This course introduces you to the major movements in French literature and works by representative authors from these movements. This semester covers the period from the French Revolution in 1789 to today. The background of each period will be studied first. We will then study the biographies of important writers within each period and examples of their works. We will be studying prose, drama, and poetry. Along with the study of periods, writers, and their works, you will learn literary terminology appropriate to each form of writing. The terminology is found starting on page 231 of your text.
Required Texts: Moments littéraires, Hirsch and Thompson, current edition; A French-English or a Larousse French dictionary; Le Colonel Chabert, European Masterpieces, Stuart McClintock, editor; L’Etranger, Albert Camus, Folio edition .
The course will be conducted in French. You will have two three-to-five page essays during the semester. The first deals with poetry, and the second is the written version of your oral presentation. There will be quizzes and/or tests on the background from each period and on the biographies of the authors. Finally, you will answer questions at the end of each work studied and at the end of each period studied. Always be prepared to discuss your written answers orally.
First Essay 10%
Oral Presentation/2nd Essay 20%
Written work 10%
Final Exam 20%
Attendance is mandatory. Although it is not a component of your grade, you may be dropped from the course or your grade may be lowered for excessive absence. Excessive absence is defined as more than three unexcused absences. Make-up work is permitted if you have a valid reason for being absent from class.
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