University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Courses in French (FREN)

FREN 001 - Elementary I
Fundamentals of French composition, comprehension, pronunciation, speaking, reading, writing. Structure of the basic French sentence. No prior knowledge expected.
Credits: 4.00
FREN 002 - Elementary II
Continuation of FREN 001. Prerequisite: FREN 001 or equivalent.
Credits: 4.00
FREN 009 - Basic French Grammar Review
Thorough review of French grammar in preparation for intermediate level. Considerable emphasis on written exercises.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 051 - Intermed Rdg & Conversation I
Designed to help students move from a basic knowledge of French to the ability to read, speak, and understand French better. Some grammar review and short compositions. Prerequisite: FREN 002 or FREN 009 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 052 - Intermed Rdg & Conversation II
Continues building on skills developed in FREN 051. Less stress on grammar review. Reading selections and compositions are longer and more sophisticated than in FREN 051. Prerequisite: FREN 051 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 095 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
FREN 096 - Introductory Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
FREN 101 - Writing Workshop
Improvement of functional skills: writing, listening, and speaking. Development of techniques to explain, elaborate, support opinions, convince, and persuade in both writing and speaking. Prerequisite: FREN 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 107 - Focus on Oral Expression
Guided practice of oral-aural skills through vocabulary and pronunciation exercises, readings, and oral presentations. Writing exercises reinforce oral work. Prerequisite: FREN 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 109 - French Grammar in Review
Grammar review and practice using a communicative approach to reinforce oral expression skills. Prerequisite: FREN 052.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 113 - English/French Translation
Introduction to English-French translation strategies as basis for improving French writing skills. Prerequisite: FREN 052.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 131 - French Civilization
Study of the fundamentals of French culture from historical and structural perspectives, including a review of sociopolitical institutions. Prerequisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 132 - Contemporary France
Study of selected aspects of France today. Improvement of language skills; emphasis on reading, writing, and analysis of a variety of materials (literature, journalism, images). Pre/co-requisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 141 - French Lit in Context I
A study of significant texts in the history of French literature from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, in their historical and cultural contexts. Pre/co-requisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 142 - French Lit in Context II
A study of significant texts in the history of French literature from the French Revolution to the present, in their historical and cultural contexts. Pre/co-requisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 195 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
FREN 196 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
FREN 197 - Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
FREN 198 - Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
FREN 201 - Adv Composition & Conversation
Course activities (discussions, exposes, written work, etc.) designed to lead to mastery of French oral and written expression. Prerequisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 205 - Topics in Adv Lang Study
Varied topics devoted to a special area such as translation, creative writing, French for the professions (medicine, business, journalism, law), etc. Prerequisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 209 - Advanced Grammar
Comparative grammatical study centered on the specific problems encountered by Anglophones in written and spoken French. Prerequisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 235 - Medieval/Renaissance Studies
Exploration of writing from Medieval/Renaissance France. Readings to include chivalric romances, heroic and comic epic, lyric poetry, tales by Marguerite de Navarre, essays by Montaigne. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 237 - Early French Women Writers
Exploration of how women from the Middle Ages through the Revolution spoke of love, education, the place of women, the power of writing and more. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 247 - Power/Desire in Class Fr Drama
How dramatists like Corneille, Moliere and Racine used history, legend and satire to explore questions of tyranny, freedom, passion, generosity, hypocrisy, truthfulness and more. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 256 - EnlightenmentSocietyReimagined
How did 18C writers use the representation of social hierarchy, gender relations, the exotic, etc., to (re-)define French culture on the eve of the Revolution? Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 265 - Romanticism and Symbolism
Exploration of the idealistic tradition in 19th century French poetry and novels. Authors may include Constant, Chateaubriand, Stael, Hugo, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Mallarme. Prerequisites: 141 or 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 266 - Rev&React in 19th C Narrative
Study of the representations of major social issues of the period, such as power, class, money, and women. Representative authors: Balzac, Flaubert, Sand, Stendhal, Zola. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 269 - La Belle Epoque
The aesthetic and moral dilemmas of the turn-of-the-century "decadent" period in French literature, focusing especially on the changing representation of the artist and intellectual. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 270 - Lyric Poetry:Harmony & Crisis
A consideration of the French lyric tradition. Authors may include the troubadours, Ronsard, Dubellay, Hugo, Baudelaire, Mallarme, Rimbaud, Valery, Roubaud. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 275 - Morality&ItsDiscontents-20C Lt
20C French authors who challenge traditional notions of morality or advance new modes of philosophical thought and ethics. May include Colette, Gide, Malraux, Beauvoir, others. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 276 - Topics in Modern French Lit
Selected topics dealing with poetry and/or narrative related either to an historical period or a literary movement. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 279 - Women's Autobiographies
Study of several autobiographies written by contemporary French/Francophone women. Representative authors include Colette, de Beauvoir, Sarraute, Duras, Ernaux, Martin. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 280 - Francophone Crossings
Study of works in French that demonstrate multiple cultural influences. Topics may include: exile writings, cultural/linguistic mixing, colonialism and independence movements, human rights, immigration. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 285 - Quebec Literature
A study of contemporary (1960-1985) major works of fiction, poetry, and drama. Authors studied include Anne Hebert, Michel Tremblay, Jacques Godbout, Gaston Miron. Prerequisites: Either FREN 141 or FREN 142, or both.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 289 - African Lit: French Express
Study of West African poetry, theatre, novel, and civilization as an expression of the Black experience in the language of the French colonizer. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 292 - Topics in French Culture
In-depth study of a major aspect of French culture. See Schedule of Courses for specific offering. Prerequisites: FREN 131 or FREN 132 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 293 - Quebec Culture
Sociocultural study of the Francophone culture of Canada. Prerequisite: One 100-level French course.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 294 - Topics in French Cinema
A topical approach to the study of French cinema and cinematographic aesthetics, from the medium's beginnings through contemporary films. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.00
FREN 295 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
FREN 296 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
FREN 297 - Advanced Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
FREN 298 - Advanced Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
FREN 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
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