Undergraduate Courses in French and Italian

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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

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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.

View a flyer about this course

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 GA 0013 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).



French Courses

FRIT F100: Elementary French I (4 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
6001 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 333 Leila El-Murr Hybrid
6005 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 015 Leila El-Murr Hybrid
6002 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 246 Kathryn Bastin Hybrid
6003 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 139 Yuanshuai Cui Hybrid
6004 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 332 Yuanshuai Cui Hybrid

Monday, Wednesday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
6006 MWR 7:15-8:45 BH 322 Marcel Tchatchou Hybrid

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
15850 Kathryn Bastin Online meeting times
Tues. 11:15-12:30 or 5:45-7:00 pm

Note: Contact The Department of French and Italian for permission to enroll in the above 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
11164 MTWR 11:15-12:05 SY 210 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.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
6007 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 238 Alana Duncan hybrid
6009 MWF 10:10-11:00 WH 109 Rishani Merrinage De Costa hybrid
6010 MWF 11:15-12:05 FQ 012B Alana Duncan hybrid
6012 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 307 Scott Evans hybrid
6013 MWF 2:30-3:20 SY 212 Rishani Merrinage De Costa hybrid

Monday, Wednesday evening

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
6014 MW 7:15-8:45 pm SY 210 Jeffrey Long Traditional

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
6008 MWR 8:00-8:50 SY 212 Amber Panwitz Hybrid

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
6011 Amber Panwitz Online meetings
Thurs. either 11:15-12:30 or 5:45-7:00 pm

Note: Contact The Department of French and Italian for permission to enroll in the above online class.

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
15195 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
6016 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 015 Cris Robu
6017 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 336 Renata Uzzell
6018 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 236 Renata Uzzell
6019 MWF 2:30-3:20 GA 0013 Martin Maillot

Monday, Wednesday evening

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6020 MWR 7:15-8:30pm GA 0009 Charlène Gilbert

Online

Number Instructor Notes
6015 Jill Owen Online meetings
Tues. either 11:15-12:30 or 5:45-7:00 pm

Note: Contact The Department of French and Italian for permission to enroll in the above online class.

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
15196 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--2nd 8 weeks only (3 cr.)
Contemporary France
Brett Bowles

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor Notes
35918TR4:00-6:30BH 315Brett Bowles 2nd 8 weeks

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 F226: (3 cr.)
Paris: Biography of a City
Lucas Wood

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30947 TR 2:30-3:45 BH 15 Lucas George Wood

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

This course surveys the history, culture, art, literature and social life of the city of Paris as they have evolved from Gallo-Roman times to the present. Exploring the continuities and changes that have marked 2000 years of Parisian and European history, we will study the city’s developing urban fabric in the context of the cultural moments and movements that have shaped and been shaped by it. We will study revolutions, wars, painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic art, and literature as well as the physical geography of the city itself, reading representative primary texts from every period. The course will be taught in English and no knowledge of French is required.

FRIT F230: Francophone Culture in Context (1 cr.)
Spring Break in Paris!
Kelly Sax & Lucas Wood
**CANCELED

Number Days Instructor
32832 Spring Break
March 11-19 2017
Kelly Sax & Lucas Wood

Co-requisite or prerequisite (taken within the academic year): FRIT F222, F225, F226, or F227. Requires application and approval of instructor(s). Representation from more than one co-requisite course preferred.

This intensive Spring Break study abroad experience in Paris is specially designed to complement and contextualize coursework undertaken in FRIT F226 and F227. Over the course of a week (March 11-19), we will thoroughly explore the City of Lights from a variety of perspectives, visiting key architectural, artistic, and cultural monuments (Notre-Dame, Versailles, Sainte-Chapelle, etc.) and museums (Louvre, Musée d’Orsay) that root contemporary Paris and France in a rich history of historical evolution whose traces we will seek out in the temporally layered modern metropolis. We will also learn about the history of dress in French culture at the City of Paris Fashion Museum and experience France's gastronomic traditions by tasting regional cheese and wine and dining at the city's oldest restaurant, opened in 1686. Knowledge of French not required. (Graded pass/fail)

See course syllabus for more details!

Note: Contact The Department of French and Italian for permission to enroll in this class.

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

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6022 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 232 Manali Allen
6026 MWF 11:15-12:05 WH 106 (MW)
BH 337 (Friday only!)
Manali Allen
6027 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 322 Jacob Ladyga
6028 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 331 Liz Myers
6024 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 333 Mark Black
6025 MWF 2:30-3:20 GA 0007 Liz Myers

Monday, Wednesday Evenings

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6029 MW 7:15-8:30pm SY 108 Scott Cawthon

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6023 MWR 8:00-8:50 BH 231 Aiko MacPhail

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
6021 Mark Black Online meetings
Thurs. either 11:15-12:30 or 5:45-7:00 pm

Note: Contact The Department of French and Italian for permission to enroll in the above online class.

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
15194 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
17109 MTWR 12:20-1:10 WH 202 Georgy Khabarovskiy

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

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.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor Title
6030 TR 2:30-3:45 BH 105 Flavien Falantin Dangerous Readings
6031 TR 1:00-2:15 BH 140 Margaret Gray The Heart and Its Reasons
6032 TR 9:30-10:45 BH 333 Oana Panaïté Children of the Colonies: Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique

This class provides CASE A&H credits

Prerequisite: F250, F265, or consent of department.

Flavien Falantin

F300

Dangerous Readings

Can we say that reading is a dangerous activity? What will happen when a character is reading a subversive and disruptive novel? Is a book able to change our lives? This course serves as an introduction to the study of French literature but also as an exploration of the reader's self. We will explore mysteries such as:

  • How was Catherine de Medicis, famous queen of France, bewitched by Nostradamus’ prophecies?
  • What novels pushed the Marquise de Brinvilliers to poison the royal court of Versailles?
  • Why did classical heroines who read love stories, such as Madame Bovary, become delusional or mad?
  • Who killed the step-mother of Cécile in the novel Bonjour tristesse? Cécile herself or Cécile’s readings?
  • What will happen to a young journalist like Nina, in the novel Hygiène de l’assassin, who speaks too much with a bizarre Nobel Prize laureate

The plots of these fictional works will be analyzed in class through a sociological, psychoanalytical and historical perspective. Since all readings are in French, they will always be short and accessible for learners. Student grades will be based on class participation, one oral presentation, comprehension questions, a short novel description (3-4 pp), a midterm and a take home exam for the final. Class taught in French.

Margaret Gray

F300

The Heart and Its Reasons

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.

