Spring 2018 Course Listing

All first-year, transfer, and/or returning students who studied French prior to entering Columbia/Barnard must take the placement exam before taking any Barnard French courses. Questions about the exam should be directed to Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig at ijouanne@barnard.edu.
 
ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE LANGUAGE COURSES
 
FREN BC1002 - Elementary French II
Sec. 001 - MTWRF - 10:00-10:50 - Lazur
Sec. 002 - MTWRF - 12:00-12:50 - Lazur
Sec. 003 - MTWRF - 12:00-12:50 - Suter
 
FREN BC1203 - Intermediate French I
Sec. 001 - T/R - 2:40-3:55 - Lazur
Sec. 002 - M/W - 2:40-3:55 - Kilgo-Kelly
Sec. 003 - T/R - 1:10-2:25 - Cutchin
Sec. 004 - T/R - 8:40-9:55 - Jouanneau-Fertig
 
FREN BC1204 - Intermediate French II
Sec. 001 - T/R - 10:10-11:25 - Suter
Sec. 002 - M/W - 10:10-11:25 - Kilgo-Kelly
Sec. 003 - M/W - 1:10-2:25 - Kilgo-Kelly
Sec. 004 - T/R - 2:40-3:55 - Suter
Sec. 005 - T/R - 4:10-5:25 - O'Keeffe
 

 
ADVANCED LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE COURSES
 
FREN BC3001 - Transatlantic Translation Workshop
Four Friday meetings (Jan. 26, Feb. 16, Mar. 23, Apr. 6) - 10:10-12:00 - Postlewate
A workshop in which students from the BC/CU community collaborate with students from the
École Normale Supérieure-Lyon on two translation projects. Our objective is to give students in
New York and Lyon the opportunity to share ideas, cooperate on projects, and engage in
conversational exchange in both French and English.
 
FREN BC3006 - Composition and Conversation
Sec. 001 - T/R -  10:10-11:25  - Jouanneau-Fertig
Sec. 002 - M/W - 1:10-2:25 - Santos da Silva
Sec. 003 - M/W - 4:10-5:25 - Santos da Silva
Discussions on contemporary issues and oral presentations. Creative writing assignments designed to improve writing skills and vocabulary development. 
 
FREN BC3016 - Advanced Oral French
M/W - 2:40-3:55 - Boyman
Oral presentations and discussions of French films aimed at increasing fluency, acquiring vocabulary, and perfecting pronunciation skills. 
 
FREN BC3016 - Advanced Phonetics
T/R - 2:40-3:55 - Boyman
Detailed study of all aspects of French pronunciation; theoretical linguistic concepts will be followed up with intensive oral drills.
 
FREN BC3022 - Major French Texts II
T/R - 1:10-2:25 - O'Keeffe
The Age of Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, and Symbolism.
 
FREN BC3036 - The Age of the Enlightenment
M/W - 1:10-2:25 - Weber
This course examines the phenomenon that dominates and revolutionizes 18th-century philosophical, religious, sociological, and political discourse in the West: the Enlightenment. Calling into question the hitherto uncontested authority of an all-powerful church and state, the Enlightenment calls for the freedom of expression and of worship; condemns religious intolerance and cultural prejudice; denounces societal inequality; examines the merits and shortcomings of different forms of government; and subverts the oppressive and often hypocritical dogmas of the Catholic church and the absolutist monarchy--with far-reaching political and historical consequences (e.g., the American and the French Revolutions). With the exception of one German text (by Immanuel Kant, and assigned in English translation), readings will be limited to texts by the Enlightenment's leading Francophone authors: Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau, as well as by two "dystopian" novelists, Charrière et Sade. All discussion, coursework, and examinations will be in French.
 
FREN BC3044 - Theater of the Absurd
M/W - 2:40-3:55 - Connor
Close reading and occasional screening of major plays associated with the Theater of the Absurd. Philosophical and literary origins of the concept of the absurd; social and political context of its emergence; theatrical conventions of early performances; popular and critical reception. Authors include: Jarry, Adamov, Arrabal, Beckett, Genet, Ionesco, Maeterlinck, Sartre, Camus.
 
FREN BC3079 - History of the French Language
T/R - 10:10-11:25 - Postlewate
Transformation and evolution of the French languages from the early Middle Ages to the present are studied from a socio-historical perspective. Primary texts include literary, legal, political, scientific, administrative, liturgical, and epistolary documents. Includes consideration of French outside of France and variations on the continent in the 20th century.
 
FREN BC3091 - Senior Thesis
T - 4:10-6:00 - Postlewate

French majors will write their senior thesis under the supervision of the instructor.