Armelle Crouzières

J. Harvey Watson Professor of French

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 Fall 2015: Mon&Wed 1:30-3:00; Thurs 11:00-12:00 & by appointment
 Le Chateau 113

Armelle Crouzières has a master's and a doctorate from Boston College and D.E.U.G, Licence, Maîtrise, DEA degrees from l'Université de Paris IV.

Her teaching interests include French Language, Francophone Literatures, Contemporary French Literature, Women's Literature, Multicultural Literature. Her research is in the fields of 20th and 21st-century Postcolonial Francophone literatures / Women's Literature / Politics and Literature / Writing Techniques and Strategies / Black and Beur French Literature / Children and Civil War / North-African and West-African Film.

She has published Le Double pluriel dans les romans de Rachid Boudjedra, with a preface by Rachid Boudjedra (Paris: Editions L'Harmattan, 2001). With Hafid Gafaïti, she has edited Femmes et écriture de la transgression. (Paris: L'Harmattan, Collection Etudes Francophones et Comparées/Francophone and Comparative Studies, vol. 2. 2005)




Course List: 

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CMLT 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Approval Required

Fall 2013

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FREN 0103 / FREN 0101 / FREN 0105 - Beginning French Part Three      

Beginning French
Emphasis on increased control and proficiency in the language through audiovisual, conversational, and drill methods. Readings and film enlarge the student's view of French life and culture. (FREN 0101 and FREN 0102) 5 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Fall 2015

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FREN 0203 - Intensive Intermediate French      

Intensive Intermediate French
An active and intensive review of French grammar for students having had good beginning-level training in French. We will work not only to perfect mastery of the structures of the language with practice of writing and reading, but also to develop oral comprehension and production skills. (FREN 0103 or placement) 5 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2012

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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 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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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

Fall 2011, Fall 2014

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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, Fall 2015

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FREN 0394 - New French Identities      

New French Identities: Black and Beur Expression
This course will focus on second-generation children of immigrants from the Caribbean, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and will examine the problems of the (re)construction of the self, gender identity, relationship to family and country of origin, the role of the French educational system, and the challenges of social adaptation, stereotypes, and cultural ghettoes. We will analyze the historical, social, and political events that have shaped the identities of this young generation in France, as reflected in literature and film. Readings and films may include works by Allouache, Begag, Beyala, Diome, Dridi, Mabanckou, Pineau, and Sebbar. 3 hrs lect./disc. (FREN 0221 or by waiver)

Spring 2012

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FREN 0396 / CMLT 0396 - Francophone Fiction      

(Re)Constructing Identities: Francophone Colonial and Postcolonial Fiction*
This course will focus on major works written in French by writers from North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. We will explore the complex (re)construction of identities through fiction writing as it evolves from traditional folktale to political criticism, and as it shifts from colonial alienation to post-colonial disillusionment. We will also examine the emergence of cultural blending or métissage. (FREN 0221 or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL CMP LIT LNG

Spring 2013

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FREN 0398 - Children&War in FR Africa Lit      

Children and Civil War in Francophone African Literature
In this course we will study the repercussions of civil war on child soldiers and children as depicted in contemporary Francophone African literatures. How does one become a child soldier and murderer? How do orphans survive war? Authors use literary fiction written from a child’s perspective to reflect upon and to denounce a tragic historical reality as well as to defy censorship. We will analyze their writing strategies and techniques, and assess both the literary and humanistic impact of the novels. Readings will include novels by Ivorian Ahmadou Kourouma, Congolese Emmanuel Dongala, Guinean Tierno Monémembo, and by Djiboutian Abdourahman Waberi. (FREN 0221 or by waiver). 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL CMP LIT LNG

Spring 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 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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FREN 0700 - Senior Honors Essay      

Senior Honors Essay
(Approval required).

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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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 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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Recent Publications


Crouzieres book

« Pour une dialogique de l'humain : les enfants-victimes dans Johnny chien méchant d'Emmanuel Boundzéki Dongala ». Nouvelles Etudes Francophones. Forthcoming.

"De l'écriture de l'urgence à l'écriture du renouveau". Présence Francophone. Actualité de Rachid Boudjedra (Charles Bonn, Editor) 68 (2007) : pp. 23-34.

"Merzak Allouache ou le nouveau cinéma algérien". CinémAction : les cinémas du Maghreb. Etat des lieux. 111 ( March 2004) - (Michel Serceau, Ed.) pp. 177-183.

"Ici, Là-Bas : altérité et errance identitaire dans le théâtre de Leïla Sebbar". Leïla Sebbar (Michel Laronde, ed.). Toronto : La Source/L'Harmattan, 2002, pp. 221-238.

"A la recherche d'une voie/voix : la marche des Beurs dans l'écriture". Cultures transnationales de France. Des "Beurs" aux...? Collection Etudes Transnationales Francophones et Comparées/Transnational, Francophone, and Comparative Studies. (Hafid Gafaïti, Ed.) Paris : L'Harmattan, 2001, pp. 107-141.


Department of French

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