Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Graduate Courses in French and Italian

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Summer 2013

First Six-Week Session
Tuesday, May 7—Friday, June 28

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students
Sarah Kay Hurst

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
8816MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 205Graduates only

The course provides an introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100-level.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8821Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8823ArrangedOn-campus
10926ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8829Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8831ArrangedOn-campus
10928ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

Second Six-Week Session
Monday, June 17—Friday, July 26

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students
Michael Dow

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
8818MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 319Graduates only

Prerequisite: F491 or consent of department. Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the B.A. language requirement in another language. Continuation of language and reading development from F491. Credit given for only one of F492 or any of the following: F150, F169, F200, F205, or F219.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8822Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8824ArrangedOn-campus
10927ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8830Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8832ArrangedOn-campus
10929ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.



Fall 2013

French Courses

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (3 cr.)
Cynthia Kanko

NumberDaysTimeRoom
2979TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 222

The course provides an introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100-level.

FRIT F513: French Renaissance Prose
The Renaissance and the Irrational
(3 cr.)
Eric MacPhail

NumberDaysTimeRoom
29137M4:00-6:00 pmKH 312

In his classic study The Greeks and the Irrational, E. R. Dodds had to contend against the persistent stereotype (somewhat weakened in our own day) of Greek rationality. Fortunately, no such stereotype impedes our understanding of the European Renaissance, an era well known for fanaticism and superstition. The Renaissance mind was crowded with miracles, demons, witches, and premonitory exceptions to the laws of nature, though not all minds were equally credulous. This course examines, through readings of Renaissance French prose, both the orthodoxy of belief and the heterodoxy of reason. Our main texts are Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron and Michel de Montaigne’s Essais. We will also read François Rabelais’ parody of occult philosophy, Guillaume Postel’s enthusiasm for prophecy, Innocent Gentillet’s Reformation rebuttal of Machiavelli, and Jean Bodin’s dual contributions to religious dialogue and demonology. Among its other motives, this course marks the occasion of the first ever critical edition (or even correct edition) of Jean Bodin’s Démonomanie des sorciers soon to issue from the presses of Librairie Droz. Students are expected to do an in-class presentation and a term paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the professor.

FRIT F545: Romans et autres recits du 19e siècle
Clandestine Literature and Literary Trials in 19th Century France
(3 cr.)
Nicolas Valazza

NumberDaysTimeRoom
29148T5:45-7:45BH 335

Many literary works that are now considered canonical were once published clandestinely, or they were subjected to memorable trials. Perhaps the most famous examples in nineteenth-century France are the novel Madame Bovary by Flaubert, who was eventually acquitted, and Baudelaire’s poetry collection Les Fleurs du Mal, which remained theoretically censored until 1949. But besides these well-known examples, most of the illustrious writers of the century (notably Hugo, Musset, Gautier, Barbey Aurevilly, etc.) had portions of their works that were censored for political and/or moral reasons, and were then illegally circulated; so much so that censorship and clandestine literature ought to be considered an essential part of the nineteenth-century French literary field.

The purpose of this course is thus to explore how the politics of printing influenced the evolution of literary forms in the “long nineteenth century”: from the ephemeral freedom of the press under the Revolution, which notably allowed Sade’s novels to be widely circulated, to the law of 1881, which officially—if not effectively—abolished censorship in France, through the liberal or repressive phases of the July Monarchy and the Second Empire, under which Flaubert and Baudelaire were sued, and Hugo exiled. Our aim will be to analyze canonical—and less canonical—works by the authors mentioned in light of the historical and political context of their publication. For this purpose, we shall have the chance to look at original and illustrated editions of the works studied at the Lilly Library. Readings and class discussion will be in French and in English.

FRIT F556: Le Roman aux 20e et 21e siècles (3 cr.)
Margaret Gray

NumberDaysTimeRoom
29156R5:45-7:45BH 332

« Indépendances : Sentimentales, Littéraires, Féministes, Philosophiques »

“Le récit n'est plus l'écriture d'une aventure, mais l'aventure d'une écriture." Dans ce cours, nous nous efforcerons de démontrer qu’il ne fallait pas attendre la seconde moitié du vingtième siècle pour apprécier la pertinence de cette remarque de Jean Ricardou. Dans une tentative d’approfondir nos connaissances du discours romanesque de la Belle Epoque au XXIème siècle, nous aborderons une variété de textes, de thèmes et de discours, toujours dans leurs contextes critiques, historiques et culturels.

Nous commencerons par la décadence très fin-de-siècle que communique la troublante Jongleuse de Rachilde, où l’indéchiffrable Eliante, Créole d’origine, jongle à la fois avec couteaux et conventions bourgeoises. Nous passerons ensuite à l’angoisse du drame du coucher dans le Combray de Marcel Proust, seul souvenir qui reste au narrateur d’un passé perdu : angoisse partagée par son héros, Swann, dans Un Amour de Swann : textes publiés en 1913 sous le titre Du côté de chez Swann, premier volume d’A la recherche du temps perdu. Avec La Vagabonde (1910) de Colette, et Les Caves du Vatican d’André Gide (1914), nous étudierons différentes versions de l’enjeu de l’indépendance: indépendance philosophique chez Lafcadio, indépendance littéraire chez le narrateur gidien, indépendance sentimentale chez Renée. La Nausée (1938) de Jean-Paul Sartre documente l’aliénation progressive du corps, ainsi que la perte de tout point de repère chez le protagoniste, Roquentin. Nous aborderons ensuite La Chute (1956) de Camus, confession (à quel but ??) du narrateur, Clamence, de sa chute morale. Dans Les belles images (1966) de Simone de Beauvoir, nous scruterons une critique de la société technocrate et consommatrice d’après-guerre, et surtout son impact sur une nouvelle classe de femmes professionnelles. Comment Cuisiner son Mari à l’Africaine (2000) de Calixthe Beyala se situe dans le Paris contemporain et hybride de l’immigration, où s’affrontent le passé traditionaliste et un présent rempli de fausses solutions. Nous conclurons le semestre avec une autre perspective sur le conflit entre passé et présent, celle de Véronique Tadjo dans Loin de mon père (2010)—où une jeune femme rentre en Côte d’Ivoire pour affronter la perte de son père, emblème d’autres pertes.

