Queer French (FRE4805.01)

Stephen Shapiro

In this advanced course, we will examine French culture’s engagement with questions of sexuality and gender, with a focus on authors, artists, theorists, and others who have questioned ideas of normative sexuality from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. Authors and texts to be studied may include Marie de France, Gabrielle d’Estrées et une de ses soeurs, Montaigne, Marguerite de Navarre, l’Abbé de Choisy, Charles Perrault (La Belle au bois dormant), le Chevalier d’Eon, Virginie Despentes, Paul Preciado, Wendy Delorme, Abdellah Taïa, Edouard Louis, Bambi (Sebastian Lifshitz), and Parole de King (Chriss Lag). Advanced level. Conducted in French.

Learning Outcomes:
Effectively communicate ideas in the target language, both orally and in writing.
Understand, situate, evaluate, and critique various types of discourse used to write sexuality within multiple contexts.
Understand how sexual and gender identity intersect with nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, and
socio-economic class in the context of French and Francophone literature.
Build your proficiency in spoken and written French
Perfect your spoken French in a formal setting
Progress in spontaneous, interactive communication.
Narrating, describing, and arguing in paragraph-level connected discourse

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Instructor permission required to assess appropriate language proficiency. Contact sshapiro@bennington.edu.
Corequisites: Attendance at CSL speaker series events. Attendance (2 times) at 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