Oana Panaïté

F300

Children of the Colonies: Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique

This course will delve into the fascinating topic of France's colonial legacy in the Caribbean. We will read literary texts and watch films that describe and analyze the French colonization of the Antilles, particularly the islands of Guadeloupe, Haiti and Martinique. We will also examine the long-term effects of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the plantation culture, the rules of the “Black Code,” and the struggles for self-determination and, in Haiti's case, independence on today’s political, social, economic, racial, and cultural landscape of these islands. We will take advantage of the presence on the IUB campus of two major artists, Dany Laferrière (Haiti) and Patrick Chamoiseau (Martinique) to deepen our understanding of these questions. Books available at the IU Bookstore.

**FRIT F305: Stage and Page (3 cr.)

**This class has been canceled (F305 #10695)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
10695 TR 1:00-2:15 SY 103 Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail

This class provides CASE A&H credits

Prerequisite: F300

This course focuses on two of the genres in French Literature, namely theater and essay by reading the most representative and/or most recent works in each genre. In theater, we start with the “century of theater” which is the seventeenth century with two authors who champion French comedy and tragedy: the comedy Le Tartuffe by Molière and the most often played piece by Jean Racine, the tragedy Phèdre. We then move to the nineteenth century and read Victor Hugo’s Hernani, both his preface as an essay and his play as a theatrical piece, and we end this century with the popular French comic playwright Eugène Labiche and his Le Prix Martin. In this way, we read two comedies and two tragedies. As for the essay, we will read excerpts from René Descartes’ Méditations and the two most recent essays of the philosopher Michel Serres, one of which was published this year Darwin, Bonaparte et le Samaritain and the other Petite Poucette. Written for a wide public in an easy language, the former essay is about history and the latter is about the most up-to-date topic of Internet and computer culture. Through the semester, we will cover almost all the whole course of French Literature to the twenty-first century, by reading the most representative works presented on French stages and pages.

FRIT F306: Fiction and Poetry (3 cr.)
Exile and Exoticism

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6033 TR 2:30-3:45 HU 111 Nicolas Valazza

This class provides CASE A&H credits

Prerequisite: F300

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.

Books: Marco Polo, Le Livre des merveilles. Denis Diderot, Supplement au voyage de Bougainville. François-René Chateaubriand, Atala, René. J.M.G. Le Clezio, Mondo et autres histoires.

FRIT F313: Advanced Grammar (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6035 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 332 Eric MacPhail
*6034 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 236 CANCELLED
11520 TR 1:00-2:15 GA 0011 Alison Calhoun

Prerequisite: F250

*Class# 6034 has been canceled

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 F316: Conversational Practice (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6036 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 140 Kate Bastin
6037 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 221 Noëlle Lindstrom
6038 TR 7:15-8:30pm WH 116 Flavien Falantin

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

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6039 TR 1:00-2:15 WH 109 Guillaume Ansart

This class provides CASE S&H credit

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 F361: La France Médiévale (jusqu'à 1500) (3 cr.)
Lucas Wood

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
31017TR5:45-7:00pmSY 137Lucas Wood

Prerequisite: F300

This class fulfills CASE A&H credit and CASE Global Civ & Culture credit

This course serves as a general introduction to the cultural history of medieval France from the Carolingian Empire to 1500. The course will focus on several key social and political ideologies (feudalism, chivalry, courtliness), milieux (the court, the church, 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 F362: La France 1500-1800 (3 cr.)
Alison Calhoun

Number Days Time Room Instructor
14685 TR 2:30-3:45 GA 1100 Alison Calhoun

Prerequisite: F300

This class fulfills CASE A&H credit and CASE Global Civ & Culture credit

This course will introduce students to a cultural history of France from the Renaissance to the Revolution. We will draw from diverse artefacts from France’s rich history to study new forms of political power, sociability, and religious creeds, along with a variety of cultural phenomena that shaped national identity, popular culture, and daily life. A significant portion of the course will focus on building vocabulary, style, and expression in French, so that students improve their listening, speaking, and writing skills. Grades will be based on two exams, two short essays, and participation in regular class assignments. This course is appropriate for students aiming to widen their knowledge of French history and culture, improve their language skills, or both.

FRIT F375: Thèmes Littéraires et Culturels (3 cr.)
Mysteries of Love and Death: French Detective Fiction
Margaret Gray

Number Days Time Room Instructor
10463 TR 9:30-10:45 GA 007 Margaret Gray

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

Prerequisite: F300 or equivalent.

Detective fiction, argued literary critic Tzvetan Todorov, dramatizes the activity at work in all efforts of interpretation. As such, the genre gives rise to a foundational model of reading, with its efforts of organization: strategies such as the identification of patterns of meaning, leading to coherence and resolution of tensions and enigmas. In this way, the detective pursuing an elusive truth enacts the quest engaged by any reader as s/he attempts to derive meaning from any text. This course proposes to test such a claim across a variety of French detective fictions. We will begin, however, with symbolist poet Charles Baudelaire’s translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter”: the act reputed to have brought the detective genre to France. In novelist Sébastien Japrisot’s Piège pour Cendrillon [Trap for Cinderella] we will trace the engagement of various cultural myths, from the « Cinderella » fairy tale as published by Madame LePrince de Beaumont in the 18th century to the chic and glamour of the contemporary Riviera. Even as the text ironizes such myths, a covert and competing narrative—a love story—subtly subverts the detective quest for a final, definitive solution. A novel by the renowned Fred Vargas, L’homme à l’envers [The Inside-Out Man], plays upon ancient fears of the werewolf legend, even as it engages contemporary questions of race, class and gender in a French context. Just as the text turns certain assumptions “inside out” (among them, the assumption that its author is a man), it also overturns literary as well as sociocultural conventions. Interspersed among our novels will be several short stories from Maurice Leblanc’s collection, Les Huit coups de l’horloge [The Clock Strikes Eight], published in 1923. Through these accounts of Prince Rénine’s efforts to entertain and seduce a young lady by involving her in his detective pursuits, we will study the France of a bygone era. And of course, we could not conclude the semester without admiring the prowess of renowned Belgian writer Georges Simenon’s immortal Commissaire Maigret! All reading, written work and class discussion will be in French. Final grades will be based on active class participation ; short response papers ; an oral presentation ; a short essay ; a midterm exam ; and the choice of either a final exam or a longer paper.

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

Number Day/Time Instructor
6040 Arranged Massimo Scalabrini

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, see our honors page, here.

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

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6041 TR 9:30-10:45 BH 141 Barbara Vance

This class provides CASE S&H credits

Prerequisite: F313 or F314, or consent of instructor.

In this course we will look at the French language from a very broad perspective, investigating its structure from a linguistic point of view (that is, descriptively and scientifically) and concerning ourselves with how French arose historically and with its many modern forms (not only the ‘standard’ European language but geographical and social varieties of all kinds). How did French develop from spoken Latin and what did it look like 1000 years ago? How have the various regional and world dialects of French arisen, and what continues to make each of them unique today? What is the relationship between French and languages with which it is in close contact, such as Breton, Occitan, or Creole? Finally, how do individuals vary their use of French according to social situations, and how do speakers continue to innovate, making French – like all living languages -- a continually evolving form of expression?

