn to appreciate the humor in Italian opera while falling in love with Italian art, all of this while speaking in the language of Dante and Petrarch.

Through this journey you will develop a deeper appreciation of a great culture, also through hands-on experience: you will go on two field trips, be part of collaborative projects, and enjoy extracurricular events connected to the class. This Fall you will get to know and appreciate the beauty of Italy and its language like never before!

If interested, please fill out the online authorization form.

If you have any trouble with the form or have additional questions please email us at the Department of French and Italian and we can help you.

FRIT M150: Elementary Italian II (4 cr.)

Hybrid Class

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3887 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 015 Marzia Bagnasco
35843 MWF 11:15-12:05 SB 220 Marzia Bagnasco

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
13100 Karolina Serafin Online meetings Thurs. 9:30-10:45 am
or 6:15-7:30 pm

Note: Contact Instructor Karolina Serafin for permission to enroll in the above online class.

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: M100.

Continued introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that build grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practice with new cultural topics and basic cultural analysis. Credit given for only one of the following: M110, M115, M150, or M491.

Hybrid Class: This is a computer enhanced course, which is a combination of traditional classroom time and online instruction. The course meets three days a week and involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online. This course follows M100 and continues to present the beginning-level concepts of Italian language and culture. During the semester students perform a variety of tasks to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences with accuracy and fluency about familiar topics.

Online Class: This second-semester Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on past and future tense, allowing the students to speak and write in simple sentences about familiar topics with accuracy and fluency.

FRIT M200: Intermediate Italian I (3 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
3889 MWF 10:10-11:00 SB 220 Francesco Samarini
15585 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 015 Francesco Samarini
3890 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 236 Rosa Borgonovi
3891 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 105 Carlotta Vacchelli

Evening Class

Number Days Time Room Instructor
*9905 TR 7:15-8:30 BH 314 canceled

*This class has been canceled (M200 #9905)

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
3888 Anna Love Online meetings Tues. 9:30-10:45 am
or 6:15-7:30 pm

Note: Contact Instructor Karolina Serafin for permission to enroll in the above online course section.

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: M110, M115, M150, or equivalent.

This course is a continuation of Elementary Italian II. In class the students concentrate on reviewing and refining structures learned at the 100-level, but this time at an intermediate level. During the semester students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in cultural context. The course features study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture. Credit given for only one of M200 or M215.

Online Class: This Intermediate I Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks at the intermediate level, such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar reviews all the material learned in previous courses in an intermediate context and increases skills by adding more intermediate structures and vocabulary.

FRIT M215: Accelerated Second-Year Italian (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
8396 MTWR 1:25-2:15 BH 315 Lino Mioni

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: M115 or equivalent (M100 and M150), and permission from department.

This intensive intermediate-level Italian course covers the material of two semesters in one (M200 & M250). The course builds upon the first three semesters of beginning Italian (or equivalent) adding the unique feature of short films as the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar, and cultural concepts. The various activities aim to strengthen proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and students will gain the ability to understand, evaluate, compare, and appreciate many aspects of Italian culture. The course is fast-paced and very rewarding. It is recommended for students with previous experience learning foreign languages (specifically Romance languages). Students must be recommended for this course by their Italian instructor in M150, M110 or M115, or arrange to meet with Dr. Karolina Serafin to obtain permission. Credit given for only one of the following: M215 or M200-M250.

FRIT M222: Topics in Italian Culture
Italian Comics and Graphic Novels

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
15206TR11:15-12:30BH 237Marco Arnaudo

This class provides COLL A&H, COLL Global Civ & Culture, and GenEd A&H, GenEd World Cultures credits

This course is taught in English.

Covers the development of the comics and graphic novels in Italy from their origins to the present. Includes a theoretical section about comics as a medium.

