Spring French Courses

Spring 2020 French courses

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FRIT-F523
5:45pm-7:45pm Wednesdays

This course takes as its premise that the only place where political absolutism incontestably exists is in its manifestations, in the image of itself that royal power projects outwards but also inwards. This course will study this dynamic by looking closely at various artistic expressions of absolutism (theater, poetry, architecture, portraiture, etc.) that respond to and help construct the image of Louis XIV. 

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FRIT-F581
11:15a.m.-12:30p.m. TR

 The Structure of Regional Languages of France: The Structure of Breton.  Breton, the traditional language of Brittany (western France), is in the Brythonic branch of Celtic which includes Welsh and Cornish. Although they belong to the Indo-European family, the Celtic languages display a number of typologically “exotic” features.   

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FRIT-F582
1:00p.m.-2:15p.m. TR

F582 introduces students to issues in the interpretation of French. The course focuses on major interpretive phenomena in French and on the nature of semantic representations as revealed by these phenomena.  

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FRIT-F635
4:00P-6:00P Thursdays

This seminar will explore representations of non-European cultures in 18th-century French literature. Why is the reflection on cultural difference, cultural “otherness,” so central to the Enlightenment project? Is the figure of the cultural “other” a mere propaganda tool for 18th-century writers, or is their interest in such a figure a sign of genuine perception of different cultures and their specificity? 

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FRIT-F675
4:00P-5:15P MW

This course covers the various social, political, and historical factors that contributed to the development of French across Canada. With a focus on social and geographical variation, we will examine the linguistic consequences of the contact situation with English on the syntax, lexicon, and phonology of French Canadian speech varieties.

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