The Department of French and Italian

François P. Lagarde

Associate ProfessorPhD, Stanford

Associate Professor Emeritus, French Studies



François Lagarde was born and raised in France. He immigrated to the United States at age 25. He earned a BA and an MA from Université Toulouse-Le Mirail, an MA from West Virginia University and a PhD in French from Stanford University.

He taught at Wellesley College for three years before joining UT-Austin.

Three areas of interest:

- French Literature of the Seventeenth century, all genres. In particular, Molière, Pascal and satirical poetry.

- The Francophone world, in particular the Antilles and Africa (political and literary). He is also interested in French immigration (past and present) to the United States.

- Rwanda 1994. François Lagarde is presently working on a book on the Rwandan genocide as seen by Francophone and Anglophone journalists, witnesses, polemists, novelists, judges, and historians.


In addition to about two dozens of articles, François Lagarde has published, edited or translated:

1. René Girard ou la Christianisation des sciences humaines, New York: Peter Lang, coll. Sociocriticism, 1994

2. La Persuasion et ses effets: Essai sur la réception en France au XVIIe siècle, Biblio 17, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1995

3. L'Esprit en France au XVIIe siècle (Editor), Biblio 17, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1997

4. The French in Texas: History, Migration, Culture, (Editor), University of Texas Press, 2003

5. Français aux États-Unis (1990-2005): Migration, langue, culture, économie, Bern: Peter Lang, 2007

6.  The Wrecking of La Salle's Ship Aimable and the Trial of Claude Aigron, by Robert S. Weddle, Translations by François Lagarde, University of Texas Press, 2009





FR 340P • Making And Identity Of France

37145 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM HRH 2.112

The general political history of France, from the nation's inception to its current existence as part of the European Community.

Prerequisite: French 320E.

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

FR 391K • La Nouvelle

37210 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM HRH 2.106C

The Short Story in French Literature

François Lagarde

HRH 3.104B

On situera le genre de la nouvelle dans l’histoire littéraire française: origines, évolutions,

temps forts, de l’Heptaméron à la revue Brèves. On se penchera sur les problèmes

critiques de la nouvelle: sa place parmi les formes brèves et face au conte et au roman; sa

typologie (la nouvelle morale, la nouvelle philosophique, la nouvelle fantastique, la

nouvelle-instant, etc.); ses spécificités formelles et idéologiques.

La nouvelle étant courte, il est possible d’en lire un grand nombre. Nous nous arrêterons

plus longtemps sur Maupassant. Notre chrestomathie comprendra une (1) nouvelle tirée

des oeuvres ou des auteurs suivants:

Charles Sorel, Les Nouvelles françoises (1623)

Paul Scarron, Nouvelles tragi-comiques (1655)

Jean de La Fontaine, Contes et Nouvelles en vers (1665)

Voltaire, Jeannot et Colin (1764)

Denis Diderot, Les deux amis de Bourbonne (1770)

Florian, Bliombéris, Pierre, Célestine, Sophronime, Sanche, Bathmendi (1784)

Charles Nodier, Trilby, ou le lutin d’Argaïl, nouvelle écossaise (1822)

Xavier de Maistre, Les Prisonniers du Caucase (1825)

Théophile Gautier, La morte amoureuse, (1836)

Prosper Mérimée, La Vénus d'Ille (1837)

Alphonse Daudet, Lettres de mon moulin (1866)

Émile Zola, L’Attaque du moulin (1880)

Marguerite Yourcenar, Nouvelles orientales (1938)

Nathalie Sarraute, Tropismes (1939)

Jean-Paul Sartre, Le Mur (1939)

Vercors, le Silence de la mer (1942)

Marcel Aymé, le Passe-muraille (1943)

Samuel Beckett, Nouvelles et textes pour rien (1946-1950)

Albert Camus, L'Exil et le royaume (1957)

Julien Gracq, La Presqu'île (1970)

Roger Grenier, Une maison place des Fêtes (1972)

Daniel Boulanger, Fouette cocher! (1973)

Leïla Sebbar, La Jeune Fille au balcon (1996)

Nous entreprendrons de lire intégralement

Guy de Maupassant, Mademoiselle Fifi (1882) et/ou les Contes de la bécasse (1883).

La note sera basée sur le travail en classe, un examen et un essai final.

De nombreux textes sont accessibles en ligne (Gallica, etc.) mais un packet est aussi à


Les lectures et la classe sont en français; les travaux écrits dans la langue d’apprentissage.

EUS 347 • France & Francophn World Today

36505 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.212

Please check back for updates.

