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The French Language Program offers teachers the opportunity to improve their skills, earn credit for professional development or continuing education, or qualify for a three-year MAT degree program. Teachers interested in joining the MAT program in French may apply after successful completion of two French courses in the World Languages Institute. The MAT program, which requires thirty credits of course work in French methodology, language, culture, or literature, is designed primarily for individuals already teaching French. These courses may be accepted for state certification. Details of the MAT program are available at the Department of French or its web site at http://french.rutgers.edu.

SUMMER 2018

Additional Course Offerings: See Core Curriculum


STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CULTURE: CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CULTURE, ART, MUSEUM (CR. 3.)
16:420:505:R1:03393
HYBRID; 7/9 - 7/20; M-F, 10:30 AM-3:30 PM; AB-3100
ON-CAMPUS DATES: 7/9, 7/10, 7/11, 7/12, 7/16, 7/17
ONLINE DATES: 7/13, 7/18, 7/19, 7/20
PALPACUER
 
This course will survey the modern art form known in French as bande dessinée, from its beginnings - that is, its invention during the Romantic era by the Swiss educator Rodolphe Töpffer, and its emergence several decades later in the mass culture of the 1890s - to its remarkable development in France (and Belgium) throughout the 20th century, resulting in the extraordinary (though still controversial) popularity it enjoys today. Comparisons with the parallel evolution of comics in the United States will help us understand what is specific (or not) to the French notion of la b.d. We will study examples from all the great classics of the genre, from Töpffer's Histoire d'Albert to Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, and reflect along the way on the possible uses of this material in the classroom. Conducted in French.

FRENCH LITERATURE FOR TEACHERS OF FRENCH: LET'S GO SHOPPING! (CR. 3.)
16:420:510:S1:04365
HYBRID; 7/30 - 8/15; M-F, 1:30 PM-5:45 PM; AB-2200
ON-CAMPUS DATES: 8/2, 8/3, 8/7, 8/8, 8/10, 8/13
ONLINE DATES: 8/6, 8/9, 8/14, 8/15
AUBERT

For centuries, literary representations of animals have had one thing in common: their not being about animals. The creatures that run, crawl or fly across fables, tales and bestiaries hardly ever stand for themselves, but for humans, whose qualities they either symbolize or are shown lacking. Just as philosophers who denied animals a soul, writers have consistently failed to answer the question what is it to be human? without denigrating other species. In recent years, however, thinkers from all horizons have addressed this failure and criticized the dualism between humanity and animality as fallacious. This course proposes to analyze this shift in 20th and 21st century French fiction. Pondering over the extinction of the orangutan, envisioning a world taken over by ants or imagining life in Paris with a python, the writers we will study have redefined the relationship between human and nonhuman animals in fresh, humorous, and certainly more equitable terms.Conducted in French.


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