French and Francophone Studies Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
AFR 266 Africa Shoots Back, in transl. (=FRE 366)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fache

Africa Shoots Back examines West African cinema from its beginnings in the early 1960s to today.  The selection of films exposes students to new voices, perspectives and representations of Francophone West Africa from a West African perspective.  We will discuss issues of decolonization and post-colonial cultural economy, as well as analyze traditional African narrative strategies and new and unconventional images.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Visual and Performing Arts.

FRE 101 Elementary French I
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally, for students with no previous instruction in French. (Fall)

Instructor
Slawy-Sutton

Introductory French course developing basic proficiency in the four skills: oral comprehension, speaking, writing, and reading. Requires participation in AT sessions twice a week.

FRE 102 Elementary French II
Prerequisites & Notes

French 101 at Davidson, placement examination, or permission of the department. (Fall and Spring)

Instructor s
Beschea

Continuing development of basic proficiency in the four skills. Requires participation in AT sessions twice a week.

FRE 103 Intensive Beginning French (2 credits)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Jacobus

Beginning French. Learn conversational French quickly. Meets every day for 6 class-hours per week plus meetings with an assistant teacher (AT). Completes two semesters of French in one semester. Equivalent to French 101 and 102. Counts as two courses and prepares for French 201.

FRE 201 Intermediate French Through Cinema
Prerequisites & Notes

French 102 or 103-104 at Davidson, or placement exam.

Instructor s
Kruger, Sainte-Claire

Development of skills in spoken and written French, with extensive oral practice and grammar review. Requires participation in AT session once a week.

Satisfies distribution requirement in foreign language.

FRE 212 Oral Expression, Listening Comprehension and Practical Phonetics
Prerequisites & Notes

French 201, placement examination, or permission of the instructor. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Beschea

Discussion, continuing oral practice, and corrective pronunciation. Requires participation in weekly AT session.

FRE 220 Literature and Madness
Prerequisites & Notes

French 201 or above. (Spring)

Instructor
Sainte-Claire

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.
 

FRE 221 Visions of the City
Prerequisites & Notes

French 210 or above. (Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Written and visual works that imagine cities and their inhabitants. Discussion topics will include the ways in which urban modernity changes Western conceptions of art, the social geography of space, the treatment of class and race, and immigration. Typical authors include Balzac, Baudelaire, Zola, Maupassant, Apollinaire, Aragon, Pérec, and Beyala.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 223 Childhood and Youth
Prerequisites & Notes

French 201 or above. (Fall)

Instructor
Slawy-Sutton

Literature treating the theme, "l'enfance et l'adolescence,'' through different genres and literary periods. Typical authors: Maupassant, Colette, Prévert, Anouilh, Sarraute, Sebbar, Chedid.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 225 Rich and Poor
Prerequisites & Notes

French 201 or above. (Fall)

Instructor
Kruger

Discussion of the theme of wealth and its place in a variety of literary forms and cultural contexts. Readings typically include plays, poetry, and fiction by French and Francophone authors such as Molière, La Bruyère, Balzac, Maupassant, Baudelaire, Proulx, Roy, and La Ferrière.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 226 Geographies of Desire
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Fache

Desire is a passion that has driven men and women to build and destroy empires, and has thus been a topic and subject in French literature since medieval times. This course examines the various forms of desire, and maps the spaces and places in which it is expressed, from France to the confines of the colonial Empire and more recently the Francophone world.

FRE 227 Games People Play
Prerequisites & Notes

French 201 or above. (Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Jacobus

People have long tried to get their own way by playing roles, persuading, cajoling, manipulating, bargaining, teasing, pretending. We follow these themes in great authors: Racine, Camus, Balzac, Prévert, Giraudoux, Anouilh, Follain, Marivaux. Plays, fiction, poetry.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 228 Introduction to Francophone Literature Abroad
Prerequisites & Notes

Course in literature taught by the Davidson program director in Tours.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 229 Introduction to French and/or Francophone Literature Abroad
Prerequisites & Notes

Courses in literature taught by the Davidson program director in Tours.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 230 Québec Through Film
Prerequisites & Notes

Prerequisite: FRE 201 or FRE 212.  Students who have completed FRE 220 or above must enroll in FRE 350.

