Courses in the French Department have a twofold objective: to perfect fluency in the written and spoken language, and to develop an understanding and appreciation of the literature and culture of France and French-speaking countries.

Department of French
320 Milbank Hall
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Department Assistant: Sondra Phifer

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Barnard’s prestigious Center for Translation Studies is going to Paris! In this four-week program, students will immerse themselves in French culture by attending theater performances and navigating daily life as a Parisian, all while working collaboratively on translating five French plays into English with a foremost practitioner.  Classes will be held in Columbia University’s historic Reid Hall and students have the option of living with a French family or in an apartment in the city.
Academics: “Translating Theatre” is a workshop format course that combines hands-on translation practice (French to English) with discussion of theoretical and dramaturgical issues specific to translating theatre. We begin our work with the observation that all theatre performance is inherently translative in its interpretation of a text, and inversely that the translation of a text is a performative act. From this point, we consider how the linguistic translation of a text intended for performance is shaped by the context of its enactment and reception. We discuss and translate, both collaboratively and individually, from five French-language plays during the workshop session. We will also attend, as a class, new productions of the plays in Paris; these experiences will enrich our exploration of the conditions, possibilities, and limits that performance presents to theatre translation.

Information Session: 

Tuesday, March 20th
Milbank 227
Location: Paris, France
June 1 - July 1, 2018
(4 week program)
Languages: English and French
Laurie Postlewate,
French Department
Credits: 3 points
Pre-requisites: 2 years of college-level French
Class Standing: Rising Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors
Enrollment: Limited to 10 students
Application Deadline: MARCH 23, 2018