Barbara Petrosky, Approaches to French Literature, Spring 2018

Course Description

In this course, we will discover French literature. We will start by reading texts from the Middle Ages, and famous tales from the seventeenth century. We will also read more advance literary text such as the play L’École des femmes by Molière, and the eighteenth century libertine epistolary novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos. We will finish the semester by studying Anna Gavalda’ famous novel entitled Ensemble, c’est tout.
Learning how to read literature in the target language can be a difficult task. At the beginning of each new work, we will discuss the author’s biography or the context in which the work was written and its importance in French literature. We shall read a number of texts form modern critical perspectives, including feminism, gender-related, and intertextuality.

Required Texts:
Molière. L’École des femmes. Édition de Myrna Bell Rochester et Eileen M. Angelini. Focus Student Edition : Newburyport, 2006.