Barbara Petrosky, French Literature & Modern Cinema, Spring 2018

Course Description
The readings in this course are designed to help you become acquainted with the English translations of a small selection of sixteenth century French prose. While plot summary is important, what matters most is your reading of the texts and how well you support your interpretation with specific examples found in the text! The course is designed to continue to develop your ability to analyze and synthesize literary works. This is what is meant by the term close reading. The relationship between a text and its reader is at once personal and scholarly. Your aim should be to increase your ability to recognize and appreciate the works in their historical, intellectual, and literary contexts, considering various critical approaches and scholarship.

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