David Petrosky

David Petrosky, Medieval Epic Poetry, Fall 2018

Course Description:

Students will read English translations of several French epic poems and will study the epic tradition along with French cultural history from the 9th century through the 12th century.

Required Texts:

The Song of Roland. Glyn Burgess Trans. Penguin Books 1990.
Guillaume d'Orange: Four Twelfth Century Epics. Joan Ferrante Trans. Columbia University Press 2001.

Aymeri of Narbonne: A French Epic Romance. Michael A. H. Newth, Trans. Ithaca Press 2005.

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David Petrosky, French Humanist Writers of the Renaissance, Fall 2017

Course Description

This course will examine English translations of a small selection of sixteenth century French prose, and is designed to help students develop the ability to analyze and synthesis literary works.

Required Texts:

-François Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel. Trans. and ed. M. A. Screech. Penguin Books 2006.
-The Complete Essays of Montaigne. Trans. and ed. Donald M. Frame. Stanford University Press. 1976.

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David Petrosky, Medieval French Courtly Romance, Spring 2017

Course Description:

The second half of the twelfth century was a time of significant change in the literary landscape of Western Europe. The epic poetry of the Chansons de Geste were still enjoyed at the courts of certain powerful barons, as well as in taverns and inns along the pilgrimage routes of Europe. Yet among the aristocratic elite, there developed a new aesthetic and refinement that led them to seek less crude and poignant forms of entertainment. The outcome was the literary genre known as courtly romance. We will study examples of this genre written during the years from roughly 1160 to 1250. This is a genre marked by several themes: fidelity to passion, insurmountable love, the Supernatural, and exploits requiring great risk and prowess. These tales were told at courts where a new code of chivalry and of love influenced the relationships among the aristocratic elite. Based on the idea of risk and reward, it is a relationship characterized by an absolute devotion and obedience to the object of the knights passion, in the hope of obtaining the ultimate reward—the reciprocation of his love.

Required Materials:

- The Lais de Marie de France. Trans. and Edits. Glyn S. Burgess and Keith Busby. London: Penguin Books. 2003
- Chrétien de Troyes: Arthurian Romances. Trans. William Kibler and Carleton W. Carroll (Erec and Enide). London: Penguin Books. 2004. Print.
- Bédier, Joseph. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult. Trans. H. Belloc. Lexington: Renaissance Classics. 2012. Print
- Aucassin and Nicolette. Trans. Robert S. Sturges. East Lansing: Michigan State University:Press. 2015. Print.
- "Châtelaine de Vergi". Photocopy to be distributed in class.

David Petrosky, Elementary French 2, Spring 2017

Course Description:

A continuation of elementary French 1, this course expands oral-aural and reading-writing skills in the language, and stresses communication and grammatical structure. Emphasis is placed on using the spoken language.

Syllabus: 

David Petrosky, Elementary French 1, Spring 2017

Course Description:

This course introduces the oral-aural and reading-writing skills in the language, and stresses communication and grammatical structure. Emphasis is placed on using the spoken language.

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David Petrosky, Medieval Epic Poetry, Fall 2016

Course Description:

Students will read English translations of several French epic poems and will study the epic tradition along with French cultural history from the 9th century through the 12th century

Required Texts:

- The Song of Roland. Glyn Burgess Trans. Penguin Books 1990
- Guillaume d'Orange: Four Twelfth Century Epics. Joan Ferrante Trans. Columbia University Press 2001.
- Aymeri of Narbonne: A French Epic Romance. Michael A. H. Newth, Trans. Ithaca Press 2005.

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David Petrosky, Elementary French 2, Spring 2016

Course Description:

A continuation of Elementary French 1, this course expands oral-aural and reading-writing skills in the language and stresses communication and grammatical structure. Emphasis is placed on using the spoken language. Prerequisite: FR 0111.

Required Texts:

- A vous! Textbook. Véronique Anover and Theresa A. Antes. Second Edition New York: Houghton-Mifflin, 2008

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David Petrosky, Elementary French 1, Spring 2016

Course Description:

Introduces the oral-aural and reading-writing skills in the language, and stresses communication and grammatical structure. Emphasis is placed on using the spoken language.

Required Texts:

- A vous! Textbook. Véronique Anover and Theresa A. Antes. Second Edition New York: Houghton-Mifflin, 2008.
- A vous! Workbook. Véronique Anover and Theresa A. Antes. Second Edition New York: Houghton-Mifflin, 2008

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David Petrosky, French Humanist Writers of the Renaissance, Spring 2016

Course Description

This course will examine English translations of a small selection of sixteenth century French prose, and is designed to help students develop the ability to analyze and synthesis literary works.

Required Texts:

-François Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel. Trans. and ed. M. A. Screech. Penguin Books 2006.
-The Complete Essays of Montaigne. Trans. and ed. Donald M. Frame. Stanford University Press. 1976.

David Petrosky, Elementary French 1, Fall 2015

Course Description:

Introduces the oral-aural and reading-writing skills in the language, and stresses communication and grammatical structure. Emphasis is placed on using the spoken language.

Required Texts:

- A vous! Textbook. Véronique Anover and Theresa A. Antes. Second Edition New York: Houghton-Mifflin, 2008.
- A vous! Workbook. Véronique Anover and Theresa A. Antes. Second Edition New York: Houghton-Mifflin, 2008

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