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Fall 2003 Upper-Division and Graduate Course Offerings

199 French Language and World Business (3) W 3:40-4:55. Staff. Examines the importance of foreign trade; provides an overview of the value of language study and international cultural awareness. Restricted to students majoring in French with a L&WB concentration. See the Director for more information.

300 Transitional Grammar Review and Reading (3) MWF 1:25-2:15. TBA. For students who need additional preparation in reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and key areas of grammar before going on to the major or minor. Prereq: French 212, French 218, or equivalent; or appropriate score on French placement test. Students making an A or B in 218 get credit for French 300. May not be counted toward the major or minor.

301 Elements of French for Upper Division and Graduate Students (3) Contact Dr. Karen Levy for time/day. Elements of language, elementary and advanced readings. Open to graduate students preparing for language examinations and upper division students desiring reading knowledge of the language. Undergraduate credit only; does not count toward major or minor in French. Not for credit for those having had 111-112 or equivalent. No auditors.

333 Intermediate Composition and Grammar (3) Two sections offered, both with Dr. Romeiser: MWF 10:10-11:00, MWF 1:25-2:15. Emphasizes writing skills. Review of major grammatical points in French. Required of all majors, although exceptional students may substitute a 400-level course for 333. Prereq: French 212 or 218 or French 300 or permission of instructor.

334 Intermediate Conversation (3) TR 12:40-1:55, Dr. Beauvois. Emphasizes speaking skills. Further review of French grammar. Required of all majors not in the Language and World Business concentration; exceptional students may substitute a 400-level course for 334. Prereq: French 212 or French 218 or French 300 or permission of instructor.

345 French for Business (3) MWF 12:20-1:10, Dr. Romeiser. Contemporary French language as it applies to business transactions. Understanding and composing business letters; oral communication and elements of French culture. Either 334 or 345 may be applied to major, not both. Prereq: 333 or consent of instructor.

351 History of French Literature (3) Two sections offered: TR 11:10-12:25, Dr. Barrette; MWF, 11:15-12:05, Dr. Brady. French literature from the Middle Ages to the 18th century in relation to the specific historical developments that have influenced it. Prereq: 333 or 334 or 345.

412 Seventeenth-Century French Literature (3) MWF 11:15-12:05, Dr. Campion. This course will be taught in French. We will read Molière’s Le Tartuffe, Racine’s Britannicus, fables by La Fontaine, letters by Mme de Sévigné, and Mme de Lafayette’s novel La Princesse de Clèves.

415 Twentieth-Century French Literature (3) TR 9:40-10:55, Dr. Levy. In this course we will explore the ambivalent attitudes toward an often illusory past, the difficulty of confronting the responsibilities of the present, and the possibility of accepting a future, albeit precarious. What does it mean to seek to repress or seek to free oneself from the past, to search for origins that have disappeared, to call up memories in an effort to establish a sense of self, especially in times of great political and social upheaval? We will explore these and other similar questions in representative French texts from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. We will read prose works by writers such as Alain Fournier, André Gide, Albert Camus, Marguerite Duras, Patrick Modiano, J.M.G. Le Clézio, and look at a few poems by writers such as Blaise Cendrars, Guillaume Apollinaire, and René Char. We will also deal with two or three films to complement our reading. The course will be the equivalent of a writing-emphasis course, but students will be able to satisfy those requirements in a number of different ways--short or long papers, textual analyses, essay exams, reports, etc. Please contact me if you would like more information.

422 Advanced Grammar (3) TR 2:10-3:25, Dr. Essif. Improving one’s written French by studying basic and more refined structures of the French language. Writing creative free-style compositions. Prereq: 333 or 334 or 345.

423 Advanced Conversation (1) Taught by French exchange instructor. Monday 3:34-4:25. Informal conversation with native speaker on contemporary topics. Stresses in-class contact rather than outside preparation. Meets two hours a week for one semester credit. Prereq: French 334 or 345.

450 Special Topics: Enlightenment Paris. Dr. McAlpin. Taught in English. Six credits offered over two semesters, including visits to appropriate sites in Paris during Spring Break 2004. Fall semester: Lecture/discussion class on Enlightenment Paris here at U.T., Tues/Thurs. 11:10-12:25. Spring semester: Each student completes a research project related to the general topic and his or her particular interests and chooses a site in Paris related to this research project; the group visits these sites over Spring Break. The group also meets once a week during the spring semester to discuss articles or books related to the general topic. French majors/minors may count 3 hours toward degree. For more information, contact Dr. Mary McAlpin (mmcalpin@utk.edu; 974-6097) or go to http://web.utk.edu/~globe/new/app/paris.pdf.

An undergraduate may take up to 9 hours graduate credit per semester if he/she: 1) is a senior with fewer than 30 hours needed toward degree; 2) has at least a B average (3.0); 3) registers for 15 or fewer hours; 4) obtains approval of the Modern Foreign Languages Department.

510 The French Language (3) TR 12:40-1:55, Dr. Barrette. French as spoken and written from Medieval period to present.

512 Teaching a Foreign Language (3) TR 3:40-4:55, Dr. Arnold. Practical application of methods for teaching and evaluating basic language skills and foreign language skills, and cultural aspects through seminars, demonstrations, peer teaching, and observation of foreign language classes.

530 French Theatre: Theories, Texts, and Performance (3) TR 11:10-12:25, Dr. Essif. The study of French and Francophone theatre from theatrical, literary, and sociocultural points of view. A survey of competing theories of and approaches to dramatic texts and theatrical performance. Three objectives of this course are: 1) to provide a historical overview of the theories and practices of French drama and performance, especially from the seventeenth century to the present; 2) to offer students new tools for understanding and analyzing the performances as well as the texts of French theatre; and 3) to acquaint the students with the contemporary theatre "scene" in France: competing philosophies, institutions, and practices. Through the example of theatrical art, a fourth objective is to provide an overview of modern and postmodern cultural trends in the French and Francophone worlds. To meet these goals, we will examine a variety of written and audiovisual documents. In-class activities will include discussions of texts/documents, short presentations and the creation of short mises-en-scène. Grades will be determined by in-class participation (including oral presentations), a mid-term paper, and one final research paper.