Pour chaque séance, nos lectures et discussions seront appuyées, interrogées et amplifiées par un choix d’articles critiques concernant le texte du jour. A travers ces lectures différentes, nous serons attentifs aux stratégies formelles de nos textes; à l’évolution du genre et du discours romanesque; et aux rapports entre nos romans et leurs contextes socioculturels et politiques. Seront demandés: une participation active à la discussion; un exposé oral basé sur le texte du jour; et, au choix: un essai critique (20 pp) de fin de semestre, OU: un partiel et un examen de fin de semestre, format essai.

FRIT F572: College French Teaching Practicum (1 cr.)
Audrey Dobrenn

NumberDaysTimeRoom
2982F1:25-2:15BH 241

Graded on a pass/fail basis.

Focused classroom observations followed by discussions; identification and evaluation of teaching techniques. Required of new associate instructors of French.

FRIT F576: Introduction to French Phonology (3 cr.)
Barbara Vance

NumberDaysTimeRoom
29166TR2:30-3:45BH 217

F576 introduces French phonology from a generative perspective, exploring the major controversies of 20th century phonological analysis and their evolution into current models. We will examine, from a problem-solving perspective, such well-known French sound-system phenomena as latent final consonants, e ‘muet’, nasal vowels, and h-aspiré, as well as prosodic structure.

FRIT F580: Applied French Linguistics (3 cr.)
Kevin Rottet

NumberDaysTimeRoom
2983MW4:00-5:15SY 0008

The general objective of this course is to impart to students with little or no previous introduction to linguistics knowledge of the main linguistic features of French and their relevance for the pedagogy of French as a foreign language in the United States. We will examine various aspects of the structure of French (lexicon, phonology, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics) with emphasis on the spoken language and coverage of social, stylistic, and geographical variation, discussing implications of such variation for the FLE classroom. There will also be a sociolinguistically-oriented survey of the linguistic situation in France and in various Francophone regions. Other sociolinguistic topics will include language attitudes and linguistic insecurity; linguistic and pedagogical norms; language policy in France and the Francophone world; multilingualism and diglossia.

FRIT F603: History of the French Language I (3 cr.)
Barbara Vance

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29177TR4:00-5:15BH 137

F603 provides an introduction to the history of the French language, focusing on ‘internal’ developments while setting these against an ‘external’—historical and social—backdrop. We will investigate the evolution of the sound system (phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and vocabulary. In this first half of the 603-604 sequence, we especially cover early development (Popular Latin through 13th century Old French) and phonology/morphology. Diachronic study is complemented by readings from the Old French period.

FRIT F673: Topics in Learning and Teaching of French (3 cr.)
Laurent Dekydtspotter

NumberDaysTimeRoom
29196TR1:00-2:15SY 105

In this course, we inquire into the structure of the knowledge acquired in second language acquisition of French. We consider issues in clause structure, verbal paradigm, sentence interpretation, gender acquisition, noun phrase structure and phonology. Topics include the initial state of L2 acquisition, inherent constraints on L2 acquisition and learnability. We consider the role of input and correction, and inductive and deductive mechanisms in acquisition. We also consider issues in the empirical investigation of L2 acquisition. This course is designed as a guided round table discussion, introduced with supportive readings and lectures. In this light, students are encouraged to examine consequences for a cognitively explicit instructional theory.

FRIT F815: Individual Reading in French Literature and Linguistics (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
2984Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
2985ArrangedOn-campus
7573ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research in French (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDays/Time
2986Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Italian Courses

FRIT M491: Elementary Italian for Graduate Students (3 cr.)
Alicia Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoom
3013TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 140

Introduction to the structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of M491 and any Italian course at the 100 level.

FRIT M500: Seminar in Italian Cinema
Italian Fascism Through the Lens of Cinema
(3 cr.)
Antonio Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
29227M
T
3:35-5:30 pm
7:15-10:00 pm
KH 203
WY 015
Lecture
Film showings

The main objective of this course is to explore how Italian Fascist Culture is represented during the Fascist dictatorship (1922-1943) and later in Italian cinema. The primary focus is on important Italian films and documentaries about the Fascist experience. We will study films that deal with historical events and others with memory reconstruction of the past. The course will also explore the political factors that contributed to and complicated the process of achieving a collective reckoning among Italians about the responsibilities they bore for the crimes of Fascism. Lectures will address the various interpretations of Fascism produced by professional historians, specifically those who argue that Fascism was the consequence of a moral crisis and a series of psychological disabilities ushered in by the Great War of 1914/18. Films by Comencini, Blasetti, Forzano, Lizzani, Montaldo, Salce, Pontecorvo, Scola, Fellini, Wertmuller, Bertolucci, Bellocchio, Pasolini, Benigni, Calopresti and others will studied.

FRIT M553: The Italian Novel
Il giallo e il nero (e rosa)
(3-4 cr.)
Marco Arnaudo

NumberDaysTimeRoomCredits
32955
32956
T4:15-6:15 pmCAHI3
4

For 4-credit section, first obtain permission from instructor to enroll.

Questo corso investiga lo sviluppo della narrativa del mistero in Italia dall'Ottocento ad oggi, ripercorrendone le sue due manifestazioni principali, il giallo e il noir.

