Laurent Bazin




Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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FREN 6631 - Intro to Children's Lit      

Children’s literature is more than just a fad; it is a true social phenomenon, involving considerable editorial activity and influencing patterns of cultural consumption. From early childhood through adolescence, young people are raving about these global best-sellers, allowing us to understand a bit of the collective imagination of youth.

This course aims to provide an initiation into this abundant universe, full of aesthetic and thematic richness. We will undertake an historical and analytical overview in a comparative framework in which we emphasize contemporary Francophone works. Literature

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6654 - French Culture & Civilization      

The aim of the course is to present French civilization through its culture, from a cultural history perspective which will put in relation artistic production and social mutations. The objective will therefore be to show how art productions (literature, painting, architecture, music etc.) are closely linked to the political, economic or scientific elements which characterize given time periods.

After showing how French society built itself around some fundamental myths, we shall try to demonstrate what constitutes the main world visions which characterized the evolution of France through the centuries. This will be based on a thorough analysis of examples taken from the realm of art and culture. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6691 - 21C Fantasy Literature      

Introduction to Fantasy Literature of the 21st century

While the literature of the XIXth and XXth centuries emphasized an aesthetic dedicated to real world representations, the XXst century begins with a preference for fantasy fiction, manifested in many forms: literature, video games or the on-line world. This course will present contemporary productions of the past 15 years, while trying to understand what these works tell us of modern societies and the collective imagination of the contemporary world.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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The Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5526
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Sheila Schwaneflugel, Coordinator