FR 390L • French Classicism

36915 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM HRH 2.106C

François Lagarde

FR390K: 17th Century

Spring 2013


French Classicism


In France, Classicism is a modern concept (post-French Revolution), that applies to literature and philosophy, music and the arts, or economics and sciences, in reference to several countries and periods (from Antiquity to 20th century fashion). We will concentrate on French Classicism as it flourished in and around the 17th century. This Classicism, as “opposed” to Baroque, Mannerism, Neoclassicism, Romanticism or Modernism, has been defined and redefined, championed and refuted, force-taught, misunderstood, and deconstructed extensively. It is still necessary to examine its matter, its ideology and its poetics in order to understand French literary history. “Classic” concepts such as imitation, reason, mediocritas, vraisemblance, bienséance, naturel or honnêteté were developed by French humanists from the 16th and the 17th centuries.


The course will be in two parts: the first one will consist in an introduction to the full century, with readings of excerpts. Special attention to “les ouvriers du classicisme”, Vaugelas, Guez de Balzac, Bouhours, Chapelain, l'abbé d'Aubignac and Boileau.

This section will close with a comprehensive exam (25%).


The second part will focus on five “classical” works which we will study in full, and in depth:

- Corneille, Horace

- Racine, Britannicus

- Pascal, Les Provinciales

- La Rochefoucauld, Les Maximes

- Mme de Lafayette, La Princesse de Clèves

This section will close with an exam (25%) and an essay (50%).


All lectures, class work, and readings in French. Exams and essay in French or English.







FR 340T • France & Francophn World Today

36715 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 306


An introduction to the francophone world outside of France, from historical, geographical, and cultural perspectives. Particular focus on Quebec, the United States, the Caribbean (Haïti, Martinique and Guadeloupe), the Maghreb, Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Rwanda, Madagascar,  Reunion), and the Pacific. Readings from literature and newspapers (e. g. Le Monde).

Readings, class work, and assignments in French.

A packet will have to be purchased.

Grading Policy

Grade based on participation, quizzes, one midterm exam, and one final paper.

FR 390M • French Travel Literature

36760 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM HRH 2.106C


 An introduction to French/francophone travel literature (FTL), with concentration on 19th and 20th centuries, and with emphasis on literature. FTL is found in many forms: travel logs, letters, reportages, witness accounts, essays, even novels. It includes travels to “the ends” of the world as well as to the author’s own backyard. From pre-colonial to colonial and post-colonial times, FTL comes with its own set of formal and philosophical problems, which we will consider. We will survey and close-read short excerpts at the same time. We may revisit Said’s Orientalism and its critical aftermath. Ideally, we will read Bouvier’s L’usage du monde, a contemporary classic of FTL, in its entirety.


Excerpts (tentative list)

Alphonse de Chateaubriand, Itinéraire de Paris à Jérusalem, 1811

Stendhal, Mémoires d’un touriste, 1837

Victor Hugo, Le Rhin: Lettres à un ami, 1842

Astolphe de Custine, La Russie en 1839, 1843

Gustave Flaubert; Maxime Du Camp, Par les champs et par les grèves, 1847

Gérard de Nerval, Le Voyage en Orient, 1851

Pierre Loti, Fantôme d'Orient, 1892

Isabelle Eberhardt, Mes Journaliers, 1923

André Gide, Voyage au Congo,1927

Albert Londres, Terre d'ébène, 1929

Charles-Albert Cingria, Pendeloques alpestres, 1929

Victor Segalen, Equipée, 1929

Michel Leiris, L’Afrique fantôme, 1934

Simone de Beauvoir, L’Amérique au jour le jour, 1947

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes tropiques, 1955

In full:

Nicolas Bouvier, L’usage du monde, 1963

FR 372 • Comparative Stylistics

36935 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ 1.212

An advanced study of French grammar and vocabulary with emphasis on registers, faux amis, homonyms, synonyms, paronyms, prepositions and other instances where English language pattern can easily provoke errors in French. Exercises in translation and composition.

Grade: quizzes/assignments/participation 40%; 3 exams (home or class) 60%

Prerequisites   FR 320E AND FR 322E

Texts Using French: A Guide to Contemporary Usage R. E. Batchelor, M. H. Offord Cambridge University Press, 2000 ISBN-13: 9780521645935 | ISBN-10: 052164593X


FR 390L • Moliere & 17-C Classcl Comedy

36960 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM HRH 2.106C

The course will a) introduce participants to French Classical literature (17th century); b) concentrate on comedy (publics, authors, actors, and plays; emphasis on Molière; some minores)

Grade: one presentation (20%); one exam (30%); one term paper (50%)

Corneille, L'Illusion comique, Le Menteur

Racine, Les Plaideurs

Molière, Les Précieuses ridicules, L'Impromptu de Versailles, Le Misanthrope, Dom Juan, Les Femme savantes

Boileau, Art Poétique

La Bruyère, Caractères

Scarron, Le Roman comique

Florent Dancourt, Le Chevalier à la mode

Catherine Durand, Comédies et Proverbes




FR 326K • Intro Fr Lit I: Mid Ages-18c

36440 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BEN 1.124


FR 340T • France & Francophn World Today

36455 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM PAR 1

This course is taught in French


An introduction to the francophone world outside of France from historical, geographical, and cultural perspectives. Particular focus on France, Canada, the United States, the French Caribbean, the Maghreb, and Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, rwanda, Mdagascar, Reunion).


