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French Graduate Seminars Fall 2010

FREN 505
Problems in Foreign Language Teaching

Prof. Carol Herron

Monday, 1:00 - 4:00, Callaway C202
(Cross-listed with LING 505)

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%)


FREN 520
Passions Médiévales

Prof. Claire Nouvet

Tuesday, 6:00 - 9:00, Callaway C202

Content: “Passion” sera à entendre dans son double sens de désir mais aussi, et surtout, de pâtir. Ce pâtir, nous essaierons de le lire dans ce qu’un poète contemporain, Jacques Roubaud, appelle à juste titre “l’éros mélancolique” de troubadours tels que Guillaume IX (un éros que le Roman de la Rose réécrit à partir du Narcisse ovidien), dans la folie qui troue Yvain ou le chevalier au lion de Chrétien de Troyes, dans le “rien” à partir duquel et contre lequel pense un philosophe comme Abélard, et dans la “tristesse” qui unit “Tristan” à Iseut.

Texts: Chrétien de Troyes: Yvain ou le Chevalier au Lion; Troubadours: sélections; Abélard et Héloïse: Correspondance; Beroul: Tristan et Iseut [with selections from Gottfried von Strassburg’s version and from the Saga Norroise]; Guillaume de Lorris: Le Roman de la Rose; Ovide: Narcisse et Écho [Métamorphoses, Livre III]; Jacques Lacan: Le transfert [sélections].


FREN 770
Theories of Subjectivity

Prof. Dalia Judovitz

Tuesday, 1:00 - 4:00, Callaway C202

(Cross-listed with CPLT 751, ILA 790, PHIL 789)

Content: This course will examine two seminal moments in the invention and consolidation of modern notions of subjectivity. At issue will be the radical shift from notions of self to subject, that will inaugurate not just a new understanding of truth but a new way of being in the world. Combining philosophical and literary approaches, the first part of the course will examine the elaboration of notions of self in Montaigne and d’Urfée in order to argue for notions of dissemination and multiplicity. The second part of the course will focus on Descartes’s elaboration of rational consciousness as the foundational moment for the development of modern metaphysics. The relation of subjectivity to representation, the mind-body dualism, and the analogy of the body to a machine will be considered along with attendant philosophical critiques by Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, and Benveniste. We then examine the literary implications of the Cartesian rationalist paradigm as elaborated through the crisis of signs and the problematics of securing doubt through the mastery of representation in Mme de Lafayette’s La Princesse de Clèves.

Required Texts: Montaigne, “Of Experience,” and “On Some Verses of Virgil” from the Essays; d'Urfé, L’Astrée (selections); Descartes, The Discourse on the Method; Heidegger, “The Age of the World Picture;” Merleau-Ponty, “The Cogito,” and “The Body as Expression and Speech” from The Phenomenology of Perception; Benveniste, “Of Subjectivity in Language;” Georges Canguilhem, “Machine and Organism;” Foucault, The Order of Things (selections); and “Technologies of the Self,” Mme de Lafayette’s La Princesse de Clèves.


FREN 780
Literary Theory

Prof. Jill Robbins

Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00, Callaway N106

(Cross-listed with CPLT 750R)

Content: An introduction to literary theoretical thinking, focusing on hermeneutic modes and their relationship to linguistic structures. Readings include texts by Augustine, Spinoza, Gadamer, Auerbach, Benjamin, de Man, Derrida.


FREN 785
Eating the Antilles

Prof. Valérie Loichot

Thursday, 1:00 - 4:00, Callaway C202

(Cross-listed with CPLT 752R)

Content: In Martinican Creole, Mwen ké mangéw, “I’m going to eat you,” refers both to the action of ingesting food, and to the sexual act. The seminar will examine the intersection between the primal act of eating and sexuality in a series of texts from or about the Caribbean. The following will be addressed: repercussions of slavery and colonialism on eating and sexuality; representations of black subjects as edible products (e.g. banania) or as deviant eaters (e.g. cannibals); culinary and erotic responses to colonial or racialist violence; food metaphors and nationalism; exoticism and sexual tourism; closeted and reclaimed sexualities; literary cannibalism and textual authority. The course will focus mostly on Guadeloupe, Haiti, and Martinique in a Black Atlantic context.

Primary Texts (to be purchased):
Mayotte Capécia. I am a Martinican Woman.
Aimé Césaire. Notebook of a Return to the Native Land. Or Cahier d’un retour au pays natal.
Frantz Fanon. Black Skin, White Masks (2008 Philcox’s translation only). Or Peau noire, masques blancs.
Dany Laferrière. How to Make Love to a Negro. Or, Comment faire l’amour avec un Nègre sans se fatiguer.
Marie Vieux-Chauvet. Love, Anger, Madness. Or Amour, Colère, Folie.

Additional Texts by Buffon, Suzanne Césaire, Myriam Chancy, Patrick Chamoiseau, Maryse Condé, Edwidge Danticat, René Depestre, Gobineau, Lafcadio Hearn, Édouard Glissant, Jean-Baptiste Labat, Audrey Lorde, Montaigne, Saint-Méry, among others, will be available on electronic reserve.

Film: Vers le Sud / Heading South (Cantet/Laferrière, 2007) will be on reserve at the Woodruff Multimedia Library

Assessment: The seminar will be taught in English. All texts will be available in English and French. Students reading French will be encouraged to do the readings and to write their papers in French. Students working on different linguistic zones of the Caribbean and the African Diaspora will have the opportunity to write their final paper on their respective linguistic area of studies in English or French.
Sustained participation, short response papers, a presentation, a 12-page research paper with annotated bibliography.


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