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Julien Weber

Associate Professor of French & Francophone Studies

 work(802) 443-5684
 Fall 2021: Mon & Wed 2:30-3:30, Thurs 9:30-11:30 and by appointment
 Le Chateau 105

Julien Weber holds an M.A. from l’Université de Genève and a Ph.D from the University of California, Irvine.

His research and teaching interests include 19th and early 20thcentury French poetry and prose, the intersection of aesthetics and politics, the animal/human relation in modern French literature and philosophy, and ecocriticism.



Course List: 

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CMLT 0700 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
A senior thesis is normally completed over two semesters. During Fall and Winter terms, or Winter and Spring terms, students will write a 35-page (article length) comparative essay, firmly situated in literary analysis. Students are responsible for identifying and arranging to work with their primary language and secondary language readers, and consulting with the program director before completing the CMLT Thesis Declaration form. (Approval required.)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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FREN 0102 - 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 2018, Winter 2020

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FREN 0105 - Accelerated Beginning French      

Accelerated Beginning French
This intensive course is a condensation of FREN 0101 and 0102 for students who have never before studied French. We will focus on the development of all four communicative skills in an immersion-style environment. Primary emphasis will be placed on increased oral proficiency through audiovisual, conversational, and drill methods. Upon successful completion of this course students will be prepared for second-year French in the fall. Weekly attendance at the French language table will be required. 6 hrs. lect./disc./1 hr. drill

Spring 2018

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FREN 0201 - Intermediate French I      

Intermediate French I
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 0102 or by placement) 5 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Spring 2018, Spring 2020

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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 0201, 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 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2022

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FREN 0209 - Self&Society Writing in French      

Self and 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. CW EUR LNG

Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2021

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FREN 0224 - Travelers and Migrants      

Travelers and Migrants in French and Francophone Literature
Multiple forms of traveling emerged with the expansion of the French empire, from colonial ventures to forced migration. In this course we will study how writers represent such experiences. We will discuss fictions that focus on mobility, passages, and border-crossing, and question what these fictions reveal about the cultures in contact. How do travel and migration narratives reconfigure the relation between here and there, self and other, the individual and the community? Studying literary texts in their historical contexts will allow us to discuss varied topics, such as nationhood, slavery, exoticism, identity, and difference, as well as to explore several artistic movements that have shaped French and Francophone culture. Writers will include Montesquieu, Balzac, Baudelaire, Madame de Staël, Gide, Césaire, Glissant, and Sinha. (FREN 0209, 0210 or placement) 3 hrs. sem. CMP EUR LIT

Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2021

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FREN 0316 - Animal Encounters-French Lit.      

Animal Encounters in French Literature
In this course we will explore representations of animals in French literature. Animals have played an important role in literature, yet, in post-Darwinian modernity their depiction became increasingly tied to a questioning of the human/animal divide. What are the recurrent motifs and concerns that shape depictions of animals in 19th and 20th century French literature? What ethical and social questions do they raise? We will study fictional works of animal metamorphosis, and literary accounts of zoos and animal spectacles, as well as ways in which animals have been used as a rhetorical device to de-humanize "Others"—women and foreigners, in particular. We will read texts by Baudelaire, Balzac, Maupassant, Flaubert, Colette, Vercors, and Darrieussecq. (FREN 0220-0229 or by waiver). 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LIT LNG

Spring 2019

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FREN 0318 - French Eco-Fictions      

French Eco-Fictions
The climate crisis challenges us to rethink our relation to the environment beyond extractive goals. How can literary arts help us reflect upon traditional perceptions of nature and enable new ways of relating to nonhuman beings? In this course we will study the role of the environment in French-language fictions from the start of the industrial revolution to the present. We will explore how writers from a variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds (France, the Caribbean, Québec) make us attentive to the multiple ways in which humanity interconnects with the nonhuman world. Different strategies of representation will be discussed from wilderness narratives to activist prose and post-apocalyptic fiction. Writers include: Rousseau, Lamartine, Giono, Saucier, Volodine, Roumain, Chawaf, and Damasio. (FREN 0220-0232 or by waiver) 3 hrs. sem. CMP EUR LIT LNG

Spring 2022

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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)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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FREN 0700 - Senior Honors Essay      

Senior Honors Essay
(Approval required).

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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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.)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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Recent Publications:

« Aux frontières de l'expérience esthétique: le grotesque baudelairien »; Nothingham French Studies ; forthcoming 2019.

Donner sa langue aux bêtes - poétique et animalité de Baudelaire à Valéry; Classiques Garnier; forthcoming 2017.
« Écocritique française/ French Ecocriticsm » ; co-edited with Daniel Finch-Race ; L’Esprit créateur ; forthcoming 2017.
« Prière d'Arthur Rimbaud: les aléas de l'allégorie animale dans "Les Corbeaux"»; Parade sauvage; forthcoming 2016.

« The Ecocritical Stakes of French Poetry from the Industrial Era » ; co-edited with Daniel Finch-Race; Dix Neuf; 19.3;  november 2015.

«Jeter sa langue aux chiens : Collective Memory in Baudelaire’s « Les Bons Chiens » » ;Yale French Studies; 2014.

«L’animal poétique de Valéry» ; French Forum; 2013.

« Poétique du type dans «Spectacle interrompu» de Mallarmé: la griffe de l’ours» ; The French Review ;  2011.

Department of French

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