Courses taught by Michel Rocchi

FREN 220: French Pop Culture

This course studies how popular French culture, drawing from a rich and complex tradition heavily influenced by mass media, permeates contemporary French society. It is manifest in various cultural artifacts such as gastronomy, clothing, consumption, and entertainment. This course examines the boundaries between high and low culture, the various postmodern approaches that challenge the definitions of French mass culture, and the claims that pop culture trivializes and commercializes values.

FREN 230: Advanced French  

Integrated approach to the development of greater accuracy in communicative skills. Special emphasis on oral and written expression. The course may include a multimedia component and grammar review.

FREN 240: French Contemporary Issues

Applications of French in non-literary contexts. Expansion and application of French in the areas of economy, politics, media, and international issues The course may include a multimedia component and a grammar review.

FREN 270: Conversational French and Film

This course combines linguistic functions and structures with culture through an integration of listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. The raw material derives from twentieth-century French film. The course concentrates on improving oral fluency in French by using the topics of the film as starting points, sources of information, and illustrations of language in a cultural context for class discussions. This course is taught in French.

FREN 280: Advanced French Writing

The course is a workshop format to improve writing skills, vocabulary development, and an enhanced appreciation and sophisticated command of written French through a variety of texts and frequent writing exercises. Writing formats over the semester may include various styles such as, journalism, creative writing, essays, correspondence, reviews of film, art or books, and translation of French prose and poetry. The course will examine the rhetorical devices and techniques of descriptive, narrative, and argumentative writing, as well as explore some particularly advanced grammar points.

FREN 300: Introduction to French Literary Studies

This course is designed to introduce students to the methods of textual analysis through the reading and discussion of works in various genres in French. Emphasis will be placed on the development of analytical skills, in particular, close readings of works by authors from different periods.

FREN 320: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French Literature

A study of the major genres of French literature from the revolution to the modern days through techniques of close literary analysis. Readings and discussion of French intellectual thought of recent years. This course is taught in French.

FREN 340: Francophone Women Writers

Close analysis of modern Francophone literature by women. Writings from France, Canada, Africa, and the Caribbean that address issues of personal autonomy, female creativity, social constraints, and clichés of sexual identity are examined. This course is taught in French.

FREN 370: French Nobel Laureate Literature

Through close analysis of literature by key Nobel laureate writers, the course explores aesthetic issues raised by French thinkers and examines how these authors tackled literary concepts and re-thought a redefinition of a new literary language. This course is taught in French.

FREN 430: Romanticism to Symbolism 

A study of nineteenth-century French literary movements and close readings of selected texts. Examination of the interplay among the world of ideas and the political scene in France This course is taught in French.

FREN 440: French Fiction of the Twentieth Century

An intensive study of the major themes, forms, and techniques in modern French literature. This course is taught in French.

FREN 450: Twenty-First Century French Literature

This course offers a detailed analysis of contemporary French literature, and a general examination of the intellectual currents these texts illustrate or express. Through close analysis of key 21st century French texts, the course explores aesthetic issues raised by French thinkers, examines how writers are tackling literary concepts from the turn of the century, and re-thinks the definition of a new literary language.