Charles Nunley

Professor of French

 Spring 2017: Mon&Wed 10:00-10:45; Tues 11:00-12:20; Thurs 9:00-11:30 and by appointment
 Le Chateau 115

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.




Course List: 

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FREN0102 - Beginning French Part Two      

Beginning French
This course is a continuation of FREN 0101, dealing with more complex French. Oral skills are stressed and students participate in the French language table at lunch. This course does not fulfill the foreign language distribution requirement. (FREN 0101) WTR

Winter 2015

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FREN0103 - 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

Spring 2014

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FREN0203 - Intermediate French II      

Intermediate French II
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 FREN 0105 or placement) 5 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

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FREN0205 - 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, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

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FREN0209 - Self&Society Writing in French      

Self & Society: Effective Writing in French
In this course, students will deepen their knowledge of the French language and French-speaking cultures while developing their reading and writing skills through examination of a variety of texts and media. This course facilitates the transition from language-oriented courses (FREN 0205) to content-oriented courses (such as FREN 0220 and FREN 0230) by introducing students to strategies for interpretation and discussion, with a focus on effective writing. Course materials may include essays/articles, theater, fiction, poetry, videos, and films. (FREN 0205 or by placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LNG

Fall 2017

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FREN0210 - 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 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2017

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FREN0220 - Communities in Fren Culture      

Imagining Community in France and Beyond
In this course we will examine how notions of community have been imagined within French culture, drawing on a variety of sources including essays, short novels and film. Particular attention will be given to works in which difference (ethnic, regional, national, generational, class) plays an important role in initiating and sustaining innovative forms of partnership. The course provides an array of opportunities to hone oral expression, critical thinking and writing in French. Writers and directors studied may include Chamoiseau, Dai Sijie, Daudet, Duras, Gary, Glissant, Kassovitz, Malle, and Tournier. (FREN 0210 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. CMP EUR LIT LNG

Fall 2017

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FREN0221 - 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 2014, Fall 2016

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FREN0306 - 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 2014, Spring 2016

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FREN0500 - 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, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

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FREN0700 - Senior Honors Essay      

Senior Honors Essay
(Approval required).

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

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FREN0701 - 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, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

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LITS0710 - Senior Honors Essay      

Senior Honors Essay
(Approval Required)

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).

Department of French

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