Si studiera' lo sviluppo di questi generi connessi a partire da alcuni esempi del romanzo d'appendice ottocentesco, da cui il profilo del giallo e del noir odierno emersero faticosamente, per poi vedere esempi di rilievo del giallo e del noir della maturita' nel Novecento. Grande attenzione verra' prestata al contesto storico, politico, sociale e letterario in cui le varie manifestazioni della narrativa del mistero si declinano, tracciando collegamenti anche con le tradizioni straniere che gli autori italiani presero a modello.

FRIT M572: Italian Teaching Practicum (1 cr.)
Karolina Serafin

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8712W2:30-4:00BH 119

Graded on a pass/fail basis.

FRIT M815: Individual Reading in Italian Literature (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
3016Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M825: Seminar in Renaissance Italian Literature
The Italian Erudite Comedy
(3-4 cr.)
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDaysTimeRoomCredits
34804
34805
R4:15-6:15 pmBH 2333
4

For 4-credit section, first obtain permission from instructor to enroll.

In this course we will analyze in depth the Italian commedia erudita, from Ludovico Ariosto to Giordano Bruno. We will pay attention to the classical models and the humanist antecedents, the style and the themes of the genre. We will also discuss the role played by this genre in what has been defined as the great comic culture of the Italian Renaissance. Students will give a formal presentation, take a final exam, and write a short review article as well as a research paper. The course will be conducted in Italian.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
3017ArrangedOn-campus
7574ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research in Italian (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
2987Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.



Spring 2014

French Courses

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students (3 cr.)
Carly Bahler

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18198TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 135

Prerequisite: F491 or consent of department.

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the B.A. language requirement in another language. Continuation of language and reading development from F491. Credit given for only one of F492 or any of the following: F150, F169, F200, F205, or F219.

FRIT F535: Le XVIIIe siècle: l’Essai (3 cr.)
Guillaume Ansart

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30379 F9:00-11:00BH 137

Introduction à l'étude de la philosophie des Lumières. A partir d'œuvres des plus importants philosophes du XVIIIe siècle, nous essayerons d'envisager la littérature d'idées des Lumières dans la grande variété de ses formes (essais, traités, lettres, pamphlets, discours, dialogues philosophiques, etc...) et des sujets qui ont stimulé la réflexion des penseurs de l'époque (politique, religion, morale, arts, sciences, histoire, économie, etc...).

Œuvres au programme:

  • Voltaire, Lettres philosophiques
  • Montesquieu, L'Esprit des lois (extraits)
  • Diderot, Lettre sur les aveugles; Le neveu de Rameau; Rêve de d'Alembert; Paradoxe sur le comédien
  • D’Alembert, Encyclopédie, « Discours préliminaire »
  • Rousseau, Du contrat social; Lettre à d'Alembert; Émile, ou de l’éducation; Rêveries du promeneur solitaire
  • Sade, La philosophie dans le boudoir
  • Condorcet, Esquisse d’un tableau historique des progrès de l’esprit humain

FRIT F581: Structure of Regional Languages in France (3 cr.)
Kevin Rottet

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30388MWF1:25-2:15SY 200

Structure of Breton

Even though they belong to the Indo-European family, the Celtic languages stand well outside the Standard Average European (SAE) profile, displaying a number of typologically “exotic” features. Breton, the traditional language of Brittany (western France), is in the Brythonic branch of Celtic which includes Welsh and Cornish. Breton is the only extant Celtic language not in intense contact with English. It is characterized by significant dialect differences, leading some linguists to suggest the intriguing possibility that some Breton dialects are really continuations of Gaulish, the otherwise extinct continental Celtic language of pre-Roman Gaul. In this course we will survey the linguistic structure of modern Breton, including its morphophonology (e.g. a fairly elaborate system of initial consonant mutations), morphology (e.g. inflected prepositions, verbal nouns, luxuriant number marking in the noun phrase including singulatives and collectives, duals and double plurals), syntax (e.g. verb-initial word order with V2 effects in main clauses), and lexicon (e.g. a vigesimal counting system, no traditional verb “to have”, an interesting interplay between material of Celtic and of Romance material). This course is joint-listed with LING-L590 and L490.

FRIT F582: Introduction to French Semantics (3 cr.)
Laurent Dekydtspotter

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30392TR11:15-12:30BH 240

F582 introduces students to issues in the interpretation of French. The course focuses on major interpretive phenomena in French and on the nature of semantic representations as revealed by these phenomena. The goal is to show how fairly simple assumptions made precise by the tools of logical inquiry can reveal deep insights into knowledge of French and related issues of language acquisition. A pervading theme is the question of learnability of semantics knowledge. We discuss the nature of grammar and mental organization as revealed by semantic evidence.

FRIT F632: 17th-Century French Drama & Performance (3 cr.)
Alison Calhoun

NumberDaysTimeRoom
33635M3:35-5:00BH 141

Theater Battles in Paris: From Molière to the Opéra comique

This graduate seminar will examine theater politics among official and unofficial troupes in Paris from Molière’s final work at the Palais-Royal in 1673 until the formation of the Opéra comique in 1715. Our aim will be to study the ways in which policing, censure, rules, and laws influenced the artistic production of the time and led most often to meta-discursive plays that dialogued with a politically informed public. Seminar topics will include the rise or reassertion of genres like comédie-ballet, tragédie en musique (French opera), pièces à la muette, théâtre à écriteaux, commedia dell’arte, and puppet theater as well as the power struggles between theaters like the Comédie italienne, Académie royale de musique, Comédie française, Théâtre de la foire and Opéra comique. Authors we will read include Molière, Racine, Quinault, Thomas and Pierre Corneille, Donneau de Visé, Fuzelier and Lesage. Readings and class discussion in English and French.