FRIT F450: Culture & Society in French Studies (3 cr.)
Vivre c'est choisir: Life in France during WWII
Oana Panaïté

Number Days Time Room Instructor
31021 TR 1:00-2:15 BH 137 Oana Panaïté

This class fulfills CASE A&H credit and CASE Global Civ & Culture credit

Ce cours sera consacré aux dilemmes politiques, moraux et intimes qui ont dominé la vie des Français et des Françaises pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Comment vit-on dans un pays vaincu de manière foudroyante pendant l’été 1940, dont la moitié est occupée par l’armée allemande et l’autre moitié se trouve sous la férule de la dictature de Vichy ? Le pays est divisé entre les Collaborationnistes qui profitent de la guerre pour avancer leur propres intérêts personnels et politiques, les Résistants, pour qui les choix politiques sont inséparables des sacrifices personnels, et la majorité du peuple qui pratique diverses formes de résistance passive. Pour comprendre la complexité de la vie pendant cette période cruciale de l’histoire de France, nous lirons des textes littéraires et historiques et nous regarderons des films et des épisodes de séries télévisées portant sur cette époque et sur son influence en France et ailleurs (dans l’empire colonial français et aux États-Unis).

FRIT F467: French Beyond the Hexagon--2nd 8 weeks only (3 cr.)
Postcolonial Writing in Africa and the Caribbean
(Écriture postcoloniale en Afrique et aux Antilles)
Eileen Julien

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
31023TR4:00-6:30BH 333Eileen Julien

We will begin by considering the term Francophone and the diverse regions “beyond the Hexagon.” Spanning the period of the 1940s to 2010, the course will then take up a range of issues, relevant to cultural production and literature: the use of French language, creoles and African languages; mythologies of Africa; emigration and immigration; postcoloniality and the Antilles’s status as départements d’outre-mer; memory and history; gender and identity.

Our focus will be primarily the Antilles, and we will read as many of the following as is manageable in an eight-weeks course, with an eye to both formal and thematic elements: Aimé Césaire’s brilliant surrealist poem, Cahier d'un retour au pays natal and his 1960s rewriting of Shakespeare, Une tempête; Joseph Zobel’s and Euzhan Palcy’s coming of age story, Rue Cases-Nègres (novel and film respectively), Simone Schwarz-Bart’s lyrical play about a Haitian immigrant in Guadeloupe, Ton beau capitaine; Maryse Condé’s Moi, Tituba sorcière de Salem, a sometimes raucous "post-modern," "magical realist" take on colonial Salem; Dany Laferrière's memoir of the Haitian earthquake of 2010, Tout bouge autour de moi--Laferrière will be visiting campus in April--and Frantz Fanon's critique of the bourgeois class, “Mésaventures de la conscience nationale,” which we will study alongside Xala, the film by Senegalese filmmaker Sembène Ousmane.

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

Number Day/Time Instructor
15193 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
6044 Arranged Massimo Scalabrini

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

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

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6042 TR 7:15-8:45 pm
(undergrad)
GA 003 Staff
6043 TR 7:15-8:45 pm
(grad)
GA 003 Staff

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 F499: Reading for Honors (1-6 cr.)

Number Day/Time Instructor
6045 Arranged Massimo Scalabrini

For students preparing an honors project to receive a degree with departmental honors in French, see our honors page, here.

Italian Courses

FRIT M100: Elementary Italian I (4 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Hybrid Classes

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6051 MWF 11:15-12:05 GA 0005 Anna Love
6053 MWF 1:25-2:15 GA 005 Rosa Borgonovi
6054 MWF 12:20-1:10 GA 005 Anna Love

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
6050 Anna Love Online meetings

Note: Contact the Director of Language Instruction for Italian, Professor Karolina Serafin, for permission to enroll in the above online class.

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.

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.

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.

Check our online courses page for more info!

FRIT M115: Accelerated Elementary Italian (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6055 MTWR 11:15-12:05 WH 202 Karolina Serafin

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

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 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.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6056 MWF 10:10-11:00 FQ 012B Carlotta Vacchelli
6057 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 229 Luisa Gregori
8088 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 237 Francesco Samarini
9347 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 236 Luisa Gregori

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6059 MWR 8:00-8:50 SY 137 Carlotta Vacchelli

Monday, Wednesday evenings

6060 MW 7:15-8:45 SY 137 Pietro Tripano

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
6058 Karolina Serafin Online meetings

Note: Contact the Director of Language Instruction for Italian, Professor 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
11165 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 206 Luisa Gregori

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
6061 Leo Cabrini Online meetings

Note: Contact the Director of Language Instruction, Professor 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
10269 MTWR 1:25-2:15 WH 202 Karolina Serafin

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
Food/Family in Italian-American Culture

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30957T2:30-3:45WH 002Colleen Ryan

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

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, ethnic identity, and assimilation and fuels the commonplaces and stereotypes that this course aims to contest. From Mario Puzo to Francis Ford Coppola, from Dean Martin to Lady Gaga, from Helen Barolini to Nancy Savoca, and Martin Scorsese to Tony Soprano, we question the myths surrounding Italian families, sexual mores, and socio-political views as represented by Italian American literature, film, theater, and television in this country.

FRIT M222: Topics in Italian Culture--2nd 8 weeks only
Cultures of the Italian Renaissance

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
32551TR4:00-6:30BH 148Massimo Scalabrini

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

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

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
15883TR1:00-2:15BH 015H. Wayne Storey

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

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
6063 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 332 Marzia Bagnasco
6064 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 238 Alicia Vitti
6065 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 015 Alicia Vitti

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
17777 Lino Mioni Online meetings
Thurs. either 9:30-10:45 am or 7:15-8:30 pm

Note: Contact the Director of Language Instruction for Italian, Professor 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 M301: Italian Reading & Expression (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
8001 MTWRF 10:10-11:00am SY 137 Alicia Vitti & Leo Cabrini

Prerequisite: M250 or consent of instructor.

This Spring immerse yourself in Italian culture. Read, analyze, and discuss texts from a variety of sources: from the main literary genres to song lyrics and online blogs. Watch Italian movies, follow Italian news, and interpret a variety of Italian art works while improving your grammar and ability to speak, write, read, and listen. Get passionate about Italian culture in its many forms!

FRIT M305: Civiltà Italiana Moderna (3 cr.)
The Best of Today's Italian Cinema
Antonio Vitti

Number Days Time Room Instructor
31171 TR 9:30-10:45 BH 238 Antonio Vitti

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

Prerequisite: M300 or M301 or consent of instructor.

