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Literature • Intermediate B1

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Read classic and contemporary writing in French! Books and themes change each session—view below.

Literature makes a major contribution to a nation's cultural heritage and exposure to authentic written texts is one of the many ways foreign language learners can improve their language proficiency. In this course, discover French and Francophone literature through the analysis and discussion of major literary works, either focusing on one text or on a specific theme woven through a variety of texts. This course is designed for literature lovers who would like to learn about the history of literature, of French expression, and to become more independent in reading challenging texts in their original French language.

Prerequisites: You must have completed general French 303 Intermediate B1 level or higher, have taken any Intermediate B1 level skill/culture/literature class, or have taken this placement test.

After this course: Students may continue with general French 401 Advanced B2 level or any Intermediate B1 level skill/culture/literature class.


Summer 2018

Le roman philosophique - La Fascination du Pire de Florian Zeller
LIT.B1.L01 - Tue - 2pm-3:30pm - $430 - L.Thommeret (Jun 26-Aug 28)
Level: Intermediate B1

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Florian Zeller’s third novel, La Fascination du Pire (Expecting the Worst), presents a young writer who always imagines the worst-case scenario. An invitation to a book fair in Cairo gives the narrator stricken by insecurity and self-loathing an opportunity to confront his representations about the Middle-East with reality. Zeller proceeds by placing his characters in testing yet whimsical situations. His lucid style, reminiscent of Milan Kundera’s, is interspersed with philosophical disquisitions and dream-like episodes that won their author the Prix Interallié in 2004.

This course is for you if you like reading and have reached a level in French where you can start reading literary texts. By the end of this class, you will have increased your capability to read and understand French literature, as well as amplify your familiarity with the events of the modern French way life that breed literature.


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