Level 3 Courses

311 Advanced French Grammar I

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

312 Advanced French Grammar II

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

314 Selected Topics in French Studies: French Poetry & Song

This course will show how the 1000 year tradition of poetry in French has provided inspiration down through the decades for French musicians in Europe and elsewhere, including French Canada. Traditional verse naturally lends itself to song.  Since it was based on dance rhythms (ballad, carol, rondeau), Medieval French poetry was inherently musical. Starting in the late romantic period art songs set poems by Baudelaire, Verlaine etc.  to music (Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Gounod, Reynaldo Hahn, Jules Massenet, Édouard Lalo, Bizet, Albeniz and others). The heyday of the art song was the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  In the twentieth century the tradition continued in popular form aided by the recording technology: Yves Montand sang Jacques Prévert. Georges Brassens set to music poems of François Villon, Paul Verlaine, Hugo, Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon, Alphonse de Lamartine, Francis Jammes, Théodore de Banville, Paul Fort, Tristan Bernard, Jean Richepin and Antoine Pol. Léo Ferré also set to music poems by Rutebeuf, Charles Baudelaire, Guillaume Apollinaire, Louis Aragon and many others.  The wealth of material favours a thematic approach.  Starting with the conventional art song, the course will propose an introduction to French versification and prosody, followed by a reading of selected poems and the study their musical interpretation (s) by various artists.  Students will be expected to recognize the predominant themes explored in French poetry, the names of the poets, and to know something of the artists studied and their particular style. 3 credits. Not offered in 2017-2018.

318 Classical French Theatre

This class offers an introduction to seventeenth century French literature with a primary focus on representative works by three major dramatists: Corneille, Molière and Racine. It explores their vision of humanity and assesses their contribution to French literature and the history of ideas. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 318 or FREN 316.  Prerequisite:  6 credits of French at the 200-level or permission of the department chair. Three credits.  Not offered 2017-18.

319 Literary Works of the grand siècle (Les Moralistes)

This course studies a selection of primarily prose and poetry works from the classical period that was 17th century France. It includes a study of works by Pascal, Descartes, La Rochefoucauld, La Fontaine, Boileau, Mme de Lafayette, and La Bruyère. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 319 or FREN 316.  Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

321 French Cinema

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

322 18th-Century French Theatre

An introduction to 18th-Century French theatre. This course focuses on the evolution of the field of theater during the Enlightenment. Presented in chronological sequence, the course gives special attention to works by Lesage, Voltaire, Marivaux, Diderot and Beaumarchais. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 322 or FREN 326. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level, completed or concurrent or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

324 18th-Century Literature: The Novel

An Introduction to the 18th century French novel, this course gives special attention to works by Lesage, Montesquieu, Prévost, Voltaire, Marivaux, Diderot, Rousseau and Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 324 or FREN 326. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

327 French Writing I

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

328 French Writing II

Building upon the introduction offered in French Writing I, students will explore the techniques of composition through the study and practice of appropriate sentence structure. The course combines vocabulary enrichment, detailed stylistic analysis of texts, and a variety of writing activities in four genres: the essay, the dissertation, the report, the literary text-analysis. Emphasis is on building plans and organizing content, expressing approval and disapproval, defending opinions, hypothesizing, analyzing and persuading. Prerequisite: FREN 327 or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-18.

329 Children’s Literature

A critical survey of French children’s literature. Authors to be studied include La Fontaine, Perrault, Ségur, Daudet, Cendrars, Aymé, Gripari, Sempé et Goscinny, PEF, Tournier. Prerequisites: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

333 20th-Century French Literature I

A close study, from historical, ideological and aesthetic perspectives, of selected works of prose, poetry and drama of the first half of the Twentieth Century. Authors studied may include Proust, Gide, Éluard (and other Surrealists), Sartre, Camus. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. 

334 20th-Century French Literature II

A study of the theatre of the absurd and the ‘nouveau roman’. Authors may include Beckett, Ionesco, Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute, Duras and Simon. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

341 Linguistics I: Phonetics

An introduction to linguistics, this course presents the major concepts used in linguistics and outlines the phonetic structure of the French language as revealed in word formations and in sentence structures. It includes pronunciation exercises. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 341 and FREN 340.  Prerequisite:  FREN 115 or 211. Three credits.  Not offered 2017-18. 

342 Linguistics II: Morphology, Syntax and Semantics

A continuation of FREN 341, this course presents the study of morphology, syntax and semantics, the major divisions in linguistics. It will therefore deal with word forms, with word groups in a sentence structure and with the meaning of word phrases.  Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 342 or FREN 340. Prerequisite: FREN 215, 311 or 341. Three credits. 

347 French Literature from the Romantic Period

A study of major writers from the period known as French Romanticism (early 19th Century), including Mme de Staël, B. Constant, Chateaubriand, Hugo, Lamartine, Vigny, and Musset among others. Major themes of the period will be presented in a literary context as well as in the social context of the French Revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic regime. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

348 French Literature from Realism to Symbolism

A study of major French writers of the 19th Century, from the realist movement to symbolism, including Balzac, Sand, Stendhal, Flaubert, Zola, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, and Mallarmé among others. Major themes of the period will be presented in a literary context as well as in the social context of the period. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 348 or FREN 336.  Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

351 Stylistic Comparison of French and English

This course develops theoretical and practical knowledge specific to the field of translation. Students will be initiated to the techniques and instruments of translation in order to reflect upon the notions of comparative stylistics and accordingly understand the fundamental differences between the English and French languages. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

361 Acadian Literature

A critical description of the historical, socio-cultural, linguistic, and literary significance of Acadian writing. Consideration will also be given to stylistic evolution, from oral literature to poetry, novels, and short stories.  Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 361 or FREN 376. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

362 Acadian Language and Culture

This course will examine the current linguistic situation in the Acadian communities of the Atlantic provinces. Students will study the cultural, social and historical circumstances which have influenced and contributed to the distinct cultural identity of the Acadian people. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 362 or FREN 376. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits.  Not offered 2017-18.

363 Québécois Literature I: Révolution tranquille to the Present

An introduction to the study of Québécois literature since the Quiet Revolution. Through a sampling of works representing the major literary genres, this course focuses on the role of literature in Quebec’s political and social affirmation as a society. Special attention is given to the works of Marie-Claire Blais, Pierre Vallières, Michel Tremblay, Gaston Miron and Gabrielle Roy. Prerequisite: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.

364 Québécois Literature II: Origins to the Révolution tranquille

A study of the major literary forms and authors of French Canada from the beginning of the colony to the Révolution tranquille (ca. 1960). Emphasis is placed on a structural and thematic approach to narrative, set against a background of cultural and ideological influences. Prerequisites: 6 credits of FREN at the 200 level or permission of the department chair. Three credits. Not offered 2017-2018.