Julien Weber

Associate Professor of French

 Fall 2017: On leave
 Le Chateau 105

Julien Weber holds an M.A. from l’Université de Genève and a Ph.D from the University of California, Irvine.

His research and teaching interests include 19th and early 20thcentury French poetry and prose, the intersection of aesthetics and politics, the animal/human relation in modern French literature and philosophy, and ecocriticism.



Course List: 

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FREN 0101 - Beginning French Part One      

Intensive Beginning French
For students who have not previously studied French, an introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French, providing the syntactic and semantic foundation of the French language in a concentrated program of grammar presentation, drills, laboratory work, and discussion. Primary emphasis will be placed on the student's active use of the language, and weekly attendance at the French language table will be required. This course does not fulfill the foreign language distribution requirement. Students are expected to continue with FREN 0102 in the winter term after successfully completing FREN 0101, and with FREN 0201in the spring. 6 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2016

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FREN 0105 - Accelerated Beginning French      

Accelerated Beginning French
This intensive course is a condensation of FREN 0101 and 0102 for students who have never before studied French. We will focus on the development of all four communicative skills in an immersion-style environment. Primary emphasis will be placed on increased oral proficiency through audiovisual, conversational, and drill methods. Upon successful completion of this course students will be prepared for second-year French in the fall. Weekly attendance at the French language table will be required. 6 hrs. lect./disc./1 hr. drill

Spring 2014, Spring 2016

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FREN 0205 - Toward Liberated Expression      

Toward Liberated Expression
A course designed to increase and perfect the ability to express oneself in spoken and written French. Emphasis on precision, variety, and vocabulary acquisition. Sections limited to 15 students. (FREN 0203 or placement) This requirement for the major and the minor may be satisfied by placement at a higher level. 3 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Spring 2017

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FREN 0210 - Identity in French Literature      

Identity in French Literature
Exploration of differing views of the self, society, and the world in major works of French poetry, drama, and prose. This course is designed to develop students' ability to read and critique literature in French, as a transition from FREN 0205 to more advanced literature courses. (FREN 0205 or by placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LIT LNG

Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

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FREN 0221 - From Romanticism to Modernism      

From Romanticism to Modernism
The 19th and 20th centuries were marked by social and political revolutions and by literary and artistic movements that changed our attitudes to art and to ourselves, including romanticism, realism, symbolism, surrealism, and existentialism. We will study literary texts, artistic and philosophical movements, and the social circumstances that conditioned them. Close readings of the texts (including prose, drama, and poetry) will develop critical vocabulary and writing skills. Authors may include Hugo, Balzac, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Gide, Camus, Sartre, and Francophone writers. (FREN 0210 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LIT LNG

Fall 2013

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FREN 0316 - Animal Encounters-French Lit.      

Animal Encounters in French Literature
In this course we will explore representations of animals in French literature. Animals have played an important role in literature, yet, in post-Darwinian modernity their depiction became increasingly tied to a questioning of the human/animal divide. What are the recurrent motifs and concerns that shape depictions of animals in 19th and 20th century French literature? What ethical and social questions do they raise? We will study fictional works of animal metamorphosis, and literary accounts of zoos and animal spectacles, as well as ways in which animals have been used as a rhetorical device to de-humanize "Others"—women and foreigners, in particular. We will read texts by Baudelaire, Balzac, Maupassant, Flaubert, Colette, Vercors, and Darrieussecq. (FREN 0221 or by waiver). 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LIT LNG

Fall 2013, Fall 2016

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FREN 0371 - French Orientalism      

French Orientalism
In this course we will examine different ways in which writers have described cultural encounters between France and the Orient, specifically the Islamic cultures of North Africa and the Middle East. These encounters have been the source of many enduring myths fabricated by the French about the Orient and in the process, about themselves. Starting with Montesquieu's Lettres persanes, we will discuss the role played by the Orient in his critique of socio-political practices in the Old Regime. We will then examine various strategies for apprehending and appropriating North African cultures in orientalist travel narratives, short stories, and paintings from the 19th century. Questions of representation, otherness, identity, and gender will inform our discussions. (FREN 0221 or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LIT LNG

Fall 2015

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FREN 0500 - Independent Projects      

Independent Project
Qualified students may be permitted to undertake a special project in reading and research under the direction of a member of the department. Students should seek an advisor and submit a proposal to the department well in advance of registration for the term in which the work is to be undertaken. (Approval required)

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

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FREN 0700 - Senior Honors Essay      

Senior Honors Essay
(Approval required).

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

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FREN 0701 - Senior Honors Thesis      

Senior Honors Thesis
Qualified senior majors who wish to be considered for Honors in French must submit a proposal well in advance of registration for the term in which the work is to be undertaken. (Approval required; see requirements above.)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

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FYSE 1462 - Animal Encounters in Lit.      

Animal Encounters in Literature
Animals have haunted literary texts ever since Aesop’s fables. What different roles do they play? In this seminar we will explore the complexity of representing animals in literature by studying novels and short stories that imagine wildlife, revisit the myth of animal metamporphosis, or use animals as symbols for other purposes. We will discuss what specific social, political, and linguistic issues these literary texts address and in some cases, how they complicate our understanding of the human/animal divide. Texts include: Balzac, Passion in the Desert, Kafka, The Metamorphosis, and Darrieussecq’s dystopian novel Pig Tales. 3 hrs. sem. CW LIT

Fall 2015

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Recent Publications:

« Aux frontières de l'expérience esthétique: le grotesque baudelairien »; Nothingham French Studies ; forthcoming 2019.

Donner sa langue aux bêtes - poétique et animalité de Baudelaire à Valéry; Classiques Garnier; forthcoming 2017.
« Écocritique française/ French Ecocriticsm » ; co-edited with Daniel Finch-Race ; L’Esprit créateur ; forthcoming 2017.
« Prière d'Arthur Rimbaud: les aléas de l'allégorie animale dans "Les Corbeaux"»; Parade sauvage; forthcoming 2016.

« The Ecocritical Stakes of French Poetry from the Industrial Era » ; co-edited with Daniel Finch-Race; Dix Neuf; 19.3;  november 2015.

«Jeter sa langue aux chiens : Collective Memory in Baudelaire’s « Les Bons Chiens » » ;Yale French Studies; 2014.

«L’animal poétique de Valéry» ; French Forum; 2013.

« Poétique du type dans «Spectacle interrompu» de Mallarmé: la griffe de l’ours» ; The French Review ;  2011.

Department of French

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