Major Courses and Graduate Courses in French

FRE 400: Advanced French Grammar
An exposition of grammatical and syntactical principles through conceptual presentations along with demonstrations and practice through exercises. Designed to enhance French language competency. (Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements). Prerequisite: FRE 305 or FRE 306 or permission. Cr 3.

FRE 401: Translation and Comparative Stylistics
An exposition of the principles of translation and comparative stylistics with practice via exercises and the translation of texts in both English and French. (Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives and Writing Intensive requirements). Prerequisite: FRE 400 or permission. Cr 3

FRE 407: 19th Century French Literature
Readings of major 19th century figures, including Chateaubriand, Hugo, Flaubert, Zola, Balzac, Stendhal, Sand, and Baudelaire, with particular attention to social and philosophical themes as well as concepts of language. (Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements). Prerequisite: FRE 309 or FRE 310 or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

FRE 408: Twentieth Century French Literature
Readings in the novel, poetry or drama (content varies.)
(Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements). Prerequisite: FRE 209 or FRE 310 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit, with permission of instructor. Cr 3.

FRE 413: Advanced Composition and Stylistics
An exposition of the fundamentals of French stylistics with practice of these principles via compositions and exercises. Designed to enhance competence in written idiomatic French. (Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives and Writing Intensive requirements). Prerequisite: FRE 400 or permission. Cr 3.

FRE 430 French Film Survey
A survey of French cinema from its origins to the present, with an emphasis on understanding film as a narrative form.
(Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives and Artistic and Creative Expression Requirements.) Prerequisites & Notes: FRE 309 or FRE 310 or permission. Cr 3.

FRE 442: French Language of North America
A historical, linguistic and socio-linguistic approach to the study of the Franco-Quebec and the Franco-American languages. Emphasis on the morphology, syntax, vocabulary and phonetic system in order to understand the present status of the languages. Research in the areas of the spoken and written language.
(Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements). Prerequisite: FRE 309 or FRE 310 or permission. Cr 3.

FRE 463: Québec Poetry
A survey of Québec poetry from the 19th century to the present, focusing on language, theme, socio-historical and political context, ideology, and Québec identity.  (Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements). Prerequisite: FRE 309 or permission. Cr 3.

FRE 464: Québec Theater
A survey of Québec poetry from the 19th century to the present, focusing on language, theme, socio-historical and political context, ideology, and Québec identity. (Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements). Prerequisite: FRE 309 or permission. Cr 3.

FRE 465: The North American French Novel
An examination of the North American francophone novel in Acadia, Québec, and New England. Authors studied can include Maillet, Daigle, Hamon, Ringuet, Roy, Blais, Hébert and Proulx. (Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements). Prerequisite: FRE 309 or permission. Cr 3.

FRE 490: Topics in French
Advanced Topics in French and French-Canadian literature or linguistics may include: contemporary cinema, surrealism, contemporary French thought, modern French critical theory, linguistics, sociolinguistics, semiotics, symbolism, literature of commitment, images of women, women writers.  Topics vary.  May be repeated for credit. (Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements). Prerequisite: FRE 309 or permission of instructor.
Cr 1-3.

FRE 498: Independent Projects II
(Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements). Cr 1-3.

FRE 500: History of the French Language
Study of the evolution of standard and regional French from the earliest times to the present. Cr 3.

FRE 507: Seminar in Literature of the Nineteenth Century
Individual writers, genres, or themes. Special emphasis on Hugo, Stendhal, Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, and Baudelaire. Cr 3.

FRE 508: Seminar in the Novel
Trends and periods in development of the novel and narrative form. Content varies from year to year. May be repeated for credit. Cr 3.

FRE 509: Seminar in Poetry
Movements in French poetry. The periods, groups and trends studied vary year to year. Course may be repeated for credit. Cr 3.

FRE 510: Seminar in the Theatre
Content varies year to year. Course may be repeated for credit. Cr 3.

FRE 520: French Linguistics
French phonology and morphology or syntax from the generative transformational viewpoint.  Prerequisite: INT 410 or FRE 420/320 or permission. Cr 3.

FRE 542: Seminar in North American French Language
A linguistic and sociolinguistic study of selected features of Franco-American French and its source dialects, Quebec and Acadian French.  Research focus on examination of data gathered in New England and/or development of curriculum for elementary, middle or high school French courses. Cr 3.

FRE 597: Projects in French I
Cr 3.

FRE 598: Projects in French II
Cr 3.

FRE 699: Graduate Thesis
Cr Arr.

For more information, contact Professor Villacorta, Graduate Coordinator, at carlos.villacorta@maine.edu
or visit the Graduate School website at https://umaine.edu/graduate/