Joint-offered with THTR-T 775.

FRIT F640: Studies in Nineteenth-Century French Literature (3 cr.)
Paolo Tortonese

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
33602TR5:30-7:45pmKH 200First 8 weeks only

À qui la faute? Éthique et psychologie dans le roman.

À travers des romans qui racontent un crime et s’interrogent sur la responsabilité des personnages, nous étudierons les rapports entre éthique et roman dans la France du XIXe siècle. Posant la question de la faute et de la conscience, traquant les mobiles secrets de l’âme, parfois inconnus au personnage lui-même, le roman construit une psychologie largement redevable à la morale et à la théologie. Mais un mouvement profond de la modernité revendique, au contraire, la possibilité d’une psychologie séparée de l’éthique : les romanciers tentent alors d’inventer des interprétations du comportement humain qui ne se fondent plus sur l’alternative du bien et du mal, mais sur les exigences du corps, sur les pulsions et les instincts, sur la pathologie mentale. Ce faisant, ils courent le risque de faire disparaître la faute et le crime, puissants ressorts de l’intérêt romanesque. Mais ils ouvrent les portes de nouvelles visions de l’humain.

L’alternative entre un modèle psychologique moral et une psychologie scientifique sécularisée apparaîtra à travers nos lectures. Deux romans fondés sur une morale mélodramatique, Pierrette de Balzac et Les Mystères de Paris d’Eugène Sue (long roman, dont on lira quelques chapitres seulement), témoigneront d’une psychologie puissamment polarisée sur les extrémités morales. La nouvelle « Le Bonheur dans le crime » de Barbey d’Aurevilly (dans Les Diaboliques) montrera les paradoxes d’un romancier catholique aux prises avec la psychologie de son temps. Enfin deux célèbres romans de Zola, Thérèse Raquin et La Bête humaine, apporteront l’exemple d’une réduction drastique de la faute à la pulsion, et montreront les impasses de la justice humaine devant l’énigme de la pathologie.

Des lectures critiques, pour accompagner les lectures romanesques, seront proposées pendant le cours, qui sera fait en français.

FRIT F667: Studies in Francophone Literature (3 cr.)
Eileen Julien

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30399W3:35-5:30BH 335

Cosmopolitans of the Antilles and Senegal

There are two types of storytellers, those who travel and those who stay home.
Walter Benjamin

There are two ways to lose one’s way: to wall oneself into one’s particularity or to dilute oneself in a quest for the “universal.”
Aimé Césaire

There are many ways to approach French language writers of the “South,” for example, as “Francophone,” “postcolonial,” “African” and “Caribbean” or “American.” While the gamut of writers from the Antilles and Senegal, including those whom we will study, may exceed our formulation, our course will focus on these authors and their writing as fashioned by their in-betweeness, their negotiation of multiple traditions at home and abroad. We will explore perspectives on the “world system,” “modernity,” displacement, language and translation, power, the postcolony.

Our primary texts and authors will include Ousmane Socé Diop, Karim (1935); Aimé Césaire, Cahier d’un retour au pays natal (1939); selected essays of Frantz Fanon (late 1950s); Léopold Sédar Senghor and David Diop, selected poems (1940s-60); Cheikh Hamidou Kane, L’aventure ambiguë (1960); Sembène Ousmane, Les bouts de bois de Dieu (1960); Daniel Maximin, L’isolé soleil (1981); Simone Schwarz-Bart, Ton beau capitaine (1987); seelcted essays of Edouard Glissant, (1990s); Fatou Diome, Le ventre de l’Atlantique (2003), painter Kalidou Sy, Man from the South (2001); Boubacar Boris Diop, Les petits de la guenon (translated from the Wolof, 2009).

FRIT F670: Advanced French Phonology (3 cr.)
Julie Auger

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30403TR 2:30-3:45 SY 212

Dans ce cours, nous allons examiner les caractéristiques phonologiques des français nord-américains (plus particulièrement, québécois, acadien, cadien, et, si des analyses sont disponibles, autres variétés canadiennes et américaines). Nous essaierons de comprendre à quel niveau se situent les différences (phonétiques ou phonologiques), à quoi elles sont dues, quelle est leur origine, comment elles se sont développées et dans quelle mesure elles sont liées les unes avec les autres.

FRIT F810: Individual Readings in French and Francophone Civilization (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
22033Arranged

Independent study of a topic in French or Francophone culture/civilization not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18201Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
18202ArrangedOn-campus
22036ArrangedOff-campus

Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research (French) (6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18203Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Italian Courses

FRIT M492: Readings in Italian for Graduate Students (CANCELLED) (4 cr.)
Alicia Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18224TR7:15-8:45 pmSB 140

Prerequisite: M491 or consent of department.

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the B.A. language requirement in another language. Continuation of language and reading development from M491. Credit not given for both M492 and either of the following: M150 or M200.

FRIT M503: Medieval Italian Literature & Culture (3-4 cr.)
Boccaccio and Petrarch
H. Wayne Storey

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
30758
30759
T4:00-6:30pmBH 3163 cr.
4 cr.*

* 4-credit section requires authorization from instructor and department permission.

This course examines the composition, genesis and early reception of three classics of 14th-century Italian narrative: Compagni’s Cronica, Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, and Boccaccio’s Decameron.

Joint-offered with MEST-M 502.

FRIT M573: Methods of Italian Language Teaching (3 cr.)
Colleen Ryan

NumberDaysTimeRoom
29348 M4:00-6:00 BH 335

In this course we will explore foreign language teaching and learning from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives that inform our daily decisions about effective methodologies for fostering second language acquisition. Students will read and discuss a variety of materials pertaining to all L2 skill areas and cultural proficiency. Additional components of this course include teaching for creative and critical thinking, multiple intelligences theory, second language acquisition research methods, an introduction to teaching literature, expertise in teaching, performative aspects of teaching and learning, ongoing professional development and the creation of a formal teaching dossier. Assignments range from short critical commentaries, discussion questions, annotated bibliographies, and collaborative presentations, to an oral exam and final teaching dossier materials.

