Mouvements (FRE4404.01)

Stephen Shapiro

This course will examine movement–travel, migration, and transition–in the French-speaking world. We’ll examine the travel tale as philosophical form (Candide), the sonnet, Orientalism, the graphic novels of Marjane Satrapi, queer movement in the work of Abdellah Taïa, the North Atlantic Triangle (Maboula Soumahoro), and the gender transition of Océan. Students will write a variety of critical and creative texts, make individual and group presentations, and develop their reading skills. Conducted in French. Intermediate-high level.

Learning Outcomes:
Analyze the intersection of travel and migration with questions of class, race, and sexuality
Effectively communicate ideas in the target language, both orally and in writing
Perfect your spoken French in a formal setting and progress in spontaneous, interactive communication.
Enrich your vocabulary and develop an ease with increasingly complex syntactical structures.
Narrating, describing, and arguing in paragraph-level connected discourse

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Appropriate level of previous study required. Entering students will be placed based on their record of previous study of French. Other students should consult Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly ( for registration.
Corequisites: Attendance at CSL Speakers Series. Participation (two times per term) in French Table.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , French , Fully In-Person
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