Alexander Baron-Raiffe

Undergraduate Discipline

BA, University of Pennsylvania. Master 2, Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris. MA, ABD, Princeton University. Special interest in 19th- and 20th-century French literature, psychoanalysis, and poststructuralism. Currently pursuing psychoanalytic training at IPTAR in New York City. Part-time faculty at The New School. SLC, 2018-

Undergraduate Courses 2018-2019


Intermediate French II: Literature at the Limits

Intermediate , Seminar—Fall

Course conducted in French. Admission by placement test to be taken during interview week at the beginning of the fall semester or by completion of Intermediate French I (possibly Advanced Beginning for outstanding students).

This French course is designed for students who already have a strong understanding of the major aspect of French grammar and language but wish to develop their vocabulary and their grasp of more complex aspects of the language. Students are expected to be able to easily read more complex texts and to express themselves more abstractly. A major part of this course will be devoted to the study and discussion of literary texts in French. In this course, we will be focusing on the limits of language through the study of works of fiction, poetry, film, visual art, and theory that portray instances of the human experience that resist representation. Depending on students’ interests, some of the themes that we may explore in this course are mysticism and sacrifice, gender, death, the aesthetic categories of the abject and the sublime, the animal and the human, and the unconscious.