FRIT M605: Seminar in Modern Italian Literature (3-4 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
27987
27988
W4:00-6:00 pmBH 0183 cr.
4 cr.*

* 4-credit section requires authorization from instructor and department permission.

Aspects of Contemporary Italian culture

In this class we will analyze some of the major developments of Italian culture beginning with the late 1970’s. We will focus on different artistic media and genres examining the works selected also, but not exclusively, for their association to broad topics –such as diversity, identity, and migration— that rose from the ideological and societal changes caused by the 1968 movement, the economic emancipation of the 1980’s, the collapse of the Berlin war, etc. Naturally, these topics are strongly intertwined and many of the works in the syllabus offer several interpretative solutions. For this reason, each class may revolve around several works regardless of their artistic genres. The various sections of the syllabus will not be divided, thus, by specific artistic categories (literature, cinema, music, etc.); to the contrary, in most cases, each section will include different artistic aspects.

Because of the experimental nature of the course, bibliography is kept at a minimum, but students will be asked to prepare their own selected bibliography (what in Italian is called “bibliografia ragionata”) for each of the various segments of the syllabus, to be presented to the instructor at the beginning of each class or section. This bibliographical preparation will be part of the coursework and will count as part of the final grade. Oral presentations will be organized according to a dual format: two students will give a brief presentation (10 minutes max.) on different aspects/ perspectives of the same work. One major goal of the class is also that of allowing the students to get acquainted with the creative aspects involved and therefore fictional writing or filming is incorporated together with critical writing as a major component of the final grade.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18227Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
18228ArrangedOn-campus
22037ArrangedOff-campus

Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research (Italian) (6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18204Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.



Summer 2014

First Six-Week Session
Tuesday, May 13—Friday, June 20

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students
Mark Black

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
8665MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 305Graduates only

The course provides an introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100-level.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8670Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8672ArrangedOn-campus
10606ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8678Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8680ArrangedOn-campus
10608ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

Second Six-Week Session
Monday, June 23—Friday, August 1

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students
Carly Bahler

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
8667MTWRF11:00-12:15BH 319Graduates only

Prerequisite: F491 or consent of department. Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the B.A. language requirement in another language. Continuation of language and reading development from F491. Credit given for only one of F492 or any of the following: F150, F169, F200, F205, or F219.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8671Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8673ArrangedOn-campus
10607ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8679Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8681ArrangedOn-campus
10609ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.



Fall 2014

French Courses

FRIT F491: Elementary French for Graduate Students (3 cr.)
TBA

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8505TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 237

The course provides an introduction to structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of F491 or any French course at the 100-level.

FRIT F501: Medieval French Literature I (3 cr.)
Jacques Merceron

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30835TR3:35-5:30BH 106
Littérature française du Moyen Âge I : Introduction à l’ancien français

Ce cours a pour objectif, dans un premier temps, de préparer les étudiants à la lecture et à la traduction à voix haute des textes en ancien français, préparation nécessaire à leur étude littéraire. Pour ce faire, nous étudierons en premier lieu les bases phonétiques, morphologiques et syntaxiques indispensables. Les textes d’étude retenus sont : Le Roman de Renart (branches I à VI, éd.-trad. J. Dufournet et A. Méline, Garnier-Flammarion, t. 1) et la chanson de geste Ami et Amile (éd. P. Dembovksi, H. Champion, version en ancien français seulement). Nous étudierons aussi le contexte institutionnel et social médiéval permettant de resituer ces textes de fiction dans leur contexte historique. La spécificité fictionnelle et générique de ces deux textes sera aussi soulignée. Autres ouvrages à acheter : Sylvie Bazin-Taccella, Initiation à l’ancien français (Hachette, 2006) ; A. J. Greimas, Dictionnaire de l’ancien français (éd. Larousse). Ouvrage optionnel : Stéphane Muzelle, 100 fiches d’histoire du Moyen Age, éd. Bréal. Notation : Présence, participation en classe active et continue et exposé oral : 40% ; examen de mi-semestre : 30% ; examen final : 30%.

FRIT F564: Issues in Literary Theory (3 cr.)
Oana Panaïté

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30871W3:35-5:30 SY 0009
The Trouble with Literature

The course will examine concepts and theories which have shaped the Western idea of literature throughout the ages. Each session will address a major moment in the history of literary thought. Readings from Plato, Aristotle, Boileau, Du Bos, Rousseau, Diderot, Kant, Hegel, Freud, Lacan, Barthes, Genette, Foucault, Derrida, Said, Bhabha, Spivak, Rancière, Casanova, and Attridge will cover a wide range of questions such as: How is literature defined though the ages? What is the literary canon? What is literary authority? What roles do authors, readers and critics play in the making of literature? What is the moral and political responsibility of the writer? What are the geopolitical borders of literature? Class discussions and readings in French and English.

FRIT F572: College French Teaching Practicum (1 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8508F11:15-12:05BH 335

Graded on a pass/fail basis.

Focused classroom observations followed by discussions; identification and evaluation of teaching techniques. Required of new associate instructors of French.

FRIT F577: Introduction to French Syntax (3 cr.)
Laurent Dekydtspotter

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30878TR11:15-12:30BH 246

FRIT F603: History of the French Language I (3 cr.)
Barbara Vance

NumberDaysTimeRoom
34459TR8:00-9:15BH 137

F603 provides an introduction to the history of the French language, focusing on ‘internal’ developments while setting these against an ‘external’—historical and social—backdrop. We will investigate the evolution of the sound system (phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and vocabulary. In this first half of the 603-604 sequence, we especially cover early development (Popular Latin through 13th century Old French) and phonology/morphology. Diachronic study is complemented by readings from the Old French period.

