My Town French Coursework Columbia

Departmental Office: 515 Philosophy; 212-854-2500 or 212-854-3208
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/french/

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Emmanuelle Saada, 516 Philosophy; 212-854-3691; es2593@columbia.edu

Director of the Language Program: Dr.Pascale Hubert-Leibler, 519 Philosophy; 212-854-4819; ph2028@columbia.edu

Academic Department Administrator: Isabelle Chagnon, 515 Philosophy; 212-854-7978; ic7@columbia.edu

The Department of French and Romance Philology offers a major and concentration in French, as well as a major and concentration in French and Francophone studies. Students who are primarily interested in French literature should consider the major in French. Students who are interested in French history and civilization, and in the literature and culture of the Francophone world, should consider the major in French and Francophone studies.

Major in French

The major in French gives students an in-depth familiarity with the language, culture, and literature of France and the French-speaking world. After completing the four-semester language requirement, students take courses in advanced grammar, and composition to refine their skills in reading, speaking, and writing French. In a required two-semester survey course (FREN UN3333-FREN UN3334), they receive a comprehensive overview of the development of French literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. After completing these core courses, French majors are encouraged to pursue individual interests; a wide range of language, literature, and cultural studies courses is available. Small classes and seminars allow for individual attention and enable students to work closely with faculty members. Advanced elective courses on French literature, history, philosophy, and cinema allow students to explore intellectual interests, perfect critical reading skills, and master close reading techniques. 

The capstone course is the senior seminar, in which students study a range of texts and critical approaches and are encouraged to synthesize their learning in previous courses. The optional senior essay, written under the direction of a faculty member, introduces students to scholarly research. To be considered for departmental honors, students must complete the senior essay.

Major in French and Francophone Studies

The major in French and Francophone studies provides an interdisciplinary framework for the study of the history, literature, and culture of France and parts of the world in which French is an important medium of culture. Students explore the history and contemporary applications of concepts such as citizenship, national unity, secularism, and human rights, and explore central issues including universalism/relativism, tradition/modernity, and religion/state as they have developed in France and its colonies/former colonies since the 18th century.

Students take a series of required courses that includes:

  • French grammar and composition/stylistics, essential to achieving proficiency in French language;
  • FREN UN3420 Introduction To French and Francophone Studies I-FREN UN3421 Introduction To French and Francophone Studies II;
  • FREN UN3995 Senior Seminar.

Having completed these courses, students take courses in related departments and programs, e.g., history, anthropology, political science, women's studies, human rights, art history, to fulfill the interdisciplinary portion of the major. To ensure methodological focus, three of these courses should be taken within a single field (e.g., history, music, anthropology, or political science), or in relation to a single issue or world region, e.g.,West Africa.

In Fulfillment of the Language Requirement

Students beginning the study of French at Columbia must take four terms of the following two-year sequence:

Entering students are placed, or exempted, on the basis of their College Board Achievement or Advanced Placement scores, or their scores on the placement test administered by the Center for Student Advising, 403 Lerner. An SAT score of 780 or a score of 4 on the AP exam satisfies the language requirement.

The Barnard course, FREN BC1204 Intermediate II does not fulfill the undergraduate language requirement.

Language Proficiency Courses

Elementary and intermediate French courses help students develop an active command of the language. In FREN UN1101 Elementary French I and FREN UN1102 Elementary French II, the communicative approach is the main instructional method. In addition to practicing all four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—students are introduced to the cultural features of diverse French-speaking communities.

In intermediate courses FREN UN2101 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I and FREN UN2102 Intermediate Course II, students develop linguistic competence through the study of short stories, films, novels, and plays. After completing the four-semester language sequence, students can discuss and write in fairly proficient French on complex topics.

At the third-year level, attention is focused on more sophisticated use of language, in grammar and composition courses, and on literary, historical, and philosophical questions.

Conversation Courses

Students looking for intensive French oral practice may take one of the 2-point conversation courses offered at intermediate and advanced levels. Conversation courses generally may not be counted toward the major. The exception is the special 3-point advanced conversation course, FREN UN3498 French Cultural Workshop, offered in the fall, designed to meet the needs of students planning to study abroad at Reid Hall.

