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FRENCH

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1001 Basic French I (4) Marshall and Staff
  Handling the immediate context of daily experience in spoken and written French: identifying, describing, and characterizing people, objects, places, and events; giving information and instructions; issuing simple commands and requests. Laboratory fee. (Fall, spring, and summer)
1002 Basic French II (4) Marshall and Staff
  Speaking and writing in French about past and future events: telling a story (narrating and describing in the past), promising, predicting, and proposing simple hypotheses and conjectures. Prerequisite: Fren 1001 or equivalent. Laboratory fee. (Fall, spring, and summer)
1003 Intermediate French I (3) Marshall and Staff
  Increasing active vocabulary, reinforcing mastery of basic grammar, dealing with more complex structures (verbal phrases, subordinate clauses), and using some patterns of indirect speech (e.g., repeating or relaying messages, giving reports, summarizing). Prerequisite: Fren 1002 or equivalent. Laboratory fee. (Fall, spring, and summer)
1004 Intermediate French II (3) Marshall and Staff
  Consolidation and further expansion of the ability to understand as well as produce a more complex level of oral and written discourse emphasizing subjective expression: issuing indirect commands and requests; giving opinions; making proposals, building arguments; defending and criticizing ideas. Prerequisite: Fren 1003 or equivalent. Laboratory fee. (Fall, spring, and summer)  
1006-7 GW Paris Program: French language and Culture I–II (3-3) Staff
  Offered through the GW Paris Business Studies Program.
2005 Language, Culture, and Society I (3) Marshall and Staff
  Development of strong conversational skills and the rudiments of expository writing. The vocabulary and structures necessary to move from handling everyday experience and subjective expression to the exposition of more abstract thought and ideas and discussion of political, social, and cultural issues. Prerequisite: Fren 1004. Laboratory fee. (Fall, spring, and summer)
2006 Language, Culture, and Society II (3) Marshall and Staff
  Continued expansion of the range and complexity of conversational skills and further development of the writing of effective expository prose on a broad range of contemporary subjects. Short texts serve as the basis for oral discussion, analytical reading, and writing brief critical essays. Prerequisite: Fren 2005. Laboratory fee. (Fall, spring, and summer)
2049 French for Graduate Students (0) Staff
  For graduate students preparing for reading examinations. No academic credit. Tuition is charged at the rate of 3 credit hours. (Fall, spring, and summer)
3010 Advanced French Grammar and Style (3) Brant and Staff
  Composition, drills, dictations. Translations into French. Study of vocabulary and syntax, with emphasis on stylistic devices. Prerequisite: Fren 2006. (Fall)
3020 Contemporary France (3) Huvé and Staff
  Emphasis on advanced oral work. Discussion of French culture and civilization, based on contemporary writings and video documents. Prerequisite: Fren 2006. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
3030 Business and Commercial French (3) Huvé
  Structure and language of French economic institutions. Discussion of legal, financial, and administrative documents. Oral and written reports. Preparation for the certificate of the Paris Chamber of Commerce. Prerequisite: Fren 2006. (Spring)
3100 Introduction to French Literature (3) Belenky, Brant, Chang
  Readings, textual analysis, and writing on a broad selection of texts from different genres and periods. French and Francophone literatures in their cultural contexts. Close reading approach and introduction to literary vocabulary. Prerequisite: Fren 2006. (Fall and spring)
The French courses that follow (excluding Fren 3300) have a prerequisite of Fren 3100 or permission of the instructor.
3210 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature in Context (3) Chang and Staff
  Texts of the Middle Ages to the 17th century studied in their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Topics may include feudal society and the literature of courtly love; humanism, Rabelais, and Renaissance poetry; women and salon writing; Versailles, absolutism, and classical theater. (Fall)
3220 Modern French Literature in Context (3) Belenky
  Texts of the 18th century to the present in historical, social, and cultural contexts. Topics may include philosophes and the rise of social consciousness; the French Revolution and Romanticism; dada and surrealism; existentialism and World War II; decolonization and francophone literature. (Spring)
3290 Textual Analysis (3) Staff
  Methodology and vocabulary of literary criticism. Application of various principles of textual analysis and critical approaches to literature. (Spring)
3300 Topics in French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures in Translation (3) Belenky, Chang
  Dynamics of French-speaking societies and their cultures studied through literature, art, or film. Topics vary. Readings and lectures in English. The course may be repeated for credit. A laboratory fee may be required. (Spring)
3400 Studies in Genre (3) Chang, Belenky
  Study in narrative, dramatic, or lyric form. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit. (Spring)
3520 The Age of Classicism (3) Staff
  Drama, philosophy, criticism, poetry, and fiction of the 17th century. Topics may include préciosité, baroque, Jansenism, classicism, and rationalism in the context of the major social, political, and religious movements of the period. (Spring, alternate years)
3530 The Age of Enlightenment (3) Staff
  The major novelists, dramatists, and philosophes of the 18th century. The works of Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Diderot and their relationship to the social, political, and philosophical thought of the period. (Fall, alternate years)
3550 Studies in 20th-Century French Literature (3) Staff
  Major literary movements of the 20th century: avant-garde, surrealism, existentialism, nouveau roman, and nouveau théâtre. (Spring)
3560 Topics in 20th-Century Francophone Literature and Cinema (3) Staff
  Analysis of relations between France and its former colonies as manifested in the literature and cinema of France and the Francophone world. Race and gender relations; exile; nationalism; and identity and place as seen through various literary and cinematic responses to the discourses of metropolitan France by its former colonies. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
3600-4600 Special Topics in French Literature (3-3) Staff
  May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
3700 Topics in the History of French Cinema (3) Staff
  French cinema from its inception to the “New Wave.” The relationship of filmmaking and audience reception to the evolution of French society and political institutions. The language of cinema as it evolves according to periods and genres and as critics and filmmakers create a theoretical discourse specific to film. Laboratory fee. (Spring)
4135 Folger Seminar (3) Staff
  Same as Engl 4135/Hist 4135.
4470 Writing Women (3) Belenky, Chang
  Dynamics of gender in French literature and culture with emphasis on women as agents and objects of representation. Gender roles in the formation of social biases, norms, and power structures. Texts range from the Middle Ages to the present. (Spring)
4500 Studies in Medieval French Literature (3) Chang
  Readings and analysis of the major literary texts from the 11th through 15th centuries. Chansons de geste, courtly literature, fabliaux, drama, lyric and didactic poetry.
4510 French Literature of the Renaissance (3) Chang
  Sixteenth-century prose and poetry in the context of cultural and historical movements. Topics may include humanism; concepts of self and subjectivity; the wars of religion; the discovery of the New World; court and city life; the private and public spheres; religious and secular love. (Fall, alternate years)
4540 19th-Century French Literature and Culture (3) Belenky
  Key aspects of 19th-century French literature in its historical, cultural, and political context. Major authors and literary movements are studied through the lens of a particular theme, which varies from year to year. (Fall, alternate years)
4800 Independent Study (arr.) Staff
  Admission by permission of department chair and instructor. May be repeated for credit.
4910-20 Proseminar (3-3) Chang
  Required of all majors; preparation of the senior essay. The specified topic in the history of French literature varies by year. (Academic year)
 

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