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François P Lagarde

Professor Emeritus PhD, Stanford

Associate Professor

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Biography

François Lagarde was born and raised in France. He immigrated to the United States at age 25. He earned a BA and an MA from Université Toulouse-Le Mirail, an MA from West Virginia University and a PhD in French from Stanford University.

He taught at Wellesley College for three years before joining UT-Austin.

Three areas of interest:

- French Literature of the Seventeenth century, all genres. In particular, Molière, Pascal and satirical poetry.

- The Francophone world, in particular the Antilles and Africa (political and literary). He is also interested in French immigration (past and present) to the United States.

- Rwanda 1994. François Lagarde is presently working on a book on the Rwandan genocide as seen by Francophone and Anglophone journalists, witnesses, polemists, novelists, judges, and historians.

 

In addition to about two dozens of articles, François Lagarde has published, edited or translated:

1. René Girard ou la Christianisation des sciences humaines, New York: Peter Lang, coll. Sociocriticism, 1994

2. La Persuasion et ses effets: Essai sur la réception en France au XVIIe siècle, Biblio 17, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1995

3. L'Esprit en France au XVIIe siècle (Editor), Biblio 17, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1997

4. The French in Texas: History, Migration, Culture, (Editor), University of Texas Press, 2003

5. Français aux États-Unis (1990-2005): Migration, langue, culture, économie, Bern: Peter Lang, 2007

6.  The Wrecking of La Salle's Ship Aimable and the Trial of Claude Aigron, by Robert S. Weddle, Translations by François Lagarde, University of Texas Press, 2009

   
     

 


 

FR 340P • Making And Identity Of France

37145 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm HRH 2.112
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The general political history of France, from the nation's inception to its current existence as part of the European Community.

Prerequisite: French 320E.

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

FR 391K • La Nouvelle

37210 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am HRH 2.106C
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The Short Story in French Literature

François Lagarde

HRH 3.104B

lagarde@austin.utexas.edu

On situera le genre de la nouvelle dans l’histoire littéraire française: origines, évolutions,

temps forts, de l’Heptaméron à la revue Brèves. On se penchera sur les problèmes

critiques de la nouvelle: sa place parmi les formes brèves et face au conte et au roman; sa

typologie (la nouvelle morale, la nouvelle philosophique, la nouvelle fantastique, la

nouvelle-instant, etc.); ses spécificités formelles et idéologiques.

La nouvelle étant courte, il est possible d’en lire un grand nombre. Nous nous arrêterons

plus longtemps sur Maupassant. Notre chrestomathie comprendra une (1) nouvelle tirée

des oeuvres ou des auteurs suivants:

Charles Sorel, Les Nouvelles françoises (1623)

Paul Scarron, Nouvelles tragi-comiques (1655)

Jean de La Fontaine, Contes et Nouvelles en vers (1665)

Voltaire, Jeannot et Colin (1764)

Denis Diderot, Les deux amis de Bourbonne (1770)

Florian, Bliombéris, Pierre, Célestine, Sophronime, Sanche, Bathmendi (1784)

Charles Nodier, Trilby, ou le lutin d’Argaïl, nouvelle écossaise (1822)

Xavier de Maistre, Les Prisonniers du Caucase (1825)

Théophile Gautier, La morte amoureuse, (1836)

Prosper Mérimée, La Vénus d'Ille (1837)

Alphonse Daudet, Lettres de mon moulin (1866)

Émile Zola, L’Attaque du moulin (1880)

Marguerite Yourcenar, Nouvelles orientales (1938)

Nathalie Sarraute, Tropismes (1939)

Jean-Paul Sartre, Le Mur (1939)

Vercors, le Silence de la mer (1942)

Marcel Aymé, le Passe-muraille (1943)

Samuel Beckett, Nouvelles et textes pour rien (1946-1950)

Albert Camus, L'Exil et le royaume (1957)

Julien Gracq, La Presqu'île (1970)

Roger Grenier, Une maison place des Fêtes (1972)

Daniel Boulanger, Fouette cocher! (1973)

Leïla Sebbar, La Jeune Fille au balcon (1996)

Nous entreprendrons de lire intégralement

Guy de Maupassant, Mademoiselle Fifi (1882) et/ou les Contes de la bécasse (1883).

La note sera basée sur le travail en classe, un examen et un essai final.

De nombreux textes sont accessibles en ligne (Gallica, etc.) mais un packet est aussi à

prévoir.

Les lectures et la classe sont en français; les travaux écrits dans la langue d’apprentissage.

FR 340T • France & Francophn World Today

36860 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.212
(also listed as EUS 347 )
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FR 390L • French Classicism

36915 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm HRH 2.106C
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François Lagarde

FR390K: 17th Century

Spring 2013

 

French Classicism

 

In France, Classicism is a modern concept (post-French Revolution), that applies to literature and philosophy, music and the arts, or economics and sciences, in reference to several countries and periods (from Antiquity to 20th century fashion). We will concentrate on French Classicism as it flourished in and around the 17th century. This Classicism, as “opposed” to Baroque, Mannerism, Neoclassicism, Romanticism or Modernism, has been defined and redefined, championed and refuted, force-taught, misunderstood, and deconstructed extensively. It is still necessary to examine its matter, its ideology and its poetics in order to understand French literary history. “Classic” concepts such as imitation, reason, mediocritas, vraisemblance, bienséance, naturel or honnêteté were developed by French humanists from the 16th and the 17th centuries.

