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Mary J Baker

Professor Emeritus PhD, Harvard University

Biography

Interests:  French Renaissance prose; narrative theory

FR 612 • Accel Sec-Year Fr: Four Skills

36330 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm HRH 2.112
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French 612L is the second year, four-skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) language course that develops your ability to communicate in French.  The course contains a systematic treatment of intermediate vocabulary and grammar and an introduction to la francophonie—the cultures of the French-speaking world (e.g., Europe, Canada, Africa, etc.) and their forms of artistic expression (e.g., literature, cinema, art, etc.).



Required Texts:

  1. Megharbi, Pellet, Blyth, Foerster.  2008. Pause-café.  McGraw Hill.
  2. Pause-café cahier d’activités (workbook and lab manual)
  3. Pause-café audio program available free at www.mhhe.com/pausecafe <http://www.mhhe,com/pausecafe>

FR 390K • Intro To The Renaissance

36505 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm HRH 2.106C
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Prerequisite:  Graduate standing and twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in French.

Introduction to the Renaissance

This course is a general introduction to the concept of the Renaissance in France, and to five major Renaissance writers.  We will study sonnets of Ronsard and Du Bellay not only from an historical perspective, but from a technical perspective as well, examining, for example, techniques of closure. Concentrating on Pantagruel and Gargantua, we will study Rabelais in the context of Renaissance humanism, and also from a more modern critical perspective, looking, for example, at the use of irony. The study of the Heptaméron will examine such topics as Marguerite de Navarre's depiction of differences between men and women, and the difficulty of extracting meaning from a fictional text when that text appears to propose multiple and even contradictory messages. Finally, we will read Montaigne's Essais with reference to the unsettled political climate in the latter part of the sixteenth century, and we will pay particularly close attention to that author's use of rhetoric and paradox. Accommodations will be made for students who have a reading --  but not a speaking --  knowledge of French.

Grading:

Hour exams (2):  25%
Final Exam:  25%
Paper (12 pp, minimum):  25%
Class participation:  25%

Texts

Ronsard, les Amours (packet)
Du Bellay, Regrets, Antiquités (packet)
Marguerite de Navarre, l'Heptaméron (Flammarion)

Rabelais, Pantagruel, Gargantua (packet)
Montaigne, Essais (packet)

 

FR 612 • Accel Sec-Year Fr: Four Skills

36475 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 1100-1200 PAR 310
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French 612 is an accelerated second-year French course that serves to
continue the development of your communication abilities in French by
practicing the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing and
reading. Additionally, this course serves to broaden your knowledge of
francophone culture.

The prerequisite to enroll in this course is the completion of French
507 or 508 with a C or better, or the equivalent in a placement test.


This will be the LAST semester this course will be offered.

FR 612 • Accel Sec-Year Fr: Four Skills

36770 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 1000-1100 MEZ 1.208
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French 612 is an accelerated second-year French course that serves to
continue the development of your communication abilities in French by
practicing the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing and
reading. Additionally, this course serves to broaden your knowledge of
francophone culture.

The prerequisite to enroll in this course is the completion of French
507 or 508 with a C or better, or the equivalent in a placement test.


This will be the LAST semester this course will be offered.

FR 326K • Intro Fr Lit I: Mid Ages-18c

36970 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 1200-100pm PAR 302
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FR 612 • Accel Sec-Year Fr: Four Skills

35880 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 1100-1200 CAL 200
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French 612 is an accelerated second-year French course that serves to
continue the development of your communication abilities in French by
practicing the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing and
reading. Additionally, this course serves to broaden your knowledge of
francophone culture.

The prerequisite to enroll in this course is the completion of French
507 or 508 with a C or better, or the equivalent in a placement test.


This will be the LAST semester this course will be offered.

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