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RLFR 106
Advanced French: Danger and Desire in French Film and Fiction Spring 2021
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed RLFR 106 / COMP 107

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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 1820 to 2020, 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; This will be a remote course for all students, whether they are on campus or not. We will convene synchronously via web-conferencing, with an emphasis on speaking practice in small groups. There will also be opportunities for students to engage with online activities both during and between our synchronous sessions. Remote office hours will provide even more opportunities for follow-up, questions, and practice.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 5593
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, grammar exercises, two short papers, midterm, and final paper
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 Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RLFR 106 Division I COMP 107 Division I
DPE Notes: This course centers on a critical examination of difference, power, and equity in French film & fiction. The content examines the effects of class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality on social inequalities among rich & poor, soldiers & civilians, nations & colonies, men & women. The course employs critical tools to teach students how to articulate and interrogate social injustice, through reading, viewing, discussion, writing, and revision.

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