The French Language Program offers teachers the opportunity to improve their skills, earn credit for professional development or continuing education, or qualify for a three-year MAT degree program. Teachers interested in joining the MAT program in French may apply after successful completion of two French courses in the World Languages Institute. The MAT program, which requires thirty credits of course work in French methodology, language, culture, or literature, is designed primarily for individuals already teaching French. These courses may be accepted for state certification. Details of the MAT program are available at the Department of French or its web site at http://french.rutgers.edu.
Additional Course Offerings: See Core Curriculum
HYBRID; 7/9 - 7/20; M-F, 10:30 AM-3:30 PM; AB-3100
ON-CAMPUS DATES: 7/9, 7/10, 7/11, 7/12, 7/16, 7/17
ONLINE DATES: 7/13, 7/18, 7/19, 7/20
FRENCH LITERATURE FOR TEACHERS OF FRENCH: LET'S GO SHOPPING! (CR. 3.)
HYBRID; 7/30 - 8/15; M-F, 1:30 PM-5:45 PM; AB-2200
ON-CAMPUS DATES: 8/2, 8/3, 8/7, 8/8, 8/10, 8/13
ONLINE DATES: 8/6, 8/9, 8/14, 8/15
For centuries, literary representations of animals have had one thing in common: their not being about animals. The creatures that run, crawl or fly across fables, tales and bestiaries hardly ever stand for themselves, but for humans, whose qualities they either symbolize or are shown lacking. Just as philosophers who denied animals a soul, writers have consistently failed to answer the question what is it to be human? without denigrating other species. In recent years, however, thinkers from all horizons have addressed this failure and criticized the dualism between humanity and animality as fallacious. This course proposes to analyze this shift in 20th and 21st century French fiction. Pondering over the extinction of the orangutan, envisioning a world taken over by ants or imagining life in Paris with a python, the writers we will study have redefined the relationship between human and nonhuman animals in fresh, humorous, and certainly more equitable terms.Conducted in French.