This course will study the most diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian films available by striking a balance between emerging talents and esteemed veterans, including the acclaimed documentary Fuocoammare by Gianfranco Rosi, about the Mediterranean refugee crisis, and the final work from the late cult director Claudio Caligari (Don’t Be Bad, Italy’s submission for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar). In memory of Ettore Scola, who passed away this year, the course includes his brilliant Ugly, Dirty and Bad, in a beautiful new digital restoration. We will study both commercial and independent films, ranging from a vérité documentary to a superhero movie, outrageous comedies to gripping dramas. Experience the best of today’s Italian cinema at IU – in Italian!

Above class has optional film showings Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 10pm in Wylie Hall 015. Students must view films before Thursday’s class meeting.

FRIT M311: Italian film and culture (3 cr.)
Fellini: Realism to Fantasy
Joint listed with MSCH-F 398 (class 9081) and EURO-W 406 (class 14520)
Antonio Vitti

Number Days Time Room Instructor
12661 TR 11:15-12:30 BH 139 Antonio Vitti

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

M311 is 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 varietà, 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 città, 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 first screening. The course will include interviews with Fellini.

*In this course we will explore the most important works of Federico Fellini. We will investigate the films’ cultural impact, critical reception, and visual and narrative innovations – and the cultural and collaborative context behind the films, including neorealism, popular theater, vaudeville, caricature and spiritualism. We will screen the most significant of his 24 films, read informative articles, interviews and essays that exemplify the major theoretical orientation associated with Fellini’s films from the 1950s until his death. Coursework entails short critical essays, oral presentations and a final project combining critical and creative work

Above class has optional film showings Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 10pm in Wylie Hall 015. Students must view films before Tuesday’s class meeting.

FRIT M453: 20th Century Italian Literature & Culture (3 cr.)
Virtue and Violence: Italian Women Writers of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Colleen Ryan

Number Days Time Room Instructor
31175 TR 1:00-2:15 BH 105 Colleen Ryan

This class provides CASE A&H credits

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

Who are some of the most well known Italian women writers of our times? What do they have to say about life and society, about identity and art? Are there lesser-known but equally poignant women writers whose voices may be overshadowed or forgotten? Our study departs from what is the first feminist novel in Italy (A Woman) to then visit the voices that emerge from selections of poetry, theater, short stories, novels, and films throughout the 20th century and up to recent years (Tamaro, Ferrante, Mazzantini). We will connect close readings of each text with the socio-historical contexts it depicts or in which it was written. Analyses and discussions will focus on (1) continuity and change in the concepts of virtue and violence with regard to women, and (2) similarities and differences in the writers’ styles, themes, and messages.

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

Number Day/Time Instructor
6066 Arranged Massimo Scalabrini

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
6067 Arranged Massimo Scalabrini

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

Interdisciplinary Courses

HON H 233: Great Authors, Composers & artists (3 cr.)
The Pen & the Paintbrush
Nicolas Valazza

Number Days Time Room Instructor
16504 TR 4:00-5:15 HU 108 Nicolas Valazza

The purpose of this course is to explore the relationship between painting and literature from an interdisciplinary perspective (literary, art historical and philosophical), while developing a critical approach that questions the connections and discrepancies between text and image throughout history. Literature and painting have often been considered “sister arts,” even though their relationship has been characterized by rivalry as much as solidarity. Since Plato and the exclusion of “artists” from his Republic, painters and writers have struggled to assert their respective arts among the liberal ones. But while poetry was integrated earlier into humanist education, thanks to its discursive and “intellectual” nature, painting had to wait until the Italian Renaissance to get rid of its connotation as a mere mechanical art, and thus acquire its liberal status. Furthermore, only by comparing itself to the “intellectual” dignity of poetry, did painting succeed in surpassing its former status. Since the Renaissance, painters and poets have, on the one hand, fraternized with each other to promote the complementarity of both arts while, on the other hand, struggling to assert the superiority of their own art.

In this course, we will read and analyze several key texts that retrace the ambivalent relationship between painting and literature from antiquity to modern times. Beginning with the section of Plato’s Republic condemning the arts of imitation, as well as the section of Aristotle’s Poetics that conversely praises them, we will then examine Pliny’s and Ovid’s legendary tales about painters, which define many characteristics of the figure of the artist as s/he is still conceived nowadays. We will next devote our class meetings to the emergence of art theory in the Italian Renaissance, by reading excerpts from writings by artists (Alberti, Leonardo da Vinci, Vasari) who claimed the intellectual status of painting (what Leonardo calls “cosamentale”: “a thing of the mind”). It will be interesting to see how this “liberalization” of painting was achieved by way of comparing it to poetry and other liberal arts, including geometry and astronomy. In order to become familiar with critical concepts of modern aesthetics (such as the “sublime” and the “relativity of beauty”), we will then read selected texts by 18th-century philosophers, artists and art critics (Kant, Burke, Hume, Diderot, Richardson, Hogarth, Reynolds, etc.). Lastly, we will explore the figure of the painter as a fictional character, as he appears in several short stories and novels: Balzac’s The Unknown Masterpiece, Gautier’s The Golden Fleece, Huysmans’ Against the Grain and Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray; as well as in film adaptations of these narratives. When possible, as a base for the critical reflection on the comparison between text and image, readings will be supported by visual examples taken from painters mentioned or implied in the literature.

Students will be required to write a response paper on the readings every two weeks, to make an oral presentation in class, to write a mid-term composition, and to develop a personal research project, leading to a final paper.

HON H 234: Literature of Time and Place
Global Perspectives in 20th and 21st Century Science Fiction
(3 cr.)
Above class open to Hutton Honors College students only
Marco Arnaudo

Fulfills GenEd A&H credit, CASE A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit requirement

Number Days Time Room Instructor
12218 TR 1:00-2:15 HU 108 Marco Arnaudo

Science fiction is often thought of as a genre mainly concerned with imaginary worlds. In truth, science-fiction has been used by its authors to discuss important issues related to the present. In our class, we will read texts of sci-fi that will allow us to explore themes related to globalism, interconnectedness, amalagamation, hybridazation, polyphony, cultural relativism, post-colonialism, post-nationalism, virtual communities, and imaginary communities. The class will employ sci-fi as a platform to investigate these topics in an analysis of their ethical and political aspects.

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

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
12294MW1:25-2:15JH A100Marco Arnaudo
12304 R 1:25-2:15 BH 332 discussion
12302 R 2:30-3:20 BH 235 discussion
12303 R 3:35-4:25 BH 335 discussion
13631 F 12:20-1:10 BH 247 discussion
13629 F 1:25-2:15 BH 247 discussion
13630 F 2:30-3:20 BH 247 discussion

Fulfills the CASE Critical Approaches requirement, IUB GenEd A&H credit, CASE A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit

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).