FRE 230 is dual-listed with FRE 350.

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Kruger

An introduction to contemporary Québec society as portrayed in film, with a focus on questions of individual and collective identities.  Students will develop critical skills as readers of film as they examine feature films, documentaries, and animated short subjects.  Typical directors include Arcand, Dolan, Jutra, Pool and Vallée. 

Satisfies a major requirement in French and Francophone Studies.

Satisfies a minor requirement in French and Francophone Studies.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

FRE 241 Poetry, Passion, Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

FRE 241 is dual-listed with FRE 341. FRE 241 is open to students coming out of FRE 201 or FRE 212 or the equivalents. Students who have completed FRE 220 or above must enroll in FRE 341. FRE 241 does not count in lieu of the requirement in "Introduction to Literature" for departmental majors and minors. (Fall)

Instructor
Jacobus

Poetry by Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Heather Dohollau, Anne Hébert. Close Reading. Resonances with impressionists and other art. Dynamics of image, rhythms, sounds, time, space, emotions, poetic voice.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 242 Autobiographies, Journals, Diaries (=FRE 321)
Prerequisites & Notes

FRE 201 or FRE 212. Students who have completed FRE 220 or above must enroll in FRE 321.

Instructor
Kruger

Reading and discussion of first-person narratives from a variety of periods. Typical authors: Diderot, Guillerargues, Graffigny, Camus, Gide, Duras.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 260 Contemporary France
Prerequisites & Notes

French 201 or above. (Spring)

Instructor
Fache

Contemporary French social and political institutions, attitudes and values, emphasizing current events. Especially recommended for those planning to study in France.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Liberal Studies.

FRE 287 Studies in Civilization and Culture Abroad
Prerequisites & Notes

Courses on topics related to francophone civilization (e.g., culture, history, politics) taken at a university in a French-speaking country.

FRE 288 Studies in Civilization and Culture Abroad
Prerequisites & Notes

Courses on topics related to francophone civilization (e.g., culture, history, politics) taken at a university in a French-speaking country.

FRE 295, 296, 297 Independent Study for Non-Majors
Prerequisites & Notes

Individual work under the direction of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic of study and determines the means of evaluation.

FRE 313 Advanced Grammar Review and Written Expression
Prerequisites & Notes

French 220 or above. (Spring)
 

Instructors
Sainte-Claire

Advanced work in written French.

FRE 320 Husbands, Wives, and Lovers
Prerequisites & Notes

Any course numbered French 220 or above, or permission of the instructor. (Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Kruger

Study of representations of female adultery in the 19th century French novel with emphasis on the social stereotypes and cultural myths at play in French fiction. Typical authors: Flaubert, Barbey d'Aurevilly, Balzac, Sand, Maupassant, Mérimée.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 321 Autobiographies, Journals, Diaries (=FRE 242)
Prerequisites & Notes

Any course numbered French 220 or above, or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

Instructor
Kruger

Reading and discussion of first-person narratives from a variety of periods. Typical authors: Diderot, Guillerargues, Graffigny, Camus, Gide, Duras.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 329 Studies in the Novel
Prerequisites & Notes

French 220 or above, or permission of the instructor. (Fall)

Instructor
Sutton

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 340 Symbolist Poets: Drugs, Music, Revolt
Prerequisites & Notes

Any course numbered French 220 or above. (Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Jacobus

Study of late 19th-century innovators in poetry: Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Mallarmé, and of their use of metaphor, syntax, image, rhythm, tonality, and literary references.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 341 Poetry, Passion, Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

Any course numbered French 220 or above, or permission of the instructor. (Fall)
FRE 341 is dual-listed with FRE 241.

