RLFR 106
Advanced French: Danger and Desire in French Film and Fiction Spring 2019
Division I
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This is an advanced course in French language designed to help you improve your speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing, through the dynamic study of short literary texts and films focusing on danger and desire in nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century France. Through active discussion and debate, textual and cinematic analysis, grammatical review, and careful writing and revision, you will improve your command of spoken and written French, strengthen your ability to express complex ideas, expand your vocabulary, and deepen your understanding of French fiction, film, and culture. This is an ideal course to prepare for study abroad or for more advanced coursework in French literature and cinema. As a focus for improving your French, we will examine a broad range of texts and films on danger and desire in France from 1830 to 2010, with an emphasis on passion and ambition, infatuation and seduction, betrayal and vengeance, courage and cruelty, warfare and resistance. Works to include nineteenth-century texts by Chateaubriand, Duras, Balzac, Mérimée, Flaubert, Maupassant, Zola; twentieth-century texts by Colette, Camus, Sartre, Beauvoir, Duras, Ernaux, Guibert, Quint, Lindon, Vilrouge; and twenty-first-century films by Caron, Ozon, Ducastel, Martineau, Dercourt, and Becker. Conducted in French.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3845
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, grammar exercises, two short papers, midterm, and final paper
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: exceptional performance in RLFR 104; successful performance in RLFR 105; or by placement test; or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: all are welcome, but if over-enrolled, preference will be given to French majors and certificate students; and those with compelling justification for admission
Distributions: Division I

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