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For complete course information, visit the Columbia University Directory of Classes.

Fall 2014

Sign-up sheets will be posted outside of Milbank 304 for all French language courses from Monday, April 7 to Monday, April 21, 2014.  If you are currently studying abroad or are otherwise unable to sign-up for a course, please contact Tomara Aldrich, the Department Assistant. 

All courses are worth 3 points unless otherwise noted.

FREN BC 1002: Elementary French I (4 points)
Basic elements of French grammar. Oral, writing, and reading skills.

Section 1: M-F 10:00 - 10:50 │Wolfe
Section 2: M-F 11:00 - 11:50 │Mimran
Section 3: M-F 12:00 - 12:50 │Mimran
Section 4: M-F 9:00 - 9:50 │Wolfe

FREN BC 1102: Review of French Fundamentals
Oral and written review of basic grammar and syntax. Readings in modern French and Francophone literature.

Section 1: T/R 8:40 – 9:55│Jouanneau-Fertig
Section 2: M/W 1:10pm-2:25│Bloom

FREN BC 1203: Intermediate French I
Further development of oral and written communication skills.

Section 1: M/W 10:10-11:25 | Bloom
Section 2: T/R 1:10-2:25 | Santos da Silva
Section 3: T/R 10:10-11:25 | Santos da Silva
Section 4: M/W 1:10-2:25 | Duggan
Section 5: M/W 2:40-3:55│Duggan

FREN BC 1204: Intermediate French II
Advanced work in language skills. Readings in French literature.

Section 1: M/W 2:40 – 3:55 | TBD
Section 2: T/R 11:40-12:55│Wolfe
Section 3: T/R 2:40 - 3:55 | O'Keeffe
Section 4: T/R 4:10 - 5:25 | O'Keeffe
Section 5: M/W 4:10-5:25 | Duggan

FREN BC 1205: Intermediate Oral French

Intensive oral work, vocabulary enrichment, discussions on prepared topics relating to contemporary France and the French-speaking world, oral presentations.

Section 1: T/R 10:10-11:25| Jouanneau-Fertig

FREN BC 3006: Composition and Conversation
Discussions on contemporary issues and oral presentations. Creative writing assignments designed to improve writing skills and vocabulary development.

Section 1: T/R 2:40 - 3:55 | Santos da Silva
Section 2: T/R 1:10 – 2:25| Jouanneau-Fertig
Section 3: M/W 2:40-3:55 | Bloom

Language & Literature Courses:                           

French 3012: Advanced Composition and Grammar Review

Systematic study of morphology, syntax, and idiomatic expressions. Weekly writing assignments.

Laurie Postlewate
T/Th 10:10-11:25

French 3016: Advanced Oral French

Oral presentations and discussions of French films aimed at increasing fluency, acquiring vocabulary, and perfecting pronunciation skills.

Anne Boyman
M/W 2:40-3:55

French 3021: Major French Texts I

Medieval, Renaissance, and Classical literature in their cultural context.

Laurie Postlewate
M/W 1:10-2:25

French 3054: Translation through Film (*NEW)

Using filmic dialogue as a medium, this course seeks to develop skills in “spoken” or “live” translation from French into English. This practice, close to consecutive interpretation (oral translation), will help students to augment and refine their fluency in French. All aspects of language will be involved: grammar, vocabulary, tone, register and context, but in a manner more “immediate” than with the translation of written texts. Six French films will be chosen from a variety of periods and genres from which segments will be isolated for interpretation (oral translation). A preliminary discussion of each film will precede the work in translation.

Anne Boyman
T/R 2:40-3:55

French 3065: Surrealism

An examination of the relationship between traditional & avant-garde literature and visual culture; the use of word-play & language games as tools of artistic expression; the thematization of the unconscious and dreams; the vexed relationship between aesthetics & politics; the poetics and politics of sexuality & gender. Authors and artists will include Andre Breton, Louis Aragon, Man Ray, Dorothea Tanning, and Salvador Dali.

Carrie Weber
T/R 4:10-5:25

FREN BC 3071: Major Literary Works of the French-Speaking World

Introduction to major works of fiction from the French speaking countries of the Caribbean, West Africa, North Africa and Indochina. Considers some of the principal authors of these regions, and examines the sociopolitical, historical, and aesthetic considerations that have influenced Francophone literary production in the twentieth century.

Kaiama Glover
T/R 11;40-12:55

FREN BC 3072: Francophone Fiction: Unhomely Women of the Caribbean

Looks at the portrayal of women as unsettling figures in the Francophone Caribbean literary universe. Examining the uncanny heroines in the novels of both male and female writers, students will identify the thematic commonalities and specific configurative strategies that emerge in the fictional representation of women in the region. The symbolic import of zombies, schizophrenics, and other "disordering" characters will be analyzed as indicators of and reflections on broader social realities

Kaiama Glover
T/R 1:10-2:25

FREN BC 30xx: Theater of the Classical Age (*NEW)

This course will provide a detailed introduction to the three great French dramatists of the seventeenth century, rightly known as the golden age of French theatre.  Reading several canonical works by each of these three playwrights—Corneille, Racine, and Molière—students will closely examine the thematic concerns (the relationship between love and duty, the individual and the state, free will and divine providence; the problems of hypocrisy, dishonesty, sexual jealousy, and avarice; the nature of kingship and the extent or the limits of royal control; the differences between prescribed gender roles for men and for women; the recourse to and reworking of mythological and Biblical sources) the plays set forth, and the rhetorical strategies they employ (from classical, Greco-Roman devices such as metaphor, apostrophe, irony, preterition, prosopopoeia, and anagnorisis to the specifically French metrical pattern of the alexandrin).

Carrie Weber
T/R 1:10-2:25

For information on Columbia's course offerings, including additonal sections and other levels, please visit the The Columbia Directory of Classes for the Department of French and Romance Philology.