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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.


Fall 2018

Le roman d'apprentissage - Un aller simple de Didier Van Cauwelaert (1994)
LIT.B1.L01 - Tue - 2pm-3:30pm - $430 - L.Thommeret (Sep 25–Dec 11)
Level: Intermediate B1

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What happens when an orphan is raised in Marseille by Gypsies under an assumed Moroccan identity? An odyssey that takes two people well beyond their initial journey to an unfamiliar environment. Not only does Didier Van Cauwelaert offer his readers an endearing story of friendship and tolerance, his Un aller simple is an otherworldly allegory about identity on a very conflicted subject that results in a surprising, yet humorous and touching, Bildungsroman of the modern times. This novel was very well received by the public, earning the coveted prix Goncourt in 1994 and was adapted for the silver screen by acclaimed director Laurent Heynemann in 2001. This course is for you if you want to explore modern French literature and build your French through readings and discussion.


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