FRIT F620: Studies in 16th Century French Literature (3 cr.)
Eric MacPhail

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30884M3:35-5:30SE 245
Between Renaissance and Classicism

This course proposes to study the literature of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century in France, not according to the esthetic category of the baroque but rather as a prolongation and parody of the Renaissance. We begin with Agrippa d’Aubigné’s epic poem Les Tragiques begun in the 1570’s and published in 1616. Then we will read Béroalde de Verville’s Le Moyen de parvenir from around 1610. Finally we will read some of the Petits traités sceptiques by François de La Mothe Le Vayer. These authors will be studied in parallel with their Renaissance models especially Béroalde in relation to Rabelais and La Mothe Le Vayer in relation to Montaigne. At the same time we will examine Marie de Gournay’s preface to the 1595 Essais. In our modest way we will strive to rescue these figures from the chronological isolation from which they suffer, stranded between Renaissance and Classicism. Students are expected to do an in-class presentation and write a 15 to 20 page term paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the professor.

FRIT F651: Studies in French Cinema (3 cr.)
Brett Bowles

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30891T5:45-7:45 pmBH 141

Joint-listed with CMCL-C596.

French Documentary Film, Society, and Politics

Using selected films from the silent era through the present, this course will examine the formal evolution of French documentary as a cinematic genre and as a form of social and political discourse. We will examine how the documentary medium (including newsreels, docu-dramas, and television news) has been deployed in various contexts to promote and to contest governmental policy, as well as to shape notions of identity, French national identity, and class. In addition, we will consider how the form and conventions of the medium have evolved over time, and why certain films have successfully impacted public perception and policy, whereas others have failed. Filmmakers and contexts to be covered include Jean Vigo and Jean Renoir in the context of the Popular Front; French and German newsreels during the Second World War; Alain Resnais, Jean Rouch, Gillo Pontecorvo, Chris Marker, Marcel Ophuls, and Agnès Varda during the New Wave. The course will be taught in English, but students enrolled under the French rubric will do their writing and at least some of their reading in French.

FRIT F677: French Lexicology/Lexicography (3 cr.)
Kevin Rottet

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30898TR2:30-3:45KH 200

From the marginal glosses of medieval manuscripts to the bilingual lexicons of Renaissance classicists to today’s electronic and online dictionaries such as the Trésor de la langue française informatisé and the OED, dictionaries have been essential repositories and even shapers of language. This course will survey major issues and techniques in lexicology (lexical morphology, lexical semantics, and the structure of the lexicon), and lexicography (the making of dictionaries and reference tools). Looking first at lexicology, we will consider topics such as componential analysis; semantic primitives (do all languages have a common semantic core?); prototype theory (why are some birds more “birdy” than others?); semantic relations including problems of homonymy and polysemy, metonymy and metaphor (in English, time is money; in French, money is food) and how these are deployed creatively throughout the lexicon of a language. Turning our attention to lexicography, we will examine, inter alia, definitions (how are they constructed and what is Aristotelian about them?), sense distinctions, and problems of etymology. We will examine the nature and techniques of lexicographic evidence, from 19th century volunteer readers to electronic concordances and corpora. Issues in the compilation of bilingual dictionaries, dictionaries of collocations, learners’ dictionaries, and research on the dictionary user will also be examined.

FRIT F815: Individual Reading in French Literature and Linguistics (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8510Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8511ArrangedOn-campus
12825ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research in French (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDays/Time
8512Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Italian Courses

FRIT M491: Elementary Italian for Graduate Students (3 cr.)
Alicia Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoom
8539TR7:15-8:45 pmWH 116

Introduction to the structures of the language necessary for reading, followed by reading in graded texts of a general nature. Credit given for only one of M491 and any Italian course at the 100 level.

FRIT M501: Dante I (3-4 cr.)
H. Wayne Storey

NumberDaysTimeRoomCredits
30918
30924
T9:05-11:00BH 1353 cr.
4 cr.
The World of Dante’s Vita Nova

This seminar examines Dante’s earliest book, the Vita Nova, both as a socio-cultural narrative and as a work that has spawned diverse critical and textual methods and interpretations. Called the first book in Italian literature, its “world” calls into play the lyric poetry of Dante’s day, questions of dream interpretation, the interface of narrative prose and commentary within the same work, Dante’s scribal culture and the production of manuscripts, and, from 1907 until 2014, has been the “proving ground” for how a critical edition of a medieval work should be made. Boccaccio used it pivotally to influence a critical orientation toward much of early Italian literature; and yet, it was the last of Dante’s works to come out in print (1576, over a century after the first printing of the Divine Comedy, almost 90 years after the first printing of Dante’s unfinished Convivio).

FRIT M572: Italian Teaching Practicum (1 cr.)
Karolina Serafin

NumberDaysTimeRoom
13900M3:35-5:05BH 107

Graded on a pass/fail basis.

FRIT M605: Seminar in Modern Italian Literature (3-4 cr.)
Marco Arnaudo

NumberDaysTimeRoomCredits
33604
33605
T4:15-6:15CAHI3 cr.
4 cr.

Questo corso copre la storia del fumetto italiano dalle sue origini di primo Novecento sino al ventunesimo secolo. Il discorso sui testi chiave del fumetto italiano si imperniera' sullo specifico espressivo del medium fumetto, come anche sulle caratteristiche che esso assume nel contesto della societa' italiana. I testi analizzati includeranno, tra gli altri, fumetti di epoca fascista, selezioni significative dalla scuderia Bonelli, sperimentazioni visive di Crepax, Andrea Pazienza e del gruppo di Frigidaire, graphic novels dei piu' importanti fumettisti contemporanei, e una selezione dal best seller internazionale Sky Doll. In italiano.

