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French Graduate Seminars Fall 2009

FREN 505: Problems in Foreign Language Teaching
Same as LING 505

Instructor

Day(s)

Time(s)

Location

Herron

M

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Callaway C202

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 within the foreign language profession. The course goal is to provide experiences that facilitate the development of professional foreign language educators and inquirers through practical classroom implementation and evaluation of research-based foreign language teaching practices.
Texts: Teacher’s Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction (3rd edition), Shrum and Glisan. A collection of xeroxed research articles.
Assessment:
Class participation and preparation (10%); Classroom observation reports (20%, 30% for undergraduates); Lesson plans, classroom demonstration, and self-evaluation (20%, 30% for undergraduates); Lesson preparation, performance, and student evaluation (20%, not required undergrads); Professional workshop / evaluation (10%); FL teaching Philosophy (20%)
Prerequisites: None.
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FREN 530: Littérature, Méditation, Contemplation: Enjeux Spirituels et Profanes de la littérature du Moyen Age aux Lumières

Instructor

Day(s)

Time(s)

Location

Vance

T

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Callaway C202

Content: Le cours portera sur la conception renaissante du rapport entre la littérature profane et la littérature sacrée, examinant les problèmes du discours lui-même que suscite la rencontre de ces deux pôles discursifs. Le monasticisme médiéval, la réforme catholique, le mysticisme, l’évangélisme, le protestantisme, la jésuitique, ont tous placé la tranquillité et la sagesse au centre de leurs réflexions spirituelles et littéraires. Présentant une introduction aux principaux courants de la littérature française pré-moderne, le cours examinera les rôles qu’ont joués la philosophie et la théologie dans la critique du vingtième siècle en général aussi bien que dans l’étude de la littérature méditative en particulier.  Le séminaire sera conduit en français.
Texts: François Rabelais, Clément Marot, Louise Labbé, Marguerite de Navarre, Maurice Scève, Ronsard, Du Bellay, Michel de Montaigne, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal
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FREN 770: The Question of Art
Same as CPLT 751

Instructor

Day(s)

Time(s)

Location

Judovitz

W

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Callaway C202

Content:  This course will challenge the traditional understanding of art as transcending temporal and historical considerations in its cult of beauty and the ideal. It will examine changes in the idea of art as a function of the historic character of modernity insofar as it implies new modes of production (such as mechanical reproduction) along with new forms of public consumption. At issue will be a re-examination of the ideas of the artist, the creative act and the art object as elaborated in modern literary, artistic and theoretical works. We will question the nature of the work of art insofar as its production, presentation and circulation take the form of material objects. As an object of visual consumption and public exchange can the art work escape its material destiny and market pressures? We will also examine the feminization of the work of art as an object of desire or even fetish, the revalorization of the artist as author/producer along with the spectator/ consumer and the redefinition of artistic making as a form of material production.
Texts:  Readings will include works by Balzac, Flaubert, Ponge, T.S. Eliott, Marx, Benjamin, Sartre, Duchamp, Macherey, Bourdieu and De Duve, etc, along with some visual examples.  
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FREN 780: Literary Theories
Same as CPLT 750

Instructor

Day(s)

Time(s)

Location

Bennington

TH

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Callaway N106

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.
Texts: TBA
Assessment: 1 formal class presentation; 1 final paper.
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FREN 775: Baudelaire and Benjamin: The Poetry of Modern Life
Same as CPLT 751

Instructor

Day(s)

Time(s)

Location

Marder

M

4:00

Callaway N106

Content: Baudelaire’s poetry continues to address contemporary readers and contemporary concerns.   From the first publication of Les Fleurs du Mal in 1857 up to the present day, Baudelaire’s poetry has fascinated many, if not most, of the major philosophers and thinkers of the 20th century (including: Valéry, Sartre, Bataille, Blanchot, Proust, de Man, Derrida, etc).  Many of Baudelaire’s readers have defined their own thinking through their reading of Baudelaire.  Before his suicide in 1940, Walter Benjamin devoted much of the last decade of his life in Paris to reading modern experience in and through Baudelaire’s writings.  By reading Baudelaire through Benjamin (and other readers) we will attempt to understand why Baudelaire remains the poet of modern life. 
Texts: Baudelaire: Les Fleurs du Mal, Le Spleen de Paris, Le Peintre de la vie moderne, Les Paradis artificiels.  Benjamin, Charles Baudelaire, The Arcades Project (Das Passagen-Werk) and selected essays.
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