Advanced Placement

  • AP score of 4: The department grants 0 credits for a score of 4 on the AP French Language exam, but the foreign language requirement is satisfied.
  • AP score of 5 or DELF: The department grants 3 credits for a score of 5 on the AP French Language exam, or for the completion of DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française). Students are awarded this credit after they take a 3000-level French course (taught in French, for at least 3 points) and obtain a grade of B or above in that course.
  • DALF C1 level or IB HL score of 6 or 7: The department grants 6 credits for the C1 level of DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), or for a score of 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) exam. Students have no obligation to take higher-level French courses in order to receive these 6 credits, but restrictions apply on the use of these credits toward the French major.

Language Laboratory and On-line Materials

Language laboratories located in the International Affairs Building provide opportunities for intensive practice in French pronunciation and aural comprehension. French courses typically make extensive use of on-line interactive materials that students can access from their own computer terminals.

Maison Française

Students interested in French should acquaint themselves with the Maison Française, which houses a reading room of French newspapers, periodicals, books, and videos, and sponsors lectures/discussions by distinguished French visitors to New York City. With its weekly French film series, book club, café-conversation and other events, the Maison Française offers an excellent opportunity for students to perfect their language skills and enhance their knowledge of French and Francophone culture.

Study Abroad

Because a direct experience of contemporary French society is an essential part of the program, majors and concentrators are strongly encouraged to spend either a semester or a year at Reid Hall-Columbia University in Paris, or at another French or Francophone university. During their time abroad, students take courses credited toward the major and, in some cases, also toward other majors (e.g. history, art history, political science).

For information on study abroad, visit the OGP website at www.ogp.columbia.edu, call 212-854-2559, or e-mail studyabroad@columbia.edu. For a list of approved study abroad programs, visit http://www.ogp.columbia.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ListAll.

Reid Hall, Paris

Located at 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, Reid Hall is administered by Columbia University. It offers semester and year-long programs of study, as well as summer courses.

Most students who study at Reid Hall take courses in the French university system (e.g., at the Sorbonne) and core courses offered at Reid Hall.  In their first semester, students  take a course in academic writing in French, enabling them to succeed at a high level in French university courses. Special opportunities include small topical seminars of Reid Hall students and French students.

For information on study abroad at Reid Hall, visit www.ogp.columbia.edu.

Grading

Students who wish to use toward the major or concentration a course in which a grade of D has been received must consult with the director of undergraduate studies.

Departmental Honors

Majors who wish to be considered for departmental honors should consult with the director of undergraduate studies. To be eligible, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.7 in major courses and have completed an approved senior thesis under the guidance of a faculty member at Columbia or Reid Hall. Normally no more than 10% of graduating majors receive departmental honors in a given academic year.

Undergraduate Prizes

The Department of French and Romance Philology awards the following prizes to students enrolled in courses in the department:

  1. Prize for Excellence in French Studies: awarded to a highly promising student in an intermediate or advanced French course;
  2. Senior French Prize: awarded to an outstanding graduating major.

Professors

  • Madeleine Dobie
  • Antoine Compagnon
  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne
  • Pierre Force
  • Elisabeth Ladenson
  • Emmanuelle Saada

Associate Professors

  • Peter Connor (Barnard)
  • Joanna Stalnaker

Assistant Professors

Thomas Dodman

Eliza Zingesser

Visiting Professors

Etienne Balibar

Senior Lecturers

  • Heidi Holst-Knudsen
  • Pascale Hubert-Leibler
  • Sophie Queuniet

Lecturers

  • Vincent Aurora
  • Alexandra Borer
  • Pascale Crépon
  • Samuel Skippon

Major in French

The program of study should be planned before the end of the sophomore year with the director of undergraduate studies.

The major in French requires a minimum of 33 points beyond completion of the language requirement (FREN UN2102 Intermediate Course II), distributed as follows:

CodeTitlePoints
FREN UN3405Advanced Grammar and Composition I
FREN UN3333
 - FREN UN3334
Introduction to Literary Study I
and Introduction to Literary Studies II
FREN UN3600France, Past and Present. An Introduction to French Civilization.
FREN UN3995Senior Seminar

Note the following:

  • FREN BC3006 Composition and Conversation is not applicable to either the French major or the concentration. Other Barnard French courses may be taken with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies;
  • Heritage speakers are exempted from FREN UN3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition I, but must replace the course by taking an advanced elective.

The following Columbia French courses are not applicable to the French major or concentration:


Concentration in French

The requirements for this program were modified on March 1, 2016. Students who declared this program before this date should contact the director of undergraduate studies for the department in order to confirm their correct course of study.

The concentration in French requires a minimum of 24 points beyond completion of the language requirement (FREN UN2102 Intermediate Course II), distributed as follows:

CodeTitlePoints
FREN UN3405Advanced Grammar and Composition I
FREN UN3333
 - FREN UN3334
Introduction to Literary Study I
and Introduction to Literary Studies II
FREN UN3600France, Past and Present. An Introduction to French Civilization.

Major in French and Francophone Studies

The requirements for this program were modified on February 14, 2014. Students who declared this program before this date should contact the director of undergraduate studies for the department in order to confirm their correct course of study.

The program of study should be planned before the end of the sophomore year with the director of undergraduate studies.

The major in French and Francophone studies requires a minimum of 33 points beyond completion of the language requirement (FREN UN2102 Intermediate Course II), distributed as follows:

CodeTitlePoints
FREN UN3405Advanced Grammar and Composition I
FREN UN3420Introduction To French and Francophone Studies I
FREN UN3421Introduction To French and Francophone Studies II
FREN UN3995Senior Seminar

Note the following:

  • FREN BC3006 Composition and Conversation is not applicable to either the French and Francophone studies major or concentration. Other Barnard College French courses may be taken with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies;
  • Heritage speakers can be exempted from FREN UN3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition I, but must replace the course by taking an advanced elective.

The following Columbia French courses are not applicable to the French and Francophone studies major or concentration:


Concentration in French and Francophone Studies

The requirements for this program were modified on March 1, 2016. Students who declared this program before this date should contact the director of undergraduate studies for the department in order to confirm their correct course of study.

The concentration in French and Francophone studies requires a minimum of 24 points beyond completion of the language requirement (FREN UN2102 Intermediate Course II), distributed as follows:

CodeTitlePoints
FREN UN3405Advanced Grammar and Composition I
FREN UN3420Introduction To French and Francophone Studies I
FREN UN3421Introduction To French and Francophone Studies II

Language

FREN UN1101 Elementary French I.4 points.

The aim of the beginning French sequence (French 1101 and French 1102) is to help you to develop an active command of the language. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the four language skills--listening, speaking, reading and writing--within a cultural context, in order to achieve basic communicative proficiency.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 1101001/18990M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
401 Hamilton Hall
Nicolae Virastau416/18
FREN 1101002/74317T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
414 Pupin Laboratories
Paul Wimmer415/18
FREN 1101003/23444M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
411 Hamilton Hall
Nicolae Virastau415/18
FREN 1101004/17082T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
411 Hamilton Hall
Samuel Skippon418/18
FREN 1101005/17569M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Elsa Stephan49/18
FREN 1101006/12442M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
255 International Affairs Bldg
Joo Kyung Lee413/18
FREN 1101007/73516T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
308a Lewisohn Hall
Diana King412/18
FREN 1101008/61573M W F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Mathieu Perrot413/18
FREN 1101009/64392T Th F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
253 International Affairs Bldg
Joshua Jordan410/18
FREN 1101010/11381T Th F 6:10pm - 7:25pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Sophia Mo49/18
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 1101001/11298M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
411 Hamilton Hall
Nicolae Virastau413/18
FREN 1101002/75929T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
201a Philosophy Hall
Mathieu Perrot411/18
FREN 1101003/20827M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Nicolae Virastau45/18
FREN 1101004/21050M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Elsa Stephan418/18
FREN 1101005/23733T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Mathieu Perrot416/18
FREN 1101006/10318T Th F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Christopher Wood413/18
FREN 1101007/22550T Th F 6:10pm - 7:25pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Christopher Wood412/18

FREN UN1102 Elementary French II.4 points.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 1102001/62572M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
201a Philosophy Hall
Adam Cutchin413/18
FREN 1102002/69295M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
36 Union Theological Seminary
Christopher Wood414/18
FREN 1102003/20353M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Adam Cutchin416/18
FREN 1102004/67118M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Christopher Wood415/18
FREN 1102005/62650T Th F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Laurence Marie416/18
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 1102001/23747T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
507 Philosophy Hall
Sarah Myers48/18
FREN 1102002/19487M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
413 Hamilton Hall
Pascale Crepon416/18
FREN 1102003/21474M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
407 Hamilton Hall
Elsa Stephan414/18
FREN 1102004/28819T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
507 Philosophy Hall
Sarah Myers412/18
FREN 1102005/61142M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Joo Kyung Lee410/18
FREN 1102006/68187T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Eric Matheis411/18
FREN 1102007/67599M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Wesley Gunter416/18
FREN 1102008/16090M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Wesley Gunter414/18
FREN 1102009/70776T Th F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Eric Matheis411/18
FREN 1102010/15945M W Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Sophia Mo416/18

FREN UN1105 Accelerated Elementary French.8 points.

Prerequisites: The instructor's permission

This course covers in one semester the material normally presented in Elementary French I and II. This course is especially recommended for students who already know another Romance language.  

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 1105001/15946M T W Th 9:00am - 11:00am
507 Philosophy Hall
Pascale Hubert-Leibler811/18

FREN UN2101 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I.4 points.

This course will further your awareness and understanding of the French language, culture and literature, provide a comprehensive review of fundamental grammar points while introducing more advanced ones, as well as improve your mastery of oral, reading, and writing skills. By the end of the course, you will be able to read short to medium-length literary and non-literary texts, and analyze and comment on varied documents and topics, both orally and in writing.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 2101001/72502M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
413 Hamilton Hall
Pascale Crepon418/18
FREN 2101002/12340M T W Th 10:10am - 11:00am
413 Hamilton Hall
Pascale Crepon417/18
FREN 2101003/66678M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Elizabeth Albes419/18
FREN 2101004/70791T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Katherine Raichlen414/18
FREN 2101005/67296T W Th 8:40am - 9:55am
402 Hamilton Hall
Imen Amiri45/18
FREN 2101006/27705M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:00pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Wesley Gunter416/18
FREN 2101007/76428M T W Th 2:10pm - 3:00pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Wesley Gunter48/18
FREN 2101008/26892M W F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Mathieu Perrot45/18
FREN 2101009/62496M W Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Imen Amiri416/18
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 2101001/65260M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
313 Hamilton Hall
Imen Amiri417/18
FREN 2101002/71977T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
413 Hamilton Hall
Vincent Aurora48/18
FREN 2101003/65088T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Vincent Aurora416/18
FREN 2101004/63734T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
425 Pupin Laboratories
Laurence Marie48/18
FREN 2101005/16777T Th F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Laurence Marie48/18

FREN UN2102 Intermediate Course II.4 points.

Enrollment limited to 20.

Prerequisites: FREN UN2121 Intermediate Conversation is a suggested, not required, corequisite

Prepares students for advanced French language and culture. Develops skills in speaking, reading, and writing French. Emphasizes cross-cultural awareness through the study of short stories, films, and passages from novels. Fosters the ability to write about and discuss a variety of topics using relatively complex structures.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 2102001/76792T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
407 Hamilton Hall
Alexandra Borer416/18
FREN 2102002/63355T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
407 Hamilton Hall
Alexandra Borer418/18
FREN 2102003/19066M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Elodie Boissard415/18
FREN 2102004/64368M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:00pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Elsa Stephan414/18
FREN 2102005/24712T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
224 Pupin Laboratories
Berengere Michon43/18
FREN 2102006/26655T Th F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Heidi Holst-Knudsen411/18
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 2102001/17196T W Th 8:30am - 9:45am
201a Philosophy Hall
Samuel Skippon49/18
FREN 2102002/70871T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
315 Hamilton Hall
Caio Ferreira412/18
FREN 2102003/76769T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
707 Hamilton Hall
Katherine Raichlen415/18
FREN 2102004/26901T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
607 Hamilton Hall
David Haziza414/18
FREN 2102005/75427M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
254 International Affairs Bldg
Elodie Boissard417/18
FREN 2102006/76526M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:00pm
255 International Affairs Bldg
Elizabeth Albes419/18
FREN 2102007/60319T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Heidi Holst-Knudsen413/18
FREN 2102008/73905T Th F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Heidi Holst-Knudsen413/18
FREN 2102009/21548M W Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Noni Carter417/18

FREN UN2121 INTERMED CONVERSATN FRENCH I.2 points.

We will be working on pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition, listening comprehension, and oral expression. Activities will include listening comprehension exercises, skits, debates, and oral presentations, as well as discussions of films, songs, short films, plays, news, articles, short stories or other short written documents. Although grammar will not be the focus of the course, some exercises will occasionally aim at reviewing particular points. The themes and topics covered will be chosen according to students’ interests.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 2121001/70113M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201a Philosophy Hall
Nicolae Virastau210/15
FREN 2121002/76604T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Mathieu Perrot210/15

FREN UN2122 INTERMED CONVERSATN FRENCH II.2 points.

We will be working on pronunciation, vocabulary, listening comprehension, and oral expression. Activities will include listening comprehension exercises, skits, debates, and oral presentations, as well as discussions of films, songs, short films, news, articles, short stories or other short written documents. Although grammar will not be the focus of the course, some exercises will occasionally aim at reviewing particular points. 

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 2122001/14282T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
401 Hamilton Hall
Sophie Queuniet28/15
FREN 2122002/13324M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Wesley Gunter26/15

FREN UN2106 RAPID READING AND TRANSLATION.3 points.

The course focuses on reading comprehension and translation into English and includes a grammar and vocabulary overview. It also addresses the differences between English and French syntax and raises questions of idiomatic versus literal translations. 

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 2106001/28213M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Adham Azab36/18
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 2106001/16986M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Adham Azab34/15

FREN UN3131 Third-Year Conversation I.2 points.

Prerequisites: completion of the language requirement in French or the equivalent.

Conversation on contemporary French subjects based on readings in current popular French periodicals.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3131001/61660M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201a Philosophy Hall
David Haziza28/15
FREN 3131002/11421T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
323a Thompson Hall (Tc)
Elsa Stephan218/18
FREN 3131003/28298M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
407 Hamilton Hall
David Haziza28/15

FREN UN3240 French Language , Society, and Culture through film.3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN W2202 Intermediate French II.

French socio-political issues and language through the prism of film. Especially designed for non-majors wishing to further develop their French language skills and learn about French culture. Each module includes assignments targeting the four language competencies: reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension, as well as cultural understanding. Note: this course does not count toward the French major or concentration.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3240001/14873T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Heidi Holst-Knudsen312/18
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3240001/10344T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
224 Pupin Laboratories
Heidi Holst-Knudsen311/30

FREN UN3241 French Language and Culture through Theater and Performance.3 points.

As theatre in the classroom compels students and teachers to come to grips with texts and language with both the body and the mind, the practice of engaging with theatrical texts, and in some way making them one's own (e.g., through voice, gesture, and movement), creates a fruitful and sometimes provocative learning environment that encourages students to create and perform language orally.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3241001/65774M W 10:10am - 11:25am
315 Hamilton Hall
Pascale Crepon35/20

FREN UN3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition I.3 points.

Enrollment limited to 15.

Prerequisites: FREN UN3405 must be taken before FREN UN3333/4 unless the student has an AP score of 5 or the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

The goal of FREN UN3405 is to help students improve their grammar and perfect their writing and reading skills, especially as a preparation for taking literature or civilization courses, or spending a semester in a francophone country. Through the study of two full-length works of literature and a number of short texts representative of different genres, periods, and styles, they will become more aware of stylistic nuances, and will be introduced to the vocabulary and methods of literary analysis. Working on the advanced grammar points covered in this course will further strengthen their mastery of French syntax. They will also be practicing writing through a variety of exercises, including pastiches and creative pieces, as well as typically French forms of academic writing such as “résumé,” “explication de texte,” and “dissertation".

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3405001/26066T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
507 Hamilton Hall
Samuel Skippon311/15
FREN 3405002/20563M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Pascale Crepon311/15
FREN 3405003/11056T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
313 Hamilton Hall
Laurence Marie38/15
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3405001/13737T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
316 Hamilton Hall
Alexandra Borer39/15
FREN 3405002/12818T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
316 Hamilton Hall
Vincent Aurora313/15
FREN 3405003/21987M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Aline Rogg32/15

Literature and Culture

FREN UN3333 Introduction to Literary Study I.3 points.

Enrollment limited to 20.

Prerequisites: FREN UN3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition or an AP score of 5 or the instructor's permission.

Reading and discussion of major works from the Middle Ages to 1750.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3333001/26206T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Raphaelle Burns37/20
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3333001/63361T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
307 Pupin Laboratories
Laurence Marie315/18

FREN UN3334 Introduction to Literary Studies II.3 points.

Enrollment limited to 20.

Prerequisites: FREN UN3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition or an AP score of 5 or the instructor's permission.

Reading and discussion of major works from 1750 to the present.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3334001/74947M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Caio Ferreira35/20
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3334001/64515T Th 10:20am - 11:35am
B01 Warren Hall (Law)
Tommaso Manfredini33/18

FREN UN3420 Introduction To French and Francophone Studies I.3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN UN3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition or an AP score of 5 or the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

Examines conceptions of culture and civilization in France from the Enlightenment to the Exposition Coloniale of 1931, with an emphasis on the historical development and ideological foundations of French colonialism. Authors and texts include: the Encyclopédie; the Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen; the Code noir; Diderot; Chateaubriand; Tocqueville; Claire de Duras; Renan; Gobineau; Gauguin; Drumont.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3420001/18474M W 10:10am - 11:25am
332 Horace Mann Hall
Aline Rogg316/20

FREN UN3421 Introduction To French and Francophone Studies II.3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN UN3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition or an AP score of 5 or the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

Universalism vs. exceptionalism, tradition vs. modernity, integration and exclusion, racial, gender, regional, and national identities are considered in this introduction to the contemporary French-speaking world in Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Authors include: Aimé Césaire, Léopold Sedar Senghor, Frantz Fanon, Maryse Condé.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3421001/13552M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
644 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Anais Maurer317/19

FREN UN3503 Enlightenment/Counter-Enlightenment.3 points.

Prerequisites: completion of FREN UN3333 or UN3334 and UN3405, or the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

Taking modern definitions and critiques of Enlightenment as its starting point, this course will look at how the Enlightenment defined itself as a philosophical, cultural and literary movement, practiced self-criticism from within, and responded to dissension and critique from without. Authors will include Adorno, Horkheimer, Foucault and Israel for the modern critical context, and Voltaire, Diderot, Buffon, Rousseau, Sade and Kant for the eighteenth century material. The course will be given in French, but non-majors may write papers in English. This course fulfills the French Major requirement for a course on literature before 1800.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
FREN 3503001/63838T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Joanna Stalnaker38/20

FREN UN3726 Sex, Class and Shame in 20th-21th Century French Literature.3 points.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: completion of FREN UN3333 or UN3334 and UN3405, or the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

The second half of the twentieth century in France saw a sudden explosion of literary works examining, with unprecedented explicitness, sexuality and social class and the relations between them. This course will provide an introduction to the literature of sexual and social abjection, beginning with Genet and Violette Leduc and including works by Annie Ernaux, Christine Angot, Virginie Despentes, and Edouard Louis. We will also consider relevant sociological writings by Bourdieu, Eribon, and Goffman. Readings and discussion will be in French.

FREN W3515 Writing the Self Workshop.3 points.

Corequisites: FREN W3333-FREN W3334 or equivalent, or the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

In this course, we will read works spanning the history of French literature from the Renaissance to the present in which the problem of writing the self is posed. We will also engage in various writing exercises (pastiche, translation, personal narrative) and discuss the works on the syllabus in conjunction with our own attempts to write the self. Authors will include Montaigne, Rousseau, Roland, Sand, Colette, Barthes, Modiano, and NDiaye. This course fulfills the pre-1800 requirement.

FREN UN3517 Montaigne, Descartes, Pascal.3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN UN3333-UN3334 or the director of undergraduate studies' or the instructor's permission.

A study of Montaigne’s Essais and their rewriting by Descartes and Pascal, with a focus on the nature of intellectual and aesthetic innovation in a humanist context.

FREN W3520 The Avant-Gardes in France. From Baudelaire to Situationism..0 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Maryse Condé was born in Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean. She studied at the Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), where she took her doctorate in Comparative Literature (1975). Her research was on Black stereotypes in Caribbean literature. For twelve years, she lived in West Africa: Guinea, Ghana, Senegal, where she taught French at various levels. She returned to France in 1973 to teach Francophone Literature at Paris VII (Jussieu), X (Nanterre), and III (Sorbonne Nouvelle). Early in her career, she tried her hand at dramatic writing but took to the novel in 1976, producing Heremakhonon inspired by events of her life in West Africa. It was not until her third novel published in 1984, Ségou ­ I, Les Murailles de Terre, II, La Terre en Miettes that she established her preeminent position among contemporary Caribbean writers. Since then, she has published regularly (ten novels to date) while continuing an academic career which brought her to UC Berkeley, the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, and Harvard before coming to Columbia in 1995. At Columbia, she chaired the Center for French and Francophone studies from its foundation in 1997 to 2002. Maryse Condé’s novels have been translated into English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

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