COMP 107
Advanced French: Danger and Desire in French Film and Fiction Spring 2024
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed RLFR 106
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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 2024, 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: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 3156
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:
COMP 107 Division I RLFR 106 Division I
DPE Notes: This course centers on a critical examination of difference, power, and equity in French film and fiction. The content examines the effects of class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality on social inequalities among rich and poor, soldiers and civilians, nations and colonies, men and 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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