French Language & Literature
The French program at New College offers courses at all levels of French language and courses and tutorials on French and Francophone literature, both in English translation and in the original. Literature course offerings change each year and include surveys and studies of a particular author, genre, or theme, from medieval chansons through twenty-first-century fiction. Recently offered courses include Double Stories: Historic/Heuristic Fictions; World War II France in Film and Fiction; Proust's Remembrance of Things Past; The Twentieth-Century French Novel; The French Renaissance: Humanism and Humor; Twentieth-Century Drama; Literary Movements of the Nineteenth Century; Giving Voice to Identity: Francophone Literatures from the Americas; Beyond the Hexagon: the Politics of Francophone Literature; L’ amour interdit; Le rire à travers les siècles; and Contes et Conteurs.
Students may complete an Area of Concentration in French, with a literary focus, or in French Studies, which has a cultural focus. In both cases, students are required to have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written French, as demonstrated by the completion of Advanced French or the equivalent, and strongly satisfactory evaluations in courses conducted in French. Students are strongly encouraged to arrange an Independent Study Project or off-campus semester in a French-speaking country or region.
For program requirements, click here for the General Catalog.
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