 

The course will be in two parts: the first one will consist in an introduction to the full century, with readings of excerpts. Special attention to “les ouvriers du classicisme”, Vaugelas, Guez de Balzac, Bouhours, Chapelain, l'abbé d'Aubignac and Boileau.

This section will close with a comprehensive exam (25%).

 

The second part will focus on five “classical” works which we will study in full, and in depth:

- Corneille, Horace

- Racine, Britannicus

- Pascal, Les Provinciales

- La Rochefoucauld, Les Maximes

- Mme de Lafayette, La Princesse de Clèves

This section will close with an exam (25%) and an essay (50%).

 

All lectures, class work, and readings in French. Exams and essay in French or English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FR 340T • France & Francophn World Today

36715 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 306
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An introduction to the francophone world outside of France, from historical, geographical, and cultural perspectives. Particular focus on Quebec, the United States, the Caribbean (Haïti, Martinique and Guadeloupe), the Maghreb, Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Rwanda, Madagascar,  Reunion), and the Pacific. Readings from literature and newspapers (e. g. Le Monde).

Readings, class work, and assignments in French.

A packet will have to be purchased.

Grading Policy

Grade based on participation, quizzes, one midterm exam, and one final paper.

FR 390M • French Travel Literature

36760 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm HRH 2.106C
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FRENCH TRAVEL LITERATURE

 An introduction to French/francophone travel literature (FTL), with concentration on 19th and 20th centuries, and with emphasis on literature. FTL is found in many forms: travel logs, letters, reportages, witness accounts, essays, even novels. It includes travels to “the ends” of the world as well as to the author’s own backyard. From pre-colonial to colonial and post-colonial times, FTL comes with its own set of formal and philosophical problems, which we will consider. We will survey and close-read short excerpts at the same time. We may revisit Said’s Orientalism and its critical aftermath. Ideally, we will read Bouvier’s L’usage du monde, a contemporary classic of FTL, in its entirety.

 

Excerpts (tentative list)

Alphonse de Chateaubriand, Itinéraire de Paris à Jérusalem, 1811

Stendhal, Mémoires d’un touriste, 1837

Victor Hugo, Le Rhin: Lettres à un ami, 1842

Astolphe de Custine, La Russie en 1839, 1843

Gustave Flaubert; Maxime Du Camp, Par les champs et par les grèves, 1847

Gérard de Nerval, Le Voyage en Orient, 1851

Pierre Loti, Fantôme d'Orient, 1892

Isabelle Eberhardt, Mes Journaliers, 1923

André Gide, Voyage au Congo,1927

Albert Londres, Terre d'ébène, 1929

Charles-Albert Cingria, Pendeloques alpestres, 1929

Victor Segalen, Equipée, 1929

Michel Leiris, L’Afrique fantôme, 1934

Simone de Beauvoir, L’Amérique au jour le jour, 1947

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes tropiques, 1955

In full:

Nicolas Bouvier, L’usage du monde, 1963

FR 372 • Comparative Stylistics

36935 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.212
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An advanced study of French grammar and vocabulary with emphasis on registers, faux amis, homonyms, synonyms, paronyms, prepositions and other instances where English language pattern can easily provoke errors in French. Exercises in translation and composition.

Grade: quizzes/assignments/participation 40%; 3 exams (home or class) 60%

Prerequisites   FR 320E AND FR 322E

Texts Using French: A Guide to Contemporary Usage R. E. Batchelor, M. H. Offord Cambridge University Press, 2000 ISBN-13: 9780521645935 | ISBN-10: 052164593X

 

FR 390L • Moliere & 17-C Classcl Comedy

36960 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm HRH 2.106C
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The course will a) introduce participants to French Classical literature (17th century); b) concentrate on comedy (publics, authors, actors, and plays; emphasis on Molière; some minores)

Grade: one presentation (20%); one exam (30%); one term paper (50%)

Corneille, L'Illusion comique, Le Menteur

Racine, Les Plaideurs

Molière, Les Précieuses ridicules, L'Impromptu de Versailles, Le Misanthrope, Dom Juan, Les Femme savantes

Boileau, Art Poétique

La Bruyère, Caractères

Scarron, Le Roman comique

Florent Dancourt, Le Chevalier à la mode

Catherine Durand, Comédies et Proverbes

 

 

 

FR 340T • France & Francophn World Today

36455 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 1
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This course is taught in French

 

An introduction to the francophone world outside of France from historical, geographical, and cultural perspectives. Particular focus on France, Canada, the United States, the French Caribbean, the Maghreb, and Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, rwanda, Mdagascar, Reunion).

 

Grading Policy

Readings, Lectures, class work and assignments in French.

 

Texts

A packet to be purchased.

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