Summer 2017

First Six-Week Session
Tuesday, May 9–Friday, June 16

**FRIT F100: Elementary French I (4 cr.)
**CANCELED

NumberDaysTimesInstructor
**8066Online meetings onlyN/A**CANCELED

Please submit the form here for permission to enroll in the above 100% online class. See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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
4175MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 148Jill Owen

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.)
**CANCELED

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
**4176MTWRF12:45-2:00N/A**CANCELED

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
4182Arrangedvariable

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. You may also scan and email the completed form to the department.

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (3-4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
4178MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 209Jessica Tindiraundergraduate students (4 cr.)
4179MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 209Jessica Tindiragraduate students (3 cr.)

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
7833Rosa BorgonoviOnline course meetingsMW 9:30-10:45am
OR MW 6:00-7:15pm
**8210n/a**CANCELEDMW 9:30-10:45am
OR MW 6:00-7:15pm

See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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
7986Marzia BagnascoOnline courseTR 9:30-10:45am
OR TR 6:00-7:15pm

Please contact Professor Karolina Serafin for permission to enroll in the above online class. See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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
4188Arrangedvariable

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. You may also scan and email the completed form to the department.

Second Six-Week Session
Monday, June 19–Friday, July 28

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

NumberDaysTimesInstructor
8365Online meetings onlyMW 9:30-10:45am
OR MW 6:00-7:15pm
Jacob Ladyga

Please submit the form here for permission to enroll in the above 100% online class. See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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
4177MTWRF12:45-2:00WH 009Leila El-Murr

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
4183Arranged

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. You may also scan and email the completed form to the department.

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students (3-4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructorNotes
4180MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 209Renata Uzzellundergraduate students (4 cr.)
4181MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 209Renata Uzzellgraduate students (3 cr.)

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
7985Carlotta VacchelliOnline courseMW 9:30-10:45am
OR MW 6:00-7:15pm

Please contact Professor Karolina Serafin for permission to enroll in the above online class. See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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
7987Francesco SamariniOnline courseTR 9:30-10:45am
OR TR 6:00-7:15pm

Please contact Professor Karolina Serafin for permission to enroll in the above online class. See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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
4189Arrangedvariable

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. You may also scan and email the completed form to the department.



French Courses

FRIT F100: Elementary French I (4 cr.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
2288 MWF 9:05-9:55 SB 138 Staff Hybrid
2293 MWF 10:10-11:00 GA 0009 Staff Hybrid
2287 MWF 11:15-12:05 SW 103 Staff Hybrid
2289 MWF 11:15-12:05 FQ 012B Staff Hybrid
2290 MWF 12:20-1:10 WH 005 Staff Hybrid
2291 MWF 1:25-2:15 SB 140 Staff Hybrid
2294 MWF 2:30-3:20 SB 220 Staff Hybrid

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
2285 MWR 8:00-8:50 BH 322 Staff Hybrid
2295 MWR 4:40-5:30 SB 231 Staff Hybrid

Tuesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
2286 TR 7:15-8:45 GA 0007 Staff Traditional

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
*2292 Staff Online meetings on Tuesdays
either 11:15-12:30pm or 7:15-8:30pm

*Please submit the form here for permission to enroll in the above 100% online class. See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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
2296 MTWR 10:10-11:00 SW 103 Staff

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.)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
2298 MWF 9:05-9:55 SB 131 Staff hybrid
2301 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 148 Staff hybrid
2299 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 237 Staff hybrid
2302 MWF 1:25-2:15 SB 138 Staff hybrid
2303 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 231 Staff hybrid
2300 MWF 2:30-3:20 BH 231 Staff hybrid

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
2297 MWR 8:00-8:50 BH 331 Staff Hybrid

Tuesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
2305 TR 7:15-8:45 GA 0009 Staff Traditional

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
*2304 Staff Online meetings on Thursdays
either 11:15-12:30pm or 7:15-8:30pm

*Please submit the form here for permission to enroll in the above 100% online class. See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
2307 MWF 9:05-9:55 BH 240 Staff
2309 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 147 Staff
2308 MWF 11:15-12:05 SB 140 Staff
2310 MWF 12:20-1:10 SY 002 Staff
2311 MWF 1:25-2:15 WH 009 Staff
2313 MWF 2:30-3:20 BH 222 Staff
2314 MWF 2:30-3:20 JH A105 Staff

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
2312 MWR 4:40-5:30 SB 220 Staff

Evenings

Number Days Time Room Instructor
2315 MW 7:15-8:30 GA 0005 Staff
2316 TR 7:15-8:30 GA 0005 Staff

Online

Number Instructor Notes
*2306 Staff Online meetings on Tuesdays
either 11:15-12:30pm or 7:15-8:30pm

*Please submit the form here for permission to enroll in the above 100% online class. See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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 F226: French Society (3 cr.)
Seeing the World Through French Eyes

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30491 TR 2:30-3:45 BH 333 Oana Panaïté

This class provides IUB GenEd World Culture credit, IUB GenEd S&H credit, COLL (CASE)S&H Breadth of Inquiry Credit, and COLL (CASE) Global Civ & Culture credits

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? What do the French think of American politics today?

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.

Work will include a class presentation by each student, 3 written essays, a mid-term exam and final portfolio project. Honors students will write a short critical paper to preface their portfolios.

Taught in English--No prerequisites

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

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Number Days Time Room Instructor
2318 MWF 9:05-9:55 SY 200 Staff
2319 MWF 10:10-11:00 SB 220 Staff
10884 MWF 10:10-11:00 JH A107 Staff
2320 MWF 12:20-1:10 JH A105 Staff
2321 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 240 Staff
2322 MWF 2:30-3:20 GA 0007 Staff
2317 MWF 3:35-4:25 GA 0007 Staff

Evenings

Number Days Time Room Instructor
2323 MW 7:15-8:30 GA 0007 Staff

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
*9985 Staff Online meetings on Thursdays
either 11:15-12:30pm or 7:15-8:30pm

*Please submit the form here for permission to enroll in the above 100% online class. See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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

This class provides COLL A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit

Prerequisite: F250, F265, or consent of department.