FRIT M237: Boccaccio's Social Decameron (3 cr.)
Joint with MEST-M 200 (34913) --THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED --

FRIT M238: Italian Visual/Music and Literary Culture (3 cr.)
Societal and Cultural Changes through Landmark Films

Number Days Time Room Instructor
13807 TR 2:30-3:45 BH 332 Antonio Vitti

This class provides COLL A&H, COLL Global Civ & Culture, and GenEd A&H, GenEd World Cultures credits

The objective of this course is to gain a better understanding of the often complex mechanism of Italian politics, the intriguing regional differences, and the cultural development that have shaped the Italian Republic. Through the screening of 12 films, this survey will study cinema from the 60s to the contemporary Italian film scene. A study on the representation of women, masculinity, labor movements and terrorism in cinema will also be part of this course. It will also include the role of film in Italian society as well as the unique artistic and technical achievements and obstacles for Italian filmmakers. Topics covered include:

  • Basics of Film Language
  • Elements of Italian History Religion, Gender, Sexuality, Industrialization, Internal Migration, and Immigration in a Global Context

FRIT M250: Intermediate Italian II (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
*3892 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 105 canceled
6119 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 229 Pietro Tripano

*This class has been canceled (M250 #3892)

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
14377 Pietro Tripano Online meetings Thurs. 9:30-10:45 am
or 6:15-7:30 pm

Note: Contact Instructor Karolina Serafin for permission to enroll in the above online class.

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: M200 or equivalent.

This second-year Italian course meets three times a week and builds upon the first three semesters of beginning and intermediate Italian (or equivalent). In M250, students concentrate on learning how to express their ideas and debate the pros and cons of certain situations as well as to offer advice and express opinions on a variety of familiar subjects, all in the Italian language. The students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context. The course includes study of original Italian short movies that offer the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar and culture.

Online Class: This Intermediate II Italian course is interactive and conducted completely online. The students do not need to be on campus in order to participate. It requires students to work independently and follow a very structured syllabus. The class meets with the instructor online once a week; meeting hours are flexible. The students are involved in a variety of online tasks at the intermediate level, such as reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording responses. All the activities are integrated into a larger cultural context. The grammar focuses on intermediate level structures, such as subjunctives.

FRIT M300: Italian Conversation & Diction (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6120 MTWRF 10:10-11:00am AC C101 Alicia Vitti & Sara Dallavalle
*31030 MTWRF 11:15-12:05 WH 203 canceled

*Class 31030 has been canceled

Prerequisite: M250 or consent of instructor.

Study of advanced language structures with focus on contemporary cinema and speaking skill.

FRIT M308: Masterpieces of Italian Literature II (3 cr.)
Italian Literature from 1800 to present

Number Days Time Room Instructor
14833 TR 1:00-2:15 BH 219 Colleen Ryan

This class provides COLL A&H, COLL Global Civ & Culture credits

Prerequisite: M300 or M301 or consent of instructor.

In this course we will explore texts of various genre by Italian authors and artists from the 1800s through our current times. Students will gain and understanding of the social, historical, and political contexts depicted in the works and/or in which they were made. They will able to describe and compare the principles of different eras and movements, and they will analyze works according to different themes and critical perspectives Conducted in Italian.

FRIT M450: Seminar in Italian Literature (3 cr.)
Dante and his legacy

Number Days Time Room Instructor
31032 TR 9:30-10:45 BH 139 H. Wayne Storey

This class provides COLL A&H credits

Prerequisite: M305, M306, M307, M308, M390 or consent of instructor.

This class considers the thematic, conceptual and formal inheritance that Dante gives to Italian literature and cultures, from Boccaccio (1313–1375) to Benigni (b. 1952). Reviewing influential passages and episodes from the Divine Comedy, we will explore Dante’s influence on writers such as Boccaccio, Petrarch, Machiavelli, and Calvino, his role in Fascist architecture (Terragni’s Danteum) and the arts (including IU’s “Ugolino and His Sons” [Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux], a gift of the French people after World War II), Dante’s presence in modern Italian education, morality and culture (including his revival at the hands of Roberto Benigni), and even his impact on the spiritual life of those who study him, from Arcangela Tarabotti to the Dante translator and detective/crime writer Dorothy L. Sayers.

