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Fall 2017
Nov 24, 2017
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FREN 266 - Thtr Wkshp:Jokers & Criminals
FREN 267 - Theater Workshop - French 19th century comedy: Jokers and Criminals
T-R 12:30-1:45 Walsh BlackBox

In this course, students take on a part in a production of a French comedic stage play of the 19th century. In so doing they not only improve their skills in spoken French through various techniques and strategies (diction, tempo, breathing, posture), but they also learn more about post-Revolutionary French drama, and about comedy as both a literary and performative genre.
Whereas literary studies tend to envision the 19th-century French stage as dominated by the Romantics (Hugo, Musset, Vigny) and, at its opposite, by the realistic Drame bourgeois of Alexandre Dumas fils, Émile Augier, Henri Becque and Octave Mirbeau, the most numerous and successful plays belonged to the genre of Vaudeville (a hybrid form with both spoken and sung lines) and Mélodrame (which focuses on heart-wrenching situations and the stark opposition of Good and Evil), with authors like Scribe, Labiche, Feydeau, Courteline and Pixérécourt.
Today we can really only understand plays from this period through performance, by studying the conditions in which they were staged, by seeing them staged or, better yet, by performing them ourselves.
Most of class time in FREN 267 is devoted to rehearsing a stage play and on various short performative exercises to develop students' ability to communicate expressively in French (using intonation, body language, gestures and movement). The teacher will provide constant suggestions and feedback on acting techniques as well as on French diction.
Students also reflect on the work being done through complementary readings of other 19th-century French comedies, and engage in a continuing conversation using BlackBoard's Discussion Board feature.
See full syllabus at http://faculty.georgetown.edu/spielmag/docs/FREN267_S2015.htm

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

French Department

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