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
2324 TR 9:30-10:45 SB 220 Jill Owen L’Encadrement, l’espace et l’identité dans la littérature francophone
2326 MWF 11:15-12:05 JH A105 Liz Hebbard La littérature française à l’opéra
6660 TR 1:00-2:15 AC C107 Vincent Bouchard L’Afrique de l’Ouest francophone
7109
Joint listed with THTR-T483
TR 11:15-12:30 FA 010 Alison Calhoun French Theater Workshop
2325
10361 (Hutton honors section)
TR 2:30-3:45 GA 0007 Nicolas Valazza Adultery and Betrayal - Adultères et Trahisons

Jill Owen

L’Encadrement, l’espace et l’identité dans la littérature francophone

Description et objectifs :

Dans la littérature en générale, on poursuit sans cesse la question de l’identité – d’un personnage, d’un narrateur, d’un auteur, d’un lecteur – qui veut souvent s’étendre à l’identité d’un peuple entier. Pour approfondir notre compréhension d’une identité, nous pouvons nous poser les questions suivantes :

  • Qu’est-ce qui comprend l’identité d’une personne ou d’un personnage?
  • Comment l’espace personnel de cette personne réfléchit-il cette identité?
  • Comment est-ce qu’un narrateur, un auteur ou un artiste emploie l’encadrement narratif pour mettre en relief l’espace et l’identité

Une façon de parvenir à une définition plus concrète de l’identité serait à travers l’espace de quelqu’un dont les objets représentent ce qui est plus important dans sa vie. Dans une tentative d’examiner ces questions, ce cours se concentrera sur l’encadrement du soi dans les textes francophones du Moyen Âge jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Nous explorerons la composition d’une identité à travers l’espace décrit dans le théâtre, le roman, la poésie, l’essai et la bande dessinée francophones.

Liz Hebbard

La littérature française à l'opéra

This course offers an introduction to French and Francophone literature via the study of literary texts and their adaptations to opera. The literary texts present a variety of genres (plays, short stories, poetry) and both literary texts and operas cover a wide chronological range extending from the 12th to the 21st century. Our approach to these works will consider class, gender, and power relations, focusing on how opera adaptations distill or elaborate the thematics present in the original text and how operas express these social dynamics musically. We will not only read libretti, but also watch opera productions and discuss compositional and stagecraft techniques used to convey space and narration on stage. Works studied include Le Mariage de Figaro (Beaumarchais / Mozart); Carmen (Prosper Mérimée / Georges Bizet); Salome (Oscar Wilde / Richard Strauss); Pelléas et Mélisande (Maurice Maeterlinck / Claude Débussy); and L’amour de loin (Jaufre Rudel / Kaija Saariaho). Graded assessments include an individual presentation, short writing assignments, collaborative annotation of works discussed, a midterm exam, and a final literary analysis paper. All classwork and written work will be conducted in French. No prior knowledge of music is assumed.

Vincent Bouchard

L’Afrique de l’Ouest francophone

Exploration historique et culturelle de l’Afrique de l'Ouest à travers les contes, les sculptures, les tableaux, les livres, les bandes dessinée, les films, les jeux vidéo, etc., qui décrivent la vie en français.

Alison Calhoun

French Theater Workshop: Joint with THTR-T483

The French Theater Workshop, taught entirely in French, will offer students an introduction to French and Francophone Studies using both traditional analytical approaches to literature and culture 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 perform works throughout the semester.

Nicolas Valazza

Adultery and Betrayal - Adultères et trahisons

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: Stage and Page (3 cr.)
**CANCELED

Number Days Time Room Instructor
**6794 **CANCELED

This class provides CASE A&H credits

Prerequisite: F300

Theatre and literature of ideas by authors from the classical tradition to the twenty-first century. Readings and discussion in French.

FRIT F306: Poetry and Novel (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
33618 TR 9:30-10:45 SB 231 Eric MacPhail

This class provides COLL A&H credits

Prerequisite: F300

This course is the sequel to F300 and we build on the skills acquired there to read poems and novels by French authors from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. We begin with the Arthurian romance Yvain by Chrétien de Troyes, which will be the subject of our first essay test. Then we will study a selection of lyric poems from Charles d’Orléans to Jean de La Fontaine and students will write a paper on the poem of their choice. Then we will read some stories by the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot, followed by a test in class. Next we will discover the riches of 19th-century French poetry from Victor Hugo to Stéphane Mallarmé, and students will do an in-class presentation on the poem of their choice. We will conclude with a novel by the 20th-century author Françoise Sagan. The final exam will be on her novel, La Chamade.

FRIT F310: Francophone Culture--2nd 8 weeks only (3 cr.)
Black Paris
Above class joint-offered with CMLT-C 363 and AAAD-A 304

Number Days Time Room Instructor
33601 TR 4:00-6:30 AD A151 Eileen Julien

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

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)--however temporarily—their home. 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.

Enroll any way you choose!

  • FRIT-F 310, 33601
  • CMLT-C 363, 33570
  • AAAD-A 304, 33597

FRIT F313: Advanced Grammar (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
2327 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 018 Barbara Vance
2328 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 319 Aiko Okamoto-Macphail

Prerequisite: F250

Barbara Vance

F313 builds students' understanding of advanced aspects of French grammar and their facility in applying this understanding to written and oral expression. We will supplement the text Contrastes (Rochat) with exercises (online and others) and compositions based on various materials from French and francophone everyday society, including e.g. cross-cultural studies, journalism, and film.

Aiko Okamoto-Macphail

This course has two aims of first offering a synthesis of French grammar you learned to date and second preparing you for the courses in French culture and civilization at the F300 and F400 levels. The textbook we use is the second edition of Contrastes with the on-line workbook.

Early in the semester, you will choose one topic from French or Francophone on-line newspapers that you would like to focus on, as well as the grammar points that you would most like to improve. Then you will follow that news, read the articles, and bring them to class so that we all can translate some extracts and write short reports while working on the grammar points. Homework will use the on-line workbook for Contrastes, and in class, we will do more problem solving and non-mechanical exercises that demand explanations and in-depth analysis of grammar, including, but is not limited to, translation exercises. We will treat grammar as one of several skills of living the French language.

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

Number Days Time Room Instructor
12812 TR 1:00-2:15 BH 105 Margot Gray

In this introduction to creative and critical writing in French, our primary goal will be the development and improvement of writing skills through various short creative and critical pieces. Emphasis will be placed on field activity and engagement with the many resources offered by IU (French-inflected dramatic and musical productions, films, museum exhibits) as sources of inspiration, both creative and critical. Working on a smaller canvas, we will also try our hand at a variety of exercises—such as, for instance, the brief autobiography of an object; a stream-of-consciousness piece punctuated by fragmentary conversations overheard in a crowded campus café; a “first-time” reminiscence (first time being carded? First “R” movie? First kiss?). Highlighting the course will be a week working with French poet and short-story writer Alain Nouvel, who has taught IU students in the context of our study-abroad program in Aix-en-Provence, France.

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

Number Days Time Room Instructor Notes
2329 TR 11:15-12:05 WH 106 Kevin Rottet Lecture
2330 MW 11:15-12:05 FA 005 Scott Evans Drill
2331 MW 1:25-2:15 WH 205 Scott Evans Drill

French F315 has three objectives:

  • to learn about the sound system of French and its role in the grammar and vocabulary of the language, and also as a marker of social and geographical identity;
  • to improve students' pronunciation accuracy and oral fluency and to train them to evaluate their own pronunciation;
  • to develop students' communicative skills by practice in listening comprehension and conversational practice.