Instructor
Jacobus

Poetry by Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Heather Dohollau, Anne Hébert. Close Reading. Resonances with impressionists and other art. Dynamics of image, rhythms, sounds, time, space, emotions, poetic voice.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 343 Cubist and Surrealist Poets
Prerequisites & Notes

Any course numbered 220 or above, or permission of the instructor. (Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Jacobus

Study of Cubist and Surrealist artists, in particular poetry from the 1900s to 1930s: Appollinaire, Reverdy, Eluard, Aragon, and Breton.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.
 

FRE 350 Québec Through Film
Prerequisites & Notes

Prerequisite: FRE 201 or FRE 212.  Students who have completed FRE 220 or above must enroll in FRE 350.

FRE 350 is dual-listed with FRE 230.

(Not offered 2015-16.)

Instructor
Kruger

An introduction to contemporary Québec society as portrayed in film, with a focus on questions of individual and collective identities.  Students will develop critical skills as readers of film as they examine feature films, documentaries, and animated short subjects.  Typical directors include Arcand, Dolan, Jutra, Pool and Vallée. 

Satisfies a major requirement in French and Francophone Studies.

Satisfies a minor requirement in French and Francophone Studies.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Visual and Performing Arts.

FRE 363 Québec: Literature, Society, and Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

Any course numbered French 220 or above. (Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Kruger

Study of questions concerning Québec society. Focus on texts, events, and movements that have shaped this dynamic and diverse French-speaking society. Typical authors include Poulin, Hébert, Proulx, Chen, Micone, Lalonde, and Hémon.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 364 Paris Noir/Black Paris
Prerequisites & Notes

FRE 212 Oral Expression or FRE 222 Introduction to Literature or FRE 260 Contemporary France

Instructor
Fache

This course examines the lives and works of artists and intellectuals from Africa, the African Diaspora and the US in Paris (1920-1960).


Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a requirement in French & Francophone Studies major and minor.
Satisfies an elective requirement in Africana Studies major. 

FRE 366 Africa Shoots Back, in transl. (=AFR 266)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fache

Africa Shoots Back examines West African cinema from its beginnings in the early 1960s to today.  The selection of films exposes students to new voices, perspectives and representations of Francophone West Africa from a West African perspective.  We will discuss issues of decolonization and post-colonial cultural economy, as well as analyze traditional African narrative strategies and new and unconventional images.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Visual and Performing Arts.

FRE 368 France and Métissage
Prerequisites & Notes

Any course numbered 220 or above. (Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Fache

Course explores the concept of métissage in the contemporary French literary context.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 389 European Union Politics
Prerequisites & Notes

Courses on topics related to francophone civilization (e.g., culture, history, politics) taken at a university in a French-speaking country.

European Union Politics counts an an elective for the Political Science major.

FRE 390 Studies in Civilization and Culture Abroad
Prerequisites & Notes

Courses on topics related to francophone civilization (e.g., culture, history, politics) taken at a university in a French-speaking country.

FRE 395, 396, 397 Independent Study for Majors
Prerequisites & Notes

Individual work under the direction of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic of study and determines the means of evaluation. 

FRE 490 Joséphine Baker
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall 2016)

Instructor
Fache

The senior seminar will look into French society through the life of jazz entertainer and WWII resistant Joséphine Baker.

 

FRE 491 Senior Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

An in-depth study of a literary theme, genre, movement, author, or topic of civilization in close consultation with a faculty adviser. Required of all senior majors in the spring semester, except those students enrolling in 499 Senior Honors Thesis.

FRE 499 Senior Honors Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

Seniors who satisfy requirements for admission to the departmental honors program enroll in 499. A written request containing a brief description of the thesis project and a working bibliography is submitted to the department for consideration no later than the fifth week of the fall semester of the senior year. Approval of project proposal constitutes permission to enroll in 499. An oral defense of the thesis is required.