Fall 2017 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 BC1001 - Elementary French I
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 BC1102 - Review of French Fundamentals
Sec. 001 - T/R - 8:40-9:55 - Jouanneau-Fertig
Sec. 002 - M/W - 10:10-11:25 - Suter
 
FREN BC1203 - Intermediate French I
Sec. 001 - M/W - 1:10-2:25 - Lazur
Sec. 002 - T/R - 1:10-2:25 - Cutchin
Sec. 003 - M/W - 10:10-11:25 - Kilgo-Kelly
Sec. 004 - T/R - 10:10-11:25 - Cutchin
Sec. 005 - M/W - 2:40-3:55 - Kilgo-Kelly
 
FREN BC1204 - Intermediate French II
Sec. 001 - M/W - 10:10-11:25 - Santos da Silva
Sec. 002 - M/W - 4:10-5:25 - Santos da Silva
Sec. 003 - T/R - 2:40-3:55 - O'Keeffe
Sec. 004 - T/R - 4:10-5:25 - O'Keeffe
 

 
ADVANCED LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE COURSES
 
FREN BC3006 - Composition and Conversation 
Sec. 001 - T/R -  2:40-3:55 - Suter
Sec. 002 - T/R - 10:10-11:25 - Jouanneau-Fertig
Sec. 003 - M/W - 1:10-2:25 - Kilgo-Kelly
 
FREN BC3012 - Advanced Grammar and Composition
M/W - 1:10-2:25 - Santos da Silva
Systematic study of morphology, syntax, and idiomatic expressions. Weekly writing assignments.
 
FREN BC3014 - Advanced Translation
M/W - 11:40-12:55 - Postlewate
Translation of various styles of prose and poetry from French to English.
 
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 BC3021 - Major French Texts I
T/R - 4:10-5:25 - Postlewate
Medieval, Renaissance, and Classical literature in their cultural context.
 
FREN BC3025 - Theater of the Classical Age
M/W - 1:10-2:25 - Weber
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).
 
FREN BC3037 - Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé (NEW!)
T/R - 2:40-3:55 - Boyman
Readings of poems by Lamartine, Hugo, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Mallarmé. Focuses on the turn from Romanticism to Modernism in the 19th century.
 
FREN BC3105 - Existentialism
T/R - 11:40-12:55 - O'Keeffe
In-depth survey of the writers who exemplified French existentialism: Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. The texts have been chosen for the richness with which they address fundamental philosophical questions about the meaning of life, especially questions of death and suffering, freedom and responsibility, legitimate and illegitimate violence. The first objective of this class is to show how existentialist thought combines literature and philosophy; the second objective is to gain a broad, but also deep familiarity with 20th-century French literature and thought.