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

FRIT F361: La France médièvale (jusqu'à 1500) (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
33642MW4:00-5:15pmBH 105Liz Hebbard

This class provides COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit

Prerequisite: F300

This course serves as a general introduction to the cultural history of medieval France from the Carolingian Empire to 1500. We will move thematically, rather than chronologically, focusing each week on different aspects of social, political, philosophical, and religious life in medieval France. Our readings each week will feature secondary texts that offer broad perspectives paired with primary texts that highlight key figures and events in closer detail. Topics will include feudalism, courtly love, crusade ideology, kings and popes, medieval legal systems, trade and travel routes, marriage and inheritance, pilgrimage, manuscript culture and medieval book production, the building of gothic cathedrals, and the literary and legal use of the French language. Some attention will also be paid to the way the Middle Ages is represented (or misrepresented) in contemporary popular culture. All classwork and written work will be conducted in French.

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

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30493 TR 1:00-2:15 BH 214 Alison Calhoun

This class provides COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry and COLL (CASE) Global Civ & Culture credits

Prerequisite: F300

This course will introduce students to a cultural history of France from the Renaissance to the Revolution. We will draw from diverse artifacts from France’s rich history to study new forms of political power, sociability, and religious creeds, along with a variety of cultural phenomena that shaped national identity, popular culture, and daily life. A significant portion of the course will focus on building vocabulary, style, and expression in French, so that students improve their listening, speaking, and writing skills. Grades will be based on three exams, weekly mini-compositions, and two brief group presentations/discussion leading exercises. This course is appropriate for students aiming to widen their knowledge of French history and culture, improve their language skills, or both.

FRIT F375: Thèmes Littéraires et Culturels (3 cr.)
Topic: Mysteries of Love and Death

Number Days Time Room Instructor
6422 TR 2:30-3:45 BH 336 Margaret Gray

This class provides COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit, COLL (CASE) Global Civ & Culture credits

Prerequisite: F300 or equivalent.

Detective fiction, argued literary critic Tzvetan Todorov, dramatizes the activity at work in all efforts of interpretation; the detective pursuing an elusive truth enacts the quest engaged by any reader as s/he attempts to derive meaning from a text. This course proposes to test such a claim across a variety of French detective fictions. In novelist Sébastien Japrisot’s Piège pour Cendrillon [Trap for Cinderella] we will trace the engagement of various cultural myths, from the « Cinderella » fairy tale as published by Madame LePrince de Beaumont in the 18th century to the chic and glamour of the contemporary Riviera. Even as the text ironizes such myths, a covert and competing narrative—a love story—subtly subverts the detective quest for a final, definitive solution. A novel by the renowned Fred Vargas, L’homme à l’envers [The Inside-Out Man], plays upon ancient fears of the werewolf legend, even as it engages contemporary questions of race, class and gender in a French context. Just as the text turns certain assumptions “inside out” (among them, the assumption that its author is a man), it also overturns literary as well as sociocultural conventions. Interspersed among our novels will be several short stories from Maurice Leblanc’s collection, Les Huit coups de l’horloge [The Clock Strikes Eight], published in 1923. Through these accounts of Prince Rénine’s efforts to entertain and seduce a young lady by involving her in his detective pursuits, we will study the France of a bygone era. And of course, we could not conclude the semester without admiring the prowess of renowned Belgian writer Georges Simenon’s immortal Commissaire Maigret! All reading, written work and class discussion will be in French. Final grades will be based on active class participation ; an oral presentation; a short essay; a midterm exam; and the choice of either a final exam or a longer paper.

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

Number Day/Time
2332 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 F413: The French Renaissance (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30507 TR 11:15-12:30 BH 219 Eric MacPhail

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

This course explores the literary achievements of sixteenth-century France, the Renaissance. We will begin with Marguerite de Navarre’s collection of short stories, l’Heptaméron, which focuses on the social relations of men and women, both in the stories and among the storytellers. Then we will read the lyric poetry of the Pléiade, especially the sonnets of Pierre de Ronsard, prince of poets, and Joachim Du Bellay. Then we will study some historical and political documents of the French Wars of Religion, including the edicts of religious tolerance promulgated by the kings of France. We will conclude with Michel de Montaigne’s Essais, which weigh the challenges of thinking, writing, and living in a time of religious war. Students will write and rewrite two essays and take a final exam. The class will also visit the Lilly library to see what books looked like in the Renaissance.

FRIT F446: Great Poetry of the 19th Century (3 cr.)
The Poet Before the Mirror: Forms of Lyricism in the 19th Century

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30508 TR 4:00-5:15 SY 137 Nicolas Valazza

The Poet Before the Mirror: Forms of Lyricism in the 19th Century

According to the critic Paul Bénichou, “The distinctive trait of Romanticism […] is surely the exaltation of poetry, now considered to be truth, religion, and the illumination of our destiny.” Bénichou is specifically referring to lyric poetry, which asserts itself as the prevailing form of poetry throughout the 19th century. In this course, we will examine the development of French lyric poetry, from the emergence of Romantic subjectivity at the beginning of the 19th century through the “decadent” period at the end of the century, focusing on the personality of the poets, as they figure their sentiments in verse. For the “exaltation of poetry” to which Bénichou refers is above all an exaltation of the Poet, often envisaged as an almost divine creator. Among the poets considered, we will read and analyze poems by Desbordes-Valmore, Lamartine, Vigny, Hugo, Nerval, Musset, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Laforgue and others. We will also read some essays meant to situate these poets in their historical and cultural contexts. Given that the course is based on close reading, we will begin the semester with an introduction to French versification and rhetoric, in order to provide students with the necessary tools to analyze the formal aspects of poetry. The final grade will be based on class preparation and participation (10%), a mid-term exam (30%), an oral presentation (30%) and a final paper (30%). The course will be conducted entirely in French.

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

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30522TR9:30-10:45GA 0005Vincent Bouchard

In this class, we will explore Francophone cultures in North America, addressing various aspects: architecture, cooking, music, folklore, literature, cinema, radio, and digital arts. From colonial times (Nouvelle-France and Louisiane) until the contemporary period, we will study cultural productions as shaped by the specific conditions of the French-speaking communities (Acadiens, Canadiens français, Créoles, Franco-Ontariens, Québécois, etc.): their experience as minorities on their continent, in their country and (sometimes) even in their province; their relationships with a great variety of other groups (Native Americans, British, Métis, Protestants, etc.); their perspectives from a position between traditional customs (Catholicism, French, ) and present projects (open to a Global World).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will explore the settlement of French-speaking people in North America: the adaptation of their ways of living to a foreign environment; the links with the first nations and other settlers; their tactics to survive the British power, the Anglo-protestant majority; as well as contemporary issues.
  • Students will describe and analyze the complex relation between the French-speaking communities and the North American history and geography, the political situations, and the cultural institutions, through various approaches: literary, cinematographic, linguistic, sociological, etc. Students will develop precise vocabulary and narrative techniques for explaining these relationships.
  • Students will learn to interpret both the French and North American legacies of these cultures, by reading/viewing and discussing poems, novels, books, movies, documentaries, etc., in French and English.
  • Students will learn how to research, organize, and present an academic study (written and spoken) demonstrating these learning outcomes.