FRIT M815: Individual Reading in Italian Literature (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8542Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M825: Seminar in Italian Literature & Culture (3 cr.)
Antonio Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
20422W
R
3:35-5:30
7:15-9:30 pm
SE 009
CH 001
Lecture
Films
Rosso fuoco. The Cinema of a Transgressive Director: Giuseppe De Santis and Postwar Italian Cinema

This course will bring to the study of Italian cinema in general and of De Santis in particular, a perspective that is uncluttered by fashionable critical trends on either side of the Atlantic. Rather than rely on secondary sources and critical theory, this course will take students to the original historical, political, cinematic documents to validate my thesis on De Santis’ cinema. Students will explore and study a filmmaker and a theoretician, who stood for a different form of militant, political and erotic cinema whose films are fundamental to understand neorealism and postwar Italian Cinema.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
8543ArrangedOn-campus
12826ArrangedOff-campus*

*Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research in Italian (3 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
8513Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.



Spring 2015

French Courses

FRIT F492: Reading French for Graduate Students [CANCELLED] (3 cr.)

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18011TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 135

Prerequisite: F491 or consent of department.

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the B.A. language requirement in another language. Continuation of language and reading development from F491. Credit given for only one of F492 or any of the following: F150, F169, F200, F205, or F219.

FRIT F502: Medieval French Literature II (3 cr.)
Frontières sous influences ou l’art de conter au Moyen Âge
Jacques Merceron

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30594TR4:00-5:30BH 146

Dans ce cours, nous étudierons en particulier la question des limites, limites de toutes natures dans la littérature des 12e et 13e siècles, mais en particulier limites entre les genres narratifs et dramaturgiques, limites spatiales, limites temporelles, limites motivistiques, etc. Le concept et la pratique de la limite ou de la limitation engendrent à leur tour les notions d’intérieur et d’extérieur, donc de frontière et d’identité, mais aussi de seuil, de passages, de porosités possibles entre un extérieur et intérieur définis par la limite, donc d’influences (d’où le titre du cours), voire de transgressions. Sur le plan moral, la limite peut être conçue et pensée en termes de pureté et d’impureté, de rigueur et de laxisme (cf. la fuite hors du « vil siècle »). Sur le plan des personnages du récit, la limite et la transgression peuvent donner lieu à un parcours évolutif, à un itinéraire tant spatial que moral ou spirituel. Voici encore, sans idée de limitation, un bref échantillon de questions qui seront abordés dans ce cours : quels sont les formes matérielles ou immatérielles prises par les limites ? Quelles sont les soubassements idéologiques ayant, au départ, engendré le besoin d’instaurer des limites ? Y a-t-il des frontières intangibles, infranchissables ? Quels sont les risques encourus pour avoir transgressé l’interdit ou le tabou posé par une autorité ? Quel statut et quel sort sont réservés aux transgresseurs des limites ? Quid aussi des passeurs ou facilitateurs des passages, mais aussi des gardiens des passages ? Nous lirons (en éd. ‘bilingues’) des œuvres à contenu religieux (hagiographique, marial, allégorique), telles que La Vie de saint Alexis, Le Voyage de saint Brandan de Benedeit, Le Jeu de saint Nicolas de Jean Bodel, Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame, La Quête du saint Graal, ainsi que des romans d’aventures, d’armes et d’amour comme Le Roman d’Alexandre d’Alexandre de Paris et Le conte de Floire et Blanchefleur de Robert d’Orbigny.

FRIT F523: French 17th-Century Literature and Culture (3 cr.)
Action, Passion, Agency
Hall Bjørnstad

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30602W5:45-7:40BH 221

What does it mean to act, in the world and on the stage? Where do human actions come from? To what extent are they controlled by the passions? And under which circumstances does inaction imply agency? How did the men and women of early modern France think about these questions? What role did gender play in their responses to these questions? What function did literature, philosophy and the arts have in the shaping of human passions and agency? This course has its origin in the observation that many of the most pressing cultural struggles and Querelles of the seventeenth century can be recast as a negotiation about agency: the agency of a Christian believer in relation to divine grace; that of an author or artist towards tradition; that of a text or performance towards its public; that of a cognizing actor trying to make sense of the world, or a political actor trying to master it. We will especially focus on the language of agency. It is an intriguing fact that the mid-seventeenth century is the historical moment where the word "agency" first enters into the English language, while it never made it into French. Through which terms is agency attributed, negotiated, reflected upon in French seventeenth-century texts? Do other terms take on a new weight or new meanings in the absence of a French term for agency? ("creation," "independence," and "novelty") What are the implications of the shifts in the understanding of agency in the seventeenth century? Materials studied will include theatrical plays, theoretical texts, narrative fiction, moralist prose, and visual art. All readings in French (English translations available). Seminar conducted in English.

FRIT F573: Methods of College French Teaching (3 cr.)
Kelly Sax

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30610F10:10-12:05BH 337

FRIT F578: Contrastive Study of French and English (3 cr.)
Kevin Rottet

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30617TR8:00-9:15BH 147

This course focuses on aspects of grammar and pragmatics where French and English make use of different constructions (e.g., phrasal verbs, the expression of verbal aspect, achieving emphasis, etc.). Its objectives are: (1) to identify areas of grammar in which the two languages differ; (2) to explore why these differences exist and what they mean; (3) to distinguish differences that are imposed by the grammar of each language from those that serve as stylistic resources; and (4) to become better writers of French or English (or both) as a result of better understanding the structure of each language. Each week, one specific area of grammar or pragmatics is discussed; the discussion is supplemented and tested against practical problems of translation. Requirements for the course include regularly scheduled short assignments, short oral presentations on a specific area of contrast between French and English, and a term paper which investigates in detail one specific area of contrast by comparing its expression in one or more books and translation(s) thereof.

