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MOTTE, WARREN F, Jr.

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Research

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  • I am interested in the contemporary French novel and, more generally, in contemporary experimental fiction.

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  • Contemporary French Literature, Comparative Literature, Theory of Literature, Literary Experimentalism

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Teaching

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  • FREN 3120 - Main Currents of French Literature 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022
    Surveys 19th and 20th century French literature. Close reading of selected texts of the principal writers and schools. This course or FREN 3110 are required for all majors.
  • FREN 3200 - Introduction to Literary Theory and Advanced Critical Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Introduces important aspects of both classical and modern literary theory as an aid to reading and understanding literary texts. Covers theoretical works by figures ranging from Plato and Aristotle to modern French critics such as Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida in conjunction with selected literary works. Offers students more sophisticated means of understanding issues like gender, ethnicity, the roles of both author and reader in constructing meaning, the nature and functions of signs, and the relationship between literature and the larger society. Conducted in English, though French majors are required to read the texts in the original language. Required for students taking honors in French or Italian.
  • FREN 4110 - French Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Topics vary each semester. Consult the online Schedule Planner for specific topics. See also FREN 4120.
  • FREN 4480 - 20th Century French Novel
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Close readings of novels from the 1930s to the contemporary period introduce the principal themes and techniques of the modernist and postmodernist French novel. Students are encouraged to analyze a variety of questions commonly evoked in these texts, such as the problem of representation, the uses and abuses of writing, the relation of fiction and history and the status of the subject in the world.
  • FREN 4990 - Senior Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Preparation of a 15-page research paper in French presented to two members of the department faculty and defended orally in class. Recommended prerequisite: at least one course numbered FREN 4100 or above and all third-year requirements and advisor consent.
  • FREN 5110 - French Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
    Different topics are offered and, in a number of cases, cross-listed with other departments. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics.
  • FREN 5120 - French Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
    Different topics are offered and, in a number of cases, cross-listed with other departments. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics.
  • FREN 6940 - Master's Degree Candidate
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
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