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

Number Day/Time Instructor
2335 Arranged Massimo Scalabrini

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 (3-4 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
2333 (undergrad.)
2334 (grad.)
TR7:15-8:45 pmGA 0003

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
2336 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
2343 MWF 9:05-9:55 GA 0011 Staff
2345 MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 149 Staff
2344 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 307 Staff
2346 MWF 12:20-1:10 FQ 012B Staff
11031 MWF 12:20-1:10 BH 240 Staff
2347 MWF 1:25-2:15 GA 0009 Staff
2348 MWF 2:30-3:20 GA 0009 Staff

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Hybrid Classes

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
2342MWR8:00-8:50 BH 233Staff

Evening Class (Traditional)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30556TR7:15-8:45 pmGA 0011Staff

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
10523 Staff Online meetings on Tuesdays
either 9:30-10:45am or 6:15-7:30pm

See our Online Courses page ("About Online Courses" tab) for more information.

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.

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
10674MTWR11:15-12:05BH 314Staff

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).

FRIT M115: Accelerated Elementary Italian (4 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
2349 MTWR 11:15-12:05 SY 200 Staff

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

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).

FRIT M150: Elementary Italian II (4 cr.)

Hybrid Class

Number Days Time Room Instructor
2350 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 222 Staff
14287 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 229 Staff

*Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
10524 Staff Online meetings on Wednesdays
either 9:30-10:45am or 6:15-7:30pm

*Contact The Director of Italian Language Instruction, Dr. 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
2352 MWF 10:10-11:00 SB 231 Staff
12165 MWF 11:15-12:05 JH A107 Staff
**2353
Italian Through Pop Music
MWF 12:20-1:10 WH 119 Rosa Borgonovi
2354 MWF 1:25-2:15 BH 235 Staff

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
2351 staff Online meetings on Tuesdays
either 9:30-10:45am or 6:15-7:30pm

Note: Contact the Director of Italian Language Instruction, Dr. 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.

**class 2353 only -- "Italian Through Pop Music"
This intermediate-level Italian course explores Italian history and culture through some of the main songwriters and rock bands from the 60s up to the present time: Italian song is in fact a very interesting and entertaining topic, rich with cultural references. During the semester students will be involved in a variety of activities: watching music videos, listening to Italian songs and reading lyrics. Such activities will foster a better cultural understanding and will help students improve their listening/reading skills and enrich their vocabulary. This course also includes the study and practice of new grammar structures but the material and assessments will focus on Italian culture related to the music environment.

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
6510 MTWR 1:25-2:15 WH 202 Staff

Fulfills GenEd World Languages requirement

Prerequisite: M115 or equivalent (M100 and M150)

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. If you have not previously taken Italian on the Bloomington IU campus but you tested into M200 on the placement exam and would like to take M215 please contact Dr. Karolina Serafin. Credit given for only one of the following: M215 or M200-M250.

FRIT M222: Topics in Italian Culture
Italian & Italian American Female Voices: Visions of Selfhood and Society

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
*33978Thursdays1:00-2:15BH 319Colleen Ryan

*Above class hybrid format: Additional work required online.

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

This course is taught in English.

This course is an active comparative exploration of Italian female identities, as portrayed and expressed by 20th and 21st century Italian women writers in Italy and abroad, in the mainstreams and margins of both Italian mainland and diasporic cultures. The course will show how Italian female voices are intrinsic to literary traditions and offer critical lenses through which to understand gender, class, and ethnicity across time.

FRIT M250: Intermediate Italian II (3 cr.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
4452 MWF 1:25-2:15 WH 119 Staff
30557 MWF 11:15-12:05 BH 332 Staff

Online Class

Number Instructor Notes
*11375 Staff Online meetings on Wednesdays
either 9:30-10:45am or 6:15-7:30pm

*Contact the Director of Italian Language Instruction, Dr. 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.)

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
4453MTWRF10:10-11:00SY 108Staff

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.)

Number Days Time Room Instructor
30558 TR 11:15-12:30 BH 245 Lucia Gemmani

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

Prerequisite: M300 or M301 or consent of instructor.

This course focuses on Italian literature from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. We will analyze texts from the early centuries of Italian literature, especially the most influential works, such as Dante’s Divine Comedy, Petrarch’s Canzoniere, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Machiavelli’s Prince, Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata, Marino’s Adone, Isabella Andreini’s theater, Michelangelo and Leonardo’s literary production, Veronica Franco's letters, Vittoria Colonna’s poetry, and Galileo’s scientific prose. We will explore the different genres and forms of literature they belong to and negotiate with; the themes and cultural trends they address; the historical and intellectual contexts surrounding and informing them. We will also look at these works through a comparative approach meant to emphasize the relationship between models and innovators, tradition and challenging revisions, in order to understand the interlaced dialogue among these texts. Through the study of literature, we will also continue the study and practice of Italian advanced grammar and style. This course is taught in Italian.

FRIT M455: Seminar in Italian Cinema (3 cr.)
Past and Present Maestri of Italian Cinema

NumberDaysTimeRoomInstructor
30559TR2:30-3:45WH 106Antonio Vitti

This survey will cover seven films from the Silent era to the contemporary Italian film scene. We will study the representation of the unity of Italy, the wars fought to forge a national identity, individual and collective conflicts, and forms of escape from cultural repression and isolation, but also how Italians have and had fun. Students will learn the role of cinema in Italian society as well as the artistic and technical achievements of Italian maestri through films that leave an indelible visual experience. Topics covered will include the basics of film language as well.

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

Number Day/Time Instructor
2355 Arranged Massimo Scalabrini

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
2356 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.)
A Question of Love

Number Days Time Room Instructor
7994 TR 1:25-2:15 GY 143 Hall Bjornstad
10284 F 9:05-9:55 SY 108 Amanda Vredenburgh
31087 F 11:15-12:05 SE 245 Amanda Vredenburgh
31088 F 12:20-1:10 SE 245 Amanda Vredenburgh

Fulfills GenEd A&H and COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry credits

Is love at first sight a result of hormonal processes, the intervention of capricious gods, the expression of human will, or pure accident? In this class we will explore love as phenomenon and as representation from multiple perspectives taking advantage of the tools of cultural analysis, art and literature interpretation, and scientific research to answer questions such as: What is love in 2017? What was it in the past? What would we be without it? Material studied will include film and literature, painting and music, alongside scientific texts, critical work and essays.

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