French

Eric Eich

Language(s): 
English
Language(s): 
French
Language(s): 
Spanish

Cécile Tresfels

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Contact: 

cecile2@stanford.edu

Office Hours: 
by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Renaissances
Language(s): 
French

Ideas of Africa in Atlantic Writing

Subject Code: 
COMPLIT
Course Number: 
145B
Crosslisted as: 
COMPLIT 345B
Crosslisted as: 
FRENCH 145B
Crosslisted as: 
FRENCH 345B
Description: 

 

This course examines the ways Anglophone and Francophone writers from the African, Caribbean and North Atlantic have represented Africa as a geographic, aesthetic and political space where one may think through problems of history, community and identity formation, art, language and the author's function. The course begins with Equiano and may include DuBois, Césaire, Senghor, Maryse Condé, Bessie Head, Phillip Gourevitch, Antjie Krog, and Barack Obama. Graduate students read in original French.
Term: 
Spr
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
T 2:15 PM - 5:05 PM

Imagining the Oceans

Subject Code: 
COMPLIT
Course Number: 
168
Crosslisted as: 
FRENCH 168
Description: 

 

How has Western culture constructed the world's oceans since the beginning of global ocean exploration? How have imaginative visions of the ocean been shaped by marine science, technology, exploration, commerce and leisure? Readings might include voyage accounts by Cook and Darwin, sailors' narratives by Equiano and Dana, poetry by Coleridge, Bishop and Walcott, novels by Melville, Verne, Conrad and Woolf. Visual culture might include paintings by Turner and Redon, and films by Jean Painlevé, Kathryn Bigelow, Jerry Bruckheimer and James Cameron. Critical texts will be drawn from interdisciplinary theorists of modernity and mobility, such as Schmitt, Wallerstein, Corbin, Latour, Deleuze + Guattari, and Cresswell.
Instructor: 
Margaret Cohen
Term: 
Spr
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
5
Day/Time: 
TTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

The Craft of Confession and Its Cultural Contexts

Subject Code: 
FRENCH
Course Number: 
331
Description: 

 

Course examines medieval treatises and literature relating to the practice of confession as well as modern examples, with a focus on medieval concern with a sincere and authentic confession in theological, ethical, and aesthetic terms. Study includes expressions of subjectivity, institutional frameworks of confession, and the phenomenon as an instrument for political activity such as crusade. Texts: Augustine's Confessions, pastoral treatises, Aquinas, Arthurian romances concerning the Grail legend, crusade lyric, and Foucault; films such as Dreyer and martyrdom videos.
Instructor: 
Marisa Galvez
Term: 
Spr
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
5
Day/Time: 
T 2:15 PM - 5:05 PM

Conceiving Other Worlds: Travel Narrative and Science Fiction in Early-Modern France

Subject Code: 
FRENCH
Course Number: 
221
Description: 

 

This course will concentrate on the important role of science fiction and travel literature in early-modern France. Although these narratives were intended to describe distant worlds and different ways of living, they frequently revealed more about the aspirations, assumptions, hopes, and concerns of the cultures in which they originated than about their actual subject matter. Authors frequently sought to determine the identity and uniqueness of their own cultures by contrasting them against the 'otherness' of their imagined subjects. Similarly, by describing either utopian or dystopian civilizations, writers attempted to highlight the problems that plagued their own societies. Among other texts, we will read selections from Montaigne's Essais, Cyrano de Bergerac's L'Autre monde ou les états et empires de la Lune, Huygens's Nouveau traité de la pluralité des mondes, Fontenelle's Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes, Voltaire's Micromegas, Bougainville's Voyage autor du monde, and Diderot's Supplement au voyage de Bougainville. Taught in English. Readings in French (English translations available).
Term: 
Spr
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
4-5
Day/Time: 
W 2:15 PM - 5:05 PM

Representation and Theatre Culture in 20th Century France

Subject Code: 
FRENCH
Course Number: 
210
Crosslisted as: 
TAPS 353
Description: 

 

This course will examine some major French playwrights such as Alfred Jarry, Eugene Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Jean Tardieu, Albert Camus or Jean Anouilh in their global cultural environment. Discussion in English; French majors read in French.
Instructor: 
Jean-Marie Apostolidès
Term: 
Spr
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
5
Day/Time: 
Th 2:15 PM - 5:05 PM

Nation in Motion: Film, Race, and Immigration in Contemporary French Cinema

Subject Code: 
FRENCH
Course Number: 
122
Crosslisted as: 
FRENCH 235
Description: 

 

An examination of the current debates in France regarding national identity, secularism, and the integration of immigrants, notably from the former colonies. Confronts films' and other media's visual and discursive rhetorical strategies used to represent ethnic or religious minorities, discrimination, citizens' resistance to government policies, inter-racial marriages, or women's rights within immigrant communities. By embodying such themes in stories of love, hardships, or solidarity, the motion pictures make the movements and emotions inherent to immigration tangible: to what effect? Taught in French. Films in French with English subtitles. Additional paper for students enrolled in 235. UG Reqs: GER:DBHum, GER:ECGlobalCom
Instructor: 
Cécile Alduy
Term: 
Spr
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3
Day/Time: 
TTh 12:35 PM - 2:05 PM

Getting Through Proust

Subject Code: 
FRENCH
Course Number: 
228E
Description: 

 

Selections from In Search of Lost Time. Themes: habit, heredity, constitution of the self; language, names, metaphor, and metonymy; aesthetics, music, photography, and painting; truth, lies, belief, and disenchantment; sleep, dreams, memory, time, modernity, and technology; friendship, love, homosexuality, jealousy, and mediated desire. Taught in English; readings in French or English.
Instructor: 
Joshua Landy
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
Th 6:15 PM - 9:05 PM

Songs of Love and War: Gender, Crusade, Politics

Subject Code: 
FRENCH
Course Number: 
205
Crosslisted as: 
FEMGEN 205
Description: 

 

Analysis of medieval love, satirical and Crusade lyrics of the trouabdours. Study of deictic address, corporeal subjectivity, the female voice, love debates, and the body as a figure of political conflict. Course readings include medieval treatises on lyric and modern translations of the troubadour tradition. Works by Ovid, Bernart de Ventadorn, Bertran de Born, La Comtessa de Dia, Thibaut de Champagne, Raimon Vidal, Dante, and Pound. Taught in English. Course includes a lab component for creation of multi-media translation projects: trobar. stanford.edu.
Instructor: 
Marisa Galvez
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
Th 2:15 PM - 5:05 PM
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