Middlebury

 

Charles Nunley

Professor of French

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Office Hours: Spring 2014: Mon&Wed 1:30-2:30, Tues&Thurs 11:00-12:15
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Charles Nunley has his B.A. from Middlebury College and his doctorate from Princeton University. He teaches modern French literature.

He is the lead editor of Course Guide: AP French Language. College Board Press (2009), and his research is on Francis Ponge, prose poetry, and the wartime publications of French poets (1940-44). See below for some of his recent publications.

 

 

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FREN 0103 / FREN 0102 - 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

Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Winter 2013, Spring 2014

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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 2010, 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

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 2010, Spring 2013, Fall 2013

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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. (1 additional hour for CW, Fall).

EUR LIT LNG

Fall 2012, Fall 2014

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FREN 0306 - Study/Production of a Play      

Study and Production of a Play
French through theatre: this course is a semester-long workshop that will culminate in the production of a play by a French or francophone playwright. Students will participate in all aspects of the production process, from costuming and music to prompting and publicity. Two performances will be held at the end of the semester. All activity will be conducted in French. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, this course will involve additional time each week in rehearsal. (FREN 0221 or by waiver).

ART LNG

Spring 2011, Spring 2014

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FREN 0484 - Culture in Interwar France      

The Cultural Front in Interwar France
In this senior seminar we will explore creative works produced in France in the 1920s and 1930s. In close readings of novels, screen plays, songs, comics, and essays, we will examine how conflicting notions of popular and elitist culture evolved in the years leading up to World War II. We will pay close attention to technological innovation (for example, the advent of sound in film and photography in the daily press) and how it changed patterns of culture, production, and consumption. Students will undertake a significant piece of independent research to present to the class. (Open to French Senior Majors). 3 hrs. lect./disc.

EUR LIT LNG

Spring 2013

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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;See requirements above.)

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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FREN 0700 - Senior Honors Essay      

Senior Honors Essay
(Approval required).

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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FREN 0701 - Senior Honors Thesis      

Senior Honors Thesis
Senior Majors who qualify and choose to be candidates 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 by the department as a whole; see requirements above.)

Fall 2014

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LITS 0710 - Senior Honors Essay      

Senior Honors Essay
(Approval Required)

Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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Recent publications

"Sounding the Limits of Resistance Memory: Robert Desnos, Comics and Nursery Rhymes" (forthcoming, The French Review)

"Présences partagées: Design and Implementation of an Advanced-Level Course in French Theater", chapter forthcoming in MLA volume, Dramatic Interactions

"From West to East: Nancy Huston and the Poetics of (Af)filiation in Tombeau de Romain Gary" forthcoming in an edited volume.

"For the Record: Robert Desnos, Music and Wartime Memory" (SubStance, 2009).

“Surrealist Artist as Objet trouvé”, in Proceedings of Symposium held in honor of Suzanne Nash (forthcoming).