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FREN 505               Problems in Foreign Language Teaching
(cross-listed with LING 505)
Mondays 1:00-4:00
Content: This course presents an overview of current second language learning theories, a description and evaluation of existing second language teaching methods, and a discussion of major topics of instructional concern in foreign language education. The course goal is to provide experiences that facilitate the development of professional foreign language educators through classroom implementation of research-based foreign language teaching practices.
Texts: Teacher’s Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction (3rd edition), Shrum and Glisan.


FREN 775               Revolutionary Perversions: ‘Literary Sex Acts 1789-1848’
(cross-listed with CPLT 752-000)
Tuesdays 1:00-4:00

Content: In this course, we shall examine how representations of “non-normative” sexuality in several major nineteenth-century works relate to the problem of representing history in the aftermath of the French revolution. Many of the canonical literary texts written between 1789 and 1848 are organized around explicit or implicit depictions of impotence, lesbianism, hysteria, cross dressing, masturbation and prostitution. By focusing on these figures (as they appear in literary form) we shall explore how these nineteenth-century literary inscriptions of ‘perverse’ forms of sexuality enable us to read changing conceptions of the relationship between language, history, gender and power.

Texts: Possible texts include: La Philosophie dans le boudoir (Sade); René (Chateaubriand); Armance (Stendhal); Le Père Goriot and La Fille aux yeux d’or (Balzac); L’Education sentimentale (Flaubert), La Curée (Zola) and selections from Baudelaire’s prose poems. Critical readings may include works by Freud, Marx, Benjamin and others.


FREN 780               “Seduction” Theories: Freud/Laplanche
(cross-listed with PSP 789)
Mondays 4:15-7:15PM

Content: This course will focus on Laplanche’s reevaluation and extension of Freud’s “seduction theory,” an extension that allows him to propose an original interpretation of the Freudian corpus. For Laplanche, “seduction” refers indeed to a fundamental situation (the adult-child relationship) marked by the transmission of “compromised messages” (“enigmatic signifiers”) from adult to child.  As we shall see, Laplanche’s theory affirms the primacy of the other against a certain theoretical self-centering, and proposes new understandings of key notions such as: 1) the unconscious and its genesis 2) repression (reformulated as a complex process of “translation”) 3) drive theory 4) time (for instance, the temporality of “Nachträglichkeit” or “afterwardsness” in Laplanche’s reformulation) 5) autoerotism and narcissism, 6) gender.

Special attention will be paid to the issue of abuse, and to the questions raised by texts such as Marguerite Duras’ The Lover, and Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood (including its modern reinterpretation by writers such as Cornelia Hoogland and artists such as Kiki Smith.)

Texts: Laplanche and Pontalis: ‘Fantasy and the origins of Sexuality’; The Language of Psychoanalysis [selections]; Laplanche: Life and Death in Psychoanalysis; New Foundations for Psychoanalysis; The Unconscious and the Id; Essays on Otherness; Freud and the Sexual; (John Fletcher and Martin Stanton eds) [selections] Jean Laplanche: Seduction, Translation, and the Drives; Ferenczi: ‘The Confusion of Tongues Between Adults and Children’; Hoogland: Woods Wolf Girl; Duras: The Lover; Perrault:Little Red Riding Hood


FREN 780               Literary Theories
(cross-listed with CPLT 750R-000)
Thurdays 1:00-4:00

Content: The course explores some of the ways in which an influential way of thinking about language has affected ways of thinking about literature.  After investigating the main tenets of structuralist theory, as derived from Saussure’s Cours de linguistique générale, we shall go on to see how the internal logic of structuralism led to the rather different positions often referred to as ‘post-structuralism’ and/or ‘post-modernism’, and to a questioning of the position of theory itself.



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