French Literature Courses:
French 401, Les Misérables, Spring 2017 (Assistant in Instruction)
A detailed exploration of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. We will pick out as many as we can of its uncountable threads, from military history to revolution and revolt, industrial expansion, religious and moral thought, antiquarianism, family relations, oppression and justice, the city of Paris, dialectal speech, sentimentality, romantic love — in short, to grasp and appreciate a vast novel that contains all stories ever told. In addition, we will look at the afterlife of Les Misérables in different forms and places, from Yiddishland to Mumbai, from musicals to movies.
French 207, Studies in French Language and Style, Fall and Spring 2017
A study of French contemporary culture and society. Intensive oral and written study of vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions prepares students for advanced courses in French literature and civilization and for working programs in French-speaking countries. Small class format. Strong emphasis on discussion. Film series. Intensive practical training in oral and written French.
French Language Courses:
French 107, Spring 2016 (Assistant in Instruction, sole instructor)
The main objective of this course is to develop students’ listening, speaking and writing skills, while giving them a foundation for understanding and appreciation of French-speaking cultures. There is a thorough review of French grammar and a selection of cultural units chosen to improve proficiency and give practice of newly acquired linguistic material.
French 103, Fall 2013 (Assistant in Instruction, sole instructor)
FRE 103 is an intensive beginning and intermediate language course designed for students who have already studied French (typically no more than 2-3 years). Covering in one semester the material presented in FRE 101 and FRE 102, this course prepares students to take FRE 107 the following semester. Classroom activities include comprehension and grammar exercises, conversation, skits, and working with a variety of audio-visual materials.
French 101, Fall 2012 (Assistant in Instruction, sole instructor)
This class develops the basic structures and vocabulary for understanding, speaking, writing, and reading in French. Classroom activities foster communication and cultural competence through comprehension and grammar exercises, skits, conversation and the use of a variety of audio-visual materials.
Literature of Gastronomy, Spring 2014, Professor Pietro Frassica
Title of Guest Lecture: “A Gastronomical Introduction to Italo Calvino”
This course studies Italian novels and short stories in English translation, works of visual art, and films which thematize food as reality and metaphor, examining how eating functions within ideological and mythological structures of modern society. Topics will include ‘Futurist’ cuisine as an aesthetic experience and a prophetic vision, writing during the war, and sublime and erotic cuisine.
Initiation à la recherche littéraire, Spring 2015, Professor Christelle Reggiani
Ce cours fait partie des enseignements de tronc commun. Il vise à initier les étudiants aux problématiques d’analyse du discours, qui sont appliquées plus particulièrement au discours littéraire. On présente ainsi quelques notions de base (scène d’énonciation, ethos, genre et type de discours, interdiscours, auctorialité, aphorisation…) en les inscrivant dans une approche qui met en cause une conception réductrice de la distinction entre texte et contexte.