• Modern Languages: French

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    Modern Languages
    MS-B1805
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    651-523-2295

    Maria Jesus Leal
    Department Chair
    651-523-2603
    mleal01@hamline.edu

     

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    French Courses

    FREN 1110 - Beginning French I

    Goals: To teach students how to speak, read and write by focusing on the fundamental structures of French grammar and vocabulary.

    Content: The course seeks to give students a broader awareness on French and Francophone cultures and a greater understanding vis-à-vis “world-culture” or “world-literature” through videos clips, short stories and fables on a variety of topics that are drawn from the francophone world of literature.

    Taught: Annually

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 1120 - Beginning French II

    Goals: In this course you will learn how to speak, read and write by focusing on the fundamental structures of French grammar and vocabulary.

    Content: Emphasis is placed on a broader awareness of French and Francophone cultures and a greater understanding vis-à-vis “world-culture” or “world-literature”. Usage of videos clips, textual readings of French Classical Fables and other francophone short stories or textual excerpts drawn from different periods and genres will enhance students’ knowledge of the francophone world and cultures.

    Taught: Annually

    Recommended prerequisite: FREN 1110 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 3210 - Intermediate French I

    Goals: After Beginning French II, in this course students will continue to learn how to speak, read and write by focusing on the fundamental structures of French grammar and vocabulary.

    Content: Particular emphasis is placed upon textual readings that are drawn from a plethora of literary genre: plays, novels, folktales, novellas from French and Francophone authors throughout the ages.

    Taught: Annually

    Recommended prerequisite: FREN 1120 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 3220 - Intermediate French II

    Goals: After Intermediate French I, in this course students will continue to learn how to speak, read and write by focusing on the fundamental structures of French grammar and vocabulary.

    Content: The course focuses on providing students with broader cultural awareness on the “Other” and a greater understanding vis-à-vis ”world-culture” or “world-literature.” Students are introduced to different literary genres: prose and poetry from a wide range of literary movements and periods.

    Taught: Annually

    Recommended prerequisite: FREN 3210 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 3420 - Introduction to French and Francophone Literature

    Goals: Survey of French and Francophone literature from the medieval era through the present.

    Content: Designed to introduce the student to the history of French and Francophone literatures from medieval period to the present. Emphasis on historical development of oral traditions, written genres and literary conventions.

    Taught: Periodically

    Recommended prerequisites: FREN 3220 or 3440, or the instructor’s consent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 3440 - Advanced French

    Goals: Comprehensive review of French grammar, literary analysis, and introduction to literary theories and genres. Special focus on writing.

    Content: Student is expected to display mastery of writing through cogent rhetorical arguments in French through a variety of assignments. French and Francophone textual readings are drawn from all periods and literary genres.

    Taught: Periodically

    Recommended prerequisite: FREN 3220, taken at Hamline.

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 3510 - France: Literature and Civilization I

    Goals: To acquaint students with the rich history and literature of France from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution.

    Content: Emphasis will be on the Medieval society and civilization, the Renaissance, Versailles: the Golden Age of Louis XIV, the dawn of the Enlightenment era as well as literary and philosophical selections from each period.

    Taught: Periodically

    Recommended prerequisite: FREN 3220 or 3440.

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 3520 - France: Literature and Civilization II

    Goals: After French Civilization I, in this course, students will continue their learning process vis-à-vis French history, culture and civilization.

    Taught: Periodically

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 3600 - Introduction to French Literary Analysis

    Goals: The course focuses on literary interpretation and analysis as a means to empower students with the requisite tools to understand the basics of criticism, poetics and what is meant by mimesis and semiosis. It further aims at presenting students with different methodological approaches to answer the pervasive questions of: 1) What is a text? What is meaning? Is there a sui generis approach to reading a literary text?

    Content: Designed to instill in students critical thinking skills and the appreciative art of savoir-faire rhetoric that brings about textual representations. Various methodological approaches to literary criticism and textual analysis will be introduced, viz. structuralism, post-structuralism, Freudian criticism, sociopoetics, etc.

    Taught: Periodically

    Recommended prerequisites: FREN 3440, taken at Hamline.

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 3620 - Topics in Francophone African Literature

    Goals: To acquaint students with the literature and culture of French speaking Africa.

    Content: This discussion course focuses on African oral traditions, the development of ideas, aesthetics, literature and cinema to explore the legacies of colonization and decolonization.

    Taught: Periodically

    Recommended prerequisites: FREN 3440 and 3600 or the instructor’s consent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 3630 - Francophone Caribbean Literature

    Goals: The focal point of this course is to examine literary works by Francophone writers from the Caribbean.

    Content: Main focus is the poetics and aesthetic of the francophone literary works which contextualize the notions of Negritude, Africanity, Créolité, Identity and Alienation as they address the political concerns of the late colonial and post-colonial eras.

    Taught: Periodically

    Recommended prerequisites: FREN 3440 and 3600 or the instructor’s consent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 5400 - Problems in Translation

    Goals: To provide French majors with an understanding of the principal differences between French and English syntax, and to utilize this understanding in translating from English to French and from French to English.

    Content: At the level of the sentence, students study grammatical structures and selected translation devices in some detail and with abundant drill and testing. These preparation activities culminate in translations of longer prose passages. Some time is also given to translation of advertisements, travel brochures, business letters and other documents.

    Taught: Periodically

    Recommended prerequisites: Four 3000-level courses beyond FREN 3220, or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    FREN 5600 - Topics: Advanced Study in French and Francophone Literature

    Goals: To provide students with a capstone experience that allows them to use their language skills — listening, speaking, reading, and writing — in a student-professor collaboration on a topic of their choice.

    Content: This course emphasizes independent work. Students, in consultation with one of the instructors, choose a topic related to their interests. They then undertake a project that results in a research paper or other suitable demonstration of the work they have done.

    Taught: Periodically

    Recommended prerequisites: FREN 3440 and 3600 or the instructor’s consent.

    Credits: 4 credits