Grading Policy

Readings, Lectures, class work and assignments in French.



A packet to be purchased.

FR 326L • Intro Fr Lit II: Fr Rev-Pres

36660 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEN 1.106
(also listed as EUS 347)


FR 326L • Intro Fr Lit II: Fr Rev-Pres

36975 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BEN 1.126


FR 372 • Comparative Stylistics

37040 • Spring 2008
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM JES A215A

This advanced language course has as its main goal broadening your sense of the action and function of language beyond expression. In other words, the subject of this course is not what language can say, but what it can do. In particular, we will examine the grammatical, rhetorical and stylistic demands and assets of the French language in contrast with English. This course is designed to train you to recognize and analyze these attributes. More importantly, however, this course sets out to teach you how to produce these varied effects in written language, ultimately, in the service of your own self-expression.

FR 340P • Making & Identity Of France-W

36330 • Spring 2007
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 1.108

The general political history of France, from the nation's inception to its current existence as part of the European Community.

Prerequisite: French 320E.

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

FR 326L • Intro Fr Lit II: Fr Rev-Pres

37090 • Fall 2006
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 310


FR 340P • Making & Identity Of France-W

34645 • Fall 2004
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 210

The general political history of France, from the nation's inception to its current existence as part of the European Community.

Prerequisite: French 320E.

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

FR F322E • Adv French II: Oral Emph-Fr

84600 • Summer 2003

Ce cours de langue avancée a pour but principal d’améliorer vos compétences linguistiques en français (i.e., la compréhension auditive, l’expression orale, la lecture, et l’expression écrite) ainsi que votre connaissance de la grammaire et du lexique. Dans ce cours, vous aurez l’occasion de discuter des controverses sociales dans le monde francophone et aux Etats-Unis (e.g, la mondialistion, l’immigration, le système éducatif, etc.). A l’aide des textes contemporains, vous allez apprendre à mieux communiquer vos pensées en français en comparant les cultures francophones avec la nôtre.

FR 506 • First-Year French I

32465 • Fall 2002
Meets MTWTH 4:00PM-5:15PM BAT 105

test 2 from add/edi course first screen

FR 506 • First-Year French I

32470 • Fall 2002
Meets MTWTH 5:30PM-6:45PM BAT 102

test 2 from add/edi course first screen

FR 326K • Intro Fr Lit I: Mid Ages-18 C

33150 • Fall 2001
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CAL 21


FR 326K • Intro Fr Lit I: Mid Ages-18 C

33155 • Fall 2001
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM WEL 3.260


FR 340P • Making And Identity Of France

33185 • Fall 2001
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM GAR 311

The general political history of France, from the nation's inception to its current existence as part of the European Community.

Prerequisite: French 320E.

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

FR 320E • Adv French I: Written Emphasis

32280 • Spring 2001
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 212

FR 320E • Advanced French I


FR 612, 312L, 312M, 312N, or the equivalent.

Course Description

This course will be taught in French.

The objective of this course is to improve all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through a series of communicative tasks (compositions, listening comprehension activities, dictations, oral practice, etc.). Emphasis is placed on diversifying vocabulary, mastering a wider range of grammatical structures, increasing fluency, and developing appropriate rhetorical strategies for essay writing in French. And finally, participants can expect to learn about social issues in the French-speaking world (e.g. role of media in society, immigration, globalization, education, etc.)

Grading Policy

Chapter Exams (4 x 10%) 40%

Oral Exams  (3 x 5%) 15%

Compositions  (4 x 5%) 20%

Daily Assignments  15%

Final Project  10%



Oukada, Larbi. 2nd Ed. 2012. Controverses. Boston: Thomson/Cengage Heinle. (ISBN textbook 9780495797777; workbook 9781439082065): Required

Hawkins, French Grammar and Usage, (2nd edition), 2001, MCG, ISBN: 9780658017988: Recommended

Oxford, Compact Oxford Hachette French Dictionary, 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780198610717: Recommended

FR 326K • Intro Fr Lit I: Mid Ages-18 C

32335 • Spring 2001
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM PAR 302


FR 326L • Intro Fr Lit II: Fr Rev-Pres

32810 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 116


FR 326L • Intro Fr Lit II: Fr Rev-Pres

32815 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM CAL 323


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