Claire Barel-Moisan





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FREN 6676 - Scientific Ant Novel 1860-1940      

Scientific Anticipation Novels from 1860 to 1940

Parallel to Jules Verne’s novels, in the second half of the nineteenth century, a series of fictions explored a new field. They display a scientific and technological imagery, meditating about scientific discoveries. These anticipation novels and dystopias appear as laboratories in which society assimilates scientific changes and the effects they have on cultural productions and social interactions. How do these works reflect about positivism and progress? What image of scientists and engineers do they convey? Through which editorial circuits was this new genre spread, in the media culture of the end of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century? How does this genre articulate itself to science-fiction which developed after WWII in France? Why does the contemporary genre of steampunk revive the fascination and fears about techno-science that these early anticipation novels expressed? Through reading Jules Verne and other authors, we shall analyze how these anticipation novels still question our modernity.
Objectives: Reinforcing competences in literary history, introduction to theories of literary genres, studying a large corpus of novels (« legitimate » literature, popular novels and children’s literature), introduction to epistemocritics, literature/science interactions.

Required text:
- Maurice RENARD, Le Docteur Lerne, ISBN: 978-2-7143-1026-2 Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6686 - Women's Empowerment&Knowledge      

Women's Empowerment and Knowledge

The aim of this course is to examine how literature represents women’s empowerment, and their relationship with knowledge. In the last twenty years we have witnessed a remarkable development of studies and debates on women’s history. This course wishes to highlight the specific way literary fiction questions the norms of society regarding women’s access to knowledge and agency. We will combine four types of explorations in the course :
- literary analysis : we will study two major authors of French literature (Molière and Sand), combined with various other literary excerpts (novel and theater)
- creative writing : every week, students will write a literary text on a theme linked with the subject of the course
- visual arts study : we will analyze other material : films, graphic novels, and paintings on these themes
- debates and presentations on selected excerpts from historical and literary essays.

Required texts:
- MOLIERE, Les Femmes savantes, Paris, Hatier, 2016, « Classiques & Cie Lycée », 2016, ISBN : 978-2-218-99755-6. (3€20).
- George SAND, Mademoiselle Merquem, Paris, Babel n°218, 1996,
ISBN : 978-2-742-70849-9 Literature

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6697 - Children's Lit: Text to Film      

Children's Literature: From Text to Film

This literature course aims at studying two dominant forms in children’s literature: tales and adventure novels.

We will examine the discussions on the ambiguities of the educational goals of these fictions. Tales appear as the first literary form dedicated to children : we will study one of their most famous authors, Charles Perrault, and the way he appropriates popular traditions into society and well-learned culture, as well as a contemporary emblematic tale, Le Petit Prince. Adventure novels developed from the nineteenth century, and Jules Verne played an important role in shaping a new model of encyclopedic adventure fictions. We will analyze one of his late, more pessimistic short novel, L’Éternel Adam, and its meditation on history.

Our reflection will be based on these three works as well as excerpts from other fiction of the nineteenth and twentieth century. We will also analyze illustrations of children’s literature and we will debate on historical and literary essays. A special focus will be put on cinematographic adaptations of children’s literature : we will study a film every week, linked with a literary work.

Required texts:
- Charles PERRAULT, Contes, Paris, Belin-Gallimard, « ClassicoLycée », 2017, ISBN : 978-2-410-003777-2
- Jules VERNE, L’Éternel Adam,’Éternel_Adam
- Antoine de SAINT-EXUPERY, Le Petit Prince, Paris, Gallimard, Folio n°3200, 1999, ISBN : 978-2-070-40850-4 Literature

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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The Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French

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

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