FRIT F579: Intro to French Morphology (3 cr.)
Barbara Vance

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30622MW4:00-5:15BH 206

Morphology is the study of word structure. In this course, which introduces morphology from the perspective of the structure of French, we will be concerned both with basic questions that must be answered in any theory (such as the elusive definitions of morpheme and word) and with the various approaches to morphology taken within Generative Linguistics in the last 30 years. Among the questions particular to French that we will investigate are the structure of verb endings and the role of the paradigm (inflectional morphology), the status of the feminine desinence (inflection & derivation), the building up of words from roots and suffixes or prefixes (derivation, e.g. emploi+eur), the process of compounding (e.g. la porte-parole, le cessez-le-feu), and the role of clitics (e.g. me, y) in the grammar. In each of these areas we find significant overlap with either phonology or syntax or both, so that a major issue for morphologists is to define the space of morphology in the grammar. Competing views on this matter, from “morphocentrism” (at one extreme) to the complete exclusion of any separate morphological component in the grammar (on the other extreme), are explored. Because issues in generative morphology interact so crucially with both syntactic and phonological theory, the course affords an opportunity for students to solidify their understanding of generative theory as a whole.

FRIT F604: History of the French Language II (3 cr.)
Barbara Vance

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30628TR2:30-3:45BH 107

In this course we will explore in greater theoretical and empirical depth some issues introduced briefly in F603, focusing especially—but not exclusively—on syntax, on the later medieval and early modern periods, and on areas of student interest. We will read texts from the 11th-18th centuries, develop (partial) accounts of their grammatical and phonological systems, and compare these accounts to the comments of 16th and 17th-century grammarians in an attempt to understand the origins of the spoken and written French of today. The semester projects may be on any aspect of the history of the French language as long as it involves close scrutiny of texts from several centuries.

FRIT F635: Studies in 18th-Century French Literature (3 cr.)
The Enlightenment & Other Cultures
Guillaume Ansart

NumberDaysTimeRoom
30634M3:35-5:30BH 235

We will examine representations of non-European cultures in French literature, both fiction and non-fiction, from the Renaissance to the 20th century, with a special focus on the 18th century.

Reading list:

  • Montaigne, "Des Cannibales", "Des Coches"
  • Montesquieu, Lettres persanes
  • Prévost, Histoire d'une Grecque moderne
  • Graffigny, Lettres d'une Péruvienne
  • Voltaire, L'Ingénu
  • Diderot, Supplément au voyage de Bougainville Raynal et Diderot, Histoire des deux Indes (extraits)
  • Rousseau, Discours sur les sciences et les arts, Discours sur l'origine de l'inégalité, Essai sur l'origine des langues
  • Chateaubriand, Atala Lévi-Strauss, Tristes tropiques

FRIT F810: Individual Readings in French and Francophone Civilization (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
21621Arranged

Independent study of a topic in French or Francophone culture/civilization not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT F815: Individual Readings in French Literature and Linguistics (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18014Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain a permission form from the department office.

FRIT F875: Research in French Literature and Language (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
18015ArrangedOn-campus
21624ArrangedOff-campus

Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research (French) (6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18016Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Italian Courses

FRIT M492: Readings in Italian for Graduate Students (4 cr.)
Alicia Vitti

NumberDaysTimeRoom
18036TR7:15-8:45 pmBH 307

Prerequisite: M491 or consent of department.

Open with consent of the instructor to undergraduates who have already completed the B.A. language requirement in another language. Continuation of language and reading development from M491. Credit not given for both M492 and either of the following: M150 or M200.

FRIT M504: Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture (3-4 cr.)
Teorie e pratiche dell'anticlassicismo rinascimentale
Massimo Scalabrini

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
30659
30665
T4:00-6:00BH 3213 cr.
4cr.

La straordinaria energia creativa del Rinascimento italiano è anche il risultato della sua profonda inquietudine. La produzione artistica e letteraria del Rinascimento si situa infatti in un contesto politico-militare di conflitto permanente e in un contesto culturale caratterizzato da scambi fruttuosi e da conflitti laceranti fra mondo antico e moderno, sfera aristocratica e popolare, dimensione locale e globale, centro e periferia, ‘alto’ e ‘basso’. Alle forme e ai valori caratterizzanti del modello culturale canonico del classicismo (dialogo, medietà, convenienza, decoro, conciliazione) rispondono così le forme e i valori di un modello alternativo che per brevità definiremo “anticlassicistico” e che costituirà l’oggetto della nostra ricerca. Ci concentreremo in particolare sui generi dell’epica, della commedia, dell’egloga e del dialogo e su autori quali Pulci, Folengo, Ruzante, Berni e Aretino. Il corso si terrà in italiano.

FRIT M505: Modern Italian Literature and Culture (3-4 cr.)
Teatro di Eduardo De Filippo
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDaysTimeRoomNotes
30671
30677
W4:00-6:00WH 2043 cr.
4 cr.

FRIT M815: Individual Readings in Italian Literature (1-6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18039Arranged

Independent study of a topic not offered in a regular course this semester, under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires departmental authorization. Consult with the professor you would like to work with, and then obtain permission form from the department office.

FRIT M875: Research in Italian Literature (1-12 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/TimeNotes
18040ArrangedOn-campus
21625ArrangedOff-campus

Obtain online permission from the Graduate Secretary.

FRIT G901: Advanced Research (Italian) (6 cr.)
Andrea Ciccarelli

NumberDay/Time
18017Arranged

Obtain online permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.