FRIT X493: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-3 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
3893 Arranged variable

Independent study on a specific topic not taught in one of this semester's regular courses. If interested, complete the permission form.

FRIT M499: Reading for Honors (3 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
3894 Arranged Massimo Scalabrini

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in Italian.

Interdisciplinary Courses

COLL C103: Critical Approaches in Arts & Humanities (3 cr.)
Laughter, Humor and Wit in the Italian Renaissance

Number Days Time Room Instructor
11414 TR 11:15-12:05 LI 033 Massimo Scalabrini

Renaissance artists and writers were as committed to advocating the dignity of humankind and its central place in the universe as they were to making fun of or laughing at themselves and each other. This course will examine the comic literature of the Italian Renaissance. We will explore the nature and various expressions of comedy in genres such as the short story, the facetia (‘witty anecdote’), the apologue, the comic play, the epic and satiric poem and the treatise. In doing so we will address the following questions, among others: What is the relation of laughter and ignorance, error, moral and physical deformity? Does laughter bring people together or does it set them apart? How does comedy articulate the ethical concepts of innocence and guilt? How are conflicts dealt with in comic texts? We will read texts by Boccaccio, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Aretino, Castiglione and Della Casa, among others, and we will also discuss a selection of relevant historical and critical/theoretical materials, particularly the reflections on comedy by Plato, Aristotle and Cicero. While this course is firmly grounded in Italian Renaissance literature, we will also read texts from other European traditions that were inspired or prompted by the Latin and vernacular models produced in the Italian peninsula. Students will write three short essays, take six quizzes and a final exam.

HON H 233: Great Authors, Composers & artists (3 cr.)
Rebels With and Without a Cause

Number Days Time Room Instructor
14719 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 138 Emanuel Mickel

In this course, students will study important works in the Western Tradition that represent aspects of the human being that make difficult a peaceful co-existence among the diverse peoples that populate the earth. We shall also explore those works that undergird the human being’s desire to be free from human-imposed restraints that prevent the freedom of people to enjoy equal opportunity and amicable discourse among diverse nations and peoples. In this course we also explore negative aspects of man’s behavior emphasized in philosophical, theological, and literary works that place the blame for man’s bad treatment of his fellow human being on his own selfishness. In other political, philosophical, and religious treatises, we see that same human being urging and demonstrating a behavior which is the antidote to the human being’s innate selfishness. In the four novels students read (French, English, Russian, and American) we analyze the characters and events in the terms of the theoretical works students have read and studied earlier.

HON H 233: Great Authors, Composers & artists (3 cr.)
Tragedy: When Life Imitates Art

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30446 TR 11:15-12:30 HU 111 Hall Bjornstad

What do we mean when we say that an event is tragic? Is a death more tragic if it is the result of a murder than if it happened by accident or from natural causes? Do we say it is tragic in order to make sense of it or as a way of saying that we give up to explain it? Is it an expression of absence of meaning or pointing toward a logic of a different order? Is tragedy linked to a sense of justice or does it respond to the lack of justice? What role do religion, politics and chance play in our perception of life’s misery? And why has tragedy always been so central to popular culture, from the public performances of ancient Greece to the rise and fall of celebrities like Amy Winehouse? Indeed, how can we explain the pleasure we get from regarding the pain of others? In this course, we will address questions like these, as a way to explore tragedy in its relation to life, art, death and hope.

Material studied will include world famous literary works from the Bible, Greek tragedies, Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, examples from film and TV series (including the 1995 film by Mathieu Kassovitz, La Haine/ Hatred; episodes from Law and Order and The Wire), as well as critical texts related to the questions above, from Aristotle and Nietzsche to contemporary thinkers like Susan Sontag and Stanley Cavell. Special emphasis will be put on the idea of tragedy in the twenty-first century, in both critical writing and artistic production (and pursued by the students in final research projects).

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