French


Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
FR 101-102. Elementary French (4, 1). 4 credits each semester.
The fundamentals of French through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Practice in pronunciation and development of comprehension. One hour's work a week in the language laboratory.
FR 109. Accelerated Review of Elementary French (3, 1). 3 credits.
Reviews: elementary French grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in French. One hour's work a week in the language laboratory. For students who have had no more than two or three years of French in high school and qualify through the placement exam. Prerequisite: Permission of department head.
FR 231-232. Intermediate French. 3 credits each semester.
A thorough review of grammar, vocabulary building, conversation, composition and reading. Prerequisite: One year of college French or equivalent.
*FR 265-266. French Literature in Translation. 3 credits each semester.
First semester: French literature to 1800; second semester: 1800 to the present. All lectures and readings are in English. Does not count toward a major, minor or licensure in French.
FR 300. French Conversation and Composition. 3 credits.
Intensive training in the use and comprehension of modern, everyday French with emphasis on conversation and composition to give students confidence to express themselves in idiomatic French. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 232 or equivalent.
FR 307. History of French Civilization. 3 credits.
A study of the social, economic, political and artistic development of France from the Middle Ages to the present. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 300.
FR 308. Contemporary French Civilization. 3 credits.
A study of French life and culture with emphasis on contemporary France. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 300.
FR 315. French Phonetics. 3 credits.
Intensive drill in French sounds and intonation patterns. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 232 or equivalent.
FR 320. Advanced French Grammar. 3 credits.
Advanced course in morphology and syntax with extensive practice in composition. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 300 or equivalent.
FR 330. Business French. 3 credits.
A study of commercial and technical vocabulary and trade customs in conjunction with practice in the art of commercial communication including interviews, letter writing and simultaneous interpretation. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 320.
FR 335. Introduction to French Literature. 3 credits.
A study of the main literary schools from Classicism to the Nouveau Roman. Textual analysis of sample writings representative of the most important literary movements. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 320. Required for majors.
FR 339. A Survey of French Literature. 3 credits.
339A: A thorough analysis of selected passages from important authors of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. 339B: A thorough analysis of selected passages from important authors of the 17th Century. 339C: A thorough analysis of selected passages from important authors of the Age of Enlightenment. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 335.
FR 400. Advanced Conversation. 3 credits.
Discussions deal with topics of current interest. Prerequisite: FR 320.
FR 405: Nineteenth-Century French Literature. 3 credits.
405A.: French literature of the first half of the 19th century with special emphasis on the works of Hugo, Lamartine, Vigny and Musset. 405B: French literature of the second half of the 19th Century with special emphasis on the works of Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert and Zola. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 339.
FR 420. Advanced Genre Studies. 3 credits.
420A.: A study of French theater, from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. 420B: A study of French poetry, from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. 420C: A study of French narrative fiction, from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 339.
FR 425. Twentieth-Century French Literature. 3 credits.
425A: A study of the works of major French writers of the first half of the 20th Century. 425B: A study of contemporary French novels written since 1950 with the emphasis on current fiction. Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: FR 339.
FR 440. Stylistics and Translation. 3 credits.
An intensive course in writing and translation from and into English and French. Contemporary topics taken from various fields. Comparative terminology. Prerequisite: FR 320.
FR 465. French Cinema 1930-1980. 3 credits.
A study of French cinematography from 1930 to 1980. Emphasis given on the following directors: Renoir, Pagnol, Carné-Prévert, Cocteau, Vadim, Chabrol, Resnais, Godard, Rohmer, Lelouch, Truffaut and Malle. Instruction is in French. Counts as a culture course, not as a literature course. Prerequisite: FR 320.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
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James Madison University