Proposed Courses

FRE 101 Introductory lectures on the development of the French Language and Studies on French Civilization (I), French Medieval Literature, and the Medieval Theatre.

FRE 102 A comprehensive review of French Language and Studies on French Civilization (1I), French Renaissance Literature of the 16th Century, and Renaissance Poetry

FRE 201 French culture and Civilization I, studies in French Literature of the 17th Century, and the Classical Theatre

FRE 202 French culture and Civilization II, studies in French Literature of the 18th Century, and French Prose
FRE 301 Major issues in contemporary French society (1), French Literature of the 19th Century, and the 19th Century French Novel

FRE 302 Major issues in contemporary French society (2), French Literature of the 20th Century and Modern Poetry

FRE 303 The Francophone World

FRE 304 The Modern Theatre, and the Novel in contemporary France


 

FRE 101 Introductory lectures on the development of the French Language and Studies on French Civilization (I), French Medieval Literature, and the Medieval Theatre.

OBJECTIVES

This course aims at providing the students oral and written language activities, a systematic review of the fundamentals of French language, a basic knowledge on the origin and the development of the French language and a comprehensive survey of French medieval literature with special emphasis on the origin and development of French Theater (10th to 15th century).

COURSE CONTENTS

Development of listening comprehension and oral expression. French as a Romance language, the “langue d’oil and the langue d’oc”, linguistic influences in the Middle Ages, Classical French and Modern French, modern issues – the preservation of the French language, the French speaking countries and the concept of Francophonie. Overview of the history of France.
The early texts in French literature, Importance of the oral tradition, study of the French epic i.e. the Chanson de Geste, Medieval French lyric poetry or “poésie courtoise”, the birth of the novel (Chrétien de Troyes), originality of the work of Rutebeuf, the place of Charles d’Orléans and Francois Villon at the twilight of the Medieval Period.
The dawn of the French drama, an overview of the Medieval theater in France, an overview of the development and decline of medieval religious drama, the French farce and the Farce de Maître Pierre Pathelin.

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Allière, Jacques (1996), La Formation de la langue française, PUF Que sais-je ?
Anonyme (2006), La Farce du Cuvier et autres farces du Moyen Age, Flammarion GF Etonnants Classiques
Anonyme et François Morvan (2009), La Trilogie de Pathelin, Actes Sud Babel

Bouvier, E., Jourda, P. (1960), Guide de l’étudiant en littérature française, PUF.

Chaurand, Jacques (2006), Histoire de la langue française, PUF Que sais-je ?
Collectif, Chrétien de Troyes (1994), Yvain,  Livre de poche/Lettres gothiques.
Collectif (1948), Fabliaux et Contes choisis du Moyen-Âge, Classiques pour tous Hatier.
Collectif (1997), La Chanson de Roland, ed. I. Short, Livre de poche.
Huchon, Mireille (2002), Histoire de la langue française, Le livre de Poche.

Orizet, Jean (2002), Les Cents plus beaux poèmes de la langue française, LGF Livre de poche.

Perret, Michèle (2008), Introduction à l’histoire la langue française, Armand Collin.

Rey, Alain and Siouffi, Gilles and Duval, Frédéric (2007), Mille ans de langue française, Perrin.

Strubel Armand (2003), Le Théâtre au Moyen Age, naissance d’une littérature dramatique, Bréal Amphi Lettres.

Zink, Michel (1990), Introduction à la littérature française du Moyen Age, Livre de Poche.

Zink, Michel (2004), Littérature française du Moyen Age, PUF Quadrige.

Zumthor, Paul (1987), La Lettre et la voix. De la « littérature » médiévale, Le Seuil.

Farce de Maître Pierre Pathelin
Editions à ajouter
La jalousie du barbouillé


 

FRE 102 A comprehensive review of French language and Studies on French Civilization (1I), French Renaissance Literature, and Poetry

OBJECTIVES

One of the objectives of this course is to introduce the students to contemporary French life and society.
A survey of French Literature of the Renaissance will include masterpieces of French prose and poetry of the 16th century with special emphasis on the poetic movement.

 

COURSE CONTENTS

Language structures and vocabulary, improvement of writing abilities by introducing more complex language structures and vocabulary. Overview of the diversity of French culture.

European cultural background of the Renaissance Period, the philosophy of humanism, Michel de Montaigne and the concept of Self / Subjectivity in literature, François Rabelais and Education.
Towards a definition of poetry, the functions of poetry, the originality of the French poetry of the Renaissance period with special reference to the work of Pierre de Ronsard including a comparative study with the English poetry of that time.

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Cauvin, Gaël (2002), Montaigne, J’ai lu Librio.

Du Bellay, Joachim (2002), Les Antiquités, suivis des Regrets, LGF Livre de poche.

Du Bellay, Joachim (2005), Les Regrets, Nizet.

Montaigne, Michel Eyquem de (2002), Les Essais Tomes 1 et 2, LGF Livre de poche.

Nayrolles (2003), Pour étudier un poème, Hatier Profil pratique.

Rabelais, François (2004), Pantagruel, Gargantua, Hatier Parascolaire.

Rigolot, François (2002), Poésie et Renaissance, Seuil Points Essais.

Ronsard, Pierre de, André Gendre (1993), Les Amours, LGF Livre de poche.


 

FRE 201 French culture and Civilization I, studies in French Literature of the 17th Century, and Theatre

OBJECTIVES

This intermediate course intends to consolidate and expand the knowledge of the language. It will also enable students to gain a wider knowledge of French culture and civilization. The survey of French literature will highlight the masterpieces of French prose, drama and poetry of the 17th Century with special reference to the Classical Theatre.

 

COURSE CONTENTS

Development of written language skills, advanced studies on French culture and civilization through a critical analysis of “ La famille en France” (the French family) and “Le monde du travail et les loisirs” (work and leisure). European Baroque influence and the French classicism, the philosopher René Descartes, baroque style and classic style, the doctrine of François de Malherbe, Nicolas Boileau the theoretician of classicism, the development of French Prose in the 17th Century (Mme. De La Fayette, Mme. De Sévigné, Bruyère), the Theatre of Corneil and Molière

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Bénac, H. (1949), Le Classicisme, Hachette.

Collectif (2004), La Poésie baroque, Gallimard Folio plus classiques.

Herland, Louis (1966), Corneille par lui-même, Ecrivains de toujours.

La Fayette, Madame de (2002), La Princesse de Clèves, La Bibliothèque Gallimard.

La Fontaine, Jean de (2002), Fables, 2002, Gallimard Folio Junior.

Horville (2002), Histoire de la littérature au 17e siècle, Hatier Profil Littérature.

Leplâtre, Olivier (2005), La Forme brève, Gallimard Education La bibliothèque.

Sévigné, Madame de, Bernard, Hélène (2003), Lettres, Garnier Flammarion Etonnants classiques.

Serroy, Jean (1999), Poètes français de l’age baroque, Imprimerie nationale La Salamandre.

Simon, Alfred (1957), Molière par lui-même, Ecrivains de toujours.

Corneil Le Cid

Molière, Les femmes savantes


 

FRE 202 French culture and Civilization II, studies in French Literature of the 18th Century, and French Prose

OBJECTIVES

One aspect of the course is to improve reading comprehension with emphasis on accuracy in written communication. It also helps students to widen the knowledge on French culture and civilization.
The survey of the French literature of the 18th century will be enriched with a detailed introduction to French Prose

COURSE CONTENTS

Further development of written language skills, studies on French culture and civilization through a critical analysis of “ Les médias en france” (The French media) and “le cinéma français” (The French cinema). The consecration of philosophers, mutations of knowledge and the development of new values, the philosophical movement with an analysis of the contribution of the main French philosophers, Marivaux and the pleasure of theatre, the theater of Beaumarchais, a prelude to Romanticism (Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Bernardin de Saint-Pierre.
Voltaire and Montesquieu

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Bonnet, B., Voltaire (2004), Zadig, Hatier Parascolaire.

Duquaire, Alexandre (2006), Les Lumières, Gallimard Education La Bibliothèque.

Lagarde, André, Michard Laurent, (1961), Littérature française du 18e siècle, Bordas.

Montesquieu (2008), Les Lettres persanes, Classiques Larousse.

Sequin (2002), Histoire de la littérature au 18e siècle, Hatier Profil Littérature.

Voltaire Zadig
Montesquieu Les Lettres Persanes


 

FRE 301 Major issues in contemporary French society (1), French Literature of the 19th century and the 19th century French Novel

OBJECTIVES

This course intends to introduce students to the issue of The status of women in modern French society.
It also aims at giving the students a survey of the 19th century French literature in an interdisciplinary perspective – literature, history, politics, and art with special emphasis on the work of Victor Hugo.

COURSE CONTENTS

The French society in the 19th Century and the representation of women. A variety of different texts drawn from the print media will form the basis of this study. The dramatic changes and significant developments in the main literary movements of the 19th Century: Romanticism, Realism Naturalism and Symbolism.
Victor Hugo and the novel

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Victor Hugo Notre-Dame de Paris èdition à ajouter


 

FRE 302 Major issues in contemporary French society (2), French Literature of the modern period and Poetry

OBJECTIVES

As one of its objectives, this course deals with the issue of immigration in contemporary French society. It also provides students a global approach of the French Literature of the 20th Century. Special emphasis will be placed on modern poetry.

COURSE CONTENTS

Impact of immigration on contemporary French society, analysis of the debates over citizenship, integration and multiculturalism.
Crisis and metamorphose of the novel at the dawn of the 20th Century, André Gide and Marcel Proust, the Novel of the “human condition” and André Malraux, Existensialism and Jean-Paul Sartre, “ Le nouveau Roman”.
The concept of “modernity” in Poetry through the works of Charles Baudelaire and his followers: Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé.
The Surrealist movement (André Breton, Louis Aragon …)
The multiplicity of contemporary French Poetry

RECOMMENDED READINGS

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FRE 303 The Francophone world

OBJECTIVES

This course aims at giving students an overview of the importance of French speaking countries in the world with reference to their different literatures.

COURSE CONTENTS
This advanced course aims at providing students reading, writing, conversational and analytical skills through the study and appreciation of a selection of contemporary francophone literary texts and articles. Discussions and analysis of a variety of subject matter in French literature, language, society, and culture. An overview of the importance of French speaking counties through the study and appreciation of contemporary Francophone literary texts, articles, and films.

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Brahimi, Denise (2001), Langue et littératures francophones, Ellipses Marketing Thèmes et Etudes.

Issur, Kumari R., Hookoomsing Vinesh Y. (2002), L’Océan Indien dans les littératures francophones, Karthala Lettres du Sud.

Joubert, Jean-Louis (1992), Littérature francophone, Nathan Images.

Joubert, Jean-Louis, Littératures francophones d’Asie et du Pacifique, Nathan.

Joubert, Jean-Louis, Diouf, Abdou (2006), Petit guide des littératures francophones,

Nathan Les petites références,

Amadou Koumba Les Contes

Axel Govin L’aimé editions à ajouter

Amélie Nothomb Stupeur et Tremblements

Abourahman Waberi


 

FRE 304 The modern French Theatre and the Novel

OBJECTIVES

This advanced course intends to focus on selected works in modern French Theatre and the Novel.

COURSE CONTENTS

The different stages in the evolution of the modern French Theatre, plays by Eugène Ionesco, Yasmina Réza and Eric Emanuel Schmitt.

Certain specific aspects of the modern French novel through the study and appreciation of the works of Jean-Marie Le Clézio, Marguerite Yourcenar.

 

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Baudelaire, Charles, Princen, Anne (2008), Les Fleurs du Mal, GF Etonnants classiques.

Baudelaire, Charles, Rey, Pierre-Louis (2009), Petits poèmes en prose, Pocket Classiques.

Bertin, Jean-Claude (2002), Histoire de la littérature et des idées en France au 20e siècle, Hatier Profil Littérature.

Collectif (2000), Anthologie de la poésie française du 20e siècle, Gallimard Poésie.

Florentin, Carole, Guetz, Yasmine, Prin, Jeanne et Santerre, Jean-Paul (2003), Anthologie de la littérature française du 20e siècle, Larousse Petits classiques.

Lagarde, Michard (1961), Littérature française du 20e siècle, Bordas.

Maurois, André (1965), De Gide à Sartre, LA Perrin.

Sevreau, Didier (2000), La poésie au 19e et au 20e siècles, Hatier Profil d’une œuvre.

Thérenty, Marie-Ève (2001), Les Mouvements littéraires du 19e et du 20e siècle, Hatier Profil Littérature.

Théatre

Eugène Ionesco Rhinocéros

Yasmina Réza Art

Eric Emanuel Schmitt Le Visiteur

Roman

Jean-Marie Le Clézio Oni

Marguerite Yourcenar Les Nouvelles